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                         Laws of Minnesota 1984 

                        CHAPTER 629-S.F.No. 1702 
           An act relating to counties; changing certain county 
          powers; removing a lynching provision; fixing 
          expenditure authority for various county activities; 
          changing penalties; revising the language of the text 
          of chapters governing county powers and county boards; 
          allowing certain county officers to discharge duties 
          relating to motor vehicles; amending Minnesota 
          Statutes 1982, chapters 373, as amended, and 375, as 
          amended; section 168.33, subdivision 2; repealing 
          Minnesota Statutes 1982, sections 373.28; and 375.29. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, chapter 373, as 
amended by Laws 1983, chapters 247, section 146; and 359, 
section 54, is amended to read: 
    373.01 [POWERS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Each organized county is a body politic and 
corporate, and as such empowered to act for the following 
purposes may: 
    (1) To Sue and be sued; 
    (2) To Acquire and hold real and personal property for the 
use of the county, and lands sold for taxes as provided by law; 
and to 
    (3) Purchase and hold for the benefit of the county real 
estate sold by virtue of judicial proceedings, to which the 
county is a party; 
    (3) To (4) Sell, lease, and convey any real or personal 
estate owned by the county, and to give contracts or options to 
sell, lease or convey any such real or personal estate it, and 
make such order orders respecting the same it as may be deemed 
conducive to the interests of its the county's inhabitants; 
provided,.  No sale, lease or conveyance of any such real estate 
owned by the county, nor any contract or option therefor for it, 
shall be valid, without first advertising for bids or proposals 
in the official newspaper of the county for three consecutive 
weeks and once in a newspaper of general circulation in the area 
where the property is located.  The notice shall state the time 
and place of considering the proposals, contain a legal 
description of any real estate, and a brief description of any 
personal property.  All proposals shall be considered at that 
time be considered, and the one most favorable to the county 
accepted, but the county board shall reserve the right may, in 
the interest of the county, to reject any or all proposals.  
Sales of personal property the value of which is estimated to 
exceed $500 shall be made only after first advertising for bids 
or proposals as herein provided for real estate.  Sales of 
personal property the value of which is estimated to be less 
than $500 may be made either on competitive bids or in the open 
market, in the discretion of the county board.  Provided, 
further, that In no case shall any such lands be disposed of 
without there being reserved to the county any and all iron ore 
and other valuable minerals in and upon the same lands, with 
right to explore for, mine and remove the same iron ore and 
other valuable minerals, nor shall such the minerals and mineral 
rights be disposed of, either before or after disposition of the 
surface rights, otherwise than by mining lease, in similar 
general form to that provided by section 93.20 for mining leases 
affecting state lands, such.  The lease to shall be for a term 
not exceeding 50 years, and to be issued on a royalty basis, the 
royalty to be not less than 25 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds, 
and to fix a minimum amount of royalty payable during each year, 
whether mineral is removed or not; provided, further,.  
Prospecting options for such mining leases may be granted for 
periods not exceeding one year, such.  The options to shall 
require, among other things, periodical showings to the county 
board of the results of exploration work done; 
    (4) To (5) Make all contracts and do all other acts in 
relation to the property and concerns of the county necessary to 
the exercise of its corporate powers.  
    Subd. 2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other 
contrary law to the contrary, a county may enter into a rental 
purchase agreement or conditional sales agreement for the 
acquisition of to acquire road equipment.  Under such an 
agreement but the seller shall be limited to the remedy of 
recovery of the property in case of nonpayment of all or part of 
the purchase price.  The purchase price shall be payable over a 
period not to exceed not more than five years.  
    373.013 [CERTAIN COUNTY CONVEYANCES NOT INVALID.] 
    No deed of conveyance of real estate executed by a county 
prior to before July 1, 1952 shall be held invalid or void for 
failure to comply with the requirements of section 373.01, 
relating to the resolution of the county board or, notice of 
hearing thereon on the resolution or publication thereof of the 
resolution. 
    373.02 [POWERS, HOW EXERCISED.] 
    The powers of the county as a body politic and corporate 
shall only be exercised by the county board, or in pursuance of 
a resolution by it adopted; and by the county board.  Deeds and 
other written instruments made by the county shall be executed 
in its name by the chairman of such the county board and by the 
auditor as clerk thereof of the board.  
    373.03 [CONVEYANCES TO COUNTY; EFFECT.] 
    All real and personal estate conveyed by any form of 
conveyance to any a county or the its inhabitants thereof, or 
to any person for the use and benefit of such a county or its 
inhabitants, shall be deemed to be the property thereof; and all 
such.  The conveyances shall have the same force and effect as 
if made to such the county by its corporate name.  
    373.04 [CERTAIN COUNTIES AUTHORIZED TO CONSTRUCT BRANCH 
RAILROAD TRACKS.] 
    In all cases where When county buildings, or buildings in 
which a county is interested with other counties, are situated 
upon on land adjacent to or near a railway track:, the county 
in which such where the buildings are located, may pay from the 
its general revenue fund thereof, or from any money raised by 
such county it in excess of its proportionate share for any such 
the institution, the costs of procuring a right of way for and 
the building of a branch track suitable for the transportation 
thereon from the railway track to such the buildings of any or 
all the articles and commodities needed by the institution and 
of persons going to and from the same it.  
    373.041 [POLICE-OPERATED BROADCASTING STATIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [STATION AND MOBILE UNITS UNDER DIRECTION 
OF SHERIFF.] Any A county of this state is hereby authorized and 
empowered to may establish, construct, equip and maintain a 
radio broadcasting station, with land-fixed repeater stations 
and two-way communication mobile units as may be necessary, to 
be used for public safety purposes under the direction of the 
sheriff, and to.  The county may acquire land by gift, purchase 
or condemnation for use as a site or sites for such the station 
or stations.  The county shall exercise its powers under this 
subdivision in conformance with any statewide plan for a 
coordinated system of radio communications adopted by the 
department of public safety after consultation with the 
professional communications officers representing law 
enforcement agencies involved in such the plan.  The department 
of public safety shall adopt rules or regulations to implement 
such the statewide plan.  
    Subd. 2.  [RULES AND REGULATIONS; FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS 
COMMISSION.] Any A county owning and maintaining a broadcasting 
station under the provision of subdivision 1 may, subject to the 
rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, 
extend the its facilities thereof to any city located within 
in the county, and to any adjoining county and any city therein 
in an adjoining county, upon application of the its governing 
body thereof to the county board requesting radio communication 
and service; provided that.  All mobile radio equipment and 
apparatus for two-way communication used for or in connection 
with such the extended service shall be owned, maintained and 
serviced by the county owning the broadcasting station.  Charges 
for the service extended to counties and municipalities shall be 
made on a cost sharing basis.  
    Subd. 3.  [SHERIFF RADIO AND MAINTENANCE FUND ACCOUNT.] All 
moneys money received as charges for the service rendered under 
the provisions of subdivision 2 shall be kept in a fund to be an 
account designated the "Sheriff Radio and Maintenance Fund 
Account," shall not be transferred or apportioned to any other 
fund or account, and shall be used for no other purpose than the 
purchase of radio equipment and maintenance of radio equipment 
and apparatus.  
    Subd. 4.  [SHERIFF; DUTIES.] It shall be the duty of The 
sheriff of the county owning the radio facilities to shall 
broadcast all police dispatches and reports submitted which, in 
the opinion of the sheriff, shall have a reasonable relation to 
or connection with the apprehension of criminals, the prevention 
of crime and the maintenance of peace and order throughout the 
area serviced by such the broadcasting station or stations.  
    373.045 [COUNTY ROADS, BONDS.] 
    Any A county may issue county road bonds to a total amount 
not exceeding $250,000 for the purpose of providing to provide 
funds to match federal funds allocated or to be allocated to 
said the county for the construction or improvement of roads.  
Such The bonds shall be issued as provided in chapter 475, and 
all of the provisions of said chapter 475 apply to them except 
such the bonds shall not be included in computing the net debt 
of such the county.  
    373.05 [COUNTY BUILDINGS.] 
    Each county shall provide at the county-seat county seat, 
and keep in good repair, a suitable court-house courthouse, 
supplied with fireproof vaults, a suitable and sufficient jail, 
and other necessary buildings.  
    373.052 [COUNTY OFFICES; CLOSING, EFFECT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  County offices shall be open for public 
business on all business days except (a) legal holidays, (b) 
holidays established by the county board pursuant to contract 
with certified employee bargaining units, and (c) emergency 
situations.  For purposes of this section "business day" means 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 
    Subd. 1a.  The county board shall establish the hours 
during which county offices shall be open on business days. 
    Subd. 1b.  The county board by resolution of a majority of 
its members may authorize the closing of a county office on 
other days as stated in the resolution, if there is an emergency 
situation, public business is transacted at other reasonable 
times and places, and the public interest is served.  An 
emergency closing may be retroactively approved by the county 
board at its next succeeding meeting. 
    Subd. 2.  Any act authorized, required, or permitted by law 
or contract to be performed at or in county buildings, or their 
offices therein, which are closed as provided in this section, 
may be performed on the next succeeding regular business day and 
no liability or loss of rights on the part of any person shall 
result from such the closing. 
    373.053 [WAR MEMORIAL BUILDINGS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL; LIMITATION ON COST.] 
Subject to the limitations of this section, any a county may 
construct and maintain in said the county a building, including 
a hospital, to be erected as a memorial to the men and women who 
have served in the armed forces of the United States during a 
time when it was at war; provided, if the construction of such 
the building at a sum not to exceed a specified amount is 
authorized by a vote of the electors of the county in the manner 
provided by Minnesota Statutes 1941, section 375.20.  The cost 
of such the building in any county shall not exceed $250,000.  
    Subd. 2.  [SUPERVISION.] The war memorial building, if not 
a hospital, shall be under the supervision and control of the 
county board.  The building shall be used as a meeting place for 
local or county units of any war veterans' organization 
chartered by the Congress of the United States, and if there be 
is space, for offices of such the organizations.  In addition 
thereto The building may also contain the county library and the 
exhibits of the county historical society and such other civic 
and recreational facilities as may be determined by the county 
board.  If such the memorial be is a hospital, it shall be under 
the control of the county board or a hospital commission to be 
appointed by the board.  
    Subd. 3.  [CITY MAY CONVEY SITE.] Any A city in which the 
construction of a war memorial building or hospital has been 
authorized, may acquire and convey to the county without 
compensation therefor a suitable tract of land upon which to 
construct such the building. 
    Subd. 4.  [WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING FUND ACCOUNT.] For the 
payment of To pay the cost of the war memorial building or 
hospital, the county board, after approval of the project by a 
vote of the electors of the county, is authorized to may certify 
to the county auditor such the amount as may be necessary for 
the construction of such the building and the portion thereof of 
the amount to be levied in each succeeding taxable year, not 
exceeding five years, until the whole thereof has been raised.  
The county auditor on receipt of such the certification shall 
levy upon all taxable property in the county a tax in each year 
so certified by the county board sufficient to produce the 
amount so certified.  The proceeds of such the tax levy shall be 
deposited in a separate fund to be known as the "War Memorial 
Building Fund Account."  
    Subd. 5.  [MAINTENANCE.] The county board is authorized to 
may certify to the county auditor such the amount as may be 
necessary each year for the maintenance and operation of such 
the building or hospital.  The county auditor upon receipt of 
the certification shall levy a tax upon all taxable property in 
the county sufficient to produce the amount so certified.  The 
proceeds of such the tax levy shall be credited to the War 
Memorial Building Fund Account and shall be used only for the 
maintenance and operation of the war memorial building.  Any 
balance remaining in the fund account at the end of any year 
shall be available for the next year, and the amount to be 
certified by the county board for the maintenance and operation 
of the war memorial building or hospital shall be reduced by the 
amount of such the balance.  
    Subd. 6.  [GIFTS AUTHORIZED.] To carry out the purposes of 
this section the county board or hospital commission may accept 
grants or gifts from the federal government or any of its 
agencies, or from any person.  
    373.06 [ACTIONS AGAINST COUNTIES.] 
    No action shall be maintained by any claimant, except the 
state of Minnesota, against a county upon any claim except 
county orders, when the only relief demanded is a judgment for 
money, until such the claim shall have has been duly presented 
to the board and it shall have has failed to act upon the same 
it within the time fixed by law, or unless such the board shall 
consent consents to the institution of such the action.  
     No action shall be brought by any person, except the state 
of Minnesota, upon any county order until the expiration of 30 
days after a demand for payment thereof of it has been made and 
.  Any judgment against the county entered in an action brought 
on any such an order without such a demand shall be is 
void.  
    373.07 [SUITS AGAINST COUNTIES; SERVICE; JURORS.] 
    Service of summons or other original process in actions 
against a county shall be made upon the chairman of the board or 
upon the county auditor, either during a session of the board, 
or within ten days before the day appointed for one.  The person 
served shall forthwith immediately notify the county attorney of 
such the service and lay before give the board at its next 
regular meeting all the information he may have has regarding 
such the action.  In actions where in which the county is a 
party, its inhabitants, if otherwise qualified, may be jurors.  
    373.08 [COUNTY, HOW NAMED IN SUITS.] 
    In all actions and proceedings by or against a county, the 
name in which it shall sue or be sued shall be "The county of 
.............."  (insert name of the county); but.  This 
provision shall not prevent county officers, when authorized by 
law, from suing in their official names for the benefit of the 
county.  
    373.09 [CLAIMS AGAINST COUNTY; APPEAL.] 
    When any a claim against a county is disallowed in whole or 
part by the county board, a the claimant may appeal from its 
decisions to the district court by (1) filing a written notice 
of appeal in the office of the auditor within 15 days after 
written notice is mailed to the claimant by the county auditor 
showing the disallowance of the claim and (2) giving security 
for costs, to be approved by the auditor.  The auditor shall 
notify the county attorney of the appeal.  
    When any a claim against a county is allowed in whole or in 
part by the board, no order shall be issued to pay it or any 
part of it, until three days after the date of the decision.  
The county attorney may, on behalf and in the name of the 
county, appeal from the decision to the district court, by 
filing a written notice of appeal in the office of the auditor 
within three days after the date of the decision appealed from.  
Any seven taxpayers of the county may appeal in their own names 
from the decision to the district court by (1) filing a written 
notice of appeal stating the grounds for it in the office of the 
auditor within three days after the date of the decision 
appealed from, and (2) giving security to the claimant for his 
costs and disbursements.  The security shall be approved by a 
judge of the district court.  Thereafter After filing of a 
notice of appeal no order shall be issued in payment of the 
claim until a certified copy of the judgment of the court is 
filed in the office of the auditor.  Upon filing of a notice of 
appeal, the court has jurisdiction of the parties and of the 
subject matter, and may compel a return to be made. 
