County Launches Online Auction for Tax-Forfeited Properties

Updated: February 03, 2020 08:13 PM

You can get almost anything online these days. Including tax-forfeited land from St. Louis County.


"We just started out online auction. This is our pilot run," explained Senior Planner Stacy Melcher. She works in the Lands and Minerals department. "We posted 18 properties on the public surplus website. There are a variety of price points and locations, from municipal to extremely rural."

She said they are doing their best to keep up with the times, and looking at other avenues to reach additional bidders and interested parties.

The important part is getting the land back on the tax rolls, and something the owners want as an investment. "We work closely with each and every one of those properties. It's really nice to see when they go from tax-forfeited, back into the hands of the general public," Melcher added.

Money raised during the auctions goes to helping pay to run the lands and minerals department, the general fund, and cities and school districts.

This link takes you right to the online auction:,mn/list/current?orgid=874392

It closes the morning of February 10th.

This link takes you to the county's tax-forfeited properties page:

There is another in-person auction coming on February 13th at 10am at the AAD Shriners Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway. There are around 65 properties up for bid on that day.

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