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                            CHAPTER 164-H.F.No. 873 
                  An act relating to public lands; allowing private 
                  easements across tax-forfeited land; changing certain 
                  exchange requirements; modifying county lease terms 
                  for tax-forfeited land; authorizing a conveyance of 
                  certain Benton county land; authorizing public and 
                  private sales and conveyances of certain tax-forfeited 
                  lands in Aitkin, Cook, Hubbard, Lake, Meeker, Ramsey, 
                  St. Louis, and Washington counties; authorizing the 
                  commissioner of transportation to exercise the power 
                  of eminent domain for acquisition of certain trust 
                  fund land bordering public waters; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 2000, section 282.04, subdivision 1, and by 
                  adding a subdivision; Laws 1998, chapter 389, article 
                  16, section 31, subdivisions 2, as amended, 3, as 
                  amended, and 4, as amended. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 282.04, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [TIMBER SALES; LAND LEASES AND USES.] (a) 
        The county auditor may sell timber upon any tract that may be 
        approved by the natural resources commissioner.  Such sale of 
        timber shall be made for cash at not less than the appraised 
        value determined by the county board to the highest bidder after 
        not less than one week's published notice in an official paper 
        within the county.  Any timber offered at such public sale and 
        not sold may thereafter be sold at private sale by the county 
        auditor at not less than the appraised value thereof, until such 
        time as the county board may withdraw such timber from sale.  
        The appraised value of the timber and the forestry practices to 
        be followed in the cutting of said timber shall be approved by 
        the commissioner of natural resources.  
           (b) Payment of the full sale price of all timber sold on 
        tax-forfeited lands shall be made in cash at the time of the 
        timber sale, except in the case of oral or sealed bid auction 
        sales, the down payment shall be no less than 15 percent of the 
        appraised value, and the balance shall be paid prior to entry.  
        In the case of auction sales that are partitioned and sold as a 
        single sale with predetermined cutting blocks, the down payment 
        shall be no less than 15 percent of the appraised price of the 
        entire timber sale which may be held until the satisfactory 
        completion of the sale or applied in whole or in part to the 
        final cutting block.  The value of each separate block must be 
        paid in full before any cutting may begin in that block.  With 
        the permission of the county administrator the purchaser may 
        enter unpaid blocks and cut necessary timber incidental to 
        developing logging roads as may be needed to log other blocks 
        provided that no timber may be removed from an unpaid block 
        until separately scaled and paid for.  
           (c) The county board may require final settlement on the 
        basis of a scale of cut products.  Any parcels of land from 
        which timber is to be sold by scale of cut products shall be so 
        designated in the published notice of sale above mentioned, in 
        which case the notice shall contain a description of such 
        parcels, a statement of the estimated quantity of each species 
        of timber thereon and the appraised price of each specie of 
        timber for 1,000 feet, per cord or per piece, as the case may 
        be.  In such cases any bids offered over and above the appraised 
        prices shall be by percentage, the percent bid to be added to 
        the appraised price of each of the different species of timber 
        advertised on the land.  The purchaser of timber from such 
        parcels shall pay in cash at the time of sale at the rate bid 
        for all of the timber shown in the notice of sale as estimated 
        to be standing on the land, and in addition shall pay at the 
        same rate for any additional amounts which the final scale shows 
        to have been cut or was available for cutting on the land at the 
        time of sale under the terms of such sale.  Where the final 
        scale of cut products shows that less timber was cut or was 
        available for cutting under terms of such sale than was 
        originally paid for, the excess payment shall be refunded from 
        the forfeited tax sale fund upon the claim of the purchaser, to 
        be audited and allowed by the county board as in case of other 
        claims against the county.  No timber, except hardwood pulpwood, 
        may be removed from such parcels of land or other designated 
        landings until scaled by a person or persons designated by the 
        county board and approved by the commissioner of natural 
        resources.  Landings other than the parcel of land from which 
        timber is cut may be designated for scaling by the county board 
        by written agreement with the purchaser of the timber.  The 
        county board may, by written agreement with the purchaser and 
        with a consumer designated by the purchaser when the timber is 
        sold by the county auditor, and with the approval of the 
        commissioner of natural resources, accept the consumer's scale 
        of cut products delivered at the consumer's landing.  No timber 
        shall be removed until fully paid for in cash.  Small amounts of 
        timber not exceeding $3,000 in appraised valuation may be sold 
        for not less than the full appraised value at private sale to 
        individual persons without first publishing notice of sale or 
        calling for bids, provided that in case of such sale involving a 
        total appraised value of more than $200 the sale shall be made 
        subject to final settlement on the basis of a scale of cut 
        products in the manner above provided and not more than two such 
        sales, directly or indirectly to any individual shall be in 
        effect at one time. 
