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Clay County Tax Forfeit Property

Note:  Please read detailed information below regarding purchasing tax forfeit property.

Property Currently for Sale

Parcel Number

Legal Description

Assessed Value

Estimated Amount of Special Assessments the City May Choose to Reassess Against the Property

56.685.0990 Lot 2 Blk. 8
Prairie Hills Estates 
2200 Westgate Dr.
Hawley City
$  6,500.00 $ 15,686.46

Lot 1 Blk. 3
Dinsmore’s 1st Add

301 Lincoln Ave E

Ulen City

$  5,600.00 $ 10,000.00

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4.56 A. Beg 1500.25' E & 771.74' N OF SW Cor of SW1/4; N151.99', ETC. 25-141-45
22284 100th Ave N

Hawley City

$ 25,200.00  


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S75' of Blk A, Oak Grove Addn & S75' OF Lot 13 Blk 5 Spragues Addn
Moorhead City
$ 30,000.00 $  2,921.70


E 295' OF S 295' OF SE1/4

Sec. 3 Tansem Twp
$ 20,000.00  


Outlot P-1

Townsite of Baker
$  5,100.00  

Lot 5 Block 2
Arbor Park 2nd Add
Moorhead City

$  5,000.00 $ call Moorhead City for details

General Information

Each December, the Clay County Auditor's office holds an auction sale to dispose of Clay County properties forfeited to the State for non-payment of taxes.  These properties forfeit after 5 years of non-payment (3 years for businesses) of taxes.

On the day of the auction, properties are sold to the highest bidder “As Is”.  The buyer should understand that the properties might not conform to local building and zoning ordinances, and that environmental and/or watershed/water conservation issues may affect the property. 

Registration is required on the day of the auction.

It is recommended that you research any parcel you wish to purchase before buying and consider contacting your attorney for specific legal questions. 

The price of the properties is the appraised value and not negotiable.

Parcels unsold will be available over the counter at the Auditor's office.

Special Assessments 

The special assessments on each property are subject to re-certification.  These assessments may be re-certified by the city or other taxing jurisdiction upon the sale of the property and will be the responsibility of the new owner.  Improvements not yet assessed are the responsibility of the purchaser. 

Payment Terms and Additional Fees         

We accept cash, checks, money orders and certified checks.  Full payment is required the day of the sale.

Additional Fees

*State Assurance surcharge 3% of the sale price
*State Deed Fee $25.00
*State Deed Tax Minimum $1.65 or .0033 x sale price
*Recording fee $46.00
*Well fee (if applicable)  $50.00


The purchaser will complete a request for State Deed at the time of purchase.  This will be sent to the State of Minnesota Dept. of Revenue and a State Deed will be returned to us for recording.  This conveyance shall have the force and effect of a patent from the State.  However, services of an attorney may be necessary to make the title marketable.

The State of Minnesota reserves all mineral rights.

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