    373.10 [PROCEEDINGS ON APPEAL.] 
    Within ten days after an appeal has been taken, the auditor 
shall, without charge, file in the office of the clerk of such 
the court a certified copy of the claim and a transcript of the 
record of the action of the board thereon on it, together with a 
copy of the notice of appeal, and the date of the its filing 
thereof in his office.  The proceedings shall be put upon the 
calendar for trial as an issue of fact at the next general term 
of the district court, beginning not less than ten days after 
the date of the appeal; and on or before the second day of such 
term.  The court shall direct pleadings to be made up as in a 
civil actions action, upon which the proceeding shall be tried, 
and all questions of law summarily heard and determined.  Issues 
of fact shall be tried and judgment rendered and perfected as in 
a civil actions action but no execution shall issue thereon on 
the judgment except for the collection of a counter-claim or 
costs and disbursements in case of a judgment therefor for them 
against a claimant.  
    373.11 [APPEALS; COUNTERCLAIM.] 
    An appeal from the judgment of the district court may be 
taken as in other civil cases within 30 days after the actual 
entry of the judgment.  If no appeal is taken, a certified copy 
of the judgment shall be filed in the office of the auditor.  If 
an appeal is taken, the determination of the court of appeals 
shall be certified to the district court and judgment entered in 
accordance with it, and that judgment certified to and filed in 
the office of the county auditor.  In either case, after the 
certified copy is filed, orders shall be drawn on the county 
treasury in payment of any judgment in favor of a claimant. 
Execution may issue out of the district court for the collection 
of any costs awarded against a claimant.  In any case where If 
costs are awarded against a claimant and there is any allowance 
on the claim in his favor, the amount of the costs shall be 
deducted from the allowance.  In any case of an appeal, the 
county may interpose in the district court as a counterclaim any 
demand which it has against the claimant, and have execution for 
the collection of any judgment in its favor. 
    373.12 [JUDGMENTS AGAINST COUNTIES; HOW PAID.] 
    When any a judgment is recovered against a county, or 
against any a county officer, in an action prosecuted by or 
against him officially, where and the same judgment is to be 
paid by the county, no execution shall issue except as herein 
provided;but, in this section.  Unless reversed, the same 
judgment shall be paid from funds in the treasury, if there be 
any available;.  If funds are not available, the unpaid 
amount thereof of the judgment shall be levied and collected as 
other county charges, and, when so collected, shall be paid to 
the person in whose favor the judgment was rendered, upon the 
delivery of a proper voucher therefor.  If payment is not made 
within 30 days after the time the treasurer is required by law 
to make settlement with the auditor next after the rendition of 
such the judgment, execution may issue, but only the property of 
the county only shall be liable thereon on it.  
    373.25 [TAX LEVY, COUNTY BUILDING FUND.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board of any county except 
Hennepin and St. Louis counties may provide for and establish a 
fund to be known as the county building fund.  In addition to 
all other kinds and amounts of taxes and the amount thereof 
permitted by law to be levied for county purposes, the county 
board of any county may include in its annual tax levy an amount 
for the county building fund.  The Its proceeds from any tax so 
levied shall be credited to the county building fund.  Any A 
county building fund established pursuant to this section and to 
which any such a tax shall have been is credited shall may 
be used by the county solely for the acquisition of or for the 
construction, reconstruction, maintenance to acquire, construct, 
reconstruct, maintain and repair of buildings used or to be used 
in the administration of its county affairs and the acquisition 
of to acquire lands necessary for said those purposes and the 
county is hereby authorized to use said fund for said purposes. 
    Subd. 2.  This section shall does not be construed as 
repealing repeal or superseding supersede any existing other 
law now authorizing a levy for the same purpose. 
    373.26 [COUNTY PARKING FACILITIES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPLICATION.] No motor vehicle, either 
privately or publicly owned, may be parked upon any a parking 
lot or facilities owned or operated by any a county except as 
authorized by this section.  
    Subd. 2.  [REGULATIONS BY RESOLUTION.] The county board of 
county commissioners of any county may regulate, by resolution, 
the parking of motor vehicles, either privately or publicly 
owned, including the authority to make charges for parking 
privileges, upon any parking lot or facility owned or operated 
by the county. 
    Subd. 3.  [ENFORCEMENT.] Regulations promulgated under the 
provisions of subdivision 2 shall be enforced by the county 
sheriff unless the county board has entered into a service 
contract for the enforcement thereof with the municipal council 
of the municipality in which where the parking lot or facility 
is located.  
    Subd. 4.  [REMOVAL AND IMPOUNDING OF VEHICLES.] Any A motor 
vehicle parked upon any a parking lot or facility owned and 
operated by the county not in conformity with the resolution of 
the county board regulating the its operation and use thereof 
may be deemed a public nuisance and the county board may provide 
for the abatement of such the nuisance by resolution.  
    Subd. 5.  [PENALTIES.] Any A person, state, or county 
official, elective or appointed, firm, association, or 
corporation which violates any of the provisions a provision of 
this section or a resolution of the county board of county 
commissioners adopted under authority of this section is guilty 
of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, may be punished by 
a fine of not more than $25 or by confinement in the county jail 
for not more than five days, or by both.  
    All fines imposed and collected by any a court for 
violations of said the regulations shall be remitted by said the 
court to the treasurer of the county within 30 days after the 
collection of said the fine.  
    Subd. 6.  [EXCLUSION.] This section shall not apply to any 
county containing a city of the first class.  
    373.27 [GREAT RIVER ROAD, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board of any county lying 
adjacent to the great river road or through which the great 
river road passes as now existing or hereafter established, may 
grant to the Mississippi river parkway commission of Minnesota, 
the commissioner of transportation, or the commissioner of 
natural resources such sums of the money as are available and 
which it deems advisable, for the following purposes:  The 
promotion 
    (a) To promote and development of develop the great river 
road in Minnesota; the paying of 
    (b) To pay actual expenses of commission members incurred 
in the performance of their duties as commissioners; the 
    (c) To purchase of stationery and office supplies; and the 
payment of 
    (d) To pay dues to the national Mississippi river parkway 
commission, for the;and 
    (e) To purchase of lands and interests in lands including 
scenic easements by the grantees, in addition to the normal 
right of way required for the great river road.  Such 
Lands and interests in lands purchased may include parkway 
features such as lands necessary for recreation, safety rest 
areas, and the conservation of natural scenic beauty, including 
such areas as submarginal lands, faces of adjacent hillsides, 
lakeshore and river banks, swamps and residual parcels and areas 
of historical, archeological or scientific interest, in 
accordance with the joint report to congress and the plan 
proposed by the state and approved by the secretary of commerce 
and the secretary of the interior. 
    Subd. 2.  Such County grants of the county may come from 
any moneys money available in the county treasury and the county 
may levy a tax upon all the taxable property within in the 
county for the purpose of making to make the grants herein 
authorized by this section. 
    Subd. 3.  All moneys received as money grants heretofore 
and hereafter under subdivision 1 shall be deposited in the 
general fund in the state treasury and credited to in a special 
account in the name of the commission or commissioner named in 
subdivision 1 to whom it was granted and is appropriated to such 
person the commission or commissioner for the purposes specified 
in the grant.  The moneys so granted, credited and appropriated 
money shall not cancel at the end of a fiscal year but shall 
remain available until expended for the purpose or purposes for 
which it was granted.  If no specific purpose is named in the 
grant, the moneys money shall be available to such the 
commission or commissioner for any of the purposes set forth in 
said subdivision 1. 
    373.30 [CHANGE IN POPULATION OF POPULOUS COUNTIES, 
APPLICATION OF STATUTES.] 
    Any A county with a population according to the 1960 
federal census of less than 100,000 which has a population of 
over 100,000 as a result of according to the 1970 federal census 
shall be authorized to may continue to utilize use authorities 
granted to counties of under 100,000 population notwithstanding 
the change in population occurring as a result of the 1970 
federal census.  Statutory limitations and mandatory provisions 
of law relating to counties of over 100,000 population shall not 
apply to counties which had a population according to the 1960 
federal census of less than 100,000 population.  Statutory 
limitations and mandatory provisions of law applicable to 
counties of under 100,000 shall continue to apply to counties 
which according to the 1960 federal census had less than 100,000 
and which according to the 1970 federal census have a population 
in excess of 100,000.  Application of legislation passed in the 
1969 legislative session or in subsequent sessions later shall 
not be affected by this section.  
    373.31 [ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS WITH SUBDIVISIONS 
AND CORPORATIONS OF OTHER STATES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Any A county or two or more adjacent 
counties may enter into make an agreement with contiguous 
political subdivisions of an adjacent state, with nonprofit 
corporations, or both, for the purpose of improving to improve 
the economic development of the area.  
    Subd. 2.  Notwithstanding the provisions and limitations of 
section 275.09, and any other law, the county board of any 
county may appropriate from the general revenue fund a sum not 
to exceed one-thirtieth of a mill on the dollar of the taxable 
valuation of the county for carrying to carry out the purposes 
of this section.  
    373.32 [LICENSE BUREAU AUTHORIZED.] 
    For the purpose of promoting efficiency in county 
government and to afford better service to the general public 
Any county in the state is authorized to may establish a county 
license bureau.  The license bureau may be located in the county 
seat or at such other another location or locations as the 
county board may designate designates.  
    373.33 [STATE LICENSES MAY BE ISSUED.] 
    Notwithstanding any other law or regulation designating or 
authorizing a specific county official to issue any license or 
permit or to process or assist in preparing an application for 
any license or permit issued by the state, the A county license 
bureau is authorized to may issue, process or assist in 
preparing an application for any license or permit issued by the 
state or a state official including but not limited to game and 
fish, trapping, wild rice harvest, motor vehicle, manufactured 
home, trailer, snowmobile, water craft or drivers license or as 
many of the licenses as is designated by the county board but.  
This authority shall does not include the issuance of marriage 
licenses.  The county board may delegate the responsibility for 
the issuance of any county license or permit to the county 
licensing license bureau.  
    373.34 [IMPLEMENTATION, NOTICE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Sections 373.32 to 373.37 shall not be 
operative in any a county until when the county board of 
county commissioners shall pass passes a resolution declaring 
its intent to proceed under the provisions of these sections and 
to establish a county license bureau.  The resolution 
establishing a county license bureau shall take effect at such 
date as when the county board shall designate designates but not 
less than 30 days after the date of the adoption of the 
resolution.  
    Subd. 2.  No A resolution establishing a county license 
bureau shall not be valid unless a notice of intention to adopt 
a the resolution to establish a county licensing bureau has been 
mailed by the clerk of the county board to each state department 
having the responsibility for the issuance of a state license 
not less than 20 days prior to before the date of the meeting at 
which the adoption of a the resolution establishing a license 
bureau is to be considered.  A similar notice shall be delivered 
by the clerk of the county board to the deputy registrar of 
motor vehicles for the county and to each county officer having 
the authority to issue, process or assist in the preparation of 
an application for the issuance of any license not less than ten 
days prior to before the date of the meeting at which the 
establishment of a license bureau is to be considered.  
    373.35 [DIRECTOR OF BUREAU.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county auditor shall serve as the 
director of the county license bureau, or, if he chooses not to 
serve as the director, he the county board shall appoint any 
other county officer or employee, or any other person, to serve 
as the director upon the terms and conditions he the county 
board deems advisable.  The county board shall set the 
compensation of the director and may provide for the expenses of 
the office including the premium of any bond required to be 
furnished by the director.  The director shall exercise all have 
the powers granted to and perform all duties imposed on the 
county officer who previously had the authority to issue or 
process the application for any license referred to in section 
373.32. 
    Notwithstanding the provisions of section 168.33, 
subdivision 2, the commissioner of public safety may appoint, 
and for cause discontinue, the director as the deputy registrar 
of motor vehicles in the county and.  If appointed a deputy 
registrar he shall have the same authority as a county auditor 
to appoint one or more deputy registrars as provided in section 
168.33, subdivision 2. 
    Subd. 2.  The director shall be responsible for all funds 
in his custody as the director of the license bureau and shall 
deposit the funds them in the county treasury, a state 
depository or forward the funds to the appropriate state 
official at the times and in the manner as provided by law or 
regulation rule or as designated by the county board not 
inconsistent consistent with applicable statutes and regulations 
rules.  The director of the license bureau or an employee in the 
bureau shall not be permitted to may not retain any portion of 
the fee charged by law or any surcharge upon the license or 
application, his.  The sole compensation shall be the salary 
provided by the county board. 
    373.37 [TERMINATION OF BUREAU.] 
    A county license bureau may be terminated in the same 
manner as provided in section 373.34 to establish a license 
bureau.  Any Duties and responsibilities assigned to the 
director of the license bureau upon termination of the bureau 
shall then be vested in the officer or person which who has the 
responsibility for the function as provided by other law at the 
time of the termination.  
    373.38 [BUSINESS HOURS.] 
    All such offices County license bureaus shall maintain 
hours to best serve the public need, and.  They shall be open to 
the public each week for a minimum period of at least three 
hours one evening after 5:00 p.m. or on Saturday of each week.  
    373.39 [EXPENDITURES FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY 
PROJECTS.] 
    Any county located outside the metropolitan area as defined 
in section 473.121, subdivision 2, may appropriate moneys from 
its general fund or expend funds received from the federal 
government under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 
1972 (Title 1, Public Law 92-512) for the purpose of making to 
make grants to cities and towns within the county to be used for 
providing to provide fire protection, including the constructing 
construction and equipping of local fire departments, or for 
other community projects.  The grants may be terminated upon 
expiration of the federal act. 
     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, chapter 375, as amended 
by Laws 1983, chapter 247, sections 147 and 219; chapter 307, 
sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; chapter 314, article 11, sections 18 
and 21; and chapter 359, section 55, is amended to read: 
    375.01 [MEMBERS, NUMBER OF.] 
    Each county shall have a board of five commissioners who 
shall be known as the county board and whose terms of office 
shall be four years and until their successors qualify; but,.  
In St. Louis, Anoka, Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey, and St. Louis 
counties the board shall consist of have seven members. 
    375.025 [COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [STANDARDS.] The redistricting plan in use 
in a county shall be effective and continue to be used until a 
redistricting new plan is adopted in accordance with the 
provisions of this section.  Each county shall be divided into 
as many districts numbered consecutively as it has members of 
the county board.  Commissioner districts shall be bounded by 
town, municipal, ward, or precinct lines.  Each district shall 
be composed of contiguous territory as regular and compact in 
form as practicable, depending upon the geography of the county 
involved and shall be as nearly equal in population as possible, 
provided that.  No district shall vary in population more than 
ten percent from the average for all districts in the county, 
unless the result forces a voting precinct to be split.  In 
addition, A majority of the least populous districts shall 
contain not less than a majority of the population of the 
county.  A county may be redistricted by the county board after 
each federal census.  When it appears after a federal census 
that the districts of the county are not in accord with the 
standards set forth in this subdivision, the county shall be 
redistricted by the county board within 180 days of the date on 
which certified copies of the latest federal census are filed 
with the secretary of state in accordance with section 600.18.  
