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Thousands of items from closed Pheasant Run Resort part of online auction

Auction will be held Monday through Thursday

ST. CHARLES – Those who want to preserve a piece of the iconic Pheasant Run Resort will soon have their chance.

Starting Monday, thousands of items from the now closed resort will be auctioned off as part of a four day online auction.

Grafe Auction will conduct the auction at its website, grafeauction.com. The auction will run Monday through Thursday.

"In addition to being filled with decades of memories, this large facility is filled with over 3,000 items that will be sold to the public regardless of price across four days," states its website.

The public can preview and inspect items from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Questions may be directed to Ben Grafe at 507-273-3507 or Judd Grafe at 507- 254-1184.

The iconic resort closed its doors March 1 following a failed attempt to auction off the resort. It had first opened in February 1963 and was annexed by the city in 1965.

Edward McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in February 1963 on land that was previously a dairy farm owned by Colonel Edward Baker. Among the memorabilia that will be auctioned off include autographed photos of stars who performed at Zanies Comedy Club, including Paula Poundstone.

Furniture, appliances and golf balls are among the other items for sale. Florida-based St. Charles Resort, LLC wants to divide the 46.13 acres located at the southeast corner of Route 64 and Kautz Road into three commercial lots.

The Mega Center and the adjacent parking field comprise lot one and lot two consists of the former resort buildings. Lot three is the mostly undeveloped corner parcel at Main Street and Kautz Road. Speculation has been that a car dealership plans to purchase the 35,000 square-foot Mega Center, which opened in 1985 and served as an event space for Pheasant Run.

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