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Lakeshore Lots for Sale

The properties listed in the link are former state tax forfeited leased parcels and available for purchase over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis upon payment of $1,000 non-refundable earnest money. The full balance of the purchase price plus all fees must be paid prior to payment to the leaseholder for improvements by certified check, cashier's check or money order. If an agreement with the leaseholder is reached that allows greater than 15 days from the date of sale for payment of improvements, full balance of the purchase price for the land, with fees, must be made to the County within 30 days of the date of sale.

St. Louis County makes no representations, warranties, nor guarantees with respect to access to state tax forfeited lands sold.

Payment for improvements must be made within 15 days of the auction sale, either in cash or upon terms and conditions agreeable to the owner of the improvements (leasee). If payment for improvements is not made in cash, and there is no agreement between parcels within 15 days of the auction sale, St. Louis County will void the land sale and reoffer the property. 

Lakeshore Lots Sale Booklet

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 List

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

Available Booklet - pdf of the available booklet.  


Land Sale Auction Dates

Date     Time Location
February 8, 2018  10:00 A.M.     AAD Shriners Center
June 14, 2018 10:00 A.M. AAD Shriners Center
October 11, 2018 11:00 A.M. Miners Memorial


AAD Shriners Center
5152 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN 55811


Miners Memorial Building
821 S 9th Ave.
Virginia, MN 55792





Land Sale Results

Land Sale Results


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