Before acting to redistrict a county, the county board, or a 
redistricting commission, if one be is appointed, shall cause at 
least publish three weeks published notice of its purpose to do 
so, stating the time and place of the meeting where the matter 
will be considered, to be published in the newspaper having the 
contract for publishing to publish the commissioners' 
proceedings for the county for the current year. 
    Subd. 2.  [VOTERS RIGHTS.] Any qualified voter may apply to 
the district court of the county for a writ of mandamus (a) 
requiring the county to be redistricted if the county board has 
not redistricted the county within the time specified in 
subdivision 1, or (b) to revise any arbitrary action or abuse of 
discretion by the county board in redistricting the county; 
provided,.  Any application for revision of a redistricting plan 
shall be filed with the district court within 30 days after the 
filing of the redistricting plan with the county auditor.  The 
district court may direct the county board to show cause why it 
has not redistricted the county or why the redistricting plan 
prepared by it should not be revised, and.  On a hearing thereon 
the matter it may allow the county board additional time in 
which to redistrict the county or to correct errors in the 
redistricting plan.  If it shall appear appears to the district 
court that the county board has not been sufficiently diligent 
in performing its redistricting duties, the court may appoint a 
redistricting commission to redistrict the county in accordance 
with the standards set forth in subdivision 1 and any other 
conditions the court shall deem advisable and appropriate.  If a 
redistricting commission is appointed, the county board shall be 
without authority to redistrict the county.  
    Subd. 3.  [REDISTRICTING COMMISSION.] The redistricting 
commission shall be composed of not less than five nor more than 
nine residents of the county.  No officer or employee of county 
or local government except notaries public shall be eligible for 
membership on the commission.  Members of the commission shall 
not be eligible for election to the county board until two years 
after the redistricting in which they participated becomes 
effective.  Members of the commission shall serve without pay 
but may be reimbursed their necessary expenses in the conduct of 
the business of the commission.  The county board shall provide 
for the necessary expenses of the commission.  
    Subd. 4.  [REDISTRICTING PLAN; ELECTION FOLLOWING 
REDISTRICTING.] A redistricting plan whether prepared by the 
county board or the redistricting commission shall be filed in 
the office of the county auditor.  Notice that the plan is on 
file shall be published in the newspaper having the contract for 
publishing to publish the commissioners' proceedings for the 
current year.  A redistricting plan shall be effective on the 
31st day after publication of the notice unless a later 
effective date is specified; provided, but no redistricting plan 
shall be effective as to for the next election of county 
commissioners unless the plan shall have been is filed with the 
county auditor not less than 30 days before the first date 
candidates may file for the office of county commissioner.  One 
commissioner shall be elected in each district who, at the time 
of the election, shall be is a resident thereof and the of the 
district.  A person so elected shall be entitled to may hold the 
office only while he remains a resident of the commissioner 
district.  The county board or the redistricting commission as 
appropriate shall determine the number of members of the county 
board who shall be elected for two year terms and for four year 
terms in order to provide for staggered terms on the county 
board.  Thereafter, all commissioners shall be elected for four 
years.  When a county is redistricted, there shall be a new 
election of commissioners in all the districts of the county at 
the next general election except that where if the change made 
in the boundaries of a district is less than 10 percent of the 
average of all districts of the county, the commissioner in 
office at the time of the redistricting shall serve for the full 
period for which he was elected.  
    375.03 [TERM OF COMMISSIONERS.] 
    In each new county, and in each county which shall be 
entitled to that has an increase of the number of commissioners, 
there shall be elected at the next general election a 
commissioner shall be elected from each odd-numbered district 
for a term of two years, and one from each even-numbered 
district for a term of four years; and.  Thereafter all 
commissioners shall be elected for a term of four years, except 
that elections to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term 
only.  In counties having a population of more than 150,000, 
every such commissioner, before he enters upon begins his 
duties, shall give bond to the state in the sum of $10,000, with 
a legally authorized surety company as surety, conditioned for 
the faithful performance of his official duties.  Such The bond 
shall be approved by a judge of the district court, and together 
with his the oath of office and certificate of election, be 
filed with the county recorder.  The premium on the bond shall 
not exceed that prescribed by law for county treasurers, and 
shall be paid by the county. 
    375.04 [TIE DETERMINED BY LOT.] 
    If two or more persons have an equal and the highest number 
of votes for the office of county commissioner in any a 
district, the auditor shall give written notice, in writing, to 
such persons them to attend at his office at a time specified, 
and.  He shall then and there, in their presence, publicly 
decide by lot which of them shall be declared elected.  The 
person so selected shall be the commissioner from the district.  
    375.055 [COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' COMPENSATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [FIXED BY COUNTY BOARD.] The county 
commissioners in all counties of the state, except Hennepin and 
Ramsey counties, shall receive as compensation for services 
rendered by them for their respective counties, annual salaries 
and in addition may receive per diem payments and reimbursement 
for necessary expenses in performing the duties of the office as 
set by resolution of the county board, provided that.  The 
salary and schedule of per diem payments shall not become be 
effective until January 1 of the next year.  The resolution 
shall contain a statement of the new salary to be established 
set forth on an annual basis.  The board may establish a 
schedule of per diem payments for service by individual county 
commissioners on any board, committee, or commission of county 
government including committees of the board, or for the 
performance of services by individual county commissioners when 
required by law.  In addition to its publication in the official 
newspaper of the county as part of the proceedings of the 
meeting of the county board, the resolution setting the salary 
and schedule of per diem payments shall be published in one 
other newspaper of the county, if there be is one located in a 
different municipality in the county than the official 
newspaper.  The salary of a county commissioner or the schedule 
of per diem payments shall not change except in accordance with 
the provisions of this subdivision. 
    Subd. 4.  [INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS SUPERSEDED.] Except as 
otherwise herein provided, all acts or parts of acts, which 
relate to salaries of county commissioners, in any county of the 
state having a population of less than 100,000 according to the 
1960 federal census, are hereby superseded as of January 1, 1969 
insofar as they are inconsistent with the provisions of this 
section.  
    Subd. 5.  [OTHER BENEFITS.] Except as provided herein 
nothing in this section shall limit the right of a county 
commissioner to collect and retain any fees, per diem payment 
made pursuant to subdivision 1, or any mileage or expense 
allowance, or reimbursement of expenses in attending meetings or 
in the conduct of the business of a board, commission or 
committee of county government on which he serves, which he is 
now authorized by any other provision of the law to collect and 
retain in addition to the stated amount of his annual salary; or 
to participate in any group insurance program instituted by the 
county board for county officers and employees; provided that 
the several.  Members of the county board shall not receive a 
per diem for service on the board of auditors, the board of 
equalization, or the canvassing board.  
    Subd. 6.  [VALIDATION.] The salary heretofore paid any 
county commissioner under the provisions of any existing law 
insofar as they are it is inconsistent with this section, which 
may be found to be unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, 
by a court of competent jurisdiction, is hereby legalized and 
made valid.  
    375.056 [SEVEN-MEMBER BOARD.] 
    Any county with a population of 100,000 or more according 
to the last federal decennial census may by resolution of its 
county board provide for a seven-member board of county 
commissioners.  A certified copy of the resolution of the county 
board of any county choosing to exercise this option shall be 
transmitted to the secretary of state, and.  The county 
commissioner districts shall be redistricted by the county board 
in accordance with section 375.025.  
    375.057 [SPECIAL ACTS PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT OF PER DIEMS.] 
    Any special act for a single county or group of counties 
providing for the payment of per diems to county commissioners 
is superseded to the extent that it is inconsistent with Laws 
1975, chapter 301, sections 1 to 14.  This section shall does 
not apply to Hennepin, Ramsey, and St. Louis counties. 
    375.06 [COMPENSATION FOR COMMITTEE WORK; TRAVEL EXPENSES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The several members of the county boards in 
counties other than Hennepin, Ramsey, and St. Louis, may be paid 
a per diem pursuant to section 375.055, subdivision 1, for each 
day necessarily occupied in the discharge of their official 
duties while acting on any committee under the direction of the 
board, and may be allowed and paid their actual and necessary 
traveling expenses in accordance with section 471.665 for travel 
incurred in the discharge of such the committee work.  Any 
committee may be comprised of all of the members of the county 
board. 
    The several members of the county boards in addition to any 
compensation authorized for their duties may be allowed and paid 
their actual and necessary traveling expenses in accordance with 
section 471.665 for travel incurred in attending meetings of the 
board.  The chairman of the county board may receive mileage 
reimbursement in accordance with section 471.665 for going to 
the county seat to sign warrants during recess of the county 
board. 
    Subd. 2.  If a county commissioner is authorized to be 
reimbursed for his traveling expenses while performing his 
official duties as a county commissioner or while serving on a 
board, commission or committee, such the reimbursement shall be 
limited to expenses actually paid or incurred by him.  If 
authorized to be paid mileage or receive reimbursement for 
expenses in performing any such a duty and the commissioner uses 
his private automobile, he may be reimbursed for the its use 
thereof at not to exceed more than the rate specified for such 
reimbursement in section 471.665 for each mile actually 
traveled.  This subdivision shall does not supersede any law 
specifying a maximum mileage or expense allowance for a 
commissioner or for all commissioners on a county board. 
    375.07 [MEETINGS; QUORUM.] 
    The board shall meet at the county-seat for the transaction 
of business on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 
January, and on other days it prescribes as it deems necessary 
for the interests of the county.  A majority shall constitute a 
quorum, and no business shall be done unless voted for by a 
majority of the whole board, but less than a majority may 
adjourn.  Sessions shall be called by a majority of the board 
and the clerk shall give at least ten days' notice of them to 
each of the commissioners.  
    375.08 [BOARD TO FILL VACANCIES IN COUNTY OFFICES.] 
    When a vacancy occurs in the office of county auditor, 
county treasurer, county recorder, sheriff, county attorney, 
county surveyor, or coroner, the county board shall fill the 
same it by appointment.  For that purpose it shall meet at the 
usual place of meeting, upon one day's notice from the chairman 
or clerk, which shall be served personally upon each member in 
the same manner as a district court summons is authorized to be 
served.  The person so appointed shall give the bond and take 
the oath required by law, and shall hold for serve the remainder 
of the unexpired term, and until his a successor qualifies; 
provided, that.  When such a vacancy occurs in any of the 
offices hereinbefore mentioned, in which an office there is that 
has a chief deputy or first assistant, then the chief deputy or 
first assistant is empowered and authorized to may perform all 
of the duties and functions of the office until such time as the 
same it is filled by appointment by the county board. 
    375.09 [MAY NOT HOLD OTHER OFFICE; NO INTEREST IN CONTRACT; 
VIOLATION; MALFEASANCE.] 
    No county commissioner shall be appointed or elected by the 
board of which he is a member to any office or position of trust 
or emolument nor be employed by the county in which he is a 
commissioner, and.  No commissioner shall receive any money or 
other valuable thing as a condition of voting or inducement to 
vote for any contract or other thing under consideration by the 
board, or become a party to, or directly or indirectly 
interested in, any contract made by the board; and.  Every 
appointment or election made and every contract or payment voted 
for or made contrary to the provisions of this section shall be 
is void.  Any violation of the provisions of this section shall 
be is a malfeasance in office. 
    375.101 [VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER.] 
    Subdivision 1.  A vacancy in the office of county 
commissioner shall be filled at a special election to be held 
not less than 30 nor more than 60 days after the vacancy 
occurs.  The special primary or special election may be held on 
the same day as a regular primary or regular election, provided 
that but the special election shall be held not less than 14 
days after the special primary election.  The person elected at 
the special election shall take office immediately after receipt 
of the certificate of election and upon filing the bond and 
taking the oath of office and shall serve the remainder of the 
unexpired term.  If the county has been reapportioned since the 
commencement of the term of the vacant office, the election 
shall be based on the district as reapportioned.  
    Subd. 2.  If the vacancy occurs less than 60 days before 
the general election preceding the end of the term, the vacancy 
shall be filled by the person elected at that election for the 
ensuing term who shall take office immediately after receiving 
the certificate of election and upon, filing the bond and taking 
the oath of office.  
    Subd. 3.  In addition to the events specified in section 
351.02, absence from the county for six consecutive months shall 
be deemed to create a vacancy.  
    375.11 [SEAL; AUTHENTICATED COPIES OF BOARD PROCEEDINGS 
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE.] 
    The seal of the county auditor shall be the seal of the 
board and.  Copies of its proceedings, authenticated as required 
by law, shall be prima facie evidence thereof of them in all 
cases.  
    375.12 [PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board shall cause have the 
official proceedings of its sessions to be published in some 
qualified newspaper produced and published in its county, which 
.  The publication shall be let annually by contract to the 
lowest bidder, at the first regular session of the board in 
January each year.  The board may elect to publish all or any 
part of the official proceedings; provided that.  In the case of 
partial publication, the published proceedings shall indicate in 
what respect they are incomplete.  In each county whose 
population exceeds 600,000, the proceedings shall be published 
in a daily newspaper.  The board may reject any offer if, in its 
judgment, the public interests so require, and may thereupon 
then designate a newspaper without regard to any rejected 
offer.  In any county whose population exceeds 50,000, and is 
less than 250,000, the proceedings may be published in one daily 
and one weekly newspaper at their respective the county seats 
seat.  If the official newspaper of the county shall cease 
ceases to exist for any reason, except by consolidation with 
another newspaper, the county board shall have authority to may 
designate another newspaper for the remainder of the year.  For 
the purpose of this section, a newspaper is produced and 
published in the county if it has in the county its known office 
of issue, as such term is defined in section 331.02, and if it 
does its typographic composition or presswork or both in the 
county. 
    Subd. 2.  Individualized itemized accounts, claims or 
demands allowed by the county board pursuant to section 471.38, 
subdivision 1, need not be published pursuant to subdivision 1, 
provided that if the amount allowed from each claim is $100 or 
less.  The official proceedings following the itemization of 
accounts required shall contain a statement showing the total 
number of claims that did not exceed $100, and the their total 
dollar amount of those claims.  
    375.13 [CHAIRMAN.] 
