Skip to main content

Forget running for a Senate seat. You can now buy one

Bids are now being taken.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesotans now have the chance to buy items their taxpayer dollars have already paid for, as the Senate auctions off furniture from the State Capitol.

If you'll forgive the somewhat cynical introduction, there's actually some pretty cool and historic furniture being auctioned, including desks, chairs, conference tables and cabinets that furnished the Senate offices at the Capitol and State Office building the past couple decades.

Bids are now being accepted by Auction Masters, with the auction starting to close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

It's being described as a "once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of history," with the inventory including furniture used by former governors Elmer Anderson, Al Quie, Wendell Anderson and Rudy Perpich when they served in the Senate.

"We think the auction is an opportunity for members of the public to secure a piece of Minnesota history. These chairs, bookcases, desks and tables resided in Senate offices and hearing rooms in the State Capitol for decades," said Cal Ludeman, Secretary of the Senate.

Here's a link to the catalogue where you can start bidding.

If you want to try before you buy, the pieces will be available to inspect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17, with pick-up and payment for winning bidders being taken on Thursday the 18th from 321 Grove St. in St. Paul.

Next Up

MARCUS ALEXANDER STEICHEN

Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care

The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Arrests made following fentanyl bust in St. Cloud

Authorities searched two St. Cloud apartments Friday morning.

potatoes 2

Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment

It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 9.07.54 AM

U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery

The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.

unsplash restaurant cashier register COVID face mask - crop

7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate

"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-22 at 7.47.53 AM

Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.

Wild

Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 12.56.52 PM

What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?

The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

Related

Why go to the store when you can buy online on Black Friday?

Why haul your turkey-bloated bodies out into the frigid Minnesota cold to line up for hours and then fight it out with throngs of shoppers for the same TV?

Dayton: I'll veto bill stopping cities setting own minimum wage, sick leave rules

The only way it could pass is if the Republicans make some serious budget concessions.

Senate votes to block MN cities from setting their own minimum wage

State lawmakers are looking to thwart minimum wage and sick leave ordinances in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2019-08-22 at 10.35.20 AM

Jason Lewis announces run for Tina Smith's U.S. Senate seat

The former 2nd District congressman is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7B

Whole Foods Market has more than 450 stores across three countries.

Minneapolis reveals its plan for getting to a $15 minimum wage

It doesn't include the "tip credit" for servers.

Target CEO, Best Buy argue against import tax that could devastate business

Brian Cornell will appear before representatives on Tuesday.