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    Subdivision 1. Classification, sale, procedures and conditions. Any lands which have
become the absolute property of the state through forfeiture for nonpayment of taxes and which
have been classified by the county board as conservation lands under the provisions of section
282.01, or have been classified as nonagricultural lands under the provisions of section 282.14,
or any such lands which shall hereafter be so classified, may be designated by the county board
of the county in which such lands lie, by resolution duly adopted, as appropriate and primarily
suitable for either specific conservation purposes or for auxiliary forest lands. Any resolution so
adopted, together with a list of the lands involved shall be forwarded to the commissioner of
natural resources who shall promptly approve or disapprove the whole or any part thereof. The
commissioner shall thereupon make a certificate showing the lands approved, transmit the same
to the county auditor who shall record the same. Lands so designated and so approved shall
thereupon be appraised and the whole, or any part thereof, may be offered for sale and sold in the
same manner as provided for the sale of lands classified as nonconservation lands under section
282.01, or as agricultural lands under section 282.14, as the case may be, according to the status
of such lands upon forfeiture. The right to a deed of conveyance to such property accorded the
purchaser at any such sale shall be conditioned upon the lands being placed in an auxiliary forest
or used for designated conservation purposes as designated by the resolution of the county board.
    Subd. 2. Conditions, form of conveyance. The condition as to the placing of land into an
auxiliary forest or for use for designated conservation purposes shall be a condition precedent.
Any deed of conveyance of lands so placed shall be upon a form approved by the attorney
general but such conveyance shall not be a fee determinable nor contain any conditions therein
other than a reservation of the minerals and mineral rights to the state for its own use, or in trust
for the appropriate taxing district as the case may be, according to the status of the land upon
forfeiture. The land so placed, however, shall be subject to the requirements for withdrawal of
lands from an auxiliary forest contained in section 88.49, subdivision 9. The procedure contained
in that section shall also be applicable, so far as possible, to lands designated for conservation
purposes other than an auxiliary forest.
    Subd. 3. Title examination. The commissioner of revenue shall, if requested by the
purchaser or the county attorney of the county where all or a portion of the land is situated, deliver
the deed to the county attorney for use under section 88.48, subdivision 5, but such delivery shall
not be considered delivery to the purchaser. The county attorney shall be instructed when taking
the transferral of the deed that said deed shall not be delivered to the purchaser unless the land
involved is accepted as and placed into an auxiliary forest.
    Subd. 4. Replacing old deeds. All deeds executed and delivered by the state pursuant to this
section before the effective date of Laws 1955, chapter 389, containing conditions subsequent or
conveying determinable fees, shall at the request of the purchaser, be returned to the commissioner
who is herewith empowered to issue a new deed pursuant to subdivision 2.
History: 1947 c 496 s 1; 1955 c 389 s 1; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1973 c 582 s 3; 1986 c 444

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