    The county board, at its first session in each year, shall 
elect from its members a chairman and a vice-chairman.  The 
chairman shall preside at its meetings and sign all documents 
requiring signature on its behalf and.  His signature as 
chairman, attested by the clerk of the county board, shall be 
binding as the signature of such the board.  In case of the 
absence or incapacity of the chairman, the vice-chairman shall 
perform his duties.  If the chairman or vice-chairman are absent 
from any meeting, all documents requiring the signature of the 
board shall be signed by a majority thereof of it and likewise 
attested by the clerk. 
    375.14 [OFFICES AND SUPPLIES FURNISHED FOR COUNTY 
OFFICERS.] 
    The county board shall provide offices at the county-seat 
for the auditor, treasurer, county recorder, sheriff, judge of 
probate, clerk of the district court, and shall provide an 
office for the county engineer at a site determined by the 
county board, with suitable furniture therefor, also and safes 
and vaults for the security and preservation of the books and 
papers belonging thereto of the offices, and provide for the 
heating, lighting, and maintenance of such the offices.  The 
board shall furnish all county officers with all books, 
stationery, letter-heads, envelopes, postage, telephone service, 
office equipment, and supplies necessary to the discharge of 
their respective duties and make like provision for the judges 
of the district court so far as may be necessary to the 
discharge of their duties within the county or concerning 
matters arising therein; provided, that in it.  The board shall 
is not be required to furnish any county officer with 
professional or technical books or instruments except in so far 
as when the board may deem the same to be deems them directly 
necessary to the discharge of his official duties as part of the 
permanent equipment of his the office. 
    375.15 [DAMAGED RECORDS TRANSCRIBED.] 
    In case If the records of any offices office named in 
section 375.14 shall be are damaged so as to render any portion 
of them liable to become illegible, destroyed, or lost, the 
county board shall provide suitable books, and cause such the 
records to be transcribed, so that the new volumes will 
correspond, in designation, letter or number, and page, to the 
original records.  The fees for such the work shall be fixed by 
such the board, and shall not exceed seven cents per folio for 
the whole work done.  Printed record books shall be used when 
practicable for both original and transcribed records.  
    375.16 [APPROPRIATION FOR INCIDENTAL EXPENSES.] 
    At its regular meetings in January and July the county 
board may appropriate from the county revenue fund a sum to pay 
incidental expenses of county officers incurred for postage, and 
for necessary express, freight, telephone, telegraph, water, and 
light and, other utility charges, and the mileage and per diem 
of town officers making election returns, to be paid on the 
warrant of the county auditor upon the presentation of a 
properly itemized and verified bill, except in cases where. When 
the county auditor considers the sum charged excessive, in which 
case he shall file the bill, if requested by the person 
presenting the same it, for action by the board at its next 
meeting.  
    375.161 [INCIDENTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES; CONTINGENT FUND; 
ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  In addition to the amount authorized by 
section 375.16, each county board may annually appropriate from 
the county revenue fund a sum not exceeding $750 more than 
$1,500 as a contingent fund for use by the county board to pay 
for incidental costs and expenses incurred by them in expediting 
the business of the county.  
    Subd. 2.  Nothing in subdivision 1 shall operate to lessen 
the amount of a contingent fund available to the county board or 
the chairman of a county board under the authority of a special 
act for a single county enacted previous to the effective date 
of Laws 1973, Chapter 373 before August 1, 1973.  
    375.162 [IMPREST CASH FUNDS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board may establish one or more 
imprest funds for the payment in cash of any proper claim 
against the county which it is impractical to pay in any other 
manner, except that.  No claim for salary or personal expenses 
of a county officer or employee shall be paid from such funds an 
imprest fund.  The county board shall appoint a custodian of 
each such imprest fund and he who shall be responsible for its 
safekeeping and disbursement according to law.  Money for the 
operation of such an imprest fund shall be secured by a warrant 
issued on the general revenue fund.  A claim itemizing all the 
various demands for which disbursements have been made from the 
fund shall be presented to the county board at the next county 
board meeting after the month in which the disbursements have 
been made.  The county board shall act upon it as in the case of 
other claims and a warrant shall be issued to the custodian for 
the amount allowed.  The custodian shall use the proceeds of the 
warrant to replenish the fund, and if the county board fails to 
approve the claim in full for any sufficient reason, the 
custodian shall be personally responsible for the difference.  
    Subd. 2.  The county board may authorize an imprest fund 
for the purpose of advancing money to officers or employees to 
pay the their actual and necessary expenses of such officer or 
employee in attending meetings outside the county.  The county 
board shall appoint a custodian of such the fund and he who 
shall be responsible for its safekeeping and disbursement 
according to law.  Attendance at such meetings outside the 
county shall be authorized in advance by the county board.  At a 
meeting of the county board in the month after such a meeting 
outside the county, the officer or employee shall submit an 
itemized claim for the actual and necessary expenses incurred 
and paid by him in attending such the meeting.  The county board 
shall act upon it as in the case of other claims and a warrant 
shall be issued to the officer or employee for the amount 
allowed.  The officer or employee shall use the proceeds of the 
warrant to repay the amount advanced from the fund, and.  If the 
amount approved by the county board is insufficient to repay the 
advance, the officer or employee shall be personally responsible 
for the difference.  
    375.163 [ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINNESOTA 
COUNTIES; DUES, EXPENSES.] 
    The county board of any county may appropriate out of its 
general fund money to pay the annual dues of the county for 
membership in the state association of county commissioners 
Minnesota counties and the actual necessary expense of delegates 
designated by the county board to attend meetings of the league 
association.  
    375.164 [TELEVISION TRANSLATOR STATIONS, CONSTRUCTION BY 
COUNTY.] 
    The county board of any county in this state is hereby 
authorized to may appropriate annually from the county general 
revenue fund of such county an amount necessary to fund the 
construction, acquisition, improvement, or maintenance of a 
translator station within such in the county for the purpose of 
receiving to receive and transmitting transmit television 
broadcasting signals.  
    375.165 [COUNTY TRANSLATOR SYSTEMS; FUNDING.] 
    Notwithstanding the provisions of section 375.164, or any 
other contrary law to the contrary, the county board of any 
county owning, operating or maintaining a translator system on 
April 14, 1976, may singly or jointly with contiguous counties 
appropriate from the general revenue fund an amount necessary to 
fund the construction, acquisition, improvement, maintenance and 
operations of a translator system either within in or without 
outside of the county for the purpose of receiving to receive 
and transmitting transmit television broadcasting signals.  The 
county may singly or jointly with contiguous counties acquire, 
by gift, lease or purchase, any real estate or interest therein 
in real estate upon such the terms or conditions, including 
contracts for fees, as it shall determine determines, either 
within in or without outside of the county, for the purpose of 
establishing, improving to establish, improve or operating 
operate a television translator system.  No real estate located 
in another county may be acquired unless the county board of the 
county in which where the real estate is located approves the 
proposed acquisition.  The county may issue bonds in accordance 
with the provisions of chapter 475, for the acquisition, 
construction or improvement of television translator systems and 
the acquisition of real estate therefor for them. 
    375.167 [NONPROFIT LEGAL ASSISTANCE CORPORATIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPROPRIATIONS.] Notwithstanding the 
provisions and limitations of section 275.09, and any other 
contrary law to the contrary, the a county board of any county 
may appropriate from the general revenue fund to any nonprofit 
corporation a sum not to exceed one-fourth of a mill on the 
dollar of the taxable valuation of the county for the purpose of 
providing to provide legal assistance to persons who are unable 
to afford private legal counsel.  This levy shall be is subject 
to the levy limits established by sections 275.50 to 275.59. 
    Subd. 2.  [CONTIGUOUS COUNTIES MAY COMBINE APPROPRIATIONS.] 
Any two or more contiguous counties may by concurrent resolution 
of their county boards combine their appropriations to a single 
nonprofit corporation to serve the purpose of subdivision 1 in 
their counties.  
    375.168 [UNDERCOVER BUY FUND; EXPENDITURE OF MONEY BY 
COUNTIES.] 
    The A county board of any county may appropriate money for 
investigation of criminal activity relating to receiving or 
selling stolen goods, including the setting aside of money for 
"buy funds."  
    375.17 [PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.] 
    Annually, not later than the first Tuesday after the first 
Monday in March, the county board shall make a full and accurate 
statement of the receipts and expenditures of the preceding 
year, which shall contain a statement of the assets and 
liabilities, a summary of receipts, disbursements, and balances 
of all county funds together with a detailed statement of each 
fund account, under the form and style prescribed by and on file 
with the state auditor, which.  The prescribed form and any 
changes or modifications thereof of it shall so far as practical 
be uniform for all counties and shall be approved by the 
attorney general and the state printer and.  Within 30 days 
thereafter after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 
March the board shall cause the same to be published publish the 
statement for one issue in some a duly qualified legal newspaper 
within in the county, which newspaper must be a duly qualified 
legal newspaper, as provided by law.  The county board may also 
refrain from publishing an itemized account of amounts paid out, 
to whom and for what purpose to the extent that the published 
proceedings of the county board contain such the information, 
provided that if all disbursements aggregating $5,000 or more to 
any person are set forth in a schedule of major disbursements 
showing amounts paid out, to whom and for what purpose and are 
made a part of, and published with, the financial statement.  
The county board may refrain from publishing the names and 
amounts of salaries and expenses paid to employees but shall 
publish the totals of disbursements for salaries and expenses.  
The county board may refrain from publishing the names of 
persons receiving poor relief or direct relief and the amounts 
paid to each, but the totals of the disbursements for such those 
purposes must be published.  In addition to the publication 
thereof in the newspaper designated by the board as the official 
newspaper for publication of the financial statement, the same 
statement shall be published in one other newspaper of the 
county, if there be one is located in a different municipality 
in the county than the official newspaper.  The county board 
shall call for separate bids for each publication.  Insofar as 
any If a provision of this section is inconsistent with the 
provisions of section 393.07, the provisions of that section 
shall prevail.  
    375.18 [GENERAL POWERS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ACCOUNTS, EXAMINATION, SETTLEMENT AND 
ALLOWANCE.] Each county board may examine and settle all 
accounts of the receipts and expenses of the county, and 
examine, settle, and allow all accounts, demands, and causes of 
action against the same county, and, when so settled, issue 
county orders therefor for them, as provided by law. 
    Subd. 2.  [MANAGE PROPERTY, FUNDS, BUSINESS.] Each county 
board may have the care of the county property, and management 
of the county funds and business, except in cases otherwise 
provided for, and make such orders concerning the same them as 
it deems expedient. 
    Subd. 3.  [COURTHOUSE.] Each county board may erect, 
furnish, and maintain a suitable court house but.  No 
indebtedness shall be created for such purpose a court house in 
excess of 1-2/3 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation 
without the approval of a majority of the voters of the county 
voting on the question of issuing the obligation at an election. 
    Subd. 4.  [TOWNS, ORGANIZATION, BOUNDARIES.] Each county 
board may set off, organize, vacate, and change the boundaries 
of towns subject to the limitations hereinafter prescribed, 
designate the time and place of holding the first town meeting 
therein of a town, and make all necessary orders for the 
disposition and preservation of the records of any town vacated. 
    Subd. 5.  [TOWNS, APPORTIONMENT OF FUNDS.] Each county 
board may apportion, pro rata, according to the assessed 
valuation, among the several parts of a town divided by it, any 
funds of such the town not raised or theretofore appropriated 
for a purpose inconsistent with such the apportionment. 
    Subd. 6.  [TOWNS, APPORTIONMENT OF TAXES.] Each county 
board may apportion all uncollected taxes then levied or 
assessed for the benefit of any town divided by the board, and 
provide for the payment thereof pay them when collected, 
pursuant to the apportionment, having due regard to the purpose 
for which such the taxes were levied. 
    Subd. 7.  [TRANSFER OF SURPLUS.] Each county board may 
transfer by unanimous vote any surplus beyond the needs of the 
current year in any county fund to any other such county fund to 
supply a deficiency therein, except in counties having over 
75,000 inhabitants in it. 
    Subd. 8.  [COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, FARM IMPROVEMENT 
ASSOCIATION, APPROPRIATION.] Each county board may appropriate 
to any county agricultural society of its county, which is a 
member of the state agricultural society, or to any farm 
improvement association organized by the citizens of two or more 
counties jointly for the purpose of advancing to advance the 
agricultural interest of each of such the counties, a sum of 
money not exceeding $1,000 each, annually; provided, that.  In 
any county in which where two county agricultural societies are 
members of the state agricultural society any appropriation so 
made shall be divided equally between them; and,.  In addition 
to the appropriation above referred to above, in all cases where 
if a county owns grounds and buildings used for agricultural 
fairs and other purposes, the county board, by a four-fifths 
majority vote, may appropriate annually a sum of money equal to 
five ten percent of the total value of such the property to the 
association or society having the management, control, and 
direction of agricultural fairs held therein there, for the 
purpose of repairs, upkeep, improvements, extensions, to repair, 
maintain, improve, extend and alterations of such alter the 
grounds and buildings; and, in all such cases, if the area of 
any such county is not less than 43, nor more than 45, full or 
fractional congressional townships and the population thereof is 
not less than 25,000, nor more than 31,000, according to the 
last federal census, such additional appropriation may be a sum 
not exceeding ten percent of the total value of such property. 
    Subd. 9.  [COUNTY FAIRS, PURCHASE OR CONDEMNATION OF 
LANDS.] Each county board may purchase or condemn land, with 
such improvements, if any, as may be thereon, for the purpose of 
holding thereon on it, to hold agricultural fairs and 
exhibitions and appropriate money in payment therefor to pay for 
it, not exceeding the sum of $5,000, and such $25,000.  The 
county board may purchase or condemn land for holding such fairs 
and exhibitions thereon and appropriate money in payment 
therefor for it in excess of the sum of $5,000 $25,000 when 
authorized so to do by a vote of the people;.  It may accept and 
receive a donation or donations to be used to obtain lands for 
the purpose of holding thereon agricultural fairs and 
exhibitions and in such that case and for such that purpose, 
without being authorized by a vote of the people, to it may 
purchase or condemn lands not exceeding in value the amount of 
such the donation or donations; improve and erect structures 
thereon on the lands, for which purpose they may receive 
donations of money, materials or labor;  and.  It may lease such 
the land from time to time to agricultural and other societies 
of similar nature and establish reasonable rules and regulations 
under which such land it may be used by all such the societies 
in the county; provided, that.  All structures and improvements 
made on such the land by societies using the same it shall 
belong to the county. 
    (All proceedings for the condemnation of such the lands 
shall be had under the provisions of chapter 117.) 
    Notwithstanding this section, upon majority vote of the 
Dakota county board, the Dakota county board may spend up to but 
not to exceed $240,000 for the purposes of payment for property 
needed for expansion of the Dakota county fairgrounds.  This 
provision expires January 1, 1978.  
