Subdivision 1. Duty of auditor. In case any parcel of land bid in for the state at any tax judgment sale has not been redeemed by 120 days before the expiration of the period of redemption of such parcel, it shall be the duty of the county auditor thereupon forthwith to give notice of expiration of the time for redemption of such parcel, as herein provided; provided, that delay in giving such notice shall not affect the validity thereof.
Subd. 2. May cover parcels bid in at same tax sale. All parcels of land bid in at the same tax judgment sale and having the same period of redemption shall be covered by a single posted notice, but a separate notice may be posted for any parcel which may be omitted. Such notice shall be sufficient if substantially in the following form:
"NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF REDEMPTION
Office of the County Auditor
County of ......................., State of Minnesota.
To all persons interested in the lands hereinafter described:
You are hereby notified that the parcels of land hereinafter described, situated in the county of ................................, state of Minnesota, were bid in for the state on the ......................... day of ......................., 19....., at the tax judgment sale of land for delinquent taxes for the year 19........; that the legal descriptions and tax parcel identification numbers of such parcels and names of the taxpayers and fee owners and in addition those parties who have filed their addresses pursuant to section 276.041, and the amount necessary to redeem as of the date hereof and, at the election of the county auditor, the current filed addresses of any such persons, are as follows:
Names (and Current Filed Addresses) for the Taxpayers and Fee Owners and in Addition Those Parties Who Have Filed Amount Their Addresses Tax Necessary to Pursuant to Legal Parcel Redeem as of section 276.041 Description Number Date Hereof ................ ........... ...... ............ ................ ........... ...... ............
That the time for redemption of such lands from such sale will expire 60 days after service of notice and the filing of proof thereof in my office, as provided by law. The redemption must be made in my office.
FAILURE TO REDEEM SUCH LANDS PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF REDEMPTION WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF THE LAND AND FORFEITURE OF SAID LAND TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.
Inquiries as to the proceedings set forth above can be made to the County Auditor for the County of ..............., whose address is set forth below.
Witness my hand and official seal this ............................ day of ................, 19......
......................... County Auditor
......................... (Address) ......................... (Telephone)."
Such notice shall be posted by the auditor in the auditor's office, subject to public inspection, and shall remain so posted until at least one week after the date of the last publication of notice, as hereinafter provided. Proof of such posting shall be made by the certificate of the auditor, filed in the auditor's office.
Subd. 3. Publication. As soon as practicable after the posting of the notice prescribed in subdivision 2, the county auditor shall cause to be published for two successive weeks in the official newspaper of the county, the notice prescribed by subdivision 2.
Subd. 4. Proof of publication. Proof of publication of such notice affidavit, as provided by law, shall be filed in the office of the county auditor. A single published notice shall be sufficient for all parcels of land bid in at the same tax judgment sale, having the same period of redemption, and covered by a notice or notices kept posted during the time of the publication, as hereinbefore provided.
Subd. 5. Mailing of notice. Forthwith after the commencement of such publication, the county auditor shall cause the notice of expiration of redemption to be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to all real property taxpayers and fee owners and in addition to those parties who have filed their addresses pursuant to section 276.041. Proof of such mailing shall be made by the certificate of the auditor filed in the auditor's office. Failure to receive the notice shall not operate to postpone or excuse any default.
Subd. 5a. Definition. In this section, "occupied parcel" means a parcel containing a structure subject to property taxation.
Subd. 6. Service of notice. (a) Forthwith after the commencement of such publication or mailing the county auditor shall deliver to the sheriff of the county or any other person not less than 18 years of age a sufficient number of copies of such notice of expiration of redemption for service upon the persons in possession of all parcels of such land as are actually occupied and documentation if the certified mail notice was returned as undeliverable or the notice was not mailed to the address associated with the property. Within 30 days after receipt thereof, the sheriff or other person serving the notice shall make such investigation as may be necessary to ascertain whether or not the parcels covered by such notice are actually occupied parcels, and shall serve a copy of such notice of expiration of redemption upon the person in possession of each parcel found to be an occupied parcel, in the manner prescribed for serving summons in a civil action. The sheriff or other person serving the notice shall make prompt return to the auditor as to all notices so served and as to all parcels found vacant and unoccupied. Such return shall be made upon a copy of such notice and shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated.
If the notice is served by the sheriff, the sheriff shall receive from the county, in addition to other compensation prescribed by law, such fees and mileage for service on persons in possession as are prescribed by law for such service in other cases, and shall also receive such compensation for making investigation and return as to vacant and unoccupied lands as the county board may fix, subject to appeal to the district court as in case of other claims against the county. As to either service upon persons in possession or return as to vacant lands, the sheriff shall charge mileage only for one trip if the occupants of more than two tracts are served simultaneously, and in such case mileage shall be prorated and charged equitably against all such owners.
(b) The secretary of state shall receive sheriff's service for all out-of-state interests.
Subd. 7. Expiration of time for redemption. The time for redemption of any parcel of land as to which notice of expiration has been given, as provided in subdivisions 2, 3, 5, and 6, shall expire 60 days after the giving of such notice and the filing of proof thereof in the office of the county auditor.
Subd. 8. Cost. The cost of giving notice, as provided by subdivisions 2, 3, 5, and 6, shall be paid by the county. The county may recover costs incurred for posting, publishing, mailing, and serving the notice from the owner of the parcel that is the subject of the notice.
Subd. 9. Certificate. After the time for redemption of any lands shall have expired after notice given, as provided in subdivisions 2, 3, 5, and 6, the county auditor shall execute a certificate describing the lands, specifying the tax judgment sale at which the same were bid in for the state, and stating that the time for redemption thereof has expired after notice given as provided by law and that absolute title thereto has vested in the state of Minnesota. Such certificate shall be recorded in the office of the county recorder and thereafter filed in the office of the county auditor, except that in case of registered land such certificate shall be filed in the office of the registrar of titles and a duplicate filed in the office of the county auditor. Such certificate and the record thereof shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated, but failure to execute or record or file such certificate shall not affect the validity of any proceedings hereunder respecting such lands or the title of the state thereto.