Subdivision 1. Public sale; notice.
All lands so classified and appraised and remaining
unsold shall be offered for sale at a public sale to be held by the county auditor at the time
determined by the county board in a resolution authorizing the sale and fixing the date of the
commencement thereof. The auditor shall publish a notice of the intended sale and the resolution
authorizing same by publication once a week for two weeks in an official newspaper of the
county, the last publication to be not less than ten days previous to the commencement of the sale.
Notice of the sale shall be given in substantially the following form:
"NOTICE OF SALE OF AGRICULTURAL LANDS
Notice is hereby given that on ..............., the .............. day of ............, ......., at my office in
......................... in the county of ........................., I shall sell to the highest bidder the following
described parcels of land in the county, which have been forfeited to the state for nonpayment of
taxes, and which have been classified as agricultural lands and appraised as provided by law. This
sale will be governed by the provisions of sections
and by the resolution of
the county board authorizing such sale, which resolution is as follows:
The land shall be described in the notice and offered for sale in parcels not exceeding
one-quarter section in area.
If the county board of St. Louis or Koochiching Counties determines that the sale shall
take place in a county facility other than the courthouse, the notice shall specify such facility
and its location.
Subd. 2. Appraised value minimum price.
These lands shall be sold to the highest bidder
and at a price not less than the appraised value thereof. Any lands not sold at this public sale may
be sold by the county auditor at a price not less than the appraised value thereof. The sale shall
continue until all parcels are sold or until the county board shall order a reappraisal or shall
withdraw any or all such parcels from sale or until such time as the county board shall have
determined by resolution adopted before giving notice of sale. Any lands remaining unsold may
be included in the notice of sale and offered for sale by the county auditor in each following
year until the same shall be sold, or the original list of lands may be added to annually by
publishing, in the same manner as provided for the publication of the original list, the descriptions
and appraised values of such additional parcels which have been classified as agricultural and
which classification shall have been approved as provided by law. The purchasers at such sale
shall be entitled to immediate possession, subject to the provisions of any existing valid lease
made in behalf of the state.
Subd. 3. Who may purchase.
Any parcel of land described in any such notice of sale may,
at any time not less than one week prior to the date of the sale, be purchased at the appraised
value thereof by the person who is a bona fide federal entryman or patentee of any such land or
by the person who was the record owner of the fee title thereto at the time the state became
the absolute owner thereof.
Subd. 4. Terms of sale.
All sales under sections
shall be for cash or on
the following terms: at least 15 percent of the purchase price shall be paid in cash at the time of
the sale, and the balance shall be paid in equal annual installments over a period of 20 years, with
interest at a rate equal to the rate in effect at the time under section
, payable annually, on
the portion remaining unpaid, with privilege of prepayment of any installment on any interest
date. Sales on terms shall be evidenced by a certificate issued by the county auditor in a form
prescribed by the attorney general. The county auditor shall submit a copy of the certificate to
the commissioner of natural resources within 30 days. The appraised value of all merchantable
timber on such agricultural lands shall be paid for in cash in full at the time of sale. The county
auditor shall report all sales to the commissioner of natural resources within 30 days. Failure of
the purchaser to make any payment of any installment or of any interest required under any
contract within six months from the date on which the payment is due, or to pay all taxes that
may be levied upon the land purchased before they become delinquent, shall constitute a default.
Upon default the contract shall be canceled and all right, title, and interest of the purchaser, or the
purchaser's heirs, representatives, or assigns in the premises shall terminate upon cancellation in
accord with section
. A record of the default shall be made in the state land records kept
by or under the direction of the commissioner of natural resources. A certificate of the default
may be made by or under the direction of the commissioner and filed with the county treasurer or
recorded in the office of the county recorder of the county in which the premises are situated.
Any record or certificate shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated in it. The making of the
record or certificate is not essential to the taking effect of the cancellation and termination. Upon
cancellation and termination, the land described in the contract shall be subject to disposition
as provided in this section after having been reclassified and reappraised as provided by section
. The county auditor shall report any default to the commissioner of natural resources
on or before June 30th of each year.
Subd. 5. Cancellation validated.
In any case where a certificate of cancellation of any
certificate of sale of lands sold pursuant to sections
, has heretofore been
made by either the commissioner of finance or the commissioner of natural resources and filed
in the office of the officer executing the same or in the office of the commissioner of finance or
recorded in the office of the county recorder of the county in which the land lies, such cancellation
is hereby validated and made effective, and the certificate of sale shall be deemed canceled as
if canceled by the proper officer and in the manner prescribed by law. All cancellations made
after January 1, 1984, shall be in accord with section
Subd. 6. Abandonment presumed.
In any case where prior to the passage of Laws 1947,
chapter 484, the purchaser has defaulted in the payment of any installment on the principal or
interest due on a certificate of sale of land made pursuant to sections
, or has
failed to pay before they became delinquent all taxes levied upon the land so purchased, and
where a certificate of cancellation has been made and filed or recorded as provided in subdivision
5, it shall be presumed that the purchaser, and all persons claiming under the purchaser, have
left and abandoned the land and all right, title, and interest therein and claim thereto, and have
released the same absolutely to the state and its assigns.
Subd. 7. Right of action denied.
In any case where prior to the passage of Laws 1947,
chapter 484, the purchaser has defaulted in the payment of any installment of the principal or
interest due under a certificate of sale of land issued pursuant to sections
has failed to pay all taxes that may have been levied upon the lands, and where a certificate of
cancellation has been made and filed or recorded as provided in subdivision 5, no action for the
recovery or possession of the land or the enforcement of any right, title, or interest therein, or
claim thereto shall be maintained by the purchaser or any one claiming under the purchaser unless
such action is commenced within six months after the passage of Laws 1947, chapter 484.
History: (5620-13 1/2b, 5620-13 1/2c, 5620-13 1/2d, 5620-13 1/2e) 1935 c 210 s 3-6; 1939
c 328 s 6,7; 1941 c 278 s 3-5; 1947 c 484 s 3-6; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1974
c 278 s 4; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1980 c 437 s 16; 1982 c 531 s 4; 1983 c 342 art 15 s 34,35; 1986 c
444; 1998 c 254 art 1 s 107