The governing body of the county of Koochiching may establish a port authority that has the same powers as a port authority established under section 469.049. If the county establishes a port authority, the governing body of the county shall exercise all powers granted to a city by sections 469.048 to 469.068 or other law. Any city in Koochiching County may participate in the activities of the county port authority under terms jointly agreed to by the city and county.
Koochiching County or any city, town, or other political subdivision located in Koochiching County may apply to the board defined in United States Code, title 19, section 81a, for the right to use the powers provided in United States Code, title 19, sections 81a and 81u. If the right is granted the city, town, or other political subdivision may use the powers within or outside of a port district. The county, a city, town, or other political subdivision may apply jointly with any other city, town, or political subdivision located in Koochiching County.