           (d) As directed by the county board, the county auditor may 
        lease tax-forfeited land to individuals, corporations or 
        organized subdivisions of the state at public or private vendue, 
        and at such prices and under such terms as the county board may 
        prescribe, for use as cottage and camp sites and for 
        agricultural purposes and for the purpose of taking and removing 
        of hay, stumpage, sand, gravel, clay, rock, marl, and black dirt 
        therefrom, and for garden sites and other temporary uses 
        provided that no leases shall be for a period to exceed ten 
        years; provided, further that any leases involving a 
        consideration of more than $1,500 $12,000 per year, except to an 
        organized subdivision of the state shall first be offered at 
        public sale in the manner provided herein for sale of timber.  
        Upon the sale of any such leased land, it shall remain subject 
        to the lease for not to exceed one year from the beginning of 
        the term of the lease.  Any rent paid by the lessee for the 
        portion of the term cut off by such cancellation shall be 
        refunded from the forfeited tax sale fund upon the claim of the 
        lessee, to be audited and allowed by the county board as in case 
        of other claims against the county. 
           (e) As directed by the county board, the county auditor may 
        lease tax-forfeited land to individuals, corporations, or 
        organized subdivisions of the state at public or private vendue, 
        at such prices and under such terms as the county board may 
        prescribe, for the purpose of taking and removing for use for 
        road construction and other purposes tax-forfeited stockpiled 
        iron-bearing material.  The county auditor must determine that 
        the material is needed and suitable for use in the construction 
        or maintenance of a road, tailings basin, settling basin, dike, 
        dam, bank fill, or other works on public or private property, 
        and that the use would be in the best interests of the public.  
        No lease shall exceed ten years.  The use of a stockpile for 
        these purposes must first be approved by the commissioner of 
        natural resources.  The request shall be deemed approved unless 
        the requesting county is notified to the contrary by the 
        commissioner of natural resources within six months after 
        receipt of a request for approval for use of a stockpile.  Once 
        use of a stockpile has been approved, the county may continue to 
        lease it for these purposes until approval is withdrawn by the 
        commissioner of natural resources. 
           (f) The county auditor, with the approval of the county 
        board is authorized to grant permits, licenses, and leases to 
        tax-forfeited lands for the depositing of stripping, lean ores, 
        tailings, or waste products from mines or ore milling plants, 
        upon such conditions and for such consideration and for such 
        period of time, not exceeding 15 years, as the county board may 
        determine; said permits, licenses, or leases to be subject to 
        approval by the commissioner of natural resources. 
           (g) Any person who removes any timber from tax-forfeited 
        land before said timber has been scaled and fully paid for as 
        provided in this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
           (h) The county auditor may, with the approval of the county 
        board, and without first offering at public sale, grant leases, 
        for a term not exceeding 25 years, for the removal of peat from 
        tax-forfeited lands upon such terms and conditions as the county 
        board may prescribe.  Any lease for the removal of peat from 
        tax-forfeited lands must first be reviewed and approved by the 
        commissioner of natural resources if the lease covers 320 or 
        more acres.  No lease for the removal of peat shall be made by 
        the county auditor pursuant to this section without first 
        holding a public hearing on the auditor's intention to lease.  
        One printed notice in a legal newspaper in the county at least 
        ten days before the hearing, and posted notice in the courthouse 
        at least 20 days before the hearing shall be given of the 
        hearing. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 282.04, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 4a.  [PRIVATE EASEMENTS.] (a) A county board may 
        convey a road easement across unsold tax-forfeited land to an 
        individual requesting an easement for access to private property 
        owned by the individual if: 
           (1) there are no reasonable alternatives to obtain access 
        to the individual's property; and 
           (2) exercising the easement will not cause significant 
        adverse environmental or natural resource management impacts. 
           (b) The county auditor shall require an individual applying 
        for an easement under paragraph (a) to pay the appraised value 
        of the easement.  The conveyance must provide that the easement 
        reverts to the state in trust for the taxing district in the 
        event of nonuse. 
