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Tax Forfeited Land Sales

State Tax Forfeited land covers approximately 900,000 acres of St. Louis County's 4.5 million acres.  Tax forfeited ownership is fragmented; certain areas in the County have large contiguous blocks of tax forfeited land, while other areas have small scattered parcels.  Most of this land is retained for forest management, but many of the small non-contiguous parcels and parcels located within the boundaries of cities and towns are offered for sale.

A list of land for potential sale is prepared by the Land & Minerals Department and submitted for County Board approval.  State of Minnesota approval is also necessary for certain parcels (on water, mineral potential etc).  Once approved, the Land & Minerals Department advertises the sale for two consecutive weeks in the County designated newspaper.  Parcels are sold at public auction to the highest bidder.  Three public land auctions and several non-public adjoining owner auctions are held each year.  Sales can be paid for in full on the day of the sale or the purchaser may enter into a contract with the County for a period not exceeding ten years. The current annual interest rate as determined by statute is 10%.  For each parcel sold, a down payment of 10% of the purchase price or $500, whichever is greater.  For those parcels for which there is an estimated volume of timber, the appraised value of the timber must be paid in full at the time of purchase, in addition to the down payment.

Tax forfeit land sales are regulated by Minnesota Statute 282.

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  Available Land Booklet Distribution Locations
  Auction Booklet Distribution Locations
Pre-Registration Form for Oct. 9, 2014 Sale
  Land Sale Information Booklet 
  Land Sale List Subscriptions 
  Land Sale E-mail notification

Land Sale List - properties that will go up for auction on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Land Sale Booklet - pdf of the Land Sale Auction Booklet (printed/paper copies of this booklet will be available approximately 30 days prior to the auction)

The Department of Natural Resources will hold an auction for its public land for sale immediately following the tax forfeited properties auction. Information on the DNR's auction and properties for sale is available here.

Available Land Sale List - property for immediate purchase over-the-counter
Available Booklet - pdf of the Available List Booklet.

Land Sale Auction Dates

 

  2015 Auction Dates to be announced

Date     Time Location

Duluth Depot
St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, MN

       

Miners Memorial Building
821 S 9th Ave
Virginia, MN

 

If you have any questions, call 218-726-2606.