    Subd. 10.  [ERECTION OF MEMORIALS TO VETERANS.] Each county 
board may appropriate, in counties having a population of not 
more than 20,000, a sum not exceeding $10,000, and in counties 
having a population of more than 20,000, and less than 100,000, 
a sum not exceeding $20,000, funds to erect or aid in erecting a 
monument or other memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the 
nation, such monument or other memorial to be constructed on the 
court house square, or in a public park at the county-seat 
county seat, or in a cemetery adjacent to the county-seat county 
seat, or elsewhere in the county-seat county seat. 
    Subd. 11.  [CONSTRUCTION OF RAILWAYS.] Each county board 
may authorize by resolution any person, company, or corporation 
to construct and maintain railway lines to be operated by other 
than steam power upon any public road outside of cities not 
boulevarded or parked, for a period not exceeding 25 years, upon 
the terms as to use and occupation prescribed in such the 
resolution;.  The use so granted shall not to interfere with 
the reasonable use of such the road as a highway, and to shall 
cease in case of the vacation thereof of the road, unless 
proceedings to condemn are taken within six months thereafter 
after the vacation and diligently prosecuted; provided, that 
such.  The railway and its property shall be subject to taxation 
by such the methods and at such the rate as the proper 
authorities may from time to time prescribe in accordance with 
law. 
    Subd. 12.  [PARKS, ACQUISITION OF LAND.] Each county board 
may acquire by gift or purchase and improve not exceeding one 
acre of land within the county, for use as a park, site for a 
building, or other public purpose, and, when required by the 
public interest, sell and convey the same; which it.  The land 
may be paid for out of moneys in the county treasury not 
otherwise appropriated, or by issuing bonds of the county. 
    Subd. 13.  [POWERS CONFERRED BY LAW.] Each county board may 
exercise such the other powers as are or may be conferred upon 
them it by law. 
    375.181 [SITES FOR COUNTY BUILDINGS.] 
    If the board of county commissioners of any county at any 
regular or extra meeting shall adopt adopts and enter enters in 
the minutes of its proceedings a resolution declaring that it is 
necessary to acquire for the use of the county any land, 
describing it, to be used as a site for a courthouse or other 
public building or for the purpose of enlarging to enlarge the 
site of any such a courthouse or other public building already 
owned by the county, and the board of county commissioners is 
unable to purchase the land at a reasonable price, the title to 
any such land may be acquired by condemnation as provided in 
chapter 117.  
    375.19 [ADDITIONAL POWERS.] 
    In addition to all other powers now or hereafter by law 
conferred upon county boards, authority hereby is given to 
receive and A county board may accept for their counties its 
county real or personal property by gift, bequest, devise, 
conveyance, or otherwise from any person whose care, support, 
treatment, or maintenance, in whole or in part, is or may be 
chargeable to or furnished or provided by such counties the 
county, and to hold or dispose of the same it for the benefit of 
their counties the county, as by law provided in the case of 
other county property; to.  It may permit use of county 
equipment for soil conservation projects and to make annual 
expenditures from the general revenue fund for soil conservation 
purposes.  All expenditures made by any county board of 
commissioners subsequent to May 1, 1947, not exceeding any 
annual amount provided for, are hereby validated.  
    375.192 [REDUCTIONS IN ASSESSED VALUATION OF REAL 
PROPERTY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Notwithstanding section 270.07, upon 
written application by the owner of the property, the county 
board of each county shall have power to may grant such a 
reduction, for the current year, of the assessed valuation of 
any real property in that county which erroneously has been 
classified, for tax purposes, as non-homestead property, as is 
necessary to give it the assessed valuation which it would have 
received if it had been classified correctly. The application 
shall be made on a form prescribed by the commissioner of 
revenue.  It shall include the social security number of the 
applicant and a statement of facts of ownership and occupancy, 
and.  It shall be sworn to by the owner of the property before 
an officer authorized to take acknowledgments.  Before it is 
acted upon by the county board, the application shall be 
referred to the county assessor, or if the property is located 
in a city of the first class having a city assessor, to such the 
city assessor, who shall investigate the facts and attach his 
report of such the investigation to the application. 
    With respect to abatements relating to the current year's 
tax processed through June 30, the county auditor shall notify 
the commissioner of revenue on or before July 31 of that same 
year of all applications granted pursuant to this subdivision.  
Subsequently, With respect to abatements relating to the current 
year's tax processed after June 30 through the balance of the 
year, the county auditor shall notify the commissioner of 
revenue on or before the following January 31 of all such 
applications granted pursuant to this subdivision.  The form 
submitted by the county auditor shall be prescribed by the 
commissioner of revenue and shall contain the information which 
the commissioner deems necessary.  
    Subd. 2.  Notwithstanding section 270.07, upon written 
application by the owner of the property, where such if the 
application seeks a reduction in estimated market value not in 
excess of $2,000, the county board may grant such the reduction 
or abatement of estimated market valuation or taxes and of any 
costs, penalties or interest thereon on them as said the board 
may deem deems just and equitable and to order the refundment 
refund in whole or in part of any taxes, costs, penalties or 
interest thereon which have been erroneously or unjustly paid.  
Such The application must be approved by the county assessor, or 
, if the property is located in a city of the first class or 
city of the second class having a city assessor, by such the 
city assessor, and by the county auditor prior to before 
consideration by the county board.  The methods of obtaining a 
reduction or abatement of ad valorem values contained in 
subdivisions 1 and 2 shall be are in addition to the method 
provided in Minnesota Statutes 1965, section 270.07. 
    Subd. 3.  Subject to the approval of the commissioner of 
revenue, the county board shall authorize the county auditor to 
grant the credits denied under section 272.115, subdivision 4, 
provided that if a certificate of value has been filed with the 
county auditor.  The county board shall not hear any requests 
under this subdivision after May 31 of the year in which the 
taxes are payable. 
    375.193 [RETAIL VENDORS OF SOFT DRINKS, LICENSES.] 
    There is hereby conferred upon each A county board the 
authority may, by resolution or ordinance, to license or 
regulate the business of vendors at retail of soft drinks and 
other nonalcoholic beverages located outside the limits of any 
municipality.  The board may impose a reasonable license fee 
therefor and suspend or revoke such a license for any violation 
of such the ordinance or resolution or of chapter 340.  Any A 
person violating the terms of any who violates a resolution or 
ordinance adopted pursuant to this section shall be is guilty of 
a misdemeanor.  
    375.195 [SALE OF BUILDINGS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [COUNTY AUDITOR MAY SELL PROPERTY.] Upon 
resolution of the county board, the county auditor may offer for 
sale and sell at public auction for cash at not less than the 
value appraised by the county board, any buildings or 
improvements upon any lands held by the state in trust for the 
taxing districts.  If such the buildings are not sold at the 
public auction as herein provided, they may thereafter, and, at 
any time within one year from the date thereof of the auction, 
be sold at private sale by the county auditor at not less than 
the appraised value.  
    Subd. 2.  [SALE ON REQUEST OF COMMISSIONER OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES.] The county auditor may offer for sale and sell at 
public auction any buildings or improvements upon state lands or 
platted lots under the control of the commissioner of natural 
resources not held in trust for the taxing districts, at not 
less than the value appraised by the county board and approved 
by the commissioner of natural resources, provided such 
buildings or improvements shall not be offered for sale by the 
county auditor unless if requested to do so by the commissioner 
of natural resources.  If such the buildings or improvements are 
not sold when offered at such the public sale, they may 
thereafter and within the period of one year therefrom from the 
date of the auction be sold at private sale by the county 
auditor at not less than the their appraised value thereof.  
    Subd. 3.  [FINDING BY COUNTY BOARD.] No such The buildings 
or improvements shall not be offered for sale or sold until the 
county board has, by resolution, found that such buildings or 
improvements they constitute a fire hazard, an inducement to 
trespass, or constitute a public nuisance.  At least two weeks 
prior to before the sale of such buildings or improvements, the 
county auditor shall cause to be published publish in a legal 
newspaper in the county and shall post on the bulletin board in 
his office and at least one other prominent place in the court 
house, a notice of such the sale, which notice shall include the 
date of the sale, a description of the buildings and 
improvements, and the lands upon which they are situated and the 
their appraised value thereof.  
    Subd. 4.  [SALE CONDITIONED UPON REMOVAL.] All sales under 
subdivisions 1 or 2 shall be conditioned upon the removal from 
the land by the purchaser of all buildings and improvements 
within 90 days of the date of purchase, and.  Upon failure to so 
remove them, the buildings shall revert to the state and may be 
resold as provided in subdivisions 1 or 2.  
    Subd. 5.  [DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS.] The proceeds from the 
sale of any such buildings or improvements located on lands held 
by the state in trust for the taxing districts, shall be 
deposited in the forfeited tax fund of the county and shall be 
distributed in the same manner as if the parcel of land on which 
the buildings or improvements were situated had been sold.  The 
proceeds from the sale of any buildings or improvements on lands 
held by the state free of any trust for the taxing districts 
shall be remitted by the county auditor to the commissioner of 
natural resources to be deposited in the state treasury in the 
fund to which the proceeds from the sale of the lands from which 
the buildings are removed would properly be credited.  
    375.20 [QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO VOTE; BALLOT.] 
    When If the county board is authorized to may do any an 
act, incur any a debt, appropriate money for any a purpose, or 
exercise any other power or authority, only when if authorized 
to do so by a vote of the people, the question to be voted upon 
may be submitted at a special or any general election, by a 
resolution specifying the matter or question to be voted upon; 
and,.  If it the question is to authorize the appropriation of 
money, creation of a debt, or levy of a tax, it shall state the 
amount thereof.  Notice of the election shall be given as in the 
case of special elections; and,.  If the question submitted is 
adopted, the board shall pass an appropriate resolution to carry 
it into effect.  In all such elections the election the form of 
the ballot shall be:  "In favor of (here state the substance of 
the resolution to be submitted), Yes ......  No......," with a 
square opposite each of the words "yes" and "no," in one of 
which the voter shall mark an "X" to indicate his choice.  The 
county board may call a special county election upon any such a 
question to be held within 60 days after a resolution to that 
effect is adopted by the county board.  Upon the adoption of the 
resolution the county auditor shall post and publish notices of 
the election, as required by section 204D.22, subdivisions 2 and 
3.  The election shall be conducted and the returns canvassed in 
the manner prescribed by sections 204D.20 to 204D.27, so far as 
practicable. 
    375.21 [CONTRACTS OF COUNTY BOARDS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  When required by the dollar limitations 
provided by of section 471.345, a contract for work or labor, or 
for the to purchase of furniture, fixtures, or other property, 
or for the construction to construct or repair of roads, 
bridges, or buildings shall be made by a county board only after 
advertising for bids or proposals in a qualified legal newspaper 
of the county.  If, For the purchase of property or for work and 
labor, two weeks published notice that proposals will be 
received, stating the time and place, shall be given.  If, For 
the construction or repair of roads, bridges, or buildings, 
three weeks published notice shall be given.  The notice shall 
state the time and place of awarding the contract and contain a 
brief description of the work.  Every such contract shall be 
awarded to the lowest responsible bidder and duly executed in 
writing, and.  The person to whom the same it is awarded shall 
give a sufficient bond to the board for its faithful 
performance.  If no satisfactory bid is received, the board may 
readvertise.  
     An advertised standard requirement price contract for 
supplies or services established by competitive bids may contain 
an escalation clause and may provide for a negotiated price 
increase or decrease.  The escalation or negotiated change shall 
be based upon a demonstrable industry-wide or regional increase 
or decrease in the vendor's costs.  
     Every contract made without compliance with the provisions 
of this section shall be is void.  
     In case of an emergency arising from the destruction or 
impassability of roads or bridges by floods, rain or snow, or 
other casualty, or from the breaking or damaging of any county 
property, where if the public interests would suffer by delay, 
such contracts for purchase or repairs may be made without 
advertising for bids, but in such that case the action of the 
board shall be recorded in its official proceedings. 
    375.22 [EMERGENCY.] 
    In case of an emergency arising from breakage, damage, or 
decay in any county property of any county with a population of 
more than 225,000, that cannot be allowed to wait for the time 
required to advertise for bids, then such repairs may be made 
without advertising for bids; provided, such if the work is 
authorized by a majority of the board of county commissioners, 
and such the action shall be is ratified and recorded in the 
official proceedings of the board at its next meeting.  
    375.23 [ASSESSMENT AND ROAD DISTRICTS IN UNORGANIZED 
TERRITORY; ASSESSORS; OVERSEERS OF ROADS.] 
    The county board of any county, any part of which is not 
organized into towns, shall, at its meeting in January, in each 
year, divide such the unorganized territory into one or more 
assessment and road districts and appoint a qualified person 
residing therein there as assessor for each district and another 
as overseer of roads therein, each of whom shall possess the 
powers and perform the duties of a town assessor and town 
overseer of roads, respectively.  Each shall hold his office for 
the term of one year.  The compensation of any such an overseer 
of roads shall be fixed by the county board, not exceeding $4 
per day.  The compensation of any such an assessor shall be 
fixed by the county board, not exceeding $6 per day; provided, 
that the county board at its annual meeting may fix the 
compensation of the assessor, or on an annual basis, but such 
compensation when so fixed shall not exceed exceeding $400 and 
shall not be nor less than $75 in any one year and, in addition 
to the per diem or compensation fixed on an annual basis,.  The 
county board is authorized in its discretion to may also allow 
the assessor mileage at the rate of five cents per mile for each 
mile necessarily traveled in his assessment work.  
    375.24 [APPOINTMENT OF CONSTABLES IN CERTAIN UNORGANIZED 
TERRITORY.] 
    In any a county having no organized townships or in which 
having a full and fractional unorganized township is more than 
20 miles from the nearest town or municipality or county seat 
and is entirely separated from the town or municipality or 
county seat by water, the county board of the county may appoint 
one or more constables for the unorganized township townships.  
The constables shall have the same powers and duties as 
constables in towns in the county.  
    Before entering upon their duties, the constables shall 
give bond to the county in a penal sum as the county board 
determines.  The bonds shall be otherwise conditioned as bonds 
for such officers constables in towns in the county.  The bonds 
shall be approved by the county board and filed with the clerk 
of district court. 
    375.25 [COUNTY BONDS MAY BE BOUGHT BY FUNDS IN TREASURY; 
RE-SALE RESALE.] 
    When any a fund in the treasury of any a county of this 
state having not more than 50,000 population is of such a size 
that, in the opinion of the county board, the same would it will 
not be necessary to be expended spent for the purpose for which 
it was paid in within the next two or more years from the time 
of such determination, the board may thereupon authorize the 
auditor and treasurer of the county to purchase out of such the 
fund any outstanding bonds of the county at not exceeding the 
more than their face value thereof and accrued interest thereon 
to the date of purchase and.  The bonds so purchased shall be 
kept by the treasurer as an asset of such the fund.  Any The 
bonds so purchased may again be sold by the board at not less 
than the their face value thereof when, in its judgment, it is 
deemed necessary to replenish the fund out of which such bonds 
they were purchased.  
