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Willmar landmark reduced to rubble according to plan

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WILLMAR -- Onlookers lined the sidewalks and watched as a 90-year-old landmark in Willmar was made rubble over the weekend in Willmar.

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The demolition of the building that originally housed the First Covenant Church in Willmar at the intersection of Seventh Street and U.S. Highway 12/Litchfield Avenue went according to plan, with the last of the standing walls taken down late Sunday afternoon.

"It couldn't have gone any better,'' said Dennis Larson, whose workers with MACC Inc. of Montevideo are in charge of demolishing and removing the structure.

"It really works well on these things when everybody works together,'' added Larson. "I can't thank MnDOT and the city enough.''

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was involved in directing traffic around the work site.

The workers are now in the process of sorting through the rubble for recyclable materials and hauling what can't be recycled to a demolition landfill.

Larson said it would likely take through the week to remove the materials and fill the site with pea rock.

The city condemned the building and ordered its demolition after the building had been left vacant for a couple of years.

The building was originally constructed in 1920-21 to serve the First Covenant Church in Willmar. It was remodeled and used as a law office from 1980 to 1999. Until a few years ago, it served as the church for the Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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