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Such corporation, subject to the conditions and limitations prescribed in sections 193.141 to
193.149, shall possess all the powers of a body corporate necessary and convenient to accomplish
the objectives and perform the duties prescribed by sections 193.141 to 193.149, including the
following, which shall not be construed as a limitation upon the general powers hereby conferred:
(1) To acquire by lease, purchase, gift, or condemnation proceedings all necessary right, title,
and interest in and to the lands required for a site for a new armory and all other real or personal
property required for the purposes contemplated by the Military Code and to hold and dispose of
the same, subject to the conditions and limitations herein prescribed; provided that any such real
or personal property or interest therein may be so acquired or accepted subject to any condition
which may be imposed thereon by the grantor or donor and agreed to by such corporation not
inconsistent with the proper use of such property by the state for armory or military purposes
as herein provided.
(2) To exercise the power of eminent domain in the manner provided by chapter 117, for
the purpose of acquiring any property which such corporation is herein authorized to acquire
by condemnation; provided, that the corporation may take possession of any such property so
to be acquired at any time after the filing of the petition describing the same in condemnation
proceedings; provided further, that this shall not preclude the corporation from abandoning the
condemnation of any such property in any case where possession thereof has not been taken.
(3) To construct and equip new armories as authorized herein; to pay therefor out of the funds
obtained as hereinafter provided and to hold, manage, and dispose of such armory, equipment,
and site as hereinafter provided. The total amount of bonds issued on account of such armories
shall not exceed the amount of the cost thereof; provided also, that the total bonded indebtedness
of the commission shall not at any time exceed the aggregate sum of $15,000,000.
(4) To provide partnerships with federal and state governments and to match federal and
local funds, when available.
(5) To sue and be sued.
(6) To contract and be contracted with in any matter connected with any purpose or activity
within the powers of such corporations as herein specified; provided, that no officer or member of
such corporation shall be personally interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract in which
such corporation is interested.
(7) To employ any and all professional and nonprofessional services and all agents,
employees, workers, and servants necessary and proper for the purposes and activities of such
corporation as authorized or contemplated herein and to pay for the same out of any portion of the
income of the corporation available for such purposes or activities. The officers and members of
such corporation shall not receive any compensation therefrom, but may receive their reasonable
and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties; provided
however, that whenever the duties of any member of the commission require full time and
attention the commission may compensate the member therefor at such rates as it may determine.
(8) To borrow money and issue bonds for the purposes and in the manner and within the
limitations herein specified, and to pledge any and all property and income of such corporation
acquired or received as herein provided to secure the payment of such bonds, subject to the
provisions and limitations herein prescribed, and to redeem any such bonds if so provided therein
or in the mortgage or trust deed accompanying the same.
(9) To use for the following purposes any available money received by such corporation
from any source as herein provided in excess of those required for the payment of the cost of such
armory and for the payment of any bonds issued by the corporation and interest thereon according
to the terms of such bonds or of any mortgage or trust deed accompanying the same:
(a) to pay the necessary incidental expenses of carrying on the business and activities of
the corporation as herein authorized;
(b) to pay the cost of operating, maintaining, repairing, and improving such new armories;
(c) if any further excess money remains, to purchase upon the open market at or above or
below the face or par value thereof any bonds issued by the corporation as herein authorized,
provided that any bonds so purchased shall thereupon be canceled.
(10) To adopt and use a corporate seal.
(11) To adopt all needful bylaws and rules for the conduct of business and affairs of such
corporation and for the management and use of all armories while under the ownership and
control of such corporation as herein provided, not inconsistent with the use of such armory for
armory or military purposes.
(12) Such corporation shall issue no stock.
(13) No officer or member of such corporation shall have any personal share or interest in
any funds or property of the corporation or be subject to any personal liability by reason of any
liability of the corporation.
(14) The Minnesota State Armory Building Commission created under section 193.142 shall
keep all money and credits received by it as a single fund, to be designated as the "Minnesota
State Armory Building Commission fund," with separate accounts for each armory; and the
commission may make transfers of money from funds appertaining to any armory under its
control for use for any other such armory; provided such transfers shall be made only from money
on hand, from time to time, in excess of the amounts required to meet payments of interest or
principal on bonds or other obligations appertaining to the armory to which such funds pertain and
only when necessary to pay expenses of construction, operation, maintenance, and debt service of
such other armory; provided further, no such transfer of any money paid for the support of any
armory by the municipality in which such armory is situated shall be made by the commission.
(15) The corporation created under section 193.142 may designate one or more state or
national banks as depositories of its funds, and may provide, upon such conditions as the
corporation may determine, that the treasurer of the corporation shall be exempt from personal
liability for loss of funds deposited in any such depository due to the insolvency or other acts or
omissions of such depository.
(16) The governor is empowered to apply for grants of money, equipment, and materials
which may be made available to the states by the federal government for leasing, building, and
equipping armories for the use of the military forces of the state which are reserve components of
the armed forces of the United States, whenever the governor is satisfied that the conditions under
which such grants are offered by the federal government, are for the best interests of the state and
are not inconsistent with the laws of the state relating to armories, and to accept such grants in
the name of the state. The Minnesota State Armory Building Commission is designated as the
agency of the state to receive such grants and to use them for armory purposes as prescribed in
this chapter, and by federal laws, and regulations not inconsistent therewith.
History: 1947 c 133 s 3; 1949 c 459 s 2; 1955 c 18 s 3; 1963 c 183 s 1; 1977 c 11 s 7; 1977
c 219 s 1; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 710 s 1; 1997 c 24 s 18; 2000 c 492 art 1 s
57; 2006 c 214 s 20

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