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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Stan Kroenke is making new enemies, this time in north Texas.

The Waggoner Ranch is a massive tract of land encompassing more than 500,000 acres outside Wichita Falls, Texas. It's larger than the city of St. Louis.

Stan Kroenke purchased the vast open property in early 2016. The sale price was not disclosed, but the asking price was $725 million.

A small corner of the ranch includes homes built on the banks of Lake Diversion.

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In August, longtime residents began receiving eviction letters, including former St. Louis area resident Paul Appel. Appel provided News 4 with a copy of his eviction letter from Kroenke's attorneys.

Appel is a veteran living on disability, and says he can't afford to move. He does not mince words when talking about Kroenke, "I think he's a greedy SOB," Appel said. 

The eviction letter states Appel and others will be trespassing if attempts to access their homes are made after 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017. 

It also states all property must be removed from the premises, and that any property left on the premises after the termination date will be deemed abandoned.

Appel says he can't afford to move his mobile home so he plans to destroy it. "I'm going to shoot out the windows, do every bit of damage I can."

Up the road, Lynn Postalwait and his wife are also being evicted. They have owned their home since 1967. Postalwait owns the structure, but leases the land it sits on for $1500 per year. Postalwait says his house can't be moved. 

Standing on his front deck Postalwait said, "I hope he enjoys his money when he goes to hell."

On the day News 4 visited his wife was sick, Postalwait was working to pack their belongings. 

Kroenke is represented by Sherrill & Gibson in Wichita Falls.

A receptionist said nobody was interested in speaking with News 4 about the matter. 

Residents like Postalwait says starting over won't be cheap. "We planned to retire right here." 

He plans to remove tin from his roof, and windows from their frames to construct a new home a few miles away. 

Postalwait and others on the ranch say Kroenke is offering no money for their homes, and no money for moving expenses.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the residents of Lake Diversion. The page is operated by Lillian Siber Gifford. Her parents have lived on the Waggoner Ranch for decades. She says the fund will help elderly and disabled residents with moving expenses. 

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