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market conditions, to the general public on an over-the-counter listing or online auction until the tracts are sold or withdrawn.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.

October Land Sale Auction List

DUE TO COVID-19 PUBLIC GATHERING PROTOCOLS, THIS AUCTION WILL BE PRESENTED ONLINE ONLY.

Properties that did not sell at auction at the October auction are now available over-the-counter first come, first served (see Land Sale Auction List below for availability).

Land Sale Auction List

Land Sale Auction Booklet

Land Sale Results

Public Surplus Bidder Instructions

Auction Booklet Distribution Locations

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 06/22/2020. 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 Auction Dates

Date    

Time

Location

February 11, 2021  

 ends at 11:00 A.M.  CST

Online Auction

June 10, 2021   

 to be determined

to be determined   

October 7, 2021

 to be determined

to be determined 


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.