Lands and Minerals

View of actively reclaimed iron ore mine lands
  • Managing the state's mineral resources for the benefit of all Minnesotans.
  • Providing real estate services to support the resource goals of the state.
  • Managing mineral exploration and mine development on state-owned and tax-forfeited lands to generate equitable rental and royalty income for the state's School and University trust funds, local communities, and the state's General Fund.
  • Ensuring that mineral development is environmentally sound, and mined areas are reclaimed to be safe, free of pollution, and suitable for future use.
  • Maintaining the surface and mineral land records for state-owned, DNR-administered lands.
Learn about Lands and Minerals Recent News and Public Notices

Lands and Minerals News

Latest news: June 16, 2016 - Exploration proposed on state nonferrous metallic mineral leases
Lands and Minerals News »

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Land for Sale - Public Auction

The Department of Natural Resources held a public land auction on June 8 in St. Paul. Two parcels were offered for sale in Dakota County and one sold:
Land sale webpage »

Air photo of PolyMet proposed plant site near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota

PolyMet Permitting

Get up to date permitting information about PolyMet's NorthMet project.
DNR's PolyMet Permitting Webpage »

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View or download a selection of publications from Lands and Minerals Division.
Publications webpage »