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State Metallic Minerals Lease

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
Land Acquisition & Legal Services Section
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 45, St. Paul, MN 55155-4045 | (651) 259-5959
(651) 297-3517 (fax)


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Lands and Minerals

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.


Minn. Stats. 93.25


MINNESOTA RULES, parts 6125.0100 - 6125.0700


When lands are offered for leasing through public lease sale, bidding forms are available upon request. For leasing through negotiation, send letter of interest with information on area and qualification under leasing rules.

For leasing from the preference rights availability list, contact the Lands and Minerals Division for information and a form titled "Application for Preference Rights Lease."


State lands under the jurisdiction and control of the Commissioner of Natural Resources may be leased for the exploring for, mining, and removal of non-ferrous metallic minerals. The minerals covered include: copper, nickel, lead, gold, silver, and platinum. The lands are usually leased through public lease sale, but may also be leased through negotiation.

Lands previously offered at public lease sale may be available through leasing by application if listed on the preference rights lease availability list.

Any metallic minerals lease requires the approval of the State Executive Council before issuance.


Application fee for each lease - $100

For leases issued through public lease sale or from the preference rights list, the application must also include rental payment for a full calendar year. The leases specify rental and royalty payments.

Period of Issuance:

Up to 50 years.

Length of Determination Process:

The process of negotiating a lease or obtaining a lease from the preference rights list will take several months, including the approval of the State Executive Council The plans for a public lease sale are announced at least 90 days before the bid opening, and the awarding of leases to the high bidders will usually be approved within three months by the State Executive Council.

Other Pertinent Information:

The leases issued under this law are for parties with the financial and technical capability to perform exploratory drilling and technical exploration for non-ferrous metallic minerals. The leases are not meant for the recreational prospector.