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    Subdivision 1. Establishment. In recognition of the unique combination of cultural,
geological, industrial, historical, recreational, and scenic characteristics of Minnesota's iron
ranges, an "Iron Range Trail" is hereby established on the Vermillion, Mesabi, and Cuyuna
iron ranges and at related points on Lake Superior. The commissioner of natural resources shall
establish, develop, and maintain the trail, and related places of interest under the commissioner's
jurisdiction and control, for the purposes specified in this subdivision. The trail need not be
continuous between or within ranges and related points, but shall be developed as a coordinated
unit and for multiple use. The commissioner, in cooperation with other state agencies, local
governments, and private organizations and individuals shall mark and, where necessary,
interpret places of cultural, geological, industrial, historical, recreational, and scenic interest. In
cooperation with state and local road authorities, local governments, and private organizations
and individuals, the commissioner also shall mark access, where available, to these places of
interest from public roads and highways.
    Subd. 2. Commissioner's powers; contract terms. The commissioner may acquire by
gift or purchase necessary trail easements and related interest in and across lands not under the
commissioner's jurisdiction and control. The commissioner also may enter into contracts, leases,
or other agreements with the operator or the owner of active or inactive mine areas and with the
person having the right of possession thereof for the use and development of these areas for Iron
Range Trail purposes. The commissioner may develop, maintain, and operate such areas or may
enter into contracts with third parties for the development, maintenance, or operation of the areas.
If the commissioner enters into such a contract with a third party, the contract shall provide that
the operator, owner and any person entitled to possession or control of the area shall be held
harmless and indemnified by the third party from and against any and all claims for injuries or
damage to person or property, from such use or development. Nothing in this section prohibits a
person from asserting any claim for alleged damages brought pursuant to section 3.732 or 3.736.
History: 1969 c 774 s 2; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1980 c 509 s 23; 1Sp1981
c 4 art 2 s 9; 1986 c 444