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USA Statutes : minnesota
Chapter : State geographic features
83A.01 Repealed, 1971 c 25 s 19
83A.015 Transfer of powers and duties. All the powers and duties now vested in, or imposed upon the state Geographic Board under this chapter, are transferred to, vested in, and imposed
upon the commissioner of natural resources. The state Geographic
Board as heretofore constituted is abolished.
83A.02 Powers and duties. The commissioner of
natural resources shall: (1) determine the correct and most
appropriate names of the lakes, streams, places and other geographic
features in the state, and the spelling thereof by written order
published in the State Register. Name designations are exempt from
the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386
does not apply; (2) pass upon and give names to lakes, streams,
places, and other geographic features in the state for which no
single, generally accepted name has been in use; (3) in
cooperation with the county boards and with their approval, change
the names of lakes, streams, places, and other geographic features,
with the end in view of eliminating, as far as possible, duplication
of names within the state; (4) prepare and publish an official
state dictionary of geographic names and publish the same, either as
a completed whole or in parts, when ready; (5) serve as the state
representative of the United States Geographic Board and cooperate
with that board to the end that there shall be no conflict between
the state and federal designations of geographic features in the
83A.03 Names given to be official. When the
commissioner of natural resources shall have given a name to any
lake, stream, place, or other geographic feature within the state,
such name shall be used in all maps, records, documents, and other
publications issued by the state or any of its departments and
political subdivisions, and such names shall be deemed the official
name of such geographic feature.
83A.04 County boards naming geographic features must have approval of commissioner of natural resources. No
county board shall order the change of or establish the name of any
lake, river, or other body of water without the written approval of
the commissioner of natural resources endorsed on any resolution
determining or fixing such name, which endorsement must be made on
the same prior to recording with the county recorder.
83A.05 Changing and giving names to water bodies.
Subdivision 1. Applicability. A name of a lake, river,
stream, or other body of water may be given or changed under sections
83A.05 to 83A.07
except that a name which has existed for 40 years may not be changed
under the provisions of sections 83A.05 to 83A.07.Subd. 2. Petition for name. (a) Fifteen or more legal
voters residing in a county where all or a part of a body of water is
located may petition the county board of the county where the
petitioners reside or the body of water is located to change the name
of or give a name to a previously unnamed lake, river, stream, or
other body of water located within the state. (b) The petition
may include any number of lakes, rivers, streams, or other bodies of
water to have names changed, or if unnamed to be given a name by the
county board. (c) The petition must describe: (1) the
location of the body of water; (2) the name, if any, that the
body of water has been referred to or known by, or if there is not a
name, it must be stated that a known name does not exist; (3) the
name that the petitioners desire to be given to the body of water;
and (4) the reason for the change of name or for giving the
designated name to a previously unnamed body of water. (d) The
petitioners must sign their names and state their place of residence.(e) The petition must be filed with the auditor of the county
where the petitioners reside or the body of water is located.83A.06 Hearing on petition. Subdivision 1. Time
and location. After receiving the petition to name a body of
water, the auditor must present the petition to the county board.
The county board must, by order, set the time and location for a
hearing on the petition to be held more than 30 days after the order
is made. The hearing may be held at any convenient place within the
county as determined by the county board. Subd. 2. Water
body in more than one county. (a) If the petition describes a
body of water located within more than one county, the county boards
of the several affected counties must act jointly and as one body and
the majority of the joint body must determine the name of the water
body under sections 83A.05
to 83A.07
in the same manner as prescribed for the county board. (b) For a
water body located within more than one county, the county auditor
with whom the petition is filed must forward by mail a certified copy
of the petition to the auditor of each affected county who shall
present the petition to the respective county boards, and the notice
of hearing the petition determined by the joint body shall be
published in each county as provided in subdivision 4. (c) The
auditor of the county where the petition was filed must make and file
certified copies of the adopted resolution in the office of the
county recorder of each affected county at the expense of the
petitioners. Subd. 3. Petitioners' bond. Before the
notice of the hearing is given, the petitioners must give a bond to
be approved by the county attorney of the county where the petition
has been filed that is conditioned on the full payment of the
reasonable expenses incurred by the county for the proceeding. The
commissioner of natural resources is not required to give bond.
Subd. 4. Notice. Notice of the hearing must be: (1)
published for at least three weeks in the newspaper designated by the
county board as the official newspaper for the county; (2) served
on the commissioner of natural resources; and (3) served
personally on the chair of the town board of a town, on the president
of a statutory city board of trustees, and on the mayor of a city
that has a body of water in the petition within or adjoining the
boundary of the political subdivision. Subd. 5. Statements
at hearing. At the hearing, legal voters of the county and
municipalities may appear, by attorney or in person, and file an
answer to the petition, stating in plain, concise language why the
petition should not be granted in whole or in part, and in the answer
may ask the county board to give to the body of water a different
name than the name requested in the original petition. Subd. 6.Determination. At the hearing on the petition, the county
board shall hear all parties desiring to be heard on the petition and
make an order, by resolution, determining the name of the body of
water described in the petition. The name determined by the board at
the hearing is the legal name of the body of water.
83A.07 Names not to be duplicated. Subdivision 1.Duplicate discouraged. In determining the name of a body of
water, the county board may not, if possible, duplicate names of
existing bodies of water. The county board shall select and approve
a name as it determines is in the permanent, best interests of the
affected county. Subd. 2. Director to check name
duplication. The auditor of the county where a petition is filed
must mail a copy of the petition with a copy of the notice of hearing
on the petition to the director of the Division of Waters of the
Department of Natural Resources. The director must compare the names
suggested in the petition with the names of other bodies of water
within the state and report findings and recommendations back to the
auditor before the date of the hearing.

USA Statutes : minnesota