IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

All St. Louis County offices are open to the public. Currently, the COVID-19 Community Level is high in St. Louis County, which means facemasks are recommended inside St. Louis County buildings (and all indoor public places.)

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, properties are sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Three public auctions and several private adjoining owner auctions 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 an 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market conditions, to the general public on an over-the-counter listing or online auction until the tracts are sold or withdrawn.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.

Land Sale Auction List

Properties will become available to bid on at publicsurplus.com on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Bidding will close on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CST (auctions may extend if a bid is placed within 5 minutes of closing).

Note: St. Louis County does not charge sales tax of tax-forfeited land sales.

Land Sale Auction List

Land Sale Auction Booklet

Auction Booklet Distribution Locations

Public Surplus Bidder Instructions

Resolution

St. Louis County makes no representations, warranties, or guarantees with respect to access to state tax forfeited lands sold. Subject to all existing easements of record and rights-of-way.

Continuous Online Land Sale Auction

opens pdf of Auction List

Properties that did not sell on May 18, 2022 are now available over the counter, first come, first served, until sold or until re-posted at continuous online auction after the conclusion of the June auction.

Results

Continuous Online Auction Book

St. Louis County makes no representations, warranties, or guarantees with respect to access to state tax forfeited lands sold. Subject to all existing easements of record and rights-of-way.

Available Property List

Property for immediate purchase over-the-counter.

Available Property Booklet updated 02/23/2022. Please refer to the Available Land Sale List below for current availability.

Available Land Sale List

St. Louis County makes no representations, warranties, or 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

Land Sale Public Auction Dates

Date

February 10, 2022

June 9, 2022

October 6, 2022


Auction lists will be available approximately one month prior to the auction. 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. If bid up, the timber value increases at the same rate as the auction bid-up.