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Radke v. Brenon
Citation:271 Minn. 35, 134 N.W.2d 887 (1965)
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The parties are neighbors who own adjoining plots of land near the shore of a lake, neither of which stretched all the way to the lake itself. The strip of land between the shoreline of the lake and the plots was owned by a developer who hoped to sell the entire strip to the county for use as a park. This failed, and the defendant ultimately acquired the entire strip of land and sent letters to each property owner adjacent to the strip stating that he had no desire to retain the pieces of land that were not an extension of his own property. He claimed no interest in making a profit and offered to split the cost of the land evenly amongst all the residents, himself included. The plaintiff orally accepted this offer two weeks after receiving it. Later, the plaintiff learned that two other neighbors declined to purchase their shares, and the divided cost was increased, and he failed to inform the defendant that he was okay with the increase. There were some delays in the transaction, but the plaintiff ultimately sent the check to the defendant, who then revoked the offer to sell.
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