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MPCA to close Willmar office

WILLMAR - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will permanently close its office in Willmar, effective Friday. All staff will keep their jobs.

Six staff members assigned to the office will be reassigned to alternate work locations or will work from the Marshall MPCA office.

The Willmar office, one of seven MPCA regional offices outside the Twin City metro area, opened in 1999 at 201 28th Ave. SW. In 2006 it moved to 1601 E. Hwy. 12. With the fewest staff among regional offices, MPCA officials decided that closure would reduce costs with minimal effect on services.

Along with the MPCA office in Marshall, the Willmar office served 18 counties in southwestern Minnesota. The Marshall office, which opened in 1976, will continue to work with citizens and businesses in protecting the environment.

Other regional offices are located in Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, and Rochester.