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85.015 State trails.

Subdivision 1. Acquisition. (a) The commissioner of natural resources shall establish, develop, maintain, and operate the trails designated in this section. Each trail shall have the purposes assigned to it in this section. The commissioner of natural resources may acquire lands by gift or purchase, in fee or easement, for the trail and facilities related to the trail.

(b) Notwithstanding the offering to public entities, referral to executive council, public sale and related notice and publication requirements of sections 94.09 to 94.165, the commissioner of natural resources, in the name of the state, may sell surplus lands not needed for trail purposes at private sale to adjoining property owners and leaseholders. The conveyance must be by quitclaim in a form approved by the attorney general for a consideration not less than the appraised value.

Subd. 1a. Private subsurface use of trails. Notwithstanding section 272.68, subdivision 3, the commissioner may issue a permit, without a fee, to allow a person who owns land adjacent to a trail established under this section on land owned by the state in fee to continue a subsurface use of the trail right-of-way, if:

(1) the person was carrying on the use when the state acquired the land for the trail; and

(2) the use does not interfere with the public's use of the trail.

Subd. 1b. Easements for ingress and egress. Notwithstanding section 16A.695, when a trail is established under this section, a private property owner who has a preexisting right of ingress and egress over the trail right-of-way is granted, without charge, a permanent easement for ingress and egress purposes only. The easement is limited to the preexisting crossing and reverts to the state upon abandonment. Nothing in this subdivision is intended to diminish or alter any written or recorded easement that existed before the state acquired the land for the trail.

Subd. 1c. Repealed, 1999 c 4 s 5

Subd. 2. Casey Jones trail, Murray and Pipestone counties. (a) The trail shall originate in Lake Shetek state park, Murray county, and from there trail southwesterly to Slayton, Minnesota; thence westerly to the point of intersection with the most easterly terminus of the state-owned abandoned railroad right-of-way, commonly known as the Casey Jones unit; thence westerly along said Casey Jones unit to Pipestone, Minnesota, in Pipestone county, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking. Nothing herein shall abrogate the purpose for which the Casey Jones unit was originally established, and the use thereof shall be concurrent.

Subd. 3. Countryview Bicycle trail, Ramsey and Washington counties. (a) The trail shall originate at Phalen Park in St. Paul and thence extend easterly through Oakdale and Lake Elmo to a point near South Twin Lake, and thence extend to Stillwater in Washington county and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for the use of bicycles.

The commissioner may contract and enter into other agreements with state and local road authorities and with local governments in regard to the establishment, development, maintenance, and operation of the trail, including but not limited to speed regulation and signing of the trail.

Subd. 4. Douglas trail, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Goodhue counties. (a) The trail shall originate at Rochester in Olmsted county and shall follow the route of the Chicago Great Western Railroad to Pine Island in Goodhue county and there terminate.

(b) Additional trails may be established that extend the Douglas trail system to include Pine Island, Mazeppa in Wabasha county to Zumbrota, Bellechester, Goodhue, and Red Wing in Goodhue county. In addition to the criteria in section 86A.05, subdivision 4, these trails must utilize abandoned railroad rights-of-way where possible.

(c) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking.

(d) Under no circumstances shall the commissioner acquire any of the right-of-way of the Chicago Great Western Railroad until the abandonment of the line of railway described in this subdivision has been approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Subd. 5. Glacial Lakes trail, Kandiyohi, Pope, and Douglas counties. (a) The trail shall originate at Kandiyohi county park on the north shore of Green Lake in Kandiyohi county and thence extend northwesterly to Sibley state park, thence northwesterly to Glacial Lakes state park in Pope county, thence northeasterly to Lake Carlos state park in Douglas county, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking.

Subd. 6. Minnesota Valley trail, Hennepin, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Sibley and Le Sueur counties. (a) The trail shall originate at Fort Snelling state park and thence extend generally southwesterly along the Minnesota river valley through Hennepin, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Sibley, and Le Sueur counties to the city of Le Sueur, and there terminate. The trail shall include the following state waysides: (a) Rice lake wayside, in Scott county; (b) Carver rapids wayside, in Scott county; (c) Lawrence wayside, in Scott county; (d) Belle Plaine wayside, in Carver, Scott, and Sibley counties; (e) Blakeley wayside, in Scott county; and (f) Rush river wayside, in Sibley county.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking. Motorized vehicles are prohibited from that portion of the trail on the north side of the Minnesota river, lying between Fort Snelling state park and Rice lake wayside.

(c) In establishing, developing, maintaining, and operating the trail the commissioner shall cooperate with local units of government and private individuals and groups whenever feasible.

Subd. 7. Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root river valley to the intersection of the river with Minnesota trunk highway No. 26 in Houston county, and extend to the Mississippi river.

(b) Additional trails shall be established that extend the Blufflands trail system to include La Crescent, Hokah, Caledonia, and Spring Grove in Houston county; Preston, Harmony, Fountain, Wykoff, Spring Valley, Mabel, Canton, and Ostrander in Fillmore county; Dover, Eyota, Stewartville, Byron, and Chester Woods county park in Olmsted county; and Winona, Minnesota City, Rollingstone, Altura, Lewiston, Utica, St. Charles, and Elba in Winona county. In addition to the criteria in section 86A.05, subdivision 4, these trails must utilize abandoned railroad rights-of-way where possible.

