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State to auction off vehicles at auction today

About 120 state surplus vehicles of all types and sizes - including a Ford L8000 plow, F150, F250 and F350 trucks, E350 and E150 wheel chair vans, E250 cargo vans - will be sold by the state at the public auction today, Saturday, August 13 in Arden Hills.

Other items that will be sold to the highest bidder include electric forklift, snowmobiles, ATV, riding and walk behind lawn mowers, trailers, boat/motor packages, concrete trash cans & picnic tables, over 20 bicycles, and other miscellaneous items. A preliminary list, including photographs of many of the items, is online at

The auction opens for inspection and registration at 8 a.m. with bidding beginning at about 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Administration Fleet and Surplus Services building, 5420 Old Highway 8 (southeast corner of Interstate 35W and Ramsey County Road I), Arden Hills. All goods are sold as-is, where-is; all sales are final and must be settled in full with cash or personal check the day of the auction.

Convenient, quick and easy registration and bidding numbers are now both available online. The only requirements are a computer with an internet connection and a printer; simple instructions are on the Surplus Services website,, then click on the 'Auctions' link. Current customers of the state's MinnBid internet auction service can get a bidding card online in just seconds.

The state conducts about 12 surplus goods auctions each year and also sells surplus continuously online at In addition to the eight live auctions slated for the Twin Cities in 2011, this year's schedule includes sales in New Ulm, Bemidji, Luverne and Grand Rapids. An auction calendar is also available at