Broker & Auctioneer
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Matt and his wife Sarah, son Noah, daughter Evelyn & son Leo live in Courtland. Matt is active in several different organizations and clubs throughout the New Ulm area. He’s also the auctioneer of choice at many benefit auctions that he does each year. He is a drummer in the “Mages Family Band”, playing at area churches and benefits. Matt has a farming background, having grown up on the farm and has good knowledge of farms and machinery. Other skills include carpentry and home renovations, computer graphics and business organization.
If you want consistent and persistent, dedicated and motivated, and someone who knows his business, Matt Mages is your man. Matt works very hard to be sure he is properly pricing your home, farm, tractor, or whatever you’re selling. He’s frank and honest about what it will take for you to receive top dollar. Matt will walk you through little things you can do to improve your property for the very best price. He has a professional business sense about him yet you’ll find his confidence and demeanor very relaxing. MATT GETS RESULTS, period.
Founder & Auctioneer
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Larry is one of only a handful of premier real estate salespeople in Minnesota that have consistently sold many millions of dollars worth of real estate year after year. Having sold hundreds of homes, farms, hobby farms, livestock enterprises, hunting parcels, apartment houses, retail and service businesses, commercial properties, and residential and commercial lots throughout Minnesota. He also has sold many millions of dollars worth of private property at auction, including farm machinery & livestock equipment, construction equipment, antiques of every kind, recreation vehicles, business inventories, time shares, really pretty much anything you can imagine, he’s sold it. Larry has fine tuned and perfected his knowledge of the real estate and auction businesses and has extensively passed that knowledge on to each Mages Land Company and Auction Service agent and auctioneer. He has extensive experience selling by both the private sale method and the auction method. As an example of what Larry has done, he was recently commissioned to sell four separate properties that were on the market for many years by other real estate companies. Mages listed them, worked with the sellers as to what needed to be done and sold them. People from throughout the United States call on Mages Land Company and Auction Service to sell their property because they know what it takes to get the job done.
Larry has lived on the same farm since 1971. He’s been a community leader for most of his life, a member of many area organizations and has been an officer in most of them. He is also active in his church, taking a role at services, a board member several times and a musician and song leader for decades. He also does extensive volunteer work, doing about 15 benefit auctions per year and another 15 or so benefit music engagements. He’s been in the business world his entire life. He farmed for 26 years before renting out their land when he just became too busy with real estate and auctions. Larry also built up a swine breeding stock business that became nationally known, selling boars and gilts nation wide to farmers and other breeding stock herds and universities. When a hog disease devastated that business in 1989, Larry went and got his Real Estate and Auctioneer licenses. You would have to look a longtime to find someone with the knowledge, motivation, and expertise that Larry brings to the Real Estate and Auction world.
Read More About Joe
Joe Wersal has been in and around the auction business his entire life and became an auctioneer in 1984. In 1995 Joe purchased half interest in the famous Sleepy Eye Auction Market and has a thriving business there every Wednesday. Joe is an excellent auctioneer and is regarded by his peers as one of the premier ringmen in the state of Minnesota. Joe has a nose for finding treasures in seemingly ordinary boxes of personal property. He’s one of the best in the business at knowing values whether it’s an antique, a piece of machinery, or a full herd of cattle.
Joe lives on his farm just outside of Winthrop. He is involved in his church and area organizations, such as the Winthrop Lion’s Club. Joe is very laid back, easy to get to know and to be relaxed around. Give Joe Wersal a call and get to know a great auctioneer professional.
Auctioneer, MSAA Hall of Fame
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The following is the letter of nomination Larry Mages sent to the Minnesota State Auctioneer’s Association when John was selected into the MSAA Hall of Fame. You can see John has wonderful credentials.
