Hi All - I have some questions about mineral rights.
My grandfather homestead in Dunn County near Killdeer. He was granted the land in 1920 or 1921. The government did reserve the rights to any coal. My grandfather passed in 1949 and my father inheriated the land. He sold the load in 1950. The deed does not say anything about the mineral rights being sold. We quickly asked a title company and they said since the deed does not state or reserve the mineral rights, it is assumed they were sold with the land. My father was a stupid 21 year kid at the time.
So, my questions are; When did the North Dakota law requiring the mineral rights to be reserved take effect? Under Minnesota law, it says if the minerals rights were at any time, separated from the land, in our case: the goverment kept the rights to the coal, it is now two separate legal enitys. Does this hold true in North Dakota? Does my family have any chance of keep these mineral rights?