2017 Metallic Minerals Lease Sale

Approval of Mineral Leases

On September 12, 2017, the Minnesota State Executive Council approved issuance of 284 leases to four companies that submitted bids at the state’s June 9, 2017 nonferrous metallic minerals lease sale. The Executive Council approved issuance of:

  • 34 leases covering 14,870.93 acres in Lake of the Woods County to Afton Minerals LLC.
  • 238 leases covering 94,607.69 acres in Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis Counties to AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota Inc., subject to special terms in two of the leases and exclusion of certain lands in three of the leases.
  • 9 leases covering 2,759.55 acres in St. Louis County to Encampment Minerals, Inc.
  • 3 leases covering 560 acres in Beltrami County to Solway Resources LLC.

Revenues from the leases will benefit school districts throughout the state, counties, townships and school districts where the leased minerals are located, as well as the state general fund.

Web Map of Bid Results

The 2017 state metallic minerals lease sale was held on June 9, 2017. The bid results are shown in the web map. Of the 195,324 acres offered for lease, 112,585 received bids. Zoom in and click on any of the 506 Mining Units to get more information such as; Mining Unit Number, Bid Status, County, Public Land Survey location, acres available for lease, surface ownership, and if there are any section level exclusion lands and/or special features. There is also a link to the mining unit book which has more detailed public land survey legal information.

Final Mining Unit Book »
Bid Results Summary »
GIS data of bid results » (.zip)
Metallic Mineral Lease Sale Home »


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Mining unit spatial data is not intended, nor is it, a legal representation of the information depicted and is not intended to establish any legal identification of the true shape, size, area, location or existence of the real property depicted.