           Sec. 3.  Laws 1998, chapter 389, article 16, section 31, 
        subdivision 2, as amended by Laws 1999, chapter 180, section 1, 
        and Laws 2000, chapter 488, article 3, section 31, is amended to 
        read: 
           Subd. 2.  [EXCHANGE OF COUNTY LAKESHORE LAND FOR LEASED 
        LAKESHORE LOTS.] (a) For the purposes of this section: 
           (1) "county land" includes, but is not limited to, 
        tax-forfeited land administered by any county; 
           (2) "leased lakeshore lots" means lands leased by the 
        state, including lots for which leases have been canceled, 
        pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 92.46, subdivision 1; 
        and 
           (3) "plan for exchange" means a listing of parcels proposed 
        for exchange with legal descriptions, county estimates of 
        values, and maps and acreage for each parcel.  By July 1, 1999, 
        counties shall include exchange plans for all lakeshore lease 
        lots that are in substantial compliance with official controls.  
        The plan shall also include a timeline that provides for the 
        completion of the exchange of all remaining lakeshore lease lots 
        by December 31, 2000.  
           (b) By July 1, 1999, a county board with leased lakeshore 
        lots must petition the land exchange board with a plan for an 
        exchange of county land for leased lakeshore lots in the county 
        that are not listed by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision 
        1.  Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 94.342, the land 
        proposed for the exchange must be land bordering on or adjacent 
        to meandered or other public waters.  A county board proposing 
        an exchange under this section may include tax-forfeited or fee 
        land administered by another county in the proposal with the 
        consent of that county board.  
           (c) In determining the value of the leased lakeshore lots 
        for purposes of the exchange, the land exchange board must 
        review an appraisal of each lot prepared by an appraiser 
        licensed by the commissioner of commerce.  The selection of the 
        appraiser must be agreed to by the commissioner of natural 
        resources and the county board of the county containing the 
        leased lakeshore lot.  The commissioner of natural resources 
        must pay the costs of appraisal and may recover these costs as 
        provided in this section.  The commissioner must submit 
        appraisals under this paragraph to the land exchange board by 
        June 1, 1999.  
           (d) The land exchange board must determine whether the land 
        offered for exchange by a county under this section is lakeshore 
        of substantially equal value to the leased lakeshore lots 
        included in the county's petition.  In making this 
        determination, the land exchange board must review an appraisal 
        of the land offered for exchange prepared by an appraiser 
        licensed by the commissioner of commerce.  The selection of the 
        appraiser must be agreed to by the commissioner of natural 
        resources and the county board of the county containing the 
        leased lakeshore lots.  The county must pay the costs of this 
        appraisal and may recover those costs as provided in this 
        section.  
           (e) Before the proposed exchange may be submitted to the 
        land exchange board, the commissioner of natural resources must 
        ensure that, whenever possible, state lands are added to the 
        leased lakeshore lots when necessary to provide conformance with 
        zoning official controls.  The lands added to the leased 
        lakeshore lots must be included in the appraised value of the 
        lots.  If the commissioner is unable to add the necessary land 
        to a lot, the lot shall be treated as if purchased at the time 
        the state first leased the site, for the purposes of local 
        zoning and other ordinances at the time of sale of the lot by 
        the county.  
           (f) Additional state or county lands, including state 
        riparian land leased for a commercial use, may be added to the 
        exchanges if mutually agreed upon by the commissioner and the 
        affected county board to meet county zoning standards or other 
        regulatory needs for the lots, for use of the land by the county 
        or state, or to avoid leaving unmanageable parcels of land in 
        state or county ownership after an exchange, or to dispose of 
        state commercial riparian leases.  The additional county land 
        may include nonriparian land, if the land is adjacent to county 
        land exchanged under this section and is beneficial to or 
        enhances the value of the school trust land.  Notwithstanding 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, or any other law to the 
        contrary, a county board may sell all or part of any additional 
        land to an owner of a lakeshore lot sold by the county under 
        this section, or sold by the state at a lakeshore lot sale, or 
        to the lessee of a commercial lease.  
           (g) In the event that commercial leased state land is 
        proposed for exchange, the state and county must submit to the 
        land exchange board prior to exchanges, without regard to the 
        dates provided in this section, the reports, appraisals, and 
        plan for exchange required by this section.  The county is not 
        required to sell the commercially leased lands it receives from 
        the state within the times stated in this section. 
           (h) The land exchange board must determine whether the lots 
        are of substantially equal value and may approve the exchange, 
        notwithstanding the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, sections 
        94.342 to 94.347, relating to the approval process.  If the 
        board approves the exchange, the commissioner must exchange the 
        leased lakeshore lots for the county lands, together with any 
        additional state land provided for under this section, subject 
        to the requirements of the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, 
        section 10, relating to the reservation of mineral and water 
        power rights.  
