St. Louis County will hold a live auction of more than 70 tax forfeited properties beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the AAD Shriner’s Center in Hermantown.
Some of the parcels have had blighted buildings removed as part of the County’s efforts, in partnership with cities and townships, to spur economic development. A catalog with photos, maps and details about each property, including the starting bid price, can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/landsales or by calling the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.
Registration is required for all bidders, and can be done online or by filling out a form, which is included in the catalog or is available at the auction. For convenience, pre-registration in advance of the auction is encouraged.
As a reminder, anyone bidding or purchasing at the auction cannot have any delinquent property taxes on parcels they already own in St. Louis County. People who have delinquent property taxes must first pay what they owe and provide proof before bidding or purchasing at the auction.
The tax forfeited land sale is the second of three to be held in 2017, with the final auction scheduled for October 12. Tax forfeited properties not sold at the auction will be available for purchase over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis. This now includes unsold lakeshore properties from the County’s former lakeshore lease program.
Within St. Louis County, there are nearly 900,000 acres of tax forfeited land, with the County’s Land and Minerals Department is responsible for managing. Most of the land is maintained for forest management, however, the County has been trying to sell smaller parcels located with cities and townships as a way to encourage development and increase the property tax base.
To learn more about the land sale, view parcels available for purchase at the auction or over-the-counter, or to subscribe to receive email notifications about future sales, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/landsales or call the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.