St. Louis County tax-forfeited land auction June 13

This three-bedroom home in Duluth’s Central Hillside offers clear views of Lake Superior from all levels. It’s available for purchase at the Tax Forfeited Land Sale Auction on June 13, for a starting bid of $62,100. Submitted / St. Louis County
More than 100 tax-forfeited properties are set to be auctioned off by St. Louis County on June 13.

The list features 20 houses in communities throughout the county, including Duluth, Hibbing, Chisholm, Gilbert and more, plus several cabins and waterfront properties from the County’s former Lakeshore Lease program.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. at the AAD Shriners Center, located at 5152 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown.

The sale also includes recreational land, buildable lots and other parcels. Some parcels 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, is available online at 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.

Anyone bidding or purchasing at the auction 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 and provide proof before bidding or purchasing at the auction.

This tax forfeited land sale is the second of three to be held in 2019. An additional sale will be held October 10 in Virginia. Properties not sold at the auction will be available for purchase over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis.

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 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 parcels available for purchase at the auction 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.