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St. Louis County launches first property auction of 2022

Nearly 50 properties are up for auction, including lakeshore and riverside lots.

House for sale
This house in Virginia is one of nearly 50 tax-forfeited properties for sale via an online auction.
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DULUTH — Online bidding is open for St. Louis County’s first auction of the year featuring tax-forfeited properties made available for the first time. Nearly 50 properties are available for bidding through 11 a.m. Feb. 10.

The direct link is https://bit.ly/3HiNl4U.

The list includes eight lakeshore lots (some accessible by water only), plus additional parcels with river frontage. Also included is a four-bedroom home in Virginia, 12 lots that have been cleaned up with structures razed, plus buildable lots and recreational land throughout the county.

In 2021, the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department successfully sold 185 tax-forfeited properties through online auctions totaling more than $3.5 million, plus an additional 81 properties that, after not being purchased at auction, were sold over the counter for nearly $750,000.

Revenue from these sales supports the work of the Land and Minerals Department.

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Any revenue over and above expenses is distributed by the County Board to various funds and local jurisdictions as provided by statute. A portion may be used for timber development or economic development purposes, and the remaining balance is distributed to the county’s general fund, school districts and townships or cities.

To be eligible to bid, a person 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 before purchasing at auction or over the counter.

To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3u6jokv or call the Land and Minerals Department at 218-726-2606.

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