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Wilt Croonquist, businessman and former EDA director, dies


WILLMAR -- Willmar businessman Wilt Croonquist, who had served as Kandiyohi County's first full-time economic development director, died Saturday morning at his home of cancer. He was 69.

Born and raised in Kandiyohi County, Croonquist lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for many years while working for Firestone tires as the manager for the western states, according to Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Falk, who said he was Croonquist's "oldest friend."

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