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Negotiations for sale of the WRTC continue

  WILLMAR -- There's still no word on when the papers will be signed to transfer ownership of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center to Kandiyohi County and eventually to MinnWest Technology of Willmar.

    The state and county have apparently reached agreements on their part of the transaction, but MinnWest Technology, which is made up of two local companies, Nova-Tech Engineering and Epitopix, are just starting to review the documents.

    The companies intend to purchase most of the property and buildings to develop a technology campus. The county will own seven buildings that will be used for state-operated service programs and the Prairie Lakes Youth Services program. Jim Sieben, from Nova-Tech, said at last count he heard there were about 32 documents that had to be reviewed and eventually signed.

    Kandiyohi County Administrator Wayne Thompson said he understands there are 43 documents. Sieben said the state has been "getting their ducks in a row" by completing the documents and are now sending then to MinnWest for review.

    One issue the company is trying to resolve is what requirements the Historical Society may have for preserving the buildings on the WRTC campus. Sieben said they need to define those requirements to ensure they won't prohibit the company from making necessary remodeling changes to do business.

    He said negotiations are still going ahead and the company isn't considering backing out.

    "Patience. Patience," he said. "Yes, it is still going ahead."

    -- Carolyn Lange

Carolyn Lange

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

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