           (i) The deeds between the state and counties for land 
        exchanges under this section are exempt from the deed tax 
        imposed by Minnesota Statutes, section 287.21. 
           (j) The deeds issued by the state and counties for the land 
        exchanges and sales to a lessee made pursuant to this section 
        are exempt from the requirements imposed for well disclosure by 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 103I.235, well sealing by Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 103I.311, and individual sewage treatment 
        system disclosure by Minnesota Statutes, section 115.55, 
        subdivision 6. 
           Sec. 4.  Laws 1998, chapter 389, article 16, section 31, 
        subdivision 3, as amended by Laws 1999, chapter 180, section 2, 
        is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [COUNTY SALE.] Notwithstanding Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 282.018, or any other law to the contrary, a 
        county board must offer land that it has acquired through an 
        exchange under this section for sale to the lessee of the land 
        within 90 days from the date of acquisition for the value of the 
        land as determined by the county board.  The county board may 
        include the cost of appraisal, abstract, and survey for the 
        purposes of this section in the value of the land.  If the 
        lessee does not elect to purchase the land within 90 days from 
        the date of the offer by the county, the county board shall sell 
        the land by public sale no later than four years from the date 
        the county acquires the land through an exchange under this 
        section for no less than the value of the land as determined by 
        the county board, including the cost of appraisal required by 
        this section, any survey or abstract costs, and the value of 
        improvements to the land.  The county may sell the land with a 
        directed sale to adjacent landowners within four years from the 
        date of acquisition, if the lessee does not elect to purchase 
        the lot within the 90-day period and if the county board 
        determines that a lot cannot be brought into substantial 
        compliance with official controls absent such a sale.  The 
        county board must reimburse the lessee for the value of the 
        improvements to the land and the county may retain a sum from 
        the proceeds of the sale equivalent to the cost of appraisal, 
        abstract, and survey.  The county board must reimburse the 
        commissioner of natural resources for the costs of appraisal 
        under subdivision 2, paragraph (c), survey, and abstract from 
        the proceeds of the sale. 
           Scheduled lease rate increases shall be suspended for lots 
        when the county certifies that the lessee has elected to 
        purchase the lot within 90 days from the date of the offer by 
        the county. 
           Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 284.28, 
        subdivision 8, or any other law to the contrary, land acquired 
        through an exchange under this section is exempt from payment of 
        three percent of the sales price required to be collected by the 
        county auditor at the time of sale for deposit in the state 
        treasury. 
           Sec. 5.  Laws 1998, chapter 389, article 16, section 31, 
        subdivision 4, as amended by Laws 1999, chapter 180, section 3, 
        is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST FUND.] 
        Notwithstanding the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
        282, and any other law relating to the apportionment of proceeds 
        from the sale of tax-forfeited land, and except as otherwise 
        provided in this section, a county board must deposit the money 
        received from the sale of land under subdivision 3 into an 
        environmental trust fund established by the county under this 
        subdivision.  The following may be withheld by a county board 
        and are not required to be deposited into an environmental trust 
        fund:  the costs of appraisal, abstracts, and surveys; money 
        received from a sale which is attributable to land owned by a 
        county in fee; amounts paid to lessees for improvements; amounts 
        paid to acquire land which is included in a county plan for 
        exchange and is conveyed to the state in the exchange, including 
        the purchase price, appraisal, abstract, survey, and closing 
        costs; and the costs of sale to lessees or other parties, 
        including the costs of advertising, realtors, and closing 
        services.  If the proceeds from the sale of tax-forfeited land 
        in a county is $250,000 or more, the principal from the sale of 
        the land may not be expended, and the county board may spend 
        interest earned on the principal only for purposes related to 
        the improvement of natural resources.  To the extent money 
        received from the sale is attributable to tax-forfeited land 
        from another county, the money must be deposited in an 
        environmental trust fund established under this section by that 
        county board. 
           Sec. 6.  [PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; AITKIN COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, Aitkin county may sell the tax-forfeited 
        land bordering public water that is described in paragraph (c), 
        under the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
        282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general.  
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Aitkin county and is 
        described as: 
           An undivided 1/43 interest in Lot 19, Block 1 in the Plat 
        of Waukenabo Addition. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 7.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND WITHIN A 
        CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION AREA; AITKIN COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 84A.27, or 
        other law to the contrary, Aitkin county may sell certain 
        tax-forfeited land within a consolidated conservation area to 
        adjoining landowners under the alternative sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 282.01, subdivision 7.  
