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Overstock business gets preliminary OK from zoning board in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR -- A business that would sell "overstock" merchandize at a retail location and through online auctions was given preliminary approval Monday by the Kandiyohi County zoning commissioner.

K & J Trading is proposing to locate its business in an existing building located in an area zoned for commercial/industrial use at 3950 Highway 71 N.E., just north of Willmar.

Typically, a conditional use permit isn't needed to operate a retail business in a commercial zone but because items will be stored and displayed outside, a permit is required, Zoning Administrator Gary Geer said.

The business would sell items like vehicles, trailers, boats and fish houses, as well as wholesale pallets sales of overstock items purchased from other outlets.

The business would operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"We think it's a great location," said Tom Lindemann, a Willmar Realtor who's representing the property owner.

Pastor Ron Snyder from nearby Grace Baptist Church objected, saying the site is full of trash, weeds and vehicles.

The site Snyder was speaking about, however, was actually a different lot and not the property where the business would be located.

While that answered Snyder's questions about the business it didn't address his concerns about the unsightly property close to his church.

The board approved the conditional use permit from K & J Trading and directed Geer to investigate the property Snyder had concerns about.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will take final action on the permit during their next meeting scheduled June 18.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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