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Bremseth Dental staying put

Craig Bremseth has owned Bremseth Dental for over 20 years. The building has been of interest to both the city and county recently to preserve and utilize the historic building. Kit Murray / RiverTown Multimedia

When talks of redefining the building at 621 W. Fourth St. started, it raised a lot of questions. Both the city and county have been looking into purchasing the property with differing ideas for it's future. While city officials have put any purchase on hold, one part is clear: Bremseth Dental is not going anywhere.

"I always planned on continuing practicing here," said Dr. Craig Bremseth, owner of the building. "The agreement that I looked for was them allowing me to run my dental office. It wasn't ever intended to be an immediate turnaround into another building."

Bremseth wanted the former home purchased to preserve its historical value.

"When the city approached us with interest in purchasing the building, everyone was in agreement that Bremseth Dental would then rent from the city," stated Bobbie Carter, corporate recruiter for Bremseth Dental. "Our agreement spelled out that we would be able to stay put until we were ready to move on."

While the city moved forward, the discussion of using the building as a homeless shelter persisted.

According to city documents, council stated, "the purchase of this house is a unique opportunity for the City to protect a historic asset and also make progress with regard to addressing the housing needs in Red Wing."

The nature of the agreement between the city and Bremseth stated that the dental practice would remain open with the option to rent from the city once the purchase had been made.

After listening to public input, the city voted for the time being to put the property purchase on hold.

Goodhue County, however, continues to have its eye on 621 W. Fourth St.

"Over the past years, Goodhue County has worked with a number of property owners and churches within and around Goodhue County's main campus," said Scott Arneson, county administrator in a statement to the Republican Eagle on Tuesday, Aug. 29. "This includes working on a number of joint issues. Since the County Board's decision to expand the Health and Human Services Building, it has been Goodhue County's intent to acquire properties on that block, including now the only remaining property that is not owned by United Lutheran Church or Goodhue County. This is a part of Goodhue County's plan for parking and potential long term expansion in the area."

Goodhue County Board met Tuesday, Aug. 29, to discuss legal options regarding the purchase of Bremseth Dental. The meeting had not ended by press time.

Bremseth said he hopes that whatever decision is made, it is in the best interest of the community.

"I want it to be a dental office to make sure my patients were taken care of," Bremseth said. "I'm still open for the property to be negotiated (with) both by the city and county. I'm still willing to negotiate to see the bigger picture for the property."

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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