Each year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources auctions off some old equipment to the public, this year that auction is online.

Usually, the auction is held in New Ulm, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they've decided to move the auction online this year at MinnBid.org. The auction started last week on the 19th and will continue over the next seven to 14 weeks.

The DNR has 80 different pieces of equipment up for auction, everything from trucks and trailers to ATVs. Each week 6 to 12 pieces of equipment will be up for auction.

The public can view any item up for auction by appointment only, and only on Tuesdays from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Appointments can be made by calling 507-233-1246.

DNR fleet manager Paul Johnson says in a press release, "DNR equipment auctions are a great way to find a new truck, trailer, or even a new fun way to get outdoors — like an ATV or snowmobile. Our goal is to sell equipment while it still has good life left in it. This presents the best value for the buyer, and for the DNR.”

During inspections and winning bidder pickup, both staff and the public are encouraged to wear masks and practice good social distancing practices. According to the DNR, "if a successful bidder needs help loading equipment, staff will be able to help using a forklift, as they would at a live auction."

Before bidding, users must sign up for a free account at minnbid.org/mobile/register