(c) The trails shall be developed primarily for nonmotorized riding and hiking.

Subd. 8. Sakatah Singing Hills trail, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Rice counties. (a) The trail shall originate at mile post 4.1 of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company right-of-way in the junction of Benning, Blue Earth county, and shall extend in a northeasterly direction along the railroad right-of-way to mile post 46.01 of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway at a point commonly known as Faribault Junction in Rice county, a distance of approximately 42 miles, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking. Motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles, are prohibited from the trail.

Subd. 8a. Mill towns trail. (a) The trail shall originate at a point commonly known as Faribault Junction in Rice county, the termination point of the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail, and shall extend through the towns of Faribault, Dundas, Northfield, Waterford, and Randolph, to the termination point of the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls. The trail may be located within the Cannon river wild, scenic, and recreational land use district.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking. Motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles, are prohibited from the trail.

Subd. 9. Repealed, 1973 c 684 s 3

Subd. 10. Luce Line trail. (a) The trail shall originate at Gleason Lake in Plymouth Village, Hennepin county, and shall follow the route of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.

(b) The trail shall be developed for multiuse wherever feasible. The department shall cooperate in maintaining its integrity for modes of use consistent with local ordinances.

(c) In establishing, developing, maintaining, and operating the trail, the commissioner shall cooperate with local units of government and private individuals and groups. Before acquiring any parcel of land for the trail, the commissioner of natural resources shall develop a management program for the parcel and conduct a public hearing on the proposed management program in the vicinity of the parcel to be acquired. The management program of the commissioner shall include but not be limited to the following: (a) fencing of portions of the trail where necessary to protect adjoining landowners; and (b) the maintenance of the trail in a litter free condition to the extent practicable.

(d) The commissioner shall not acquire any of the right-of-way of the Chicago Northwestern Railway Company until the abandonment of the line described in this subdivision has been approved by the interstate commerce commission. Compensation, in addition to the value of the land, shall include improvements made by the railroad, including but not limited to, bridges, trestles, public road crossings, or any portion thereof, it being the desire of the railroad that such improvements be included in the conveyance. The fair market value of the land and improvements shall be recommended by two independent appraisers mutually agreed upon by the parties. The fair market value thus recommended shall be reviewed by a review appraiser agreed to by the parties, and the fair market value thus determined, and supported by appraisals, may be the purchase price. The commissioner may exchange lands with landowners abutting the right-of-way described in this section to eliminate diagonally shaped separate fields.

Subd. 11. Willard Munger trail, Ramsey, Anoka, Washington, Chisago, Pine, and Carlton counties. (a) The trail shall originate in the vicinity of Arden Hills, Ramsey county, and thence extend northeasterly, traversing Anoka and Washington counties to the vicinity of Taylors Falls in Chisago county; thence northwesterly and northerly to St. Croix state park in Pine county; thence northerly to Jay Cooke state park in Carlton county, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking.

(c) Additional trails shall be established that extend the Willard Munger trail to include Proctor and Hermantown in St. Louis county.

Subd. 12. Heartland trail, Hubbard and Cass counties. (a) The trail shall originate at mile post 90.92 at Park Rapids in Hubbard county and shall extend in an easterly direction along the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way through Walker in Cass county. The trail shall then continue in a northerly direction along the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way to Cass Lake in Cass county, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking.

(c) In addition to the authority granted in subdivision 1, lands and interests in lands for the Heartland trail may be acquired by eminent domain. Before acquiring any land or interest in land by eminent domain the commissioner of administration shall obtain the approval of the governor. The governor shall consult with the legislative advisory commission before granting approval. Recommendations of the legislative advisory commission shall be advisory only. Failure or refusal of the commission to make a recommendation shall be deemed a negative recommendation.

Subd. 13. Arrowhead Region trails, in Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Koochiching and Itasca counties. (a)(1) The Taconite trail shall originate at Ely in St. Louis county and extend southwesterly to Tower in St. Louis county, thence westerly to McCarthy Beach state park in St. Louis county, thence southwesterly to Grand Rapids in Itasca county and there terminate;

(2) The Northshore trail shall originate in Duluth in St. Louis county and extend northeasterly to Two Harbors in Lake county, thence northeasterly to Grand Marais in Cook county, thence northeasterly to the international boundary in the vicinity of the north shore of Lake Superior, and there terminate;

(3) The Grand Marais to International Falls trail shall originate in Grand Marais in Cook county and extend northwesterly, outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, to Ely in St. Louis county, thence southwesterly along the route of the Taconite trail to Tower in St. Louis county, thence northwesterly through the Pelican Lake area in St. Louis county to International Falls in Koochiching county, and there terminate.

(b) The trails shall be developed primarily for riding and hiking.