           (b) The land to be sold is located in Aitkin county and is 
        described as: 
           That part of Government Lot 1 lying South of Highway 18 and 
        North of the plats of Pleasant View Ridge 1st Addition and 
        Pleasant View Ridge 2nd Addition lying West of the extended west 
        line of Lot 1 of the Plat of Pleasant View Ridge 1st Addition 
        and lying East of the extended west line of Lot 1 of the Plat of 
        Pleasant View Ridge 2nd Addition, all in Section 25, Township 45 
        North, Range 27 West.  
           (c) The county has determined that the sale would eliminate 
        a substandard parcel and that the county's land management 
        interests would best be served if the lands were returned to 
        private ownership. 
           Sec. 8.  [BENTON COUNTY CONVEYANCE.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 373.01, 
        subdivision 1, or other law, Benton county may convey to the 
        Benton county historical society the land described in paragraph 
        (b) for no or nominal consideration. 
           (b) The land to be conveyed is legally described as:  Lots 
        Four (4), Five (5) and Six (6), Block Twenty-eight (28) in the 
        original TOWN OF SAUK RAPIDS, also so much of the Westerly 
        one-half of the vacated portion of Third Avenue North lying 
        Easterly thereof and contiguous thereto, according to the plat 
        and survey thereof on file and of record in the office of the 
        County Recorder in and for said Benton County, Minnesota. 
           (c) The land was previously conveyed to the historical 
        society but reverted to the county when the historical society's 
        building was not completed by the date necessary to avoid 
        reverter.  The building has been built and the conveyance is 
        necessary to clear up title to the building and the land it is 
        built on. 
           Sec. 9.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; COOK COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Cook county may sell by private 
        sale the land bordering public water that is described in 
        paragraph (d) under the remaining provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, if acquired by the county as 
        tax-forfeited land pursuant to a land exchange by the United 
        States of America, United States Forest Service, under the 
        authority of Minnesota Statutes, section 94.344. 
           (b) The sale must be in the form approved by the attorney 
        general.  The conveyance must reserve a perpetual easement, if 
        necessary, over and across roads and roadways required for 
        access to Lot 1, Hungry Jack Lake Summer Home Group. 
           (c) The land to be sold by private sale must be sold for 
        the appraised value to the present United States Forest Service 
        special use permittee occupying the resort property. 
           (d) The land to be sold is located in Cook county and is 
        described as: 
           That part of Government Lots Ten (10) and Eleven (11), 
        Section 4, Township 64 North, Range 1 West, Fourth Principal 
        Meridian, county of Cook, Minnesota described as follows: 
           Beginning at the Meander Corner to Sections 3 and 4 near a 
        north shore of Hungry Jack Lake, also being near the southwest 
        corner of Lot 1, Hungry Jack Lake Summer Home Group; thence 
        North 13 degrees 11 minutes 55 seconds West 10.40 feet to said 
        southwest corner of said Lot 1; thence along the west line of 
        said Lot 1, North 08 degrees 11 minutes 46 seconds West 264.00 
        feet to the northwest corner of Lot 1; thence along the north 
        line of Lot 1, North 64 degrees 36 minutes 18 seconds East 48.82 
        feet; thence North 650.79 feet to a point near the centerline of 
        County Road 65; thence along the approximate centerline of 
        County Road 65, North 87 degrees 45 minutes 51 seconds West 
        236.35 feet, more or less, to the line between Government Lots 
        10 and 11; thence continuing along the approximate centerline of 
        County Road 65 the following six (6) courses and distances: 
           North 87 degrees 45 minutes 51 seconds West 68.29 feet; 
           South 87 degrees 46 minutes 40 seconds West 108.81 feet; 
           South 79 degrees 57 minutes 59 seconds West 224.26 feet; 
           North 85 degrees 25 minutes 26 seconds West 112.89 feet; 
           North 85 degrees 25 minutes 26 seconds West 73.14 feet; 
           South 77 degrees 53 minutes 11 seconds West 68.19 feet; 
        thence South 12 degrees 06 minutes 49 seconds East 56.08 feet; 
        thence South 13 degrees 53 minutes 24 seconds West 115.50 feet; 
        thence South 09 degrees 02 minutes 24 seconds West 110.00 feet; 
        thence continuing South 09 degrees 02 minutes 24 seconds West 20 
        feet, more or less, to the north shore of Hungry Jack Lake; 
        thence southeast, east, and northeast to a point lying South 13 
        degrees 11 minutes 55 seconds East of the point of beginning; 
        thence North 13 degrees 11 minutes 55 seconds West 1.0 foot; 
        more or less to the point of beginning and there terminating. 
           Being 15.56 acres, more or less. 
