News release: DNR announces lands for sale

June 13, 2023

Online auction to be held July 10-24

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has state lands for sale in Clearwater, Itasca, and Wadena counties. The 10 rural and lakeshore properties for sale offer several recreational opportunities.

Annual land sales help the DNR refine its land holdings and meet its responsibility to maximize recreational, conservation, and economic opportunities. The DNR sells land at public auction in accordance with state statutes.

The auction
The July online public land auction will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Administration at MinnBid, Minnesota’s Surplus Services online auction website.

Properties will be available for bidding Monday, July 10 through Monday, July 24. The DNR land sale webpage has more information about the online public land auction, a preview of lands for sale, and details on how to register for an account to bid on properties.

Register to bid
Prior to participating in the auction, anyone interested in bidding on a property needs to register for an account on MinnBid.

People who are interested in bidding on the available parcels should visit the DNR land sale webpage to obtain property data sheets, terms and conditions of sale, and instructions for participating in the MinnBid system.

About DNR public land sales
The DNR’s annual land sales help the department meet its management responsibilities and enhance the state’s public land values and benefits. Public lands provide support for natural resource-based economies, space and access to outdoor recreation, ecological benefits like clean air and water, and critical habitat for wildlife and rare plant species. Selling land allows the DNR to remove land from its portfolio that is no longer meeting primary management objectives. Depending on the type of land sold, revenue from sales may go to the School Trust or provide funds to allow the DNR to invest in other, high priority acquisitions.

All are welcome to participate in the public auction. Visit the DNR land sale webpage for more information. For questions about a specific property, call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367 or email [email protected].

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