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Police bicycle auction Saturday

By Staff | Jul 29, 2009

If you are looking a used bicycle to buy, the Estherville Police Department may have a deal for you.

The department is planning a bike auction in the parking lot near the Estherville Ambulance garage, 100 block of North First Street. This event will be staged during Sweet Corn Days on Saturday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m.

“The bikes will be outside at 8 a.m. so individuals can check if a bicycle belongs to them,” Estherville Patrolman Cory Danner. “Any bicycle can be claimed with proof of ownership before the auction starts.”

The bikes will be sorted into two categories based on condition. “The best bikes will go for $10 apiece and all others will go for $2 each.” Danner said the collection involves bikes that were abandoned over the past three years.

“The fairest way we found to conduct this auction is to have a lottery whereby $10 or $2 buys a bike. We will sell numbers and the lowest number gets first pick in each category,” the patrolman said.

Proceeds from the auction will be deposited into the city’s general fund according to code.

“I would like to see a good turnout and I would like to see people claim their bikes with proof of ownership,” he said.