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85.41 User fees.

Subdivision 1. On person. While skiing on cross-country ski trails, a person age 16 and over shall carry in immediate possession a valid, signed cross-country ski pass. A landowner who grants an easement for a grant-in-aid ski trail is not required to have a pass when skiing on the landowner's property.

Subd. 2. License agents. County auditors are appointed agents of the commissioner for the sale of cross-country ski passes. The commissioner may appoint other state agencies as agents for the sale of passes. A county auditor may appoint subagents within the county or within adjacent counties to sell passes. Upon appointment the auditor shall notify the commissioner of the name and address of the subagent. The auditor may revoke the appointment of a subagent, and the commissioner may revoke the appointment of a state agency, at any time. Upon demand of the commissioner, the auditor shall revoke a subagent's appointment. The auditor shall furnish pass blanks on consignment to any subagent who furnishes a surety bond in favor of the county in an amount at least equal to the value of the blanks to be consigned to that subagent. A surety bond is not required of a state agency appointed by the commissioner. The county auditor shall be responsible for all blanks issued to, and user fees received by agents, except in St. Louis county or in a county where the county auditor does not retain fees paid for license purposes. In these counties, the responsibilities imposed upon the county auditor are imposed upon the county. The commissioner may promulgate additional rules as provided in section 97A.485, subdivision 11.

Any resident desiring to sell cross-country ski passes may either purchase for cash or obtain on consignment pass blanks from a county auditor in groups of not less than ten individual blanks. In selling passes, the resident shall be deemed a subagent of the county auditor and the commissioner, and shall observe all rules promulgated by the commissioner for the accounting and handling of licenses pursuant to section 97A.485, subdivision 11.

The county auditor shall promptly deposit all moneys received from the sale of passes with the county treasurer, and shall promptly transmit any reports required by the commissioner, plus 96 percent of the price to each pass holder, exclusive of the issuing fee, for each pass sold or consigned by the auditor and subsequently sold to a pass holder during the accounting period. The county auditor shall retain as a commission four percent of all pass fees, excluding the issuing fee for passes consigned to subagents and the issuing fee on passes sold by the auditor to pass holders.

Unsold blanks in the hands of any subagent shall be redeemed by the commissioner if presented for redemption within the time prescribed by the commissioner. Any blanks not presented for redemption within the period prescribed shall be conclusively presumed to have been sold, and the subagent possessing the same or to whom they are charged shall be accountable.

Subd. 3. Exemptions. Participants in cross-country ski races and official school activities and residents of a state or local government operated correctional facility are exempt from the pass requirement in subdivision 1 if a special use permit has been obtained by the organizers of the event or those in an official capacity in advance from the agency with jurisdiction over the cross-country ski trail. Permits shall require that permit holders return the trail and any associated facility to its original condition if any damage is done by the permittee. Limited permits for special events may be issued and shall require the removal of any trail markers, banners, and other material used in connection with the special event.

Subd. 4. Form. The department shall provide forms and blanks to all agents authorized to issue passes by the commissioner. The pass shall be with the skier and available for inspection by any peace or conservation officer. The pass shall include the applicant's signature and other information deemed necessary by the commissioner.

Subd. 5. Issuing fee. The fee for a cross-country ski pass shall be increased by the amount of an issuing fee of $1 per pass. The issuing fee shall be retained by the seller of the pass. A pass shall indicate the amount of the fee that is retained by the seller.

HIST: 1983 c 325 s 3; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 87-89; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 149 art 2 s 6; 1987 c 404 s 101; 1993 c 231 s 3; 1999 c 231 s 106-108