PHOTO: Kathy Cargill. MIX 108
A conspicuous member of America’s fourth-wealthiest family, known for driving a McLaren, is causing concern among neighbors in Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota. Kathy Cargill, the manager of North Shore LS, LLC, a private entity affiliated with the billionaire James Cargill II’s family, has acquired 10 properties in the scenic Park Point neighborhood along Lake Superior.
Cargill, linked to the Cargill, Inc. fortune, a major player in the food and beauty product industries, has reportedly paid significant amounts above property appraisals, totaling around $2 million above market value for the acquired homes. Locals are puzzled about her intentions, expressing fears of a changing atmosphere, rising taxes, and increased housing scarcity in an already tight market.
Kathy Cargill’s dismissive comments about the purchased homes being “pieces of crap” have added to the unease. She has promptly demolished some of the century-old houses, justifying it by stating she couldn’t imagine living in them. This attitude has sparked mixed reactions among the community, with some residents benefiting from substantial mark-ups on their homes but feeling conflicted about the perceived disrespect toward their properties.
Cargill’s lack of communication about her plans has fueled speculation and concern among residents, who question the impact of her actions on the community’s landscape and worry about potential erosion. Despite offering extra pavers to a community garden, Cargill has not provided a clear explanation of her intentions.
The Cargill family, known for its low-key wealth, is associated with Cargill, Inc., the largest privately-owned company in the U.S. Kathy Cargill’s penchant for McLaren hypercars, worth over $1 million each, adds to the family’s affluent image. However, locals are more focused on the potential repercussions of North Shore LLC’s property acquisitions, including increased property taxes and changes to the neighborhood’s character.
Some residents have grown skeptical and are advising others not to sell to Cargill, although the allure of life-changing sums is making it challenging for some to resist. Concerns persist about the impact of these purchases on the community, with uncertainty about Cargill’s long-term plans and their consequences for the quaint lakefront area.