Tax-Forfeited Land

To Be Offered at Public Auction

Instructions for Online Mapping


Beltrami County strives to have at least one tax-forfeited land sale a year. To receive information regarding these sales, sign up for our email notifications or call our office to be put on our mailing list.

Parcels of land forfeited to the State of Minnesota for nonpayment of taxes, which have been classified and appraised as provided by law, shall be sold to the highest bidder.  Any lands not sold, at any time following the closing of the sale, may be sold by the County Auditor at a price not less than the appraised value thereof. All sales with a bid up value of less than $25,000 shall be paid in full by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2021. Parcels with a bid up value of $25,000 or greater shall require a 1% bid guarantee by 4:30 pm on November 2, 2021 with the remainder being due by 4:30 pm on November 29, 2021.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 218-333-4210.


*Beltrami County Reserves the right to withdraw any auction parcel at any time.

Beltrami County manages over 146,500 acres of tax-forfeited land.  The most important thing about tax-forfeited land is to know who has ownership – USDA, State of Minnesota (DNR managed) or State-in-Trust (Beltrami County Managed).  This information is available on our County Online Mapping program.  Tax-forfeited land is managed for recreational, natural resources, conservation, water/wetland protection, as well as wildlife conservation while also affording a steady economic return to the taxing districts.

Further Information:

Application to Cross County Lands

Flow Chart of Land Sale Process

Land Asset Management Policy (Adopted by the County Board July 2002)

Proposal for Land Exchange (M.S. 94.344) - Class B Lands

Related Links:

Minnesota State Statute 282