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Free house is still on the market

Hastings' cheapest home is still on the market.

The vacant house adjacent to the former Jiffy gas station was put on the market, if you will, last week by the Linn Companies. The asking price? It's free.

The only catch is that you'd have to pay to move it.

Since Linn Companies announced the move last week, operations manager Dan King received about 10 calls on the house. Five callers were pretty serious, he said, and they are doing their research on what it would cost to move the house.

"I think there are some people out there who are serious about doing it," he said. "I don't know if they realize what they have to go through to get to that point, but they're doing their homework."

A couple calls are from people who have their home on a double lot. They'd be willing to move the house to the vacant lot adjacent to their house, so that their children could have a house.

"It's a great starter home," King said.

One person called from Hampton and another from Vermillion, so there's interest in outlying areas as well.

"I'm certainly hoping that somebody comes up with a solution to find it a new home," King said.

Anyone who wants to take on the project of moving the house can contact King by calling 651-731-5967.