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    Farmers remain silent at auction so young man can buy his family farm back

    David’s family’s 80 acres of land was sold to a distant relative and the family’s property was gone. What they had spent decades building vanished in a split-second bank interaction.

    Throughout his life, David dreamed of somehow getting back the family’s land and rebuild their business. Several years after losing the family land, it suddenly appeared on auction. David and his father decided they would do their best to collect whatever modest means they had to try to get it back, reports

    They spent many days and sleepless nights trying to come up with every possible way to acquire the extraordinary assets to reclaim their land. When the day of the auction finally came, their hearts sank: nearly 200 farmers were gathered. David and his father felt their chances of repossessing their family land was slim to none.

    But they gave it their best shot. When the auctioneer announced their land, they immediately placed their bid — and held their breath.

    Theirs was the first bid and David and his father anxiously waited to see who would bid next. But suddenly, the room went silent.

    David didn’t understand what was happening and even the auctioneer was stupefied. He made further attempts to solicit a new bid, but got only silence. Stunned, he called a break.

    They reconvened — three times — and each time, not a single farmer placed a bid.

    The auctioneer finally had no choice, and with the strike of the gavel, David and his family had their land back. It felt like a miracle. A miracle of 200 farmers from Nebraska, USA — every single one of them knowing what the right thing to do was.

    David could finally write a happy chapter in his family history book.

    “I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life. The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the Auction House,” he said.

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    I wish I was at that auction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    I wish I was at that auction.
    I'm sure it would have been very self satisfying and enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Great story!
    Bunch of good hearts.

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    Where did it happen? The story was reported in 2018 with the same amount of details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    Where did it happen? The story was reported in 2018 with the same amount of details.
    Nebraska 2011. Wasn't meant to be news, just a nice story about rare humanity.

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    I don't believe it. No last names, no locale mentioned, no number on the bid, and an auction that sounds like it didn't have a reserve?
    I need more than that to be convinced.
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    Wasn't this an episode of Little House on the Prairie?

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    The cynic in mean wants to know how they lost the farm to begin with before I feel any joy from this.

    If it was a spat of bad luck, yeah, that's nice.

    If they were morons who squandered their wealth and lost the farm because of it? Well, then this isn't so heartwarming, IMO.

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    Did they live happily ever after?

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