Approximately 65 properties are set to be auctioned off by St. Louis County on February 13. The live auction begins at 10 a.m. at the AAD Shriners Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown.
The list features 18 formerly blighted properties that have been cleaned up and structures removed to make way for new development. Eight houses are also for sale in communities throughout the county, including Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia, Hoyt Lakes and Angora. The sale also includes recreational land, buildable lots and other parcels.
A catalog with photos, maps and details about each property, including the starting bid price, is available 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.
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 or over-the-counter.
This tax forfeited land sale is the first of three to be held in 2020. Additional sales will be held in June and October. Properties not sold at the auction may become available for purchase over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis, or may be offered through online auction. The county recently started a pilot program offering previously unsold properties for sale by online auction at publicsurplus.com. The first online offering, featuring 18 properties, began in early January and closes February 10.
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 stlouiscountymn.gov/landsales or call the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.