Lease Sale Bid Results
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held its 35th non-ferrous metallic minerals lease sale on June 9, 2017. Five companies submitted bids on mining units in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis Counties. Of the 195,324 acres offered for lease, 112,585 received bids. A list of the companies, the mining units bid upon and the amount of each bid is posted in the Bid Information Summary document. A web map is also available that displays the bid results.
Bid Information Summary »
Web map »
Following its review of the bids and bidder qualifications, the DNR will prepare a report and recommendation to the State’s Executive Council about the leases. The State’s Executive Council, comprised of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor, will decide whether to approve the leases. The DNR expects to bring the leases to the Executive Council for consideration at its meeting on September 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in Room G23 Senate Committee Room, State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN.
The DNR is accepting written comments from the public specific to the bidders and properties bid upon until 4:30 p.m. on July 10, 2017. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to MMLeaseSale.email@example.com or may be mailed to:
MM Lease Sale
DNR Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Any comments received from members of the public are classified as public data.
Since 1966 the DNR has offered nonferrous metallic mineral leases on state-owned mineral rights through a public competitive sealed bid offering known as the Metallic Minerals Lease Sale.
What are Nonferrous Metallic Minerals?
A state metallic mineral lease grants the lessee authority to explore for a mineral deposit but with certain conditions. The lessee is under lease terms that have conditions to help protect the public and environment (see lease form). Any exploration on state land requires the explorer to send an Exploration Plan to the DNR for approval before any exploration on the ground can begin. If a lessee does discover a mineral deposit, environmental review and mining permits are mandatory before mining can begin.
Metallic Minerals Lease Sale Rules »
Leases need Executive Council approval
All state leases for nonferrous metallic minerals must be approved by the Executive Council (Minnesota Statutes, section 93.25, Subd. 2). The Executive Council consists of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, and attorney general.
2017 Lease Sale
More Lease Sale Information Below:
2017 lease sale bid information summary
Areas offered for lease in 2017 lease sale
Areas offered versus awarded leases
State leases and exploration drilling
The statistics above do not suggest future trends in public lease sales or exploration drilling.
Bid Results Web Map
Public Input Received
The list of lands being offered for lease was available for public input from January 30, 2017 through March 31, 2017. The DNR received four letters via email. They are posted here in a compressed zip file:
The documents are available in alternative formats. The documents are also available for viewing in the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Please contact us at: MMLeaseSale.firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-5959 if you would like to view the documents or would like them in an alternative format.
Lease Sale Process, FAQs, & History
Learn about DNR's Metallic Minerals Lease Sale and more about nonferrous metallic minerals exploration and regulations.
Lease Sale Process
Lease Sale FAQs
The fact sheet below features a number of questions and answers about nonferrous metallic minerals leasing, exploration, and regulation.
History of State Leasing and Public Lease Sales for Nonferrous Metallic Minerals (1966-2016):
Learn more about nonferrous metallic minerals at the following DNR webpages and documents:
Why does the state lease its minerals?
The state leases its minerals on school trust lands to fulfill its fiduciary obligation to raise revenue for the Permanent School Fund. Minerals have generated about 80% of the historic total revenue to the Permanent School Fund. The state also has fiduciary responsibilities to raise revenues for the Permanent University Fund and the taxing districts and meets those responsibilities by leasing minerals on university trust lands and minerals acquired by the state through tax forfeiture.
The leasing of state-owned minerals supports the state’s policy “to provide for the diversification of the state’s mineral economy through long-term support of mineral exploration, evaluation, environmental research, development, production, and commercialization.”
Minnesota Statutes section 93.001. »