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Tax Forfeited Land Sales


Tax Forfeited Land Sales

Tax forfeited land, managed and offered for sale by St. Louis County, is land that has forfeited to and is now owned by the State of Minnesota for the non-payment of taxes.

A list of land for potential sale is prepared by the Land & Minerals Department and submitted for County Board approval. State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approval is also necessary for certain parcels (on water, mineral potential, etc). Once approved, parcels are sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Three public auctions and several private adjoining owner auctions are held each year.

Land Sale Auction Dates




February 8, 2018

 10:00 A.M. 

AAD Shriners Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN 55811

June 14, 2018

 10:00 A.M.

AAD Shriners Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN 55811

October 11, 2018

 11:00 A.M.

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

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 10 years. The down payment is 10% of the purchase price or $500, whichever is greater. The current annual interest rate as determined by statute is 10%. 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.

Available Property List

Property for immediate purchase over-the-counter.

Available Property Booklet

Available Land Sale List

St. Louis County makes no representations, warranties, nor guarantees with respect to access to state tax forfeited lands sold. Subject to all existing easements of record and rights of way.

Past Auctions and Results