ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has state lands for sale in Cass, Cook, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis and Wadena counties.

The public auction will take place virtually this fall.

The 18 parcels for sale include rural and lakeshore properties, with many recreational opportunities. Annual land sales help the DNR optimize its land holdings and meet its responsibility to maximize recreational, conservation, and economic opportunities for the state, the DNR said in a release.

State statute requires the lands be sold by an auction open to the public. This year, the DNR will provide a process for a sealed bid auction that does not require bidders to be present. Mail-in bidding opened to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m., and all sealed bids must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

A presentation of the bids will be held by online platform at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Participation in the virtual bid opening is optional and registration is required to attend. Event registration details can be found on the DNR website.

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Bids should be sent to DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4045. All bid forms must be mailed in using the U.S. Postal Service. The DNR Central Office will not accept hand-delivered bid forms.

Prior to participating in the sealed bid auction, the DNR said bidders need to obtain property data sheets and must be familiar with the property, minimum bid, and terms and conditions of sale for all properties in which they are interested in bidding. The public can visit mndnr.gov/landsale to obtain a property data sheet, bid form, and instructions for participating in the sealed bid auction. Call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367 or email min.landsale@state.mn.us with questions about a specific property.

The DNR’s annual land sales help the department meet its management responsibilities and enhance the state’s public land values and benefits.