           (e) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interest would best be served if the land was 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 10.  [PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; COOK COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, Cook county may sell the land bordering 
        public water that is described in paragraph (c) under the 
        remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, if 
        acquired by the county as tax-forfeited land pursuant to a land 
        exchange by the United States of America, United States Forest 
        Service, under the authority of Minnesota Statutes, section 
        94.344. 
           (b) The sale must be in the form approved by the attorney 
        general. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Cook county and is 
        described as: 
           That part of Government Lots Ten (10) and Eleven (11), 
        Section 4, Township 64 North, Range 1 West, Fourth Principal 
        Meridian, county of Cook, Minnesota described as follows: 
           Commencing at the Meander Corner to Sections 3 and 4 near a 
        north shore of Hungry Jack Lake, also being near the southwest 
        corner of Lot 1, Hungry Jack Lake Summer Home Group; thence 
        North 13 degrees 11 minutes 55 seconds West 10.40 feet to said 
        southwest corner of Lot 1; thence along the west line of said 
        Lot 1, North 08 degrees 11 minutes 46 seconds West 264.00 feet 
        to the northwest corner of Lot 1; thence continuing North 08 
        degrees 11 minutes 46 seconds West 198.00 feet; thence North 71 
        degrees 28 minutes 50 seconds West 288.06 feet, more or less, to 
        the line to Government Lots 10 and 11; thence North 71 degrees 
        28 minutes 50 seconds West 586.94 feet; thence South 09 degrees 
        02 minutes 24 seconds West 110.00 feet to the POINT OF 
        BEGINNING; thence returning over the last described line North 
        09 degrees 02 minutes 24 seconds East 110.00 feet; thence North 
        13 degrees 53 minutes 24 seconds East 115.50 feet; thence North 
        12 degrees 06 minutes 49 seconds West 56.08 feet to a point near 
        the centerline of County Road 65; thence along the approximate 
        centerline of County Road 65 the following two (2) courses and 
        distances: 
           South 77 degrees 53 minutes 11 seconds West 398.72 feet; 
           South 70 degrees 29 minutes 18 seconds West 232.89 feet, 
        more or less 
        to the north-south quarter line of Section 4; thence along said 
        quarter line South 04 degrees 18 minutes 35 seconds West 99 
        feet, more or less, to the north shore of Hungry Jack Lake; 
        thence southeast, southwest, southeast, northeast, and southeast 
        to a point lying South 09 degrees 02 minutes 24 seconds West of 
        the point of beginning; thence North 09 degrees 02 minutes 24 
        seconds East 20 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning, 
        and there terminating. 
           Being 3.26 acres, more or less. 
           Together with a perpetual easement over and across all 
        roads and roadways abutting the property above described. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interest would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 11.  [CONVEYANCE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND; HUBBARD 
        COUNTY.] 
           (a) If the city of Park Rapids conveys the land described 
        in paragraph (c) to the state according to Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 282.01, subdivision 1d, then, notwithstanding any other 
        provision of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, the commissioner 
        of revenue shall reconvey the land described in paragraph (c) to 
        the city of Park Rapids for no consideration.  
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general.  Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
        282, the city of Park Rapids may use the land for other than a 
        public use and may sell the land free of the tax-forfeited trust 
        if the proceeds of the sale are used for a public purpose.  
           (c) The land to be conveyed is in Hubbard county and is 
        described as:  Lot 32, Auditor's Plat #4, city of Park Rapids. 
           Sec. 12.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND; LAKE 
        COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, Lake county may sell by private sale the 
        tax-forfeited land that is described in paragraph (c), under the 
        remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general for a consideration of $1 and relinquishment of 
        a four-acre parcel of land that Lake county has used for road 
        relocation. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Lake county and is 
        described as:  the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the 
        Southwest Quarter, Section 17, Township 55 North, Range 11 West. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 13.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND; LAKE 
        COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, Lake county may sell by private sale the 
        tax-forfeited land that is described in paragraph (c), under the 
        remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Lake county and is 
        described as:  the easterly 200 feet of the Northeast Quarter of 
        the Northeast Quarter, Section 32, Township 57 North, Range 11 
        West. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was sold 
        to adjoining landowners to resolve boundary issues. 
           Sec. 14.  [PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; MEEKER COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, Meeker county may sell the tax-forfeited 
        land bordering public water that is described in paragraph (c), 
        under the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
        282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general.  
