Waterfront, commercial property up for bid in St. Louis County

Bidding in the second of three annual tax-forfeited property auctions through St. Louis County ends Thursday morning.

Aerial view of property on Ban Lake
This property is approximately 4.77 acres and includes about 455 feet of frontage on Ban Lake. It is accessible by water only. Starting bid is $41,700.
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DULUTH — Online bidding is open for St. Louis County’s second auction of the year featuring first-time-available tax-forfeited properties.

Nearly 50 properties are available for bidding through 11 a.m. Thursday at

The auction list includes lots in communities throughout the county including several that have been cleaned up and structures razed. There are homes in Chisholm and Virginia, a commercial property in Virginia, and waterfront properties on Ban, Elbow and Turpela lakes, and the Ash River.

Outside of an empty commercial building
This one-story commercial building previously housed a retail store. It includes eight separate offices, reception area and more. Starting bid is $16,050.
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The complete list of properties, as well as a catalog with photos, maps and details about each one, including the starting bid price, is available online at, or by calling the Land and Minerals Department at 218-726-2606.

Catalogs also can be found at numerous gas stations, grocery stores and other businesses throughout the county.


To be eligible to bid, a person cannot have any delinquent property taxes on property they already own in St. Louis County.

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 resource 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.

Outside of a house in Chisholm
This two-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Chisholm includes an unfinished basement and detached garage. Starting bid is $21,200 (plus a certified assessment of $59.36 that must be paid at the time of sale).
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