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Group campaigns for development at 85th and Minnesota

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If you're a registered voter in Sioux Falls, you may have received a campaign letter this weekend.

It's seeking your support, not for a candidate but for a new Walmart.

And the battle ground for this ballot measure is a plot of land at 85th and Minnesota.

We've heard a lot of opposition to this project, but one group is supporting it.

The group behind this campaign calls itself 'Building a Better Sioux Falls.'

And this April, Sioux Falls voters will get to decide whether or not a new Walmart will be built at 85th and Minnesota.

Construction of a new Walmart super center is moving full steam ahead on the north side of Sioux Falls here at 60th and Marion.

On the south side at 85th and Minnesota, another proposed Walmart is at a standstill until April's election.

But if the group Building a Better Sioux Falls gets it's way, that land won't stay vacant for long.

Building a Better Sioux Falls spokesman Craig Dewey said "we're here to talk about the benefits the project would provide as far as the creation of over 250 part-time and full-time jobs, with benefits that would be available along with hundreds of construction jobs in the process. There would be a million dollars in privately funded infrastructure that will take place and also continued economic growth in Sioux Falls."

KSFY News reached out to 'Save Our Neighborhood' for their reaction to the campaign and while they haven't had  an opportunity to discuss this as a group, one member told us they stand behind their concerns about how close the project is to their homes and the traffic it will bring.

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