93.41 STATE-OWNED IRON-BEARING MATERIALS.
Subdivision 1. Use for road construction and other purposes.
In case the commissioner
of natural resources shall determine that any paint rock, taconite, or other iron-bearing material
belonging to the state is needed and suitable for use in the construction or maintenance of any
road, tailings basin, settling basin, dike, dam, bank fill, or other works on public or private
property, and that such use would be in the best interests of the public, the commissioner may
authorize the disposal of such material therefor as hereinafter provided.
Subd. 2. Materials subject to state iron ore mining lease.
If such material is subject to
an existing state iron ore mining lease or located on property subject to an existing state iron
ore mining lease, the commissioner, by written agreement with the holder of the lease, may
authorize the use of the material for any purpose specified in subdivision 1 that will facilitate the
mining and disposal of the iron ore therein on such terms as the commissioner may prescribe
consistent with the interests of the state, or may authorize the holder of the lease to dispose of
the material otherwise for any purpose specified in subdivision 1 upon payment of an amount
therefor equivalent to the royalty that would be payable under the terms of the lease if the material
were shipped or otherwise disposed of as iron ore, but not less than the applicable minimum rate
prescribed by section
Subd. 3. Issuance of leases, royalties.
If such material, whether in the ground or in stockpile,
is not subject to an existing lease, the commissioner may issue leases for the taking and removal
thereof for the purposes specified in subdivision 1 in like manner as provided by section
leases for the taking and removal of sand, gravel, and other materials specified in said section,
and subject to all the provisions thereof, so far as applicable.
Subd. 4. Sale of stockpiled iron-bearing material in place.
If such material is in stockpile
and is not subject to an existing lease, the commissioner may sell stockpiled iron-bearing material
in place. The sale must be to a person holding an interest in the surface of the property upon
which the stockpile is located or to a person holding an interest in publicly or privately owned
stockpiled iron-bearing material located in the same stockpile.
History: 1951 c 452 s 1; 1953 c 550 s 1,2; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1989 c
116 s 1; 1997 c 231 art 8 s 1