    375.26 [GIFTS, ACCEPTANCE.] 
    Any A county in this state may receive by grant, gift, 
devise, or bequest, and take charge of, own, hold, control, 
invest, and administer free from taxation, in accordance with 
the terms of the trust or the conditions of the gift, any 
personal property, and any real property not to exceed 40 acres 
in any one county, for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of 
the county or as a park or recreation grounds, and in the 
encouragement to encourage, aid, and maintenance of maintain the 
county cooperative work and education in agriculture and home 
economics.  Such The county may, from time to time, by 
resolution of the county board, appropriate from the county 
revenue fund such sum or the sums as may by the board be deemed 
necessary by the board to suitably maintain, improve, and care 
for the property for such use and purpose. 
    375.27 [LIABILITIES, LIMITATIONS, AND CONDITIONS OF GIFTS 
OF REALTY.] 
    No county, by receiving any a grant, gift, devise, or 
bequest of any property pursuant to section 375.26 and holding 
and managing the same it, shall incur or be subject to any 
liability of any kind or nature growing out of the its ownership 
or management thereof; except that, but limitations and 
conditions may be imposed by the deed of gift as to the use of 
the property donated and, if the gift is accepted by the county, 
it shall be the duty of the county to comply with the 
limitations and conditions so imposed them.  
    375.273 [ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS FOR CARE OF CEMETERIES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS.] The board of 
county commissioners of any county may accept money from private 
sources or from any person, firm, or corporation, including 
fiduciaries, donated for the perpetual care of cemeteries 
located either wholly or partly within in the county, and use 
such the funds for the purposes provided in subdivision 2.  
    Subd. 2.  [COUNTY BOARD MAY EXPEND FUNDS IN CARE OF 
CEMETERIES.] Any such The board of county commissioners may 
expend public funds under its control for the purpose of 
maintaining to maintain and improving improve, and otherwise 
permanently caring care for cemeteries located either wholly or 
partly within in the county, but any such.  The expenditures 
shall be included in, and shall not be in excess of, any 
limitations on expenditures now fixed by law.  
    Subd. 3.  [DONATIONS DEPOSITED WITH COUNTY TREASURER.] All 
The money donated or made available for use by such the board in 
to permanently caring care for such cemeteries, shall be paid 
into the county treasury, and kept in a separate fund and 
disbursed only as authorized by the county board.  
    375.28 [REWARDS FOR CAPTURE OF PERSONS ACCUSED OF CRIME OR 
ESCAPING FROM JAIL.] 
    The A county board of any county in this state shall have 
the power to may offer and pay rewards in such the amounts, not 
exceeding $500 in any one case, as by it may be deemed it deems 
advisable for the apprehension, arrest, or conviction, or for 
information leading to the apprehension, arrest, or conviction, 
of any person or persons accused of crime in any of the courts 
of court in the county or for the apprehension, or for 
information leading to the apprehension, of any prisoner escaped 
from any a jail in the county.  
    375.30 [COUNTY BOARD MAY APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR CERTAIN 
PURPOSES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  In addition to the powers now conferred on 
it by law, the A county board of any county shall have power to 
may appropriate, annually, a sum of money, not exceeding $500, 
for the purpose of eradicating to eradicate and removing remove 
rust-producing bushes, including barberry and mahonia and 
excluding Japanese barberry.  The money so appropriated to shall 
be expended in such manner spent as the county board may, by 
resolution, provide.  
    Subd. 2.  The A county board of any county, by resolution, 
may appropriate and expend such sums of spend money as may be 
necessary to spray and otherwise eradicate wild hemp, commonly 
known as marijuana, on private property within the county.  The 
county board of any county may authorize the use of county 
equipment, personnel and supplies and materials in spraying to 
spray or otherwise eradicating eradicate wild hemp on such 
private property, and may pro rate the expenses involved between 
the county and owner or occupant thereof of the property.  
    375.31 [MOTOR VEHICLES, DAMAGE FROM OPERATION.] 
    The A county board of any county may indemnify any county 
officer or employee of the county for loss or expense arising or 
resulting from any claim made against him because of bodily 
injury, death or property damage sustained by reason of his 
operation of a motor vehicle while performing official duties.  
The county board of any county may defend any suit brought 
against any such an officer or employee to enforce any such a 
claim.  The county board of any county may settle any such the 
claim or suit and pay the amount of any such the settlement or 
the amount of any final judgment rendered against any such an 
officer or employee on any such the claim without first 
requiring him to pay it.  
    375.32 [INSURANCE POLICIES; PREMIUM, PAYMENT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PAYMENT OF PREMIUM.] The A county board of 
any county may pay the premium on any an insurance policy which 
insures any a county officer or employee of the county or any 
a group of such county officers or employees against liability 
for injuries to person or property within the limitations of 
section 375.31.  Such The payment shall not impose any liability 
upon the county.  Such The insurance may be written in by any 
insurance company authorized to transact business in the state 
of Minnesota.  
    Subd. 2.  [AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COVERAGE.] The A county 
board of any county may take such action as may be necessary to 
bring the county and its officers and employees within the 
provisions and limitations of chapter 65B.  
    375.335 [REGIONAL PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] Two or more counties or 
two or more cities located in two or more counties may, through 
action by their governing bodies under the provisions of section 
471.59, establish and maintain a regional public library system, 
even though any one or more of the counties or cities may 
already have a library with a library board; provided that.  In 
any a county or city already having a library board, the 
approval of the library board shall also be required.  Cities 
having public libraries may join in the regional public library 
system by being parties to the agreement which establishes the 
regional public library system through action of their library 
boards and their city councils, or as provided in subdivision 3. 
    Subd. 2.  [LIBRARY BOARD.] The agreement establishing a 
regional public library system shall provide for a library board 
to govern the organization having all the powers and duties of 
city and county library boards as provided in sections 134.11, 
134.12, and 134.13 and including exclusive determination of all 
library services to be provided under terms of the agreement as 
defined in section 134.30, subdivision 5, and exclusive control 
of the expenditure of all funds for the services.  The regional 
library system board may consist of as many members as the 
contracting parties deem necessary, appointed in a number from 
among the residents of the contracting parties and for terms by 
each party to the contract as may be determined by the 
contracting parties, irrespective of the existence of one or 
more city and county library boards already in existence in the 
participating cities and counties.  Not more than one member 
from each contracting party shall be a member of the governing 
body of a contracting party and no member may be appointed to 
serve more than three consecutive three-year terms.  In the 
participating cities and counties, the portion of the proceeds 
of the city and county library tax authorized by section 134.07, 
shall be used for the to support of the regional public library 
system as the contracting agreement may provide. 
    Subd. 3.  [CITY PARTICIPATION.] Where a regional public 
library system is established, any a city located in any of the 
contracting counties which is excluded from the county tax 
supporting the regional public library system under the 
provisions of section 134.07, may, upon recommendation of its 
library board and upon action by its governing body, be included 
in the county tax and become an integral part of the regional 
public library system.  Cities included in the county tax and 
with public libraries which are part of the regional public 
library system, whether or not governed by home rule charter 
provisions, upon action by their city council, may levy taxes 
for the additional support of their local library services.  Any 
A local public library board or governing body may, at its 
option, continue to control the local library fund or pay all or 
part thereof into of it to the regional public library system 
fund, to be used for the to increase or improvement of improve 
public library services in the city. 
    Subd. 4.  [PROPERTY.] All property given, granted, 
conveyed, donated, devised or bequeathed to, or otherwise 
acquired by any regional library board or any regional public 
library system board however created shall vest in, and be held 
in the name of, the regional library board or regional public 
library system board.  Any conveyance, grant, donation, devise, 
bequest, or gift made to, or in the name of, any regional 
library or public library system shall be deemed to have been 
made directly to the regional public library system board.  
    Subd. 5.  [RATIFICATION.] All property heretofore given, 
granted, conveyed, donated, devised, bequeathed to, or otherwise 
acquired by any regional library board or any regional public 
library system board however created is hereby validated, 
ratified and confirmed as the property of the board.  
    Subd. 6.  [RATIFICATION.] Any multicounty regional public 
library heretofore created, and the agreements creating them, 
are hereby validated, ratified, and confirmed and the benefits 
of subdivisions 1 to 5 shall hereafter apply to these libraries 
them. 
    375.34 [MEMORIAL DAY, APPROPRIATION FOR OBSERVANCE.] 
    The county board of each county may appropriate from the 
revenue fund of the county not more than $1,500 $2,000 annually 
to aid in the observance of Memorial Day in commemoration of the 
noble and valiant deeds of the nation's soldier dead.  
    375.35 [APPROPRIATION TO MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, 
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES.] 
    The several A county boards in this state are hereby 
empowered, in addition to the power now conferred on them by 
law, to board may also appropriate annually not to exceed more 
than $100 to each post of a recognized military service persons' 
organization or society, holding charter from congress or 
incorporated in this state, organized and existing in their 
respective counties, for defraying the county, to defray the 
expenses of Memorial Day exercises.  
    375.36 [COUNTY BOARD TO ESTABLISH SOLDIERS' REST.] 
    The A county board of county commissioners of any county in 
this state may purchase a plot of ground in any duly organized 
cemetery lying, in whole or in part, in the county, or in a 
contiguous county contiguous thereto, to be designated, set 
aside, and used exclusively as a soldiers' rest, and appropriate 
for the payment its cost, embellishment, and upkeep thereof, and 
for the opening and the closing of graves therein in it, not to 
exceed the sum of $1,000 more than $3,500 in any one year.  Any 
county in this state now having, or which may hereafter have, a 
population of not less than 150,000 may appropriate for such 
purposes not to exceed the sum of $3,500 in any one year.  
    The county board is authorized to may use such the 
portion of the appropriation as it may deem deems necessary for 
compensation and expenses of an agent, who shall be a veteran, 
to care for such the burial ground and to issue permits for 
burial therein in it.  
    375.37 ["SOLDIERS' REST" USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR SOLDIERS, 
SAILORS, MARINES AND WAR NURSES.] 
    Any plot of ground secured and designated as a "soldiers' 
rest" shall be used exclusively for the interment of deceased 
soldiers, sailors, marines, and war nurses of the United States, 
without charge for space therein in it.  
    375.38 [VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR.] 
    Any A person interring who inters or causing causes to 
be interred a body, or make makes a charge for a burial lot in 
such a soldiers' rest, except as provided by section 375.37, 
shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor.  
    375.383 [WAR RECORDS, PUBLICATION.] 
    The A county board of county commissioners of any county 
may, by resolution, authorize the compilation, printing, and 
distribution of a book containing the war records, and, if 
desired by the board, pictures of residents of the county who 
served in the armed forces of the United States or any of its 
allies during the second world war, or who had active service on 
and after June 27, 1950, and prior to the final cessation of 
hostilities as proclaimed by proper federal authority, and such 
other information relative to war activities or services as the 
board deems desirable.  
    The board may make a tax levy in a sufficient amount to 
carry out the provisions of this section, which levy may be in 
addition to all other levies now authorized by law.  
    375.39 [CHANGE OF NAME OF COUNTY; ORDER OF COUNTY BOARD.] 
    The A county board of any county in this state may change 
the name of the county upon a petition signed by a number of the 
legal voters of the county equal to 55 percent of the votes cast 
at the last preceding general election, and shall adopt the new 
name suggested in such the petition as the official name of the 
county.  Such The petition shall be filed with the county 
auditor and it shall be the duty of the auditor thereupon to who 
shall then promptly give public notice of the filing of such the 
petition by publishing the same it in the official newspaper of 
the county, and.  The petition shall be taken up and considered 
at the next meeting of the board held not less than 30 days 
after the date of such the notice.  
    The prayer of the petition being granted, the board shall 
make a formal order to that effect, which shall be filed with 
the auditor, and thereupon.  After filing, the official name of 
the county shall be the one so adopted.  
    375.40 [COUNTY BOARD MAY LICENSE EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS.] 
    The A county board of county commissioners of any county of 
this state is hereby authorized to may license and regulate 
itinerant shows, carnivals, circuses, endurance contests, and 
exhibitions of any nature whatsoever, except those prohibited by 
section 624.66.  Sections 375.40 to 375.42 shall do not apply to 
shows, carnivals, circuses, contests, and exhibitions held 
within the incorporated limits of a city.  
    The fee for such a license shall be fixed by the county 
board of county commissioners in such the amount as it shall 
deem deems advisable.  
    The board of county commissioners may require, as a 
condition to the for granting of such the license, the posting 
of a penal bond in such the amount as it shall determine.  
    Application for such a license shall be made on such the 
form as the county board of county commissioners shall determine 
determines.  Upon the approval of such an application and the 
payment of the license fee and the posting of such the required 
bond as may be required, the county auditor shall issue the 
license.  
    375.41 [TAKING PART IN UNLICENSED EXHIBITION OR SHOW A 
MISDEMEANOR.] 
    Any A person, partnership, association, or corporation who 
conducts, or takes part in, any itinerant show, carnival, 
circus, endurance contest, or exhibition not licensed, as 
provided in section 375.40, shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
    375.42 [EXCEPTIONS.] 
    The provisions of Sections 375.40 and 375.41 shall do not 
apply to any itinerant show, carnival, circus, endurance 
contest, or exhibition held in connection with any an 
agricultural association fair.  
    375.435 [COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT.] 
    A cost of living adjustment to the salary paid to a county 
auditor, county treasurer, county recorder, clerk of the 
district court, sheriff, county attorney, county assessor, or 
county commissioner pursuant to section 375.43, prior to January 
1, 1976, shall be deemed part of the salary paid to the officer 
from January 1, 1976. 
    375.44 [MILEAGE, COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBERS.] 
    The county board of any county in which a county hospital 
is located may by resolution authorize the members of any county 
hospital board who are not members of the county board to 
receive seven and one-half cents reimbursement for each mile 
necessarily traveled in attending meetings in the performance of 
their duties.  
    375.45 [CHANGE FUNDS, ESTABLISHMENT.] 
    The county board shall establish funds in the offices of 
the auditor, treasurer, clerk of the district court, county 
recorder, sheriff and such other offices and departments as it 
deems necessary for the purpose of making change only.  The 
change funds shall be established by making an appropriation 
therefor for them from the proper fund in whatever amounts the 
county board shall determine.  The officer receiving such a 
change fund shall be its custodian of such fund and he shall be 
responsible for its safekeeping and use.  The change fund shall 
not be used for the purpose of making to make payments of 
expenses such as are provided for in section 375.16. 
