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    Subdivision 1. Applicability. The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.
    Subd. 2. Affected. "Affected" means benefited or damaged by a drainage system or project.
    Subd. 3. Auditor. "Auditor" means the auditor of the county where the petition for a drainage
project was properly filed.
    Subd. 4. Board. "Board" means the board of commissioners of the county where the
drainage system or project is located.
    Subd. 5. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of natural resources.
    Subd. 6. Director. "Director" means the director of the Division of Waters in the Department
of Natural Resources.
    Subd. 7. Dismissal of proceedings. "Dismissal of proceedings" means that the petition and
proceedings related to the petition are dismissed.
    Subd. 8. Ditch. "Ditch" means an open channel to conduct the flow of water.
    Subd. 9. Drainage authority. "Drainage authority" means the board or joint county drainage
authority having jurisdiction over a drainage system or project.
    Subd. 10. Drainage lien. "Drainage lien" means a lien recorded on property for the costs of
drainage proceedings and construction and interest on the lien, as provided under this chapter.
    Subd. 11. Drainage project. "Drainage project" means a new drainage system, an
improvement of a drainage system, an improvement of an outlet, or a lateral.
    Subd. 12. Drainage system. "Drainage system" means a system of ditch or tile, or both, to
drain property, including laterals, improvements, and improvements of outlets, established and
constructed by a drainage authority. "Drainage system" includes the improvement of a natural
waterway used in the construction of a drainage system and any part of a flood control plan
proposed by the United States or its agencies in the drainage system.
    Subd. 13. Engineer. "Engineer" means the engineer for a drainage project appointed by the
drainage authority under section 103E.241, subdivision 1.
    Subd. 14. Established. "Established" means the drainage authority has made the order to
construct the drainage project.
    Subd. 15. Lateral. "Lateral" means any drainage construction by branch or extension, or
a system of branches and extensions, or a drain that connects or provides an outlet to property
with an established drainage system.
    Subd. 16. Municipality. "Municipality" means a statutory or home rule charter city or a
town having urban powers under section 368.01, subdivision 1 or 1a. For purposes of sections
103E.315, 103E.611, and 103E.615, municipality includes a water management authority to
which a portion of a drainage system is transferred under section 103E.812.
    Subd. 17. Notice by mail. "Notice by mail" means a notice mailed and addressed to each
person entitled to receive the notice, if the address is known to the auditor or can be determined
by the county treasurer of the county where the affected property is located.
    Subd. 18. Owner. "Owner" means an owner of property or a buyer of property under
a contract for deed.
    Subd. 19. Passes over. "Passes over" means in reference to property that has a drainage
project or system, the 40-acre tracts or government lots or property that is bordered by, touched
by, or underneath the path of the proposed drainage project.
    Subd. 20. Person. "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, association, or private
    Subd. 21. Political subdivisions. "Political subdivisions" means statutory and home rule
charter cities, counties, towns, school districts, and other political subdivisions.
    Subd. 22. Proceeding. "Proceeding" means a procedure under this chapter for or related to
drainage that begins with filing a petition and ends by dismissal or establishment of a drainage
    Subd. 23. Property. "Property" means real property.
    Subd. 24. Publication. "Publication" means a notice published at least once a week for three
successive weeks in a legal newspaper in general circulation in each county affected by the notice.
    Subd. 25. Public health. "Public health" includes an act or thing that tends to improve the
general sanitary condition of the community by drainage, relieving low wetland or stagnant
and unhealthful conditions, or preventing the overflow of any property that produces or tends
to produce unhealthful conditions.
    Subd. 26. Public waters. "Public waters" has the meaning given in section 103G.005,
subdivision 15
    Subd. 27. Public welfare or public benefit. "Public welfare" or "public benefit" includes
an act or thing that tends to improve or benefit the general public, either as a whole or as to any
particular community or part, including works contemplated by this chapter, that drain or protect
roads from overflow, protect property from overflow, or reclaim and render property suitable for
cultivation that is normally wet and needing drainage or subject to overflow.
    Subd. 28. Road. "Road" means any road used by the public for transportation purposes.
    Subd. 29. Water management authority. "Water management authority" means a county or
municipality, watershed district, watershed management organization, storm water management
district, lake improvement district, subordinate service district, joint powers organization or
other special district organized and formed according to law for the purpose of managing storm,
surface, and flood waters, or with the authority to manage storm, surface, and flood waters.
History: 1990 c 391 art 5 s 1; 2002 c 327 s 1,2

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