Lands and Minerals

Colorful bedrock in an old iron mine within Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

About us
We are one of seven divisions within the Department of Natural Resources. The division is split into two sections — lands and minerals. These sections have different types of work but collaborate daily to accomplish their respective goals. Our employees use their expertise in law, science, geology, engineering, industry, and real estate to meet critical public needs.

Our vision
To provide exceptional real estate and mineral expertise to enhance Minnesota’s future, uphold strong environmental protections and support our economy by demonstrating the highest professional standards.

Learn about Lands and Minerals Recent News and Public Notices

Lands and Minerals news

March 29, 2024 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases.
Lands and Minerals News »

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Land sale

The DNR plans to sell additional properties at an auction in 2024. Visit the the land sale webpage to subscribe to receive details on future auctions.
Land sale webpage »

Air photo of PolyMet proposed plant site near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota

PolyMet permitting

Get up to date permitting information about PolyMet's NorthMet project.
DNR's PolyMet permitting webpage »

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Strategic plan 2017-2027

We recently completed a plan that serves as the division's strategic direction from 2017-2027. Read all about it here. 
Strategic Plan »

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View or download a selection of publications from Lands and Minerals Division.
Publications »

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