    375.46 [ROAD AND HIGHWAY PATROL; SHERIFF'S DUTY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The A county board of county commissioners 
of any county may appropriate, out of its general fund, money to 
permit the sheriff to patrol the roads and highways of his the 
county to investigate conditions respecting observances of laws. 
    Subd. 2.  Upon request by the county board of county 
commissioners the sheriff of such county shall provide a patrol 
of roads and highways as provided in subdivision 1. 
    375.47 [EXPENSE ALLOWANCES FOR MEMBERS OF BOARDS AND 
AGENCIES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Except in Hennepin and St. Louis counties, 
the board of county commissioners of each county may, by 
resolution, set a reasonable allowance for expenses or a per 
diem allowance in lieu of expenses and a mileage allowance to be 
paid the members of boards or agencies authorized by statute, 
and members of advisory boards or committees, performing duties 
for all or part of the county, when the board or agency does not 
itself have power to make expense allowances for its members.  
The allowances shall be paid from the funds under the 
administration of the boards or agencies.  Members of the board 
of county commissioners shall not receive any per diem pursuant 
to this subdivision. 
    Subd. 2.  No member of a board, agency, advisory board, or 
committee shall receive an allowance for expenses, or a per diem 
allowance in lieu of expenses, or a mileage allowance pursuant 
to subdivision 1, if in another capacity he receives from the 
county under authority of any other statute or resolution either:
    (a) an allowance for or per diem allowance in lieu of the 
same expenses or mileage; or 
    (b) a fixed amount, whether as part of his a salary or 
otherwise, for expenses of like kind incurred in the performance 
of his duties in such the other capacity. 
    375.471 [LAND CONSERVATION AND UTILIZATION; FEDERAL AID.] 
    The county boards of the several counties which have been 
designated as a resource conservation and development project 
area under the provisions of 7 USCA, Sec. 1011(e) and acts 
amendatory thereof, are authorized to may enter into such 
agreements as may be necessary with the secretary of agriculture 
of the United States and other agencies of the federal 
government for the program of land conservation and land 
utilization authorized by 7 USCA, Sec. 1010 and acts amendatory 
thereof, to accept assistance therefor for the program under 7 
USCA, Sec. 1011 and acts amendatory thereof, to engage in such 
works of improvement as are necessary to effectuate for the 
purpose of such the acts and to cooperate with the said 
secretary of agriculture and federal agencies to the end so that 
residents of this state shall obtain the benefits and advantages 
available to them and intended by congress to be so available in 
such by the acts.  The said county boards shall comply with any 
and all the requirements of federal law and any rules and 
regulations promulgated thereunder under it and with appropriate 
state laws in accomplishing to accomplish the purposes here 
intended by this section.  If a proceeding is instituted by 
petition for an improvement under this section, the proceedings 
thereafter it may be conducted by a board in the same manner as 
is provided for the establishment of a drainage system under 
chapter 106.  A majority of the landowners as defined in section 
106.031, shall be required for a valid petition.  They may also 
proceed under authority as otherwise provided by other law. 
    375.48 [EXECUTIVE SECRETARY; APPOINTMENT; QUALIFICATIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 
375A.01 and 375A.12, the a county board of county commissioners 
of any county may appoint and employ an executive secretary upon 
such the terms and conditions as it deems advisable and is 
authorized to.  It may appropriate funds and provide suitable 
office space for such the office.  The county board shall set 
the salary of the secretary.  He The secretary shall be chosen 
solely on the basis of his training, experience and 
administrative qualifications and need not be a resident of the 
county at the time of his appointment.  The executive secretary 
serves at the pleasure of the board and his employment may be 
terminated by the board without notice.  The county board may 
provide for a termination allowance. 
    Subd. 2.  The county board may appoint as executive 
secretary any county officer or employee except a county 
commissioner during the term for which he was elected.  If a 
county officer or employee is appointed executive secretary, the 
county board may provide that the duties of executive secretary 
are in addition to his the duties as such an officer or 
employee. 
    375.49 [DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE SECRETARY.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board shall prescribe the duties 
and responsibilities of the executive secretary.  Insofar as 
required by the county board, he is responsible to the board for 
the proper administration and management of any duty assigned to 
him and for these purposes is deemed the head of a department.  
    Subd. 2.  The executive secretary may be assigned any of 
the following duties and responsibilities: 
    (a) To manage any or all of the affairs of the county which 
county board has authority to control; 
    (b) To examine regularly the books, papers and accounts of 
each department, office, and agency of the county under the 
control of the county board and to report to the board the 
condition in which he finds them and such other information as 
the board directs; 
    (c) To submit to the board such recommendations concerning 
the affairs of the county, its future financial needs, and its 
offices, departments and agencies as he deems proper; 
    (d) To see that all orders, resolutions and regulations of 
the county board are faithfully executed; 
    (e) To initiate and present a proposed annual budget to the 
county board for its review and consideration; and 
    (f) To serve as clerk of the county board.  Upon the 
adoption of a resolution directing the executive secretary to 
assume the responsibilities of clerk of the board, the county 
auditor shall no longer be held responsible for the duties as 
clerk to the board imposed by section 384.09.  
    375.50 [RESCISSION OF RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING EXECUTIVE 
SECRETARY'S OFFICE.] 
    The board at any time may rescind the resolution 
establishing the office of executive secretary.  Any duties and 
responsibilities previously assigned to the executive secretary, 
upon adoption of the rescinding resolution, shall be vested in 
the officer or department which had responsibility for the 
function previous to before the transfer of the function to the 
executive secretary.  
    375.51 [ORDINANCES; ENACTMENT, PUBLICATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [ENACTMENT.] In any instance in which a 
county board is authorized by law to enact ordinances, such 
county the ordinances shall be adopted in the manner hereinafter 
prescribed in this section except as otherwise provided by law.  
A public hearing shall be held prior to before the enactment of 
any ordinance adopting or amending a comprehensive plan or 
official control as defined in section 394.22.  Every county 
ordinance shall be enacted by a majority vote of all the members 
of the county board except where unless a larger number is 
required by law.  It shall be signed by the chairman of the 
board and attested by the clerk of the board.  The ordinance 
shall be published as hereinafter provided in this section.  
Proof of the publication shall be attached to and filed with the 
ordinance in the office of the county auditor.  Every ordinance 
shall be recorded in an ordinance book in the office of the 
county auditor within 20 days after its publication.  All 
ordinances shall be suitably entitled and shall be substantially 
in the style:  "The county board of ...... county ordains:". 
    Subd. 2.  [NOTICE OF INTENTION.] No county ordinance of a 
county shall be enacted unless a notice of the intention to 
enact such ordinance it has been published in the official 
newspaper of the county not less than ten days before the 
meeting or public hearing required by subdivision 1 at which the 
ordinance it is to be considered.  Public hearings may be 
continued from time to time and additional hearings may be 
held.  The notice shall state the subject matter and the general 
purpose of the proposed ordinance.  Proof of the publication of 
the notice shall be attached to and filed with the ordinance, if 
enacted, in the office of the county auditor.  
    Subd. 3.  [PUBLICATION.] Every ordinance enacted by a 
county board shall be published at least once as part of the 
proceedings of the meeting at which the ordinance was enacted.  
Publication shall be made in the official newspaper of the 
county but additional publications, either in the official 
newspaper or other newspaper, may be ordered.  An ordinance may 
be published in its entirety, or otherwise as hereinafter 
provided in this subdivision.  
    To the extent of the authority described in subdivision 1 
of this section, a county may incorporate in an ordinance by 
reference any statute of Minnesota, any administrative rule or 
regulation of any department of the state of Minnesota affecting 
the county, or any code.  The term "code" as used herein in this 
subdivision means any compilation or parts of a compilation of 
regulations or standards or parts thereof prepared by any 
governmental agency or any trade or professional association for 
general distribution in printed form as a standard or model on 
the subject of building construction, plumbing, electric wiring, 
inflammable liquids, sanitary provisions, public health, safety, 
or general welfare.  
    In the case of A lengthy ordinances, ordinance or 
ordinances an ordinance which include includes charts or maps, 
the ordinance need not be published in its entirety if the title 
of the ordinance and a summary of the ordinance is are included 
in the publication of the proceedings of the meeting at which 
the ordinance was it is enacted.  In such that case and in the 
case if a statute, administrative rule or regulation or a code 
is adopted by reference, all requirements of statute for the 
publication of ordinances shall be satisfied if the summary of 
the ordinance or the ordinance incorporating the statute, 
regulation, ordinance rule or code is published in the required 
manner and if, prior to such publication, at least one copy of 
the entire ordinance or of the statute, rule, regulation or code 
are is marked as the official copy and filed for use and 
examination by the public in the office of the county auditor.  
Provisions of the entire ordinance or of the statute, rule, 
regulation or code thus incorporated in such the ordinance by 
reference shall be as much a part of the ordinance as if they 
had been set out in full therein in it.  
    375.52 [REVISION AND CODIFICATION.] 
    Any A county may revise and codify and print in book, 
pamphlet or newspaper form any general and special laws, 
ordinances, resolutions and rules in force in the county.  Such 
The codification shall be a sufficient publication of any 
ordinance included in it and not previously published in a 
newspaper if a substantial quantity of the codification is 
printed for general distribution to the public.  A notice that 
copies of the codification are available in the office of the 
county auditor shall be published in the official county 
newspaper for at least two successive weeks.  The county board 
is authorized to may make a reasonable charge for the cost of 
printing and distribution of ordinances or a codification of 
ordinances.  
    375.53 [VIOLATIONS OF ORDINANCES, PENALTIES.] 
    The county board shall have power to may declare that the 
violation of any ordinance shall be a penal offense and to 
prescribe penalties therefor for a violation.  Such The 
penalties shall not exceed those permitted for conviction of a 
misdemeanor as defined by law.  
    375.54 [PROSECUTIONS UNDER ORDINANCE.] 
    All prosecutions for violation of county ordinances shall 
be brought by the county attorney in the name of the county upon 
complaint and warrant as in other criminal cases.  
    375.55 [DISPOSITION OF FINES RECOVERED FOR ORDINANCE 
VIOLATIONS.] 
    All fines, forfeitures, and penalties recovered for the 
violation of any a county ordinance shall be paid into the 
county treasury.  Every court or officer receiving such moneys 
money, on or before the tenth day after the last day of the 
month in which such moneys were the money is collected, shall 
make a return thereof of it under oath and be entitled to 
given duplicate receipts for the amounts paid.  One of the 
receipts shall be filed with the county auditor.  
    375.551 [COUNTY EMERGENCY JOBS PROGRAM.] 
    Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the A county 
board of commissioners of a county experiencing chronic high 
unemployment may establish an emergency employment program to 
meet the needs of its economically disadvantaged, unemployed 
residents.  
    375.552 [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPLICATION.] For the purposes of sections 
375.551 to 375.555, the following terms have the meanings given 
them.  
    Subd. 2.  [EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.] "Employment program" means 
a program offering job training programs or jobs through public 
works projects to economically disadvantaged, unemployed 
residents of a county.  
    Subd. 3.  [ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED, UNEMPLOYED 
RESIDENT.] "Economically disadvantaged, unemployed resident" 
means a person (a) who is not eligible for or who refuses to 
accept financial assistance pursuant to chapter 256, 256B, 256D, 
or 268; (b) whose income or household income is at or below 25 
percent of the statewide median household income as determined 
by the 1980 federal census; (c) who is a bona fide resident of 
the county; and (d) who is unemployed.  
    Subd. 4.  [WAGE.] "Wage" means the basic minimum wage 
pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 177.24.  
    Subd. 5.  [CHRONIC HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT.] "Chronic high 
unemployment" means an unemployment rate, as defined by the 
department of economic security, in a county or portion of a 
county that exceeds the national unemployment rate for four 
consecutive months in the 12-month period immediately preceding 
September 1.  
    375.553 [COUNTY EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.] 
    The funds authorized in section 375.555 shall be expended 
by the county for job training programs or for jobs through 
public works projects submitted to the county by its departments 
and agencies and those of cities, towns, school districts, state 
and federal agencies, park reserve districts, and other special 
districts, including metropolitan agencies that are located 
totally or partially within the county.  The funds shall be 
expended only for training programs or public works projects 
located within the county.  The projects shall be beneficial to 
the submitting local unit and may include permanent improvements 
or maintenance of public property, residential weatherization 
programs, landscaping of public grounds or parks, planting or 
trimming trees, improving open space areas, playgrounds, and 
recreational facilities owned or operated by the sponsoring unit 
of government, and reclamation and reforestation.  The 
sponsoring unit of government shall provide the administration, 
supervision, supplies, and materials for its training program or 
public works project.  All funds available through the authority 
granted in section 375.555 shall be expended for wages and 
benefits for program participants except that up to two percent 
of the total amount shall be available to reimburse the county 
for its actual cost of administering the program.  
    375.554 [PROGRAM RULES.] 
    The county board of commissioners shall establish rules 
governing the operation of the employment program.  Rules shall 
include but not be limited to number of hours worked, benefits, 
and methods and terms of payment.  
    375.555 [FUNDING.] 
    To implement the county emergency jobs program, the county 
board is authorized to may expend an amount equal to what would 
be generated by a levy of 0.5 mills on all taxable property 
within the county.  The money to be expended may be from any 
available funds not otherwise earmarked. 
    375.56 [COUNTY PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM; RESOLUTION 
TO ESTABLISH SYSTEM.] 
    Any A county board may establish a county personnel 
administration system by adopting a resolution creating a 
personnel department, establishing an effective date and 
appointing a personnel appeals board pursuant to section 375.65. 
    375.57 [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  For the purpose of sections 375.56 to 
375.71, unless the context clearly indicates that a different 
meaning is intended, the terms defined herein shall in this 
section have the following meanings ascribed to them in this 
section. 
    Subd. 2.  "Appointing authority" means the official, 
employee, board, or commission, or the person or group of 
persons empowered by statute, ordinance or resolution to make an 
appointment to positions as county employees within the scope of 
sections 375.56 to 375.69. 
    Subd. 3.  "Director" means the director of the department 
of personnel. 
    Subd. 4.  "Personnel department" means the personnel 
director and his the employees engaged in the administration of 
the personnel department. 
    Subd. 5.  "Board of appeals" means the personnel board of 
appeals established pursuant to section 375.65. 
    375.58 [JURISDICTION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The jurisdiction of a county personnel 
department created pursuant to section 375.56 shall include 
every county level public employment position for which the 
appointing authority is the county board, the county welfare 
board, the county human services board, an elected county 
official, an appointed county department head, or a commission 
or board appointed by the county board, except the positions 
excluded under subdivisions 2 and 3. 
