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Willmar City Council meets in closed session to discuss possible land sale in Industrial Park

While there is practically no information publicly available about a possible end user, someone is interested in purchasing more than 50 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park. The Willmar City Council met in two closed sessions at the end of Monday's meeting to discuss the land sale along with a possible land purchase.

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An unnamed end user could be interested in purchasing more than 50 acres of land in the Willmar Industrial Park. The Willmar City Council discussed the possible sale in a closed session at the end of its meeting Monday night.
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WILLMAR — There is a mystery in the Willmar Industrial Park. An unnamed end user is interested in purchasing more than 50 acres in the park, practically on top of where the old airport used to be located.

The Willmar City Council met in a closed session Monday night to develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the sale of the city-owned property. Seven parcels on the western side of the Industrial Park are being considered.

Willmar Planning and Development Director Justice Walker, in emails with the West Central Tribune, said there is a non-disclosure agreement in place, and he can't share much about the potential project or business, only that someone is interested in the property.

Less of a mystery is the land the city could be interested in purchasing.

The state is interested in selling lots on the southeast side of Swan Lake. This land is currently used for recreation, such as Nordic skiing.

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The Nordic Ski Club in Willmar is petitioning the city to possibly purchase the land from that state and keep it open for recreation use.

"The area, it is beautiful. It has woods; it is quite picturesque," said David Moody, founder of the ski club. He asked the city to submit a letter of interest to the state.

The council met in a second closed session to discuss the possible land purchase.

In an email to the West Central Tribune on Thursday, Walker said the city will be sending a letter of interest to the state.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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