LITTLE MARAIS - The Minnesota DNR is auctioning off a 65-acre piece of land in Lake County. The land also includes 1,675 feet of lakeshore on Lake Superior. The starting bid price for the land is $809,800.
The land was school trust land. This is land that is kept to support the Minnesota public school system.
The DNR has chosen to sell the land because they are not seeing a profit from it. They will make more of a profit for the trust by selling the land and putting the money into an account.
Land owners in Little Marais are unhappy with what is happening to the land.
One man even said that the DNR has no idea what they are doing and he worrys for future generations.
"We factored in all of it's natural resource values. We factored in all of it's recreation values." DNR's school trust lands administrator Aaron VandeLinde said. "We weighed that against the benefit of the trust from a long term economic stand point."
He also said they look for land to sell that is more marketable from a real estate stand point, and that selling it will generate more revenue for the trust.
The piece of land being sold also puts the beloved Gitchi-Gami State Trail in jeopardy.
The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota has issued an urgent statement on their website about the issue of the land.
The DNR has informed Fox 21 that the trail is planned to run on the north side of Highway 61 which is the opposite side that the lake is on.
The auction for the 65 acre piece of land takes place Wednesday in Two Harbors at the Lake County Law Enforcement Center at 10:00 a.m.
Bidder registration begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of.