Family shuts down Dixon farm after pipeline explosion

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- The partners who owned M&R Farms, where a pipeline explosion killed two people in December, are retiring from the business and more than 1,000 people gathered Monday to bid on the equipment.

During the auction, 167 lots were sold for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to nearly $200,000.

The auction was hosted by Ritchie Bros and included pickup trucks, electronics, hand tools, and many other farming items.

While the family of the two men who were killed did not want to speak, auction hosts say the day was very bittersweet.

"With what happened to the father and the son, the other partner decided it was time to retire. As emotional as it is, there comes a time when you have to close a chapter and start a new one," said Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Agriculture Roger Bode.

A total of 113 bidders made purchases at the auction.