85.34 FORT SNELLING LEASE.
Subdivision 1. Upper bluff; lease terms.
The commissioner of natural resources with the
approval of the Executive Council may lease for purposes of restoration, preservation, historical,
recreational, educational, and commercial use and development, that portion of Fort Snelling
State Park known as the upper bluff consisting of officer's row, area J, the polo grounds, the
adjacent golf course, and all buildings and improvements located thereon, all lying within an area
bounded by Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Trunk Highways numbered 5 and 55,
and Bloomington Road. The lease or leases shall be in a form approved by the attorney general
and for a term of not to exceed 99 years. The lease or leases may provide for the provision of
capital improvements or other performance by the tenant or tenants in lieu of all or some of the
payments of rent that would otherwise be required.
Subd. 2. Admission.
Admission to the property leased pursuant to subdivision 1 shall be
exempt from any state park permit or admission fees imposed pursuant to law.
Subd. 3. Sale of intoxicating liquor.
The commissioner of public safety with the approval of
the Executive Council may issue to the lessee or developer of the property leased pursuant to
subdivision 1, an on-sale license for the sale of intoxicating liquor upon the leased property. The
annual fee for the license issued pursuant to this subdivision shall be set by the commissioner of
public safety at an amount comparable to the fee charged by municipalities in the surrounding
area for a similar license. All provisions of chapter 340 shall apply to the sale of intoxicating
liquor upon the leased property.
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 2004 c 255 s 51
Subd. 5. Rule exception.
The commissioner of natural resources may provide an exception,
in whole or in part, to the rules for use of state parks and other recreational areas for property
leased pursuant to subdivision 1. The exception may be provided by commissioner's order
and shall be effective for the term of the lease or such lesser period of time specified by the
Subd. 6. Minneapolis lease.
A lease to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the
purposes of athletic fields and golf course operations is subject to subdivisions 1 to 5, except as
provided in this subdivision. Approval of the Executive Council is not required for the lease or
the issuance of a liquor license. A lease of any portion of Officer's Row or Area J may include a
charge to be paid by the tenant for repayment of a portion of the costs incurred by the Minneapolis
Park and Recreation Board for the installation of a new water line on the upper bluff. The total
amount to be repaid to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board by tenants of Officer's Row
and Area J shall not exceed $450,000.
Subd. 7. Disposition of proceeds.
(a) All revenue derived from the lease of the Fort Snelling
upper bluff, with the exception of payment for costs of the water line as described in subdivision
6, shall be deposited in the natural resources fund and credited to a state park account.
(b) Revenue and expenses from the upper bluff shall be tracked separately within the
account. Money in the account derived from the leasing or operation of the property described
in subdivision 1 may be appropriated for the payment of expenses attributable to the leasing
and operation of the property described in subdivision 1, including, but not limited to, the
maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and landscapes.
History: 1978 c 573 s 1; 2000 c 488 art 3 s 23-25; 2004 c 255 s 18,19