Tax-forfeited land, managed by St. Louis County, is land that has forfeited to the State of Minnesota for 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, properties are sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Three public auctions and several private adjoining owner sales are held each year. If a property does not sell at auction, it may be available over-the-counter, on a first come, first served basis, or offered through the continuous online auction.
The County may reoffer individual unsold tracts at periodically adjusted prices, based on market conditions, to the general public on an over-the-counter listing or online auction until the tracts are sold or withdrawn. Adjoining owners will not be re-notified when such price adjustments occur. It is the sole responsibility of any prospective buyer to monitor any potential price adjustments.