First tax forfeited property auction of 2021 available online

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

Julie Marinucci
Deputy Director



February 3, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Marinucci, Deputy Director

Land and Minerals Department 



First tax forfeited property auction of 2021 is open now online

Following the success of last year's online auctions of tax forfeited land, and with the continuing need for COVID-19 precautions, St. Louis County's first tax forfeited land sale of 2021 will be offered completely online. More than 60 properties are available for bidding at now through February 11, at 11 a.m..


(Direct link for the properties is,mn/list/current?orgid=874392)


The list features multiple lakeshore lots (some are accessible by water only), a house in Ely, recreational land and investment property throughout the county. A catalog with photos, maps and details about each property, including the starting bid price, is available online at, by calling the Land and Minerals Department at (218)

726-2606, or at numerous gas stations, grocery stores and other businesses throughout the county. A list of locations also can be found at


Eligibility requirements for someone to participate in the online auction are the same as for someone wanting to bid at the traditional live oral auctions or purchase over-the-counter. Bidders cannot have any delinquent property taxes on property they already own in St. Louis County. People who have delinquent property taxes must first pay what they owe before purchasing from the auction or Available List.


This tax forfeited land sale is the first of three auctions offering new properties to be held in 2021. Additional sales will be held in 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 resource management, however the county also encourages the sale of land that is not suitable for management as a way to encourage development and increase the property tax base.


To learn more about the land sale, view properties available for purchase at the auctions or over-the-counter, or to subscribe to receive email notifications about future sales, visit or call the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.



Tract 1 - Northshore

This vacant, wooded lot on Old North Shore Road is approximately 120'x600'. Its starting bid in the online auction is $51,825.

Ely house

This three-bedroom home in Ely is available in the St. Louis County online tax-forfeited property auction with a starting bid of $28,650.

Tract 51 - Wolf Lake

This 5+ acre parcel includes more than 1,000 feet of frontage on Wolf Lake. It's accessible by water only. The starting bid is $136,600.