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Willmar City Council OKs land transfer to Jennie-O

WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar (Minn.) City Council Monday night approved the transfer of two parcels of land totaling approximately eight acres to Jennie-O Turkey Store for the company's proposed corporate headquarters expansion project.

WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar (Minn.) City Council Monday night approved the transfer of two parcels of land totaling approximately eight acres to Jennie-O Turkey Store for the company's proposed corporate headquarters expansion project.

Both parcels have a combined value of $238,072. The price will be written down to $0 by applying the city's land write-down policy, according to city officials.

The parcels are located between the south end of the Public Works maintenance property, which was severed by the realigned Willmar Avenue Southwest, and County Road 5.

In addition, the council approved a 10-year option or first right of refusal for 30 acres in the industrial park for a possible future phase II plant expansion.

The first right of refusal would provide a level of assurance to Jennie-O that the land will be available for their future needs, according to officials.

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The land transfer and the first right of refusal were both recommended by the council's Community Development Committee and reported by committee Chair Rick Fagerlie.

The committee recommended and the council directed city staff and legal counsel to prepare the necessary purchase agreement and also to prepare the first right of refusal agreement.

Kacher also asked, among other things, if council members are clear that no public hearing is required. Kacher said she does not oppose Jennie-O's project. But she thought answering the questions might pave the way for moving forward in a more comfortable fashion.

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