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W’bago OKs sale and lease for school

By Staff | May 3, 2020

The former Winnebago School building was most recently owned by the city of Winnebago, after having been the property of the Blue Earth Area School District. Now it is being sold to Veteran’s Enterprises, Ltd.

During a special meeting on Friday afternoon, April 24, the Winnebago City Council agreed to both sell and lease the former school building to Garth Carlson of Veteran’s Enterprises, Ltd., of Madelia.

The sale of the building to Veteran’s Enterprises for a price of $61,000 had already been voted on and approved at a previous Winnebago City Council meeting.

However, at the April 24 special meeting, the council voted to accept the actual purchase agreement between the city and Veteran’s Enterprises.

The document spells out all of the agreements between the buyer and seller, and also has the closing date set for June 5, more than a month away.

That brought up the need for the lease agreement, in addition to the sales agreement.

“Mr. Carlson would like entry to get into the building right away,” city attorney David Frundt told the council. “He needs to start remodeling some areas as soon as possible.”

Frundt said the amount of the lease would be for Veteran’s Enterprises to pay all costs associated with the building for the month of May, and that amount would be the rent.

“I don’t see any reason why not to do this,” councilman Paul Eisenmenger said. “By all means we should do this.”

The council, with only two members and the mayor present, voted 3-0 to approve the lease agreement.

The only question was whether the Center for Educational Development (CED) and Genesis Classical Academy would be able to retain their access to parts of the school building including the gym.

Frundt said any agreements the city had with them would be honored as part of the lease agreement.