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Meeker county and is 
        described as: 
           Lot 1, Section 12, Township 121 North, Range 32 West, Union 
        Grove township. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 15.  [TAX-FORFEITED LAND IN RAMSEY COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, Ramsey county may sell by private sale 
        the tax-forfeited land that is described in paragraph (c), under 
        the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The sale must be in a form approved by the attorney 
        general. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Ramsey county and is 
        described as:  
           (Except the East 910 feet), the North 356 feet of the 
        Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (subject to roads), 
        in Section 3, Township 29, Range 22. 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was sold 
        to Ramsey county to be used for library purposes. 
           Sec. 16.  [CONVEYANCE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; RAMSEY COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivisions 1 and 2, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, the commissioner of revenue 
        shall convey to Ramsey county for no consideration the 
        tax-forfeited land bordering public water that is described in 
        paragraph (c). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state 
        if Ramsey county stops using the land for park purposes.  The 
        conveyance must provide that no landscape changes, stormwater 
        discharge, or watercourse alterations that affect the hydrology 
        and vegetative characteristics of the land are allowed beyond 
        those conditions that exist at the time of the conveyance in 
        order that the wetland characteristics and resulting wildlife 
        habitats are maintained in perpetuity. 
           (c) The land to be conveyed is located in Ramsey county and 
        is described as:  that part northeasterly of the railway 
        right-of-way and the East 400 feet of the Northeast Quarter of 
        the Southwest Quarter, Section 17, Township 30 North, Range 23 
        West (P.I.N. 17-30-23-31-0016-9). 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was used 
        for park purposes. 
           Sec. 17.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; ST. LOUIS COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, St. Louis county may sell by 
        private sale to the adjacent land owner the tax-forfeited land 
        bordering public water that is described in paragraph (c), under 
        the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general for a consideration of taxes due on the 
        property and any penalties, interest, and costs. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in St. Louis county on 
        Hinsdale Island, Lake Vermilion, and is described as: 
           Plat of NE-PAH-WIN, Lot 13 (387-282-130), Township 63 
        North, Range 17 West.  
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 18.  [PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        PUBLIC WATER; ST. LOUIS COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, St. Louis county may sell the 
        tax-forfeited land bordering public water that is described in 
        paragraph (c), under the remaining provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general.  
           (c) The land to be sold is located in St. Louis county and 
        is described as: 
           the NE1/4-SW1/4 of Section 20, Township 61 North, Range 19 
        West.  
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 19.  [PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND; WASHINGTON 
        COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, or other law to the contrary, Washington 
        county may sell by private sale the tax-forfeited land described 
        in paragraph (c). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general for a consideration of taxes due on the 
        property and any penalties, interest, and costs. 
           (c) The land to be sold is located in Washington county and 
        is described as:  Parcel number 2903021310185, city of Willernie.
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 20.  [CONVEYANCE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND; WASHINGTON 
        COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may convey to the city 
        of Forest Lake for no consideration the tax-forfeited land that 
        is described in paragraph (c). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state 
        if the city of Forest Lake stops using the land for the public 
        purpose described in paragraph (d). 
           (c) The land to be conveyed is located in Washington county 
        and is described as:  Lot 4, Block 1, Knob Hill, Forest Lake 
        township (parcel no. 12.032.21.22.0004). 
           (d) The county has determined that the land is needed by 
        the city of Forest Lake to straighten a road. 
           Sec. 21.  [CONVEYANCE OR PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND 
        BORDERING PUBLIC WATER; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may convey to 
        New Scandia township for no consideration the tax-forfeited land 
        bordering public water that is described in paragraph (d). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state 
        if New Scandia township stops using the land for a public 
        purpose. 
           (c) If Washington county does not convey the land according 
        to paragraph (a), then notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        sections 92.45 and 282.018, subdivision 1, Washington county may 
        sell by public sale the tax-forfeited land bordering public 
        water that is described in paragraph (d) under the remaining 
        provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282.  The conveyance 
        must be in a form approved by the attorney general.  
           (d) The land to be conveyed or sold is located in 
        Washington county and is described as: 
           (1) Lot 16, Block 1, Holiday Beach, New Scandia township 
        (parcel no. 31.032.20.11.0066), subject to an easement; and 
           (2) Lot 17, Block 1, Holiday Beach, New Scandia township 
        (parcel no. 31.032.20.11.0067), subject to an easement. 
           (e) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        removed from the tax-forfeited roll. 
           Sec. 22.  [CONVEYANCE OR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SALE OF 
        TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING PUBLIC WATER; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivision 1, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may convey to 
        the city of Marine on St. Croix for no consideration the 
        tax-forfeited land bordering public water that is described in 
        paragraph (e). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state 
        if the city of Marine on St. Croix stops using the land for a 
        public purpose. 
