Nine tax-forfeited homes and more than 20 other properties were back in private ownership following Thursday's Tax Forfeited Property Auction in Hermantown, a St. Louis County news release said.

Altogether, 30 tax forfeited properties were purchased, adding them back to the property tax base, for a total of $690,145. Properties sold ranged in price from $87,500 for a large lot with a two-bedroom structure in Morse Township to $45 for a small triangular shaped parcel in Winton.

All parcels not purchased at the auction are now available for sale on a first come, first served basis through the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department. There are more than 250 properties now available for sale on the county's website, along with results from today's auction.

Today's sale was the second of the year and featured approximately 100 tax forfeited properties, including more than 20 houses in communities throughout St. Louis County, plus recreational land, build-able lots and several waterfront properties with cabins from the county's former lakeshore lease program. One more auction is scheduled for later this year on Oct. 10 in Virginia.