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DNR to offer state lands at public auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer for sale more than 20 parcels of state lands at two public auctions to be held July 23-24. A third auction date has been scheduled on July 30 to offer any remaining parcels that did not sell at the initial two auctions.

The majority of the parcels are school trust lands, some of which are lakeshore lots. Also included in the auction is the former St. Croix Boy's Camp with 3,000 feet of river frontage along the Tamarack River in Pine County.

"We anticipate strong interest in this sale which includes platted lakeshore lots in northeastern Minnesota," said Susan Damon, DNR's lands transactions manager. These are the remaining lakeshore parcels that were not offered for sale in the 1990s during the lakeshore lease lot sale when school trust lots were sold to longtime leaseholders.

"The DNR manages school trust lands for the citizens of Minnesota," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. "The sale of school trust lands is one way the DNR helps generate income for the Permanent School Trust Fund. Interest and dividends from the Fund are distributed twice a year to all public school districts in Minnesota."

Auction dates and locations:

Tuesday, July 23, 10 a.m., DNR Northeast Region office, 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, Minn. - will include parcels located in Itasca County.

Wednesday, July 24, 10 a.m., Lake County Law Enforcement Center, 613 Main Ave., Two Harbors, Minn. - will feature lands located in Cook, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis counties.

Tuesday, July 30, 10 a.m., DNR Central office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Minn. - will offer any remaining unsold parcels.

Interested parties are encouraged to review the terms and conditions of sale prior to attending the auctions. Property data sheets are posted on the DNR's land sale website at one month prior to the auction dates.

The property data sheets will provide the sale price, legal and site descriptions, acreage and zoning information for each of the parcels.