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Ringmen Jay Boles, left, and Tim Prusak, right, work the crowd while auctioneer Barry Hager (on the stage) conducts the sale of 550 acres of land owned by St. Croix County. Photo by Jeff Holmquist

St. Croix County sells 550 acres at Saturday auction

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A capacity crowd attended Saturday morning's St. Croix County land auction at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond.

Most of the approximately 300 people at the event were observers, as only 32 bidding numbers were issued prior to the start of the auction.

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But the drama was high as auctioneer Barry Hager opened up the bidding. He said the old real estate adage that "location, location, location" drives interest in land especially applied to this particular property.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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