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Lands and Minerals releases information to the public regarding many subjects including but not limited to:

  • state land sales
  • nonferrous metallic minerals lease sales
  • exploration plans for nonferrous metallic minerals leases
  • construction aggregate maps
  • data releases

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September 2019

Sep. 6, 2019 - Auction Dates and Parcels announced for the Minnesota DNR’s Fall 2019 Land Sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels at three public oral bid auctions this October. The auctions will be held in Virginia, Wadena and St. Paul, Minnesota.

The properties include unimproved recreational land in Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis, Wabasha and Wadena counties.

More information about the auction process and parcels can be found on the DNR’s Land Sale webpage.

Fall 2019 Auction Dates

  1. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Miners Memorial Building 821 S. 9th Ave., Virginia. This auction is held in conjunction with the St. Louis County’s tax forfeit land sale. The DNR will have its own bidder registration at the same time as the county, starting at 9 a.m. The county auction begins at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the DNR’s auction. Learn more about the St. Louis County land sale.
  2. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at the DNR Central Office, Lobby Conference Room, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 55155. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
  3. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at Wadena County Courthouse, 415 Jefferson Street South, Wadena, 56482. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Public auction details, parcel information and the latest updates will be posted on the DNR’s Land Sale webpage. You can also call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367, or e-mail the DNR land sale coordinator.


August 2019

Aug. 7, 2019 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Encampment Minerals, Inc. (Encampment) has proposed mineral exploration in northeastern Minnesota.

Encampment proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Lake County, Minnesota in an area located about 8 miles east-north-east of Babbitt, Minnesota. Encampment proposes to drill exploratory borings at 4 sites using the diamond core drilling method.

Upon DNR approval, Encampment has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 


June 2019

June 25, 2019 - Public land sales auction updates

Over-The-Counter Sale

The DNR has one parcel available for purchase Over-the-Counter for a limited time. This parcel did not sell at the fall 2018 auction.

Interested parties should review the property data sheet and Instructions for Over-The-Counter Land Purchase and Terms and Conditions of Sale.

Itasca County Sale 31093, 36.83 acres. Purchase price was $43,000. PRICE REDUCED to $33,400.

Fall 2019 sale

The next DNR auction will be in fall 2019. You will be notified by email when the parcels are available. The parcels will also be listed on the land sale webpage and at the Minnesota state fair in August.

Land sale program

Minnesota is the largest landowner in the state with the DNR managing 5.6 million acres of its land. Continually working to improve the public land through strategic land asset management, the DNR regularly evaluates the state’s land holdings, looking for ways to improve conservation, recreation, and economic opportunities.

This active management of our land asset portfolio is one of the ways DNR meets its responsibility to the public and contributes to Minnesota’s exceptional quality of life. Land sales are a component of this work. The DNR coordinates the statutory and program requirements to sell state owned land that no longer meet the state’s needs. The most common way the DNR sells land is by public auction. For more information on DNR land sales, please see our frequently asked questions on the land sale webpage.

Thank you for your interest in DNR land sales.


January 2019

Jan. 23, 2019 - Plans submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Three exploration companies have proposed mineral exploration in northeastern Minnesota.

Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Lake and Saint Louis Counties, Minnesota in areas about five miles east of Babbitt and eight miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota. TMM proposes to establish 6 new drill pads upon which monitoring wells will be installed, and to conduct down-hole geophysical and hydrogeological (HGP) tests at up to 9 existing temporarily sealed exploratory borings on State minerals leases.

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County, Minnesota in an area South of State Highway 1 and east of the Bass Lake Road. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings at 13 sites using the rotosonic drilling method.

Vermillion Gold Inc. (VGI) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area 8-10 miles south of Togo, Minnesota along State Highway 65. VGI plans to drill exploratory borings at 7 sites using the rotosonic drilling method.

Upon DNR approval, TMM, AGAM, and VGI have the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plans, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.


