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Less Than A Handful Show Up To Bid On Hogue Island Structures

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Not much interest is shown today at the Burleigh County auction of five structures impacted by the 2011 flood.  In fact, just four people showed up.

Burleigh County paid $1.3 million to buy four homes on Hogue Island.  Today's auction involved three houses, a garage and a shop building.  One property -- the Magnus home -- was not included in the auction.  The County expected to receive five to seven percent of market value.  They received nine bids on the five structures, ranging from one dollar to $24,500.  "Property number five, total bid, one dollar," noted David Bliss, Esq., Burleigh County Water Resource District, as he opened the bids.

In total, the County took in $57,501, which is four percent of market value.  Winning bidders must now remove the buildings.  "If for some reason, the structure is not removed, the Water Resource District has the ability to demolish that structure and remove it," said Michael Gunsch, P.E., Burleigh County Water Resource District.

The properties were purchased by Burleigh County due to extensive erosion beneath the structures.  Formal bids will be received to award foundation removal work.  After that, the land will be used for building flood protection. 


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