Melissa Brown, Christie Ruple and Jeff Haynes present the final total at the end of the four-day auction Sunday. The auction once again broke the previous year’s record and brought in $1,441,599 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. | Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

Minden did it again.

The 40th annual Minden St. Jude Auction made history Sunday evening by breaking the 2015 record and bringing in $1,441,599 for the children’s cancer research hospital.

“Once again our community has far surpassed anything we could dream of,” Christie Ruple, co-chair of the auction said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you Minden, Webster Parish and beyond.”

Thousands converged upon the Minden Civic Center from Thursday to Sunday to place bids on items and help break all records for the 40th annual auction, themed ‘There’s no place like St. Jude” – a nod to the popular ‘Wizard of


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