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Willmar Wal-Mart evacuated, police investigating

It was business as usual by about 5 p.m. Thursday at Wal-mart Supercenter in Willmar. A call reporting a bomb in the store led to an evacuation earlier in the afternoon. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

WILLMAR — Store officials evacuated the Willmar Wal-Mart Supercenter Thursday afternoon after a person called the store and reported they believed there was a bomb in the building.

According to Willmar Police Capt. Jim Felt, officers were called to the store just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday and went through the store, finding no suspicious devices or articles.

The Willmar Fire Department was also dispatched to the store and placed on standby.

The store was then reopened for business and all emergency personnel were cleared around 3:55 p.m.

The police are continuing to follow up on the incident and are working to track the telephone call reporting the bomb, Felt said.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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