December 2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County within about 5 miles of the junction of State Highways 1 & 65, and in Saint Louis County north of Saint Louis County Highway 22 and south of State Highway 1. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings this winter on multiple state nonferrous metallic minerals leases on state, county and corporate lands.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Dec. 7, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area about 6 to 10 miles west of Togo, Minnesota and south of State Highway 1. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings this winter on multiple state nonferrous metallic minerals leases on state, county and corporate lands.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Dec. 7, 2018 - Public Land Sales Update

The DNR recently held public auctions in October and November of 2018. Fifteen parcels were sold and the results are on the land sale website. One parcel, Itasca County Sale 31093, was not sold at the auction and is now available for purchase Over-the-Counter.

Over-The-Counter Sale

Instructions: interested parties should review the property data sheet and Instructions for Over-The-Counter Land Purchase and Terms and Conditions of Sale.

  • Itasca County Sale 31093, 36.83 acres. Purchase price: $43,000.

Future Sales

The DNR plans to hold a sale in fall of 2019. You will be notified by email when dates are set.

Why the DNR sells land

The DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state land, and is continually working to improve its land portfolio by selling lands that no longer meet conservation or recreation needs. These land sales are done in consultation with DNR staff, local government officials and others to ensure the state’s public land base meets the recreational needs of its citizens, continues to provide ecological benefits like clean air and water, supports natural resource-based economies, and maintains habitat for a broad variety of fish and wildlife needs. Dollars from many land sales are strategically reinvested in high-quality land purchases that will fulfill the state’s conservation, recreation, and economic needs into the future.


November 2018

Nov. 27, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area about 5 miles south of Togo, Minnesota. AGAM will drill exploratory borings on three state nonferrous metallic minerals leases over the next 12 months.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Nov. 19, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits about 7 miles east-northeast of Effie, Minnesota in Itasca and Koochiching Counties. AGAM will drill exploratory borings on 11 state nonferrous metallic minerals leases over the next 12 months.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Nov. 5, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Encampment Minerals, Inc., an exploration company, plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits on 3 of its state nonferrous metallic minerals leases. The project area is about 5 miles south of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County. The company has drilled in this project area since 2009 on an intermittent basis. The company plans to drill exploratory borings into the bedrock on up to 15 drill sites. The company may need to adjust some of the drill sites up to 500 feet depending on new data and ground conditions. The company states that drill sites will be located no less than 300 feet from the St. Louis River and all work will occur in winter when the ground is frozen. The company submitted the Exploration Plan to the DNR on Oct. 29, 2018.

Upon DNR approval the Explorer has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules. The company will coordinate with other affected parties for access where needed.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.


September 2018

Sept. 25, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Vermillion Gold Inc. (VGI) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits on State Nonferrous Metallic Minerals Leases beginning fall of 2018. The exploration area is between the cities of Gilbert and Virginia, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Exploration activities will occur on foot and consist of mapping and collection of soil samples. Soil samples will be collected with hand tools. VGI submitted the Exploration Plan to the DNR on Sept. 25, 2018.

Upon DNR approval, VGI will have the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules. VGI will coordinate with affected private landowners for access.

VGI has been exploring for gold in this area since the year 2007.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Sept. 24, 2018 - Parcel information released for the Minnesota DNR’s fall 2018 land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 16 parcels by public oral bid auctions in October and November. The properties include unimproved recreational land in Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Fillmore, Hennepin, Houston, Itasca, Kanabec, Lake, Mille Lacs, and Wadena counties.

Information about the parcels is listed on the MNDNR’s Land Sale website. Please carefully review the parcel information and Instructions for Oral Bid Auction and Terms and Conditions of Sale.

The oral auctions for the land sale parcels will be held on the following dates and locations. Registration starts a half hour prior to the auction.

  1. Friday, Oct. 26th at 2 p.m. at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
    • Land located in Itasca and Lake Counties will be offered at this auction.

  2. Thursday, Nov. 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Wadena County Courthouse, 415 Jefferson Street South, Wadena, Minnesota 56482.
    • Land located in Beltrami and Wadena Counties will be offered at this auction.

  3. Monday, Nov. 8th at 10:30 a.m at the DNR Central Office, Lobby Conference Room, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 55155.
    • Land located in Benton, Big Stone, Fillmore, Hennepin, Houston, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs Counties will be offered at this auction.

Check the MNDNR’s Land Sale webpage for the latest information on the DNR land sale. You can also call (651) 259-5432, (888) MINNDNR or e-mail [email protected] for information.