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Tax forfeited land auction is June 14, features nearly 170 properties

Two North Shore properties with frontage on Lake Superior, the 25 acre site where the former Clover Valley School stood vacant prior to being demolished in 2016, and 18 houses in Duluth, Ely, Hibbing, Virginia and other communities are among the nearly 170 tax forfeited properties to be auctioned off by St. Louis County on Thursday, June 14.

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

This is one of the largest sales in recent years, in terms of number of properties available. Some of the parcels have been offered for sale in the past but have since been revalued and now have a lower minimum bid. Other parcels had blighted buildings removed as part of the County’s efforts, in partnership with cities and townships, to spur economic development. Recreational land, buildable lots and other parcels are also for sale. A catalog with photos, maps and details about each property, including the starting bid price, can be found 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.

The tax forfeited land sale is the second of three to be held in 2018. The final auction is scheduled October 11 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. Tax forfeited properties not sold at the auction will be available for purchase over-the-counter on a first come, first served basis. This now includes unsold lakeshore properties from the County’s former lakeshore lease program.

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.

Photo: This two-story home at 2509 West 2nd Street in Duluth has a starting bid of $50,600. It will be offered for sale at the St. Louis County Tax Forfeited Land Sale on June 14. Submitted / St. Louis County