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The Wilmar city council will consider the sale of the care center to Cura on May 6 – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR – A public hearing on the sale of the former Rice Care Center, owned by the City of Willmar, will take place on Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., during the Willmar City Council’s regular meeting.

The meeting will take place in the boardroom of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building, 2200 23rd Street Northeast.

After the public hearing, the council will consider adopting the ordinance authorizing the sale of the property to Cura.

For several months, Cura has been operating what was recently known as CentraCare: Willmar Care Center and Therapy Suites. CentraCare operated it under a lease with the city for several years. Cura, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Paynesville, was chosen to take over when CentraCare decided not to continue operating long-term care facilities.

The care center complex is located on 4.10 acres of land located at 1801 Willmar Ave. SW, and will be sold to Cura upon final approval of the ordinance and execution of a purchase agreement that must also be approved by the city.

On March 11, the municipal council adopted a resolution approving the transfer of the operation and the transfer of the real estate of the care center to Cura and on April 1, the introduction of the regulation for the sale of the real estate was approved.

The Willmar Planning Commission on April 17 reviewed the proposed transaction, as well as the proposed ordinance, which “authorizes the sale or transfer” of the property to Cura.

It unanimously approved the transaction with a recommendation that the Willmar City Council include a provision in the purchase agreement that Cura would operate the facility as a healthcare center for a minimum of five years.

During that meeting, Planning Commissioner Chris Buzzeo asked what the difference is between “sales” and “transportation.” City Attorney Robert Scott informed the Planning Commission that “conveyance” means there is no purchase price for the property, or the purchase agreement may include a “nominal” purchase price of perhaps one dollar.

Complete meeting agendas for Willmar City Council meetings can be found on the city website at and by clicking on the agenda item.

Jennifer Kotila

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune from Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the city of Willmar, and the business community.

She can be reached via email at: [email protected] or phone at 320-214-4339.