           (c) If Washington county does not convey the land according 
        to paragraph (a), then notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        sections 92.45 and 282.018, subdivision 1, and the public sale 
        provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county 
        may sell by public or private sale the tax-forfeited land 
        bordering public water that is described in paragraph (e), under 
        the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282.  
           (d) If sold by private sale, the conveyance must be in a 
        form approved by the attorney general for a consideration of 
        taxes due on the property and any penalties, interest, and costs.
           (e) The land to be conveyed or sold is located in 
        Washington county and is described as:  Lot 15, Butternut Falls, 
        Marine on St. Croix (parcel no. 07.031.19.34.0020). 
           (f) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the land was 
        removed from the tax-forfeited roll. 
           Sec. 23.  [PUBLIC SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        WETLANDS; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivisions 1 and 2, Washington county may sell the 
        tax-forfeited land bordering wetlands that is described in 
        paragraph (c), under the remaining provisions of Minnesota 
        Statutes, chapter 282. 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general.  
           (c) The land to be sold is located in the city of Oakdale, 
        Washington county, and is described as: 
           (1) Lot 2, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0010); 
           (2) Lot 3, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0011); 
           (3) Lot 6, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0014); 
           (4) Lot 7, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0015); 
           (5) Lot 8, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0016); and 
           (6) Lot 9, Block 2, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 
        17.029.21.22.0017). 
           (d) The county has determined that the county's land 
        management interests would best be served if the lands were 
        returned to private ownership. 
           Sec. 24.  [CONVEYANCE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING 
        WETLANDS; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] 
           (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 
        282.018, subdivisions 1 and 2, and the public sale provisions of 
        Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may convey to 
        the city of Oakdale for no consideration the tax-forfeited land 
        bordering wetlands that is described in paragraph (c). 
           (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 
        attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state 
        if the city of Oakdale stops using the land for the public 
        purpose described in paragraph (d). 
           (c) The land to be conveyed is located in Washington county 
        and is described as: 
           Outlot B, Oakdale Hills 2

nd

Addition, except that part
platted as Charter Oaks 3

rd

Addition (parcel no.
30.029.21.31.0139). (d) The county has determined that the land is needed by the city of Oakdale for drainage. Sec. 25. [CONVEYANCE OR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SALE OF TAX-FORFEITED LAND BORDERING WETLANDS; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 282.018, subdivisions 1 and 2, and the public sale provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may convey to the city of Oakdale for no consideration the tax-forfeited land bordering wetlands that is described in paragraph (e). (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the attorney general and provide that the land reverts to the state if the city of Oakdale stops using the land for drainage. (c) If Washington county does not convey the land according to paragraph (a), then notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 282.018, subdivisions 1 and 2, and the public sale provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, Washington county may sell by public or private sale the tax-forfeited land bordering wetlands that is described in paragraph (e), under the remaining provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282. (d) If sold by private sale, the conveyance must be in a form approved by the attorney general for a consideration of taxes due on the property and any penalties, interest, and costs. (e) The land to be conveyed or sold is located in Washington county and is described as: (1) Lot 1, Block 1, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 17.029.21.22.0005); and (2) Lot 2, Block 1, Sun Meadows First Addition (parcel no. 17.029.21.22.0006). (f) The county has determined that the county's land management interests would best be served if the lands were removed from the tax-forfeited roll. Sec. 26. [CONDEMNATION OF TRUST FUND LAND BORDERING PUBLIC WATERS; BELTRAMI COUNTY.] Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 92.45 and 103F.535, the commissioner of transportation may acquire the following described trust fund land, except minerals and mineral rights, by eminent domain: Those parts of Government Lots 1 and 2 of Section 36, Township 147 North, Range 34 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian lying southwesterly of Minnesota department of transportation right-of-way plat no. 04-23, plat of which is on file and of record in the office of the county recorder in and for Beltrami county, Minnesota, bounded as follows: southeasterly of the southwesterly projection of the northwesterly line of said plat, northwesterly of the southwesterly projection of the southeasterly line of said plat, southwesterly of the southwesterly line of said plat, and northeasterly of the shoreline of Grass Lake. The above described tract contains 12.5 acres. Sec. 27. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 1 to 26 are effective the day following final enactment. Section 15 is effective the day after the governing body of Ramsey county and its chief clerical officer timely complete their compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. Presented to the governor May 21, 2001 Signed by the governor May 24, 2001, 2:00 p.m.