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County tax forfeited land sale to be held Feb. 14

More than 90 tax forfeited properties are set to be auctioned off by St. Louis County on February 14.

The list features more than a dozen waterfront properties, including parcels on Birch Lake in Embarrass, and on the Whiteface Reservoir and Leisure Lake in Makinen, as well as four properties from the County’s former Lakeshore Lease program. The live auction begins at 10 a.m. at the AAD Shriners Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown.

The sale also includes recreational land, buildable lots, several homes 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 stlouiscountymn.gov/landsales or 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 first of three to be held in 2019. Additional sales will be held in June and October. 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.