FORT RIDGELY STATE PARK - Sue and Jerry Meidl thought about some of their favorite moments of life in recent years as they walked on a grassy trail under a canopy of trees Friday between their hobby farm and the Minnesota River.
"We've taken many midnight walks on the trail, watching meteor showers, seeing shooting stars and lots of deer," Sue Meidl said. "We've seen and heard all kinds of wildlife, especially in the pasture near the house. Six deer were running in a circle there Friday morning."
Jerry, a nature lover with a deep passion for hunting and fishing, often talked about being bathed in nature on the couple's hobby farm graced by Fort Ridgely Creek, Fort Ridgely State Park, and the Minnesota River.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Sue and Jerry Meidl enjoy a quiet walk through the woods Friday near their hobby farm just south of Fort Ridgely State Park. The 32-acre farm, boat, tractor, guns, tools, household items, and collectables will be sold at auction Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 10 a.m.
Jerry's favorite pastimes included river fishing in the wee hours of the morning at locations he kept to himself.
The Meidl's favorite neighbors are wild turkeys, woodchucks, racoons, possums, beavers, and coyotes howling in the distance after sunset.
Jerry's weekend free time was often spent using natural tactics to keep wildlife out of the couple's vegetable garden.
On Saturday, the usually quiet 32-acre hobby farm will be buzzing with activity with a real estate auction. Sale items include their three-bedroom home and many household items, outbuildings, guns, a boat, tractor, shop and tools, antiques and miscellaneous items.
The Meidl's collectibles include a restored 1947 John Deere "G" tractor, a decades-old pop machine, milk buckets, cream cans and other farm items.
"We'll miss it, but it's time to do something else," Jerry said.
The couple recently bought a used 32-foot fifth-wheel trailer and diesel pickup truck with dual rear wheels.
Due to health issues, the Meidl's plan to winter in their trailer in Arizona City, Az., just south of Phoenix. Their son Ben Meidl is a golf pro who works winters in Arizona or Florida.
The couple plans to return to Minnesota next spring and spend the summer and early fall in their trailer somewhere around Lake Mille Lacs or another lake between that area and the Iron Range, where Ben works as a golf pro during the summer.
The auction at 71821 Nicollet County Road 21, handled by Mages Land Company and Auction Service, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to arrive after 9 a.m.
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