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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • When nostalgia gets in the way

  • A couple of Wednesdays ago, I?took my better half on a date. While not every wife may appreciate going to an auction, I?knew this was certainly right up her alley....


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  •   A couple of Wednesdays ago, I?took my better half on a date. While not every wife may appreciate going to an auction, I?knew this was certainly right up her alley. We traveled a few miles south of the Krause ranch to the site where Trinity Lutheran Church was being sold off one item at a time, and honestly I?went in fully anticipating getting everything I?wanted and then some. Boy was I?in for a surprise. The crowd was much bigger than I?anticipated, and I recognized several of the faces from the area, including many who had once called the Johnsonville Township church their place of worship. My initial thought was these people had come to say their goodbyes and to watch as their church items were sold to the highest bidder. What I?did not expect was these people coming with such an emotional attachment to some of the items that they were willing to pay whatever it took to get what they came for. Of course, that was good for the church and for Kerkhoff Auction, but not so much for me. I love auctions. I enjoy the chance to compete for an item I?really want and the thrill of getting something for what I?consider a good deal. I also like going to local auctions, because it often gives me a chance to catch up with some of the neighbors.  What really intrigued me, though, was the church itself. It is an absolutely beautiful structure, and if I?had the money I?would absolutely love to be able to move that building to the Krause farm – a mere 14 miles to the north of its current home. Sadly, the Krause budget does not allow for such an investment. I have not heard whether or not the church building has found a home, yet, and I hope that is the case.  If it has not yet been moved or worse yet demolished and someone out there has $40,000 burning a hole in their pocket – I?have a birthday coming up in a few months… I was able to get a couple of items, my better half had described as “cute.” I’m not sure it was the best date I have planned, but I?think in the future there may be a few more of auction dates. By the way, you’re not invited. … I want to remind readers the Little Free Library project is still available. Those who have an interest in setting up a little free library in their community or in their neighborhood can give me a call at the Gazette. If you have other questions about the program, visit the Little Free Library Web site at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

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