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Municipal Board

Also known as:
Minnesota Municipal Board
Active dates:1959 - 1999

Acts on all boundary adