Tax Forfeited Land Auction results in nearly $600,000 in sales

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Land & Minerals Department • 320 West Second Street, Suite 302 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2606 •

Mark Weber




October 10, 2019

CONTACT: Dana Kazel, Communications Manager

218-725-5049 (office) • 218-591-2219 (cell)


Tax Forfeited Land Auction results in nearly $600,000 in sales

Nearly three dozen formerly tax forfeited properties are now back in private ownership following today's St. Louis County Tax Forfeited Property Auction. All together, 34 properties were purchased for a total of $596,480. This includes two houses, a cabin, a large commercial building, and several properties where blighted properties had been demolished.


Properties sold ranged in price from $180,000 for a commercial property near Cook to $30 for a one-acre parcel that's mostly wetland in Leiding Township. 


All parcels not purchased at the auction are now available for sale on a first come, first served basis through the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department. There are more than 250 properties now available for sale. The list of those properties, along with results from today's auction, can be found online at


Today's sale was the third and final auction this year, and featured 70 tax forfeited properties, plus additional waterfront properties with cabins from the county's former lakeshore lease program. Auctions will be held again next year in February, June and October.


Within St. Louis County there are nearly 900,000 acres of tax forfeited land, which the County's Land and Minerals Department is responsible for managing. Most of the land is maintained for forest management, however, the County is working to sell parcels that are not planned for management as a way to encourage development and increase the property tax base.


For more information about tax forfeited land sales, or to subscribe to receive email notifications about updates and future sales, visit or call the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.