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    Subdivision 1. Lease application. (a) Applications for leases to prospect for iron ore shall be
presented to the commissioner in writing in such form as the commissioner may prescribe at any
time before 4:30 p.m., St. Paul, Minnesota time, on the last business day before the day specified
for the opening of bids, and no bids submitted after that time shall be considered. The application
shall be accompanied by a certified check, cashier's check, or bank money order payable to the
Department of Natural Resources in the sum of $100 for each mining unit.
(b) Each application shall be accompanied by a sealed bid setting forth the amount of royalty
per gross ton of crude ore based upon the iron content of the ore when dried at 212 degrees
Fahrenheit, in its natural condition or when concentrated, as set out in section 93.20, subdivisions
12 to 18
, that the applicant proposes to pay to the state of Minnesota in case the lease shall be
    Subd. 2. Bid requirements. (a) Whenever a bid on any mining unit exceeds the minimums
prescribed in section 93.20, the bidder shall offer a uniform amount above the minimums on all
schedules unless the mining unit is expressly excepted from this requirement by the commissioner
of natural resources by so specifying in the list of lands and mining units.
(b) The envelope containing each bid shall be plainly marked on the outside showing the
date of application, date received by the commissioner, and the name of the applicant. The
commissioner shall endorse upon each application and sealed bid the exact time of presentation
and preserve the same unopened in the commissioner's office.
    Subd. 3. Bid acceptance. (a) At the time and place fixed for the sale, the commissioner
shall publicly announce the number of applications and bids received. The commissioner shall
then publicly open the bids and announce the amount of each bid separately. Thereafter, the
commissioner, together with the Executive Council, shall award the leases to the highest bidders
for the respective mining units, but no bids shall be accepted that do not equal or exceed the
minimum amounts provided for in section 93.20, nor shall any bid be accepted that does not
comply with the law. The right is reserved to the state to reject any and all bids.
(b) All applications for leases and bids not accepted at the sale shall become void at the
close of the sale and the payment accompanying the applications and bids shall be returned
to the applicants entitled to them.
(c) Upon the award of a lease, the payment submitted with the application as provided by
subdivision 1 shall be deposited with the commissioner of finance as a fee for the lease.
History: (6406) 1921 c 412 s 4; 1925 c 395 s 1; 1927 c 389 s 1; 1941 c 546 s 3; 1949 c
434 s 1; 1951 c 547 s 3; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 194 s 2,3; 2000 c 495 s
14; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50