MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. — From his farmhouse in Cherry Township east of Hibbing, Darrin DeMars can see the 32 acres the government took from him.
The vacant field, once pasture for his beef cattle, was seized by St. Louis County in 2017 after DeMars failed to pay $1,500 in property taxes.
DeMars said he didn’t know about the tax bill until he saw a county employee taking photos of the property for auction in 2020. When he contacted the county about getting the land back, he was told it was too late. The county sold the land for about $33,000 later that year.