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The legislature determines that it is in the public interest and an objective of the state that
its citizens and the citizens of the world be better informed about the importance of preserving
and restoring the large freshwater lakes of the world, including Lake Superior. The legislature
determines that an enhanced public awareness of the vital role which the large freshwater lakes
play in the ecosystem is an essential element in a wider program to provide for the protection and
preservation of these lakes. The legislature also determines that the transfer of data and scientific
findings about the large freshwater lakes of the world to the policymakers and citizens of the
state, our nation, and the world is essential.
The legislature determines that as the largest surface of fresh water in the world, Lake
Superior can function as a focal point for transferring information about these large lakes to the
policymakers and the public, and that the establishment of a facility containing appropriate
exhibits and other educational features to support these objectives and the establishment of
programs related to them near the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth is in the public interest and of
advantage and benefit to all of the citizens of the state.
The legislature is aware that Lake Superior Center, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation,
is actively engaged in the development of a program and plan to meet these objectives and is
actively engaged in assembling the public and private partnership required to secure the resources,
international participation, and expertise required to create a freshwater education center.
The legislature finds that objectives of sections 85B.01 to 85B.08 can best be accomplished
by forming a public corporation to be known as Lake Superior Center Authority and that Lake
Superior Center Authority be given the powers, rights, privileges, and immunities provided in
sections 85B.01 to 85B.08, including the power to cooperate and contract with Lake Superior
Center to the extent and for the purposes provided for in sections 85B.01 to 85B.08.
History: 1990 c 535 s 1

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Revisor of Statutes