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Confusion dooms Iowa family's own Field of Dreams

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A question about who owns a piece of land is costing an Iowa man his dream.

Bill Sterbenz built a wiffle ball field next to his home where hundreds of people played for three decades, but now the game has been called over confusion.

"After 47 years of us living here... a few months ago, the tax assessor came and said, 'Well, that land is not yours,'" said Sterbenz.

A picture from the Clinton County assessor shows the actual land boundaries. The land with the field, that Bill's family believed was theirs for nearly 50 years, actually belongs to someone else.

"I could probably go fight it. There's probably not a judge in this country that wouldn't award this third of an acre to me for what I've done to it in development, maintaining it," said Sterbenz. He then said he won't pursue it because he doesn't want to pay the legal fees.

So now, the lights that lit Sterb Stadium on warm summer nights lay in the street. The metal poles and fencing are ready to be hauled away and home plate is taken out of the ground for the very last time.

"This story isn't about me, it's about the people that came out here, the people that were a part of my dream," said Sterbenz who met his wife playing on the field.

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