DRN sells Lake Superior shoreline for $1.2 million

ST. PAUL (AP) — A chunk of state-owned land on the shores of Lake Superior has been sold for over $1 million and will benefit public schools.

The 65-acre property includes nearly 1,700 feet of lakeshore 10 miles north of Silver Bay. It was sold to two individuals during a public auction Wednesday. State lawmakers last year approved the sale of lake land to boost funding for schools. The sale had previously been prohibited unless approved by the legislators.

Not everyone is happy about the sale of the prime property, including the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. Executive director Brett Feldman called the sale disappointing.

Advocates had hoped a state trail would be built on the land. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it prefers a connection to the nearby Gitchi-Gami trail be built further inland.