    Subd. 2.  The following positions are excluded from the 
jurisdiction of the county personnel department: 
    (a) elected positions; 
    (b) positions for which a county or district court judge is 
the appointing authority; 
    (c) positions designated as department heads appointed by 
the county board; 
    (d) positions designated as department heads appointed by 
boards or commissions appointed by the county board; 
    (e) one position designated by each elected department head 
as his a chief or principal assistant; 
    (f) one position designated by each elected department head 
as his a personal secretary. 
    Subd. 3.  At the option of the county board, the following 
positions may be excluded from the jurisdiction of the county 
personnel department: 
    (a) any or all positions subject to merit systems 
established pursuant to sections 12.22, subdivision 3, 144.071, 
256.012, and 387.31 to 387.45; 
    (b) positions designated as temporary or seasonal; 
    (c) positions held by special deputies and volunteers 
serving without pay; 
    (d) positions held by students in training. 
    375.59 [PERSONNEL DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT.] 
    A county board which has adopted the resolution authorized 
in section 375.56 shall as soon as practicable thereafter 
promptly appoint a personnel director or shall assign the 
function of personnel director to an existing officer or 
employee.  In a county which is operating under an optional form 
pursuant to sections 375A.01 to 375A.13, the authority to 
appoint the personnel director shall be the same as for the 
appointment of other department heads.  The terms and conditions 
of employment of the person appointed as director or assigned 
the function of director shall be established by the county 
board. 
    375.60 [DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE DIRECTOR.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PREPARATION OF PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION 
RULES.] The personnel director shall prepare personnel rules, 
which shall become be effective upon approval by the county 
board for the purpose of carrying, to carry out the provisions 
of sections 375.56 to 375.71.  These The rules shall provide, 
among other things, for: 
    (a) Preparation of a classification plan and classification 
of positions within the jurisdiction of the department in 
accordance with the plan. 
    (b) Creation and maintenance of lists of eligibles.  No 
name shall remain on an eligible list for more than two years. 
    (c) Certification of names to the appointing authority from 
the eligible list for appointment, promotion, or reemployment. 
    (d) Establishment of procedures for the recruitment, 
selection and advancement of personnel on the basis of relative 
ability, knowledge and skills. 
    (e) Establishment of procedures assuring nondiscriminatory 
and fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of 
personnel administration without regard to political 
affiliation, race, color, national origin, sex, or religious 
creed. 
    (f) Establishment of procedures for suspension or 
termination or other disciplinary action, including procedures 
for appeal of actions by appointing authorities with respect to 
suspension or termination or other disciplinary action. 
    Subd. 2.  [ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT.] The director 
shall administer the personnel department.  In addition to the 
duties imposed on him elsewhere in sections 375.56 to 375.71, he 
shall: 
    (a) Appoint, supervise and direct the work of the employees 
of the personnel department. 
    (b) Schedule and conduct hearings as required by rules 
adopted pursuant to sections 375.56 to 375.71 or at the 
direction of the county board. 
    (c) Provide for, formulate and hold competitive 
examinations as required by rule to determine the qualifications 
of persons seeking employment in positions within the 
jurisdiction of the department. 
    (d) Make investigations concerning the administration and 
effect of rules made pursuant to sections 375.56 to 375.71 and 
report his the findings and recommendations to the county board. 
    (e) Establish programs for training and continuing 
education of employees as deemed appropriate by the county board 
to improve the quality of service of employees holding positions 
within the jurisdiction of the department. 
    (f) Prepare a compensation plan and recommend a schedule of 
salary or wage rates for positions within the jurisdiction of 
the personnel department for adoption by the county board. 
    375.61 [PAYROLLS APPROVED BY DIRECTOR.] 
    No disbursing officer shall pay any a salary or 
compensation for service to any a person holding a position 
within the jurisdiction of a personnel department established 
pursuant to sections 375.56 to 375.71 unless the payroll or 
account for the salary or compensation shall bear the 
certification of the is certified by the personnel director or 
his an authorized employee that the persons paid or compensated 
have been appointed in accordance with the provisions of 
sections 375.56 to 375.71 and rules adopted pursuant to sections 
375.56 to 375.71.  The director shall not certify a payroll item 
for a person holding a position within the jurisdiction of the 
department unless the person shall have has been appointed and 
employed in accordance with the provisions of sections 375.56 to 
375.71 and rules adopted pursuant to sections 375.56 to 375.71. 
    375.62 [CIVIL SERVICE AND MERIT SYSTEM RELATIONSHIPS.] 
    Unless a county board has elected to exclude any or all 
positions otherwise subject to merit systems established 
pursuant to sections 12.22, subdivision 3, 144.071, 256.012, and 
387.31 to 387.45, from the jurisdiction of the personnel 
department, the provisions of sections 12.22, subdivision 3, 
144.071, 256.012, and 387.31 to 387.45 and any rules and 
regulations promulgated pursuant to those sections shall be 
superseded insofar as they are inconsistent; provided that with 
sections 375.66 to 375.71, but no positions subject to merit 
systems established pursuant to sections 12.22, subdivision 3;, 
144.071;, and 256.012, shall be removed from existing merit 
system coverage and placed under a personnel department 
established pursuant to sections 375.56 to 375.71, until that 
personnel department is certified in accordance with the United 
States office of personnel management's standards for a merit 
system of personnel administration.  Nothing in section 387.43, 
shall be construed to prohibit the inclusion of sheriff's 
department personnel in a personnel system established pursuant 
to sections 375.56 to 375.69.  
    375.63 [VETERANS TO BE GIVEN PREFERENCE.] 
    Nothing in sections 375.56 to 375.71 shall be construed to 
remove, limit, or extend the rights and preferences of veterans 
as established by the provisions of sections 197.455 and 197.46, 
except that the county board may enact rules relative to 
retirement age which shall apply to veterans on the same basis 
as they apply to other persons. 
    375.64 [COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RELATIONSHIPS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  For purposes of negotiating collective 
bargaining agreements and resolving grievances involving such 
agreements them pursuant to sections 179.61 to 179.76, the 
appointing authority and the county board shall be deemed the 
joint employer for positions within the jurisdiction of a 
personnel department established pursuant to sections 375.56 to 
375.71 and.  Both shall be signatories to negotiated agreements 
or grievance settlements except that.  In the event of 
disagreement between the county board and the appropriate 
appointing authority as to the final terms of a negotiated 
agreement or grievance settlement, the decision of the county 
board shall be final and binding on behalf of the county as 
employer for all employees of the county, including employees 
under the jurisdiction of an appointing authority other than the 
county board. 
    Subd. 2.  Any employee holding a position covered by 
sections 375.56 to 375.71 shall, upon the effective date of the 
establishment of a county personnel administration system, 
retain his the position without further examination and suffer 
no loss in wages, seniority or benefits as the result of the 
implementation of sections 375.56 to 375.71. 
    375.65 [PERSONNEL BOARD OF APPEALS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  The county board shall appoint three 
persons to serve staggered terms as members of a personnel board 
of appeals. After the first appointments, successors shall serve 
for terms of three years each.  Expiration dates for expiring 
terms shall be fixed by the county board and vacancies shall be 
filled by a majority vote of the county board for the unexpired 
term.  Persons appointed to the personnel board of appeals shall 
not serve while holding any county office or while standing as a 
candidate for any county office, or while employed by the 
county.  Each member of said board shall be a resident of the 
county and shall forfeit his office if he becomes a nonresident. 
    Subd. 2.  Compensation for members of the personnel board 
of appeals shall be set by the county board and each member 
shall be paid actual and necessary expenses. 
    Subd. 3.  The personnel board of appeals shall organize by 
electing a chairman and vice-chairman and shall develop rules of 
procedure for matters brought before it under the provisions of 
sections 375.56 to 375.71 and rules promulgated pursuant to 
sections 375.56 to 375.71. 
    375.66 [DUTIES OF BOARD OF APPEALS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [JURISDICTION.] The personnel board of 
appeals shall meet upon call of its chairman or the personnel 
director to make findings and to report to the county board 
within 30 days of the filing of an appeal by an applicant, 
employee, or appointing authority in the following circumstances:
    (a) Alleged arbitrary or capricious action on the part of 
the county board with respect to final establishment of rules 
under sections 375.56 to 375.71. 
    (b) Alleged discrimination by the personnel director or his 
employees in examination procedures or preparation of lists of 
eligible candidates, or discriminatory use thereof of them by 
the appointing authority under the provisions of sections 375.56 
to 375.71 or rules promulgated hereunder under them. 
    (c) Alleged misinterpretation or evasion by the personnel 
director or the county board of provisions of sections 375.56 to 
375.71 or the rules promulgated thereunder under them in a 
manner seriously detrimental to the party or parties bringing 
the appeal. 
    (d) Such Other matters of grievance as may be provided for 
in rules promulgated under the authority of sections 375.56 to 
375.71. 
    Subd. 2.  [PROCEDURES.] The personnel board of appeals 
shall establish procedures setting forth the methods and 
requisite timetable for appeals to the board. 
    Subd. 3.  [APPEAL FINDINGS.] Findings and reports of the 
personnel board of appeals shall be submitted to the county 
board for consideration and action as deemed appropriate by the 
county board, except that but, to the extent required with 
respect to for employees of departments and agencies paid in 
full or in part by federal funds, the findings of the personnel 
board of appeals shall be final and binding in those 
circumstances if necessary to conform to any valid a federal or 
state regulation affecting the department or position. 
    375.67 [JUDICIAL REVIEW.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [APPEAL.] The employee or the appointing 
authority may appeal from an order of the board of appeals in 
accordance with chapter 14.  
    375.68 [ABOLITION OF SYSTEM.] 
    A personnel administration system established pursuant to 
sections 375.56 to 375.69 may be abolished at any time by 
resolution of the county board adopted by a majority of all its 
members.  Upon adoption of the resolution, the personnel 
department shall cease to exist and the status of all 
departments, commissions, and employees shall be the same as if 
no personnel administration system had been established. 
    375.69 [APPROPRIATION BY COUNTY BOARD.] 
    The county board is hereby authorized to may make 
appropriations as necessary to carry out the provisions of 
sections 375.56 to 375.71. 
    375.70 [FEDERAL AID FOR MANPOWER SERVICES.] 
    Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any A county may 
receive financial assistance from agencies of the United States, 
and plan for, and carry out comprehensive manpower services as 
provided for in the Emergency Employment Act of 1971, as 
amended, and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 
1973, as amended. 
    375.71 [PROTECTION OF RIGHTS UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Nothing in sections 375.56 to 375.69 shall 
be construed to permit or encourage any action or conduct 
prohibited by the Minnesota human rights act or prohibit 
recourse to any remedies provided in the Minnesota human rights 
act or any other state or federal law relating to equal 
employment opportunities, and the provisions of these acts shall 
continue to apply to county employment generally, including 
those positions excluded from the jurisdiction of the county 
personnel administration system. 
    Subd. 2.  Nothing in sections 375.56 to 375.69 shall be 
construed to affect the rights and obligations of employees and 
employers under the provisions of sections 179.61 to 179.76, or 
to in any way supersede provisions regarding public employment 
relationships under the Public Employment Labor Relations Act of 
1971, as amended, or the provisions of any contracts or 
agreements executed pursuant thereto to it. 
     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 168.33, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 2.  [POWERS.] The registrar shall have the power to 
appoint, hire and discharge and fix the compensation of the 
necessary employees, in the manner provided by law, as may be 
required to enable him to properly carry out the duties imposed 
upon him by the provisions of this chapter.  As of April 14, 
1976, the registrar may appoint, and for cause discontinue, a 
deputy registrar for any city as the public interest and 
convenience may require, without regard to whether the county 
auditor of the county in which the city is situated has been 
appointed as the deputy registrar for the county or has been 
discontinued as the deputy registrar for the county, and without 
regard to whether the county in which the city is situated has 
established a county license bureau which issues motor vehicle 
licenses as provided in section 373.32. 
    Effective August 1, 1976, the registrar may appoint, and 
for cause discontinue, a deputy registrar for any city as the 
public interest and convenience may require, if the auditor for 
the county in which the city is situated chooses not to accept 
appointment as the deputy registrar for the county or is 
discontinued as a deputy registrar, or if the county in which 
the city is situated has not established a county license bureau 
which issues motor vehicle license as provided in section 
373.32.  Any person appointed by the registrar as a deputy 
registrar for any city shall be a resident of the county in 
which the city is situated. 
    The registrar may appoint, and for cause discontinue, the 
county auditor of each county as a deputy registrar.  Upon 
approval of the county board, the auditor, with the approval of 
the director of motor vehicles, may appoint, and for cause 
discontinue, the clerk or equivalent officer of each city or any 
other person as a deputy registrar as public interest and 
convenience may require, regardless of his county of residence.  
Notwithstanding any other provision, a person other than a 
county auditor or a director of a county license bureau, who was 
appointed by the registrar before August 1, 1976, as a deputy 
registrar for any city, may continue to serve as deputy 
registrar and may be discontinued for cause only by the 
registrar.  The county auditor shall be responsible for the acts 
of deputy registrars appointed by him.  Each such deputy, before 
entering upon the discharge of his duties, shall take and 
subscribe an oath to faithfully discharge his duties and to 
uphold the laws of the state.  If a deputy registrar appointed 
hereunder is not an officer or employee of a county or city, 
such deputy shall in addition give bond to the state in the sum 
of $10,000, or such larger sum as may be required by the 
registrar, conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties 
as deputy registrar.  Each deputy registrar appointed hereunder 
shall keep and maintain, in a convenient public place within the 
place for which he is appointed, a registration and motor 
vehicle tax collection bureau, to be approved by the registrar, 
for the registration of motor vehicles and the collection of 
motor vehicle taxes thereon.  He shall keep such records and 
make such reports to the registrar as that officer, from time to 
time, may require.  Such records shall be maintained at the 
facility of the deputy registrar.  The records and facilities of 
the deputy registrar shall at all times be open to the 
inspection of the registrar or his agents.  He shall report 
daily to the registrar all registrations made and taxes and fees 
collected by him.  The filing fee imposed pursuant to 
subdivision 7 shall be deposited in the treasury of the place 
for which he is appointed, or if such deputy is not a public 
official, he shall retain the filing fee, but the registration 
tax and any additional fees for delayed registration he has 
collected he shall deposit each day in an approved state 
depository to the credit of the state through the state 
treasurer.  The place for which the deputy registrar is 
appointed through its governing body shall provide the deputy 
registrar with facilities and personnel to carry out the duties 
imposed by this subdivision if such deputy is a public 
official.  In all other cases, the deputy shall maintain a 
suitable facility for serving the public. 
    Sec. 4.  [REPEALER.] 
    Minnesota Statutes 1982, sections 373.28; and 375.29, are 
repealed. 
    Approved May 2, 1984