If you have one of those hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list this year, how about getting them their own island-- right here in Minnesota?

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That's right, it's an island. And, yes, it's right here in Minnesota-- about an hour north of Rochester, as it turns out, right there in the middle of the mighty Mississippi River. And, yes, it is for sale.

Or, it will be, anyway. That's the word from Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins, who posted some information about the island on his Facebook page last week. The island IS private property, even though it's apparently used as a party-stop by boaters, tubers and other recreational users on that part of the Mississippi River.

The island was apparently tax-forfeited by the current owner, and Dakota County now owns the property. And, Atkins says, the county will most likely make it available for bids on the forfeited property auction list early next year.

He described the property like this: "An island in the Mississippi has been tax forfeited. Popular with boaters, the 2.31-acre party spot lies between Inver Grove Heights and Cottage Grove. It has an estimated market value of $2,200, according to the tax statement," the post said.

So, if you have an extra $2,200 laying around and have ever wanted to own your own island-- or know someone who does-- this might be for you. How's THAT for a unique Christmas gift?!? (You can get more info about Dakota County's forfeited property HERE.)

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