Brown County Of Minnesota

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What Happens to TFL


What Happens to Tax Forfeited Land?

  • All taxes and special assessments prior to the forfeiture date are canceled.
  • For a period of time a previous owner can go through the repurchase process. (see Repurchase process section of this page.)
  • Then a classification process takes place to determine whether the land will remain in public ownership and be managed for public benefit, or if it will be returned to private ownership via a public auction. Statutorily, the county auditor is to classify or reclassify state-owned tax-forfeited lands as conservation or non-conservation, as outlined in Minnesota Statute 282.01. Classification also includes current and potential use of the land.

Once decided, lands are offered for sale by:

  • Sale to a government entity (i.e., Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Public Works, a city, etc.)
  • Public auction
  • Adjacent owner auction
  • Over the counter — some properties not sold at auction may become available for purchase in our office

Contact Auditor-Treasurer's Office


Brown County Courthouse
14 S State Street
PO Box 115
New Ulm, MN 56073-0115

Located on the 2nd floor, Rm 206
Hours: 8 am – 4:30pm Weekdays

Telephone: (507) 233-6613
Fax: (507) 359-1430

Email County Auditor-Treasurer


Telephone: (507) 233-6614

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