When I was a boy, I went with my Dad to lots of auctions. Many things on our farm were bought at auctions, from farm machinery to livestock. After you go to enough auctions, you begin to know the auctioneers. I remember John Goelz auctioneering at the Walnut Grove auction barn and the Belle Plaine auction barn. The year was 1962. When I really got to know John was when he joined Myron Nelson in about 1968. Nelson and Goelz literally had nearly every auction for many years in our area. It seemed if you were going to an auction, they were the auctioneers. I asked John about 5 years ago how many auctions he thought he has done in his life. At that time he figured with the auction barns and him and Nelson, and then when I joined him when Myron Nelson retired in 1994, he had done approximately 3000-3500 auctions in his life. Well, I can tell you John is still going strong. We celebrated his 40th year in the auction business last year. He’s still a very strong auctioneer and is certainly one of the best at working his crowd into a frenzy of quick bidding and getting people to pay more for an item than they were planning on. I consider John as one of the premier auctioneers of Minnesota and the nation for that matter. There are only a handful of auctioneers in the state, now or ever with the experience and auctions under their belt that John Goelz has. If you work with John you better be willing to donate your time to benefit auctions. John does about 15 benefit auctions per year for churches, schools, county fair 4-H auctions and anybody with a cause. Not only is John an excellent auctioneer, but he’s also a wonderful caring person. Sometimes I just gotta shake my head and smile. Here is a man that will wear an everyday coat until there are holes in both sleeves and couple more somewhere else to boot, but when there is someone in need, I’ve seen John give huge dollars to help them out. John and his wife Alice have an especially huge heart for anyone that has a special needs child, and are always ready to help. Their daughter Louise is mentally handicapped and can be a real hand full, but I’ve never once ever heard John or Alice complain about the cross they bear. As a matter of fact, they feel they are blessed to have such a beautiful child. They have also had the heartbreak of losing a child at the age of 12 of a heart problem. And of course they’re very proud of their son Larry, who is a veterinarian and part owner of the Pipestone Vet Clinic. John and Alice have farmed their whole lives. They also have a Limosine cattle operation, as well as hogs and sheep. The Goelz’s have sold breeding stock for decades from all three of their livestock operations. I’ve watched John at many livestock auctions and 4-H auctions, and I don’t know of anyone that knows livestock and pedigrees better. I am proud to nominate a very qualified and deserving John Goelz for The Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Hall Of Fame.
Read More About Ryan
I have enjoyed being an auctioneer with Mages Land Company & Auction Service, for the last nine years. Ryan has a A.A.S in Farm Business Management. Working directly with families and farmers in the area is my passion. I have been a part of listing a variety of auctions in the area, from farm machinery to antiques and classic cars.
I have also worked full-time as a Correctional Officer for Brown County for the past 20 years. I’ve been a volunteer on the Winthrop Fire Department for over 27 yrs, Winthrop Ambulance, seed dealer and also farm. I am also on the Sibley Co Fair board and the Bavarian Blast board.
I live in Winthrop with my wife and daughter. We enjoy camping, vacationing together. I also enjoy hunting, the outdoors, and watching sports.
If you need help with an auction, whether it be personal property, a farm or farmland, we have the resources to provide you the best outcome. Give me a call and we can talk through any questions you may have.
Read More About Jill
Jill remembers very well Matt walking in and asking her if she’d be interested in working in his office. Obviously, that didn’t take long to answer. Working with the Mages family has just been awesome according to Jill! There has definitely been a positive learning curve working with real estate and planning auctions. Jill said she truly found out it takes many steps in order to have a successful sale run smoothly. We call auction days “fun day!” It really is enjoyable visiting with our dedicated followers and we appreciate the smiles. We also look forward to seeing new faces. We do our best to accommodate and serve our customers.
In her spare time Jill enjoys going to Wisconsin to visit her grandchildren, sewing, yardwork and flowers. Jill is a native of Fairfax and has two grown sons. “Family is important, I enjoy time with my sisters, going to events in the metro area, estate sales or just hanging out. You’d think I’d stay away from auctions but, sometimes it just fun to be in the crowd and be able to be a bidder once. I went to auctions with my father so I’m pretty sure that’s where this auction love comes from!”
Maintenance & Shipping Manager
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Hunter Borth has been with Mages Land Co & Auction Service, LLC since 2019 as the Maintenance & Shipping Manager. Along with general maintenance around the shop, he has been heavily involved with many large projects around Mages including the complete remodel of the 229 Main St West building in downtown Sleepy Eye. You have probably seen him around our auctions as well helping out in many areas.
Hunter lives in his hometown of Fairfax, he grew up doing many projects with his father around the home and gained a lot of experience with his previous jobs before coming to Mages. In his spare time he enjoys taking his car to various car shows in Minnesota, traveling, road trips, and drag racing at Brainerd International Raceway.
Auction & Real Estate Manager
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Maria Miller just joined Mages Land Co & Auction Service, LLC in 2022 as the team’s Auction and Real Estate Manager. Just 2 days after graduating from South Central College with her A.A.S. degree in Accounting, Matt reached out to her about an open position. A few days later and she was on board! While in school, Maria was a member in multiple different clubs including Business Professionals of America and Phi Theta Kappa, South Central’s Honor Society.
Maria enjoys going to the gym in the morning, spending time at home with her fiancé and 2 cats, and hanging out with her HUGE family in New Ulm.