(c) In addition to the authority granted in subdivision 1, lands and interests in lands for the Arrowhead Region trails may be acquired by eminent domain. Before acquiring any land or interest in land by eminent domain the commissioner of administration shall obtain the approval of the governor. The governor shall consult with the legislative advisory commission before granting approval. Recommendations of the legislative advisory commission shall be advisory only. Failure or refusal of the commission to make a recommendation shall be deemed a negative recommendation.

Subd. 14. State trail, Chisago, Ramsey, and Washington counties. (a) The trail shall originate at the state capitol and shall extend northerly and northeasterly to William O'Brien state park, thence northerly to Taylors Falls in Chisago county, and there terminate.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for hiking and nonmotorized riding.

(c) In addition to the authority granted in subdivision 1, lands and interests in lands for the trail may be acquired by eminent domain.

(d) The commissioner of natural resources, after consulting with all local units of government affected by the trail, and with the commissioner of transportation and the metropolitan council, shall prepare a master plan for the trail. After completion of the master plan, any land or interest in land not needed for the trail may be disposed of by the commissioner of natural resources as follows:

(1) by transfer to the department of transportation, the historical society, or another state agency;

(2) by sale at not less than the purchase price to a city, town, school district, park district, or other political subdivision whose boundaries include or are adjacent to the land, for public purposes only, after written notice to each of these political subdivisions; or

(3) if no offer to purchase is received from any political subdivision within one year after the completion of the master plan, then by public sale, at not less than the purchase price, upon notice published in the manner provided in section 92.14, and otherwise in the same manner as trust fund lands are sold, so far as applicable.

All proceeds derived from sales of unneeded land and interest in land shall be deposited in the state bond fund. For the purposes of United States Code, title 23, section 138, and title 49, section 1653(f), any land or interest in land not needed for the trail and transferred to another state agency, or sold, does not constitute permanent park, recreation area, or wildlife or waterfowl refuge facility land.

Subd. 15. Paul Bunyan trail, Crow Wing, Cass, Hubbard, and Beltrami counties. The trail shall originate in Crow Wing state park in Crow Wing county and shall extend through the city of Baxter and in a northerly direction along the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way, intersecting the Heartland state trail southwest of the city of Walker in Cass county. The trail shall continue on the Heartland state trail through the city of Walker, then in a northwesterly direction along the Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way to the city of Bemidji in Beltrami county and terminate in Lake Bemidji state park.

Subd. 16. Superior Vista trail; St. Louis and Lake counties. The trail shall originate at the city of Duluth and shall extend in a northeasterly direction along the shoreline of Lake Superior to the city of Two Harbors. The trail shall be designed for bicycles and hikers, shall utilize existing highway and railroad right-of-way where possible, and shall be laid out in a manner to maximize the view of Lake Superior while traversing the length of the trail.

Subd. 17. Shooting Star trail, Mower county. (a) The trail shall originate in the city of LeRoy and extend in a northwesterly direction through Lake Louise state park and the cities of Taopi, Adams, Rose Creek, and Lyle, to the city of Austin.

(b) Additional trails shall be established to connect with the Bluffland trail system in Fillmore county and the trail from Riceville, Iowa.

(c) The trail shall be developed primarily for hiking and nonmotorized riding.

Subd. 18. Prairie Wildflower trail, Mower, Dodge, Steele and Rice counties. (a) The trail shall follow an abandoned railroad line originating in the city of Austin and extending northwesterly through Blooming Prairie and Owatonna to the city of Faribault.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for hiking and nonmotorized riding.

Subd. 19. Blazing Star trail, Freeborn and Mower counties. (a) The trail shall originate in the city of Albert Lea and extend to the city of Austin.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for hiking and nonmotorized riding.

Subd. 20. Stagecoach trail; Steele, Dodge, and Olmsted counties. The trail shall originate at the Douglas trail near the city of Rochester in Olmsted county and extend westerly along the Zumbro river valley to the city of Mantorville and the village of Wasioja in Dodge county, following as closely as possible the historic stagecoach trail to Wasioja, through Rice Lake state park to the city of Owatonna in Steele county.

Subd. 21. Gitchi-Gami trail, Lake and Cook counties. (a) The trail shall originate in the city of Two Harbors and shall extend in a northeasterly direction along the shore of Lake Superior, running parallel to state highway 61 to the city of Grand Marais.

(b) The trail shall be developed primarily for hiking and bicycling.

HIST: 1971 c 859 s 6-8; Ex1971 c 3 s 96; 1973 c 684 s 1,2; 1973 c 743 s 1; 1974 c 407 s 1,2; 1975 c 113 s 1; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1980 c 458 s 12; 1982 c 639 s 30,31; 1983 c 344 s 23; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 436 s 1; 1988 c 628 s 4; 1988 c 679 s 1,2; 1991 c 254 art 2 s 13; 1992 c 456 s 1; 1993 c 285 s 4; 1994 c 391 s 1-3; 1994 c 632 art 2 s 21; 1994 c 643 s 47; 1995 c 26 s 1; 1995 c 220 s 66,67; 1996 c 407 s 33,34; 1997 c 216 s 65,66; 1998 c 318 s 1; 1998 c 401 s 25; 1999 c 95 s 1; 1999 c 231 s 100,101; 2000 c 488 art 3 s 22; 2000 c 492 art 1 s 39

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