The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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May 31, 2012

DNR auction planned for Saturday in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hoping the second verse of its New Ulm auction is the same as the first.

Last year’s auction of surplus DNR vehicles and equipment unexpectedly drew 600 bidders and brought in $715,000.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” said Shane Rustin of the regional DNR office in New Ulm, where this year’s auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

Jim Wilmot of the New Ulm DNR said the auctions have typically been held in northern Minnesota locales where much of the agency’s vehicle  fleet is concentrated, and it’s been years since a similar auction was held in New Ulm.

He said the decision was made last year for a New Ulm auction as a move to expand the DNR’s auction-customer base and also to save on the costs of transporting items to a northern Minnesota auction site.

“Our auctions are so successful because we have a little bit of everything,” Wilmot said of a sales catalog that includes trucks, tractors, ATVs, boats, snowmobiles and much more.

All auction items are DNR equipment that has met its life cycle. For vehicles that’s roughly defined as 10 years old or bearing 100,000 miles.  

Auction items can be viewed online at

Government-issued picture IDs are required of bidders, who can avoid waiting in line to register on Saturday by pre-registering online at

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