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85B.03 POWERS.
    Subdivision 1. General corporate powers. (a) The corporation has the powers granted to a
business corporation by section 302A.161, subdivisions 3; 4; 5; 7; 8; 9; 11; 12; 13, except that the
corporation may not act as a general partner in any partnership; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; and 22; and the
powers necessary or convenient to exercise the enumerated powers.
(b) The state is not liable for the obligations of the corporation.
(c) Section 302A.041 applies to this chapter and the corporation in the same manner that it
applies to business corporations established under chapter 302A.
    Subd. 2. Facility design; development and operation. The corporation may enter into
management contracts or lease agreements or both with Lake Superior Center, a Minnesota
nonprofit corporation, to design, develop, and operate a facility to further the purposes of
sections 85B.01 to 85B.08 in the city of Duluth, at the site determined by the board and on
the terms that the board finds desirable. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 85B.02,
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, relating to the conflict of interest, a director or officer of the corporation who is also
a director, officer, or member of Lake Superior Center, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, and the
corporation, may participate in and vote on the decision of the board as to the terms and conditions
of management contracts or lease agreements between Lake Superior Center and the corporation.
    Subd. 3. Funds. The corporation may accept and use gifts, grants, or contributions from
any source, except that the corporation may not receive state general fund appropriations to
support operation of the facility. If the facility experiences an operating deficit, the corporation
and any Minnesota nonprofit corporation with which the corporation enters into management
contracts or lease agreements shall rely upon private or local government sources to provide
operating funds. Unless otherwise restricted by the terms of a gift or bequest, the board may
sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of, and invest or reinvest the money, securities, or other
property given or bequeathed to it. The principal of these funds, the income from them, and all
other revenues received by it from any nonstate source must be placed in the depositories the
board determines and is subject to expenditure for the board's purposes. Expenditures of $25,000
or more must be approved by the full board.
    Subd. 4. Animals; regulation. The corporation shall comply with all federal laws and
federal rules or regulations relating to the quarantine, transportation, examination, habitation,
care, and treatment of wild animals. The Department of Natural Resources may prescribe
rules supplemental to federal regulations, relating to the transportation, examination, care, and
treatment of wild animals native to this state held or proposed to be acquired by the board and
may inspect them as often and at the times it deems necessary.
    Subd. 5. Animals; sale. The board may sell or exchange animals determined by it to be
superfluous to operations, subject to state and federal regulations.
    Subd. 6. Advertising. The board may provide for promotional and advertising programs to
be developed and implemented either by its personnel or by contract with outside personnel and
paid for out of funds other than bond revenues.
    Subd. 7. Admission fees. The board or its agent may establish admission fees and other
charges for use of its facilities.
History: 1990 c 535 s 3; 1996 c 463 s 49

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