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Mississippi Dunes golf course up for sale, being pitched for housing

Star Tribune (Minneapolis) — Paul Walsh Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Oct. 12--The Mississippi Dunes golf course, whose owner got into legal trouble for sexual harassment, is up for sale and being pitched for residential redevelopment.

The 185-acre tract just off the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove went up for sale at $10 million about two weeks ago, listing agent Dave Johnson of Edina Realty said Thursday.

The par 72 public course has brought its season to an earlier-than-usual conclusion, Johnson said.

The listing calls the property, with 1,900 feet of waterfront, a "prime residential development site" that offers "scenic views of the Mississippi River and close proximity to MSP airport and both downtowns."

Any potential buyer can retain the land as the golf course, which includes Doc's Landing, a full-service restaurant, a banquet venue and a large maintenance facility.

In August, a Washington County judge ruled in favor of four former golf course employees who claimed in a lawsuit that owner Dr. William Doebler groped female employees and fired them for complaining. The behavior occurred in 2013 and 2014 in the clubhouse and at his home, the suit contended.

Doebler, who turned 74 on Thursday, was ordered to pay the women a total of $130,000. The course was fined as a business another $20,000.

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