SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced on July 12 that state lands in Pine and Wadena counties are for sale. Rural and recreational properties are among the five parcels up for grabs in this auction.
State statute requires the DNR to conduct a public auction when parcels of land are available to sell. This summer's online public auction is being held in collaboration with MinnBid, the online auction website for the Minnesota Department of Administration's Surplus Services. Bidding on properties requires creating an account on the MinnBid website at www.minnbid.org. The property will be open for bidding from Wednesday, July 28 until Friday, August 6 at 12 p.m.
“The DNR is excited to partner with the Department of Administration for the first summer land auction,” said Andrea Johnson, DNR land sale coordinator. “The option for full online participation creates a more accessible and efficient way for more people to bid on state land.”
The public can acquire property data sheets, terms and conditions of sale, and instructions for participation in the MinnBid system by visiting mndnr.gov/landsale. To inquire about a specific property, call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367, or email email@example.com.
The DNR's annual land sales enable the agency to optimize its land holdings and fulfill its obligation to the state to enhance recreational, conservation, and economic benefits. Public lands contribute to natural resource-based industries, give opportunities for outdoor leisure, provide ecological benefits such as clean air and water, and provide essential habitats for wildlife and rare plant species.
Selling land enables the DNR to divest itself of land that no longer serves its primary management objectives. Depending on the type of land sold, the proceeds may be directed to the School Trust or used to enable the DNR to invest in additional high-priority land acquisitions.
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