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Wahpeton unanimously supports development


WAHPETON, N.D. - The Wahpeton City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a revitalization effort and the annexation of land for a potential Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

The council approved allocating $40,000 in sales tax dollars to hire a consultant to create a downtown development plan.

The push for downtown revitalization is spurred by two factors: future street construction and the likely addition of the big-box retailer to the city, City Administrator Shawn Kessel said.

The main downtown road - Dakota Avenue - will be rebuilt in 2009, allowing business owners a chance to provide ideas for the road's future design, Kessel said.

Wal-Mart is tentative proposing a 99,000-square-foot SuperCenter by 2007. It would offer groceries and general merchandise, said Wal-Mart spokesman Ryan Horn. The store would be on the west side of the city and employ between 200 and 300 associates.

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