Due to the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources canceled three live fleet auctions in Bemidji and Grand Rapids scheduled for later this year.  However, the auctions are taking place online via the state’s online auction website.

“We are working with our partners at the Department of Administration and will resume live sales when we can do so in a way that protects the health and safety of customers and staff,” said DNR section manager Paul Johnson. “For now, online sales are our best option.”

The DNR has about 300 pieces of equipment that will be up for auction on MinnBid, with different lots of equipment that each include six to 12 items, available on a one-week rotation.  Auction lots will only be available for viewing by appointment.

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Listed lots in Grand Rapids can be viewed by appointment on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make an appointment in Grand Rapids, call 218-328-8965. Listed lots in Bemidji can be viewed by appointment on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make an appointment in Bemidji, call 218-308-2631.

Once a winning bid is submitted and accepted using the MinnBid website, the bidder will be able to schedule a time to pick up the equipment where it is listed, at the DNR northwest regional headquarters in Bemidji or the DNR northeast regional headquarters in Grand Rapids.

Anyone going in for equipment inspections or pick-ups is encouraged to wear a proper face covering.  DNR staff are required to wear masks under any circumstances where social distancing is impossible.

Before placing a bid, you'll first need to register for an account with MinnBid.  You can click here for full details and to get registered. 

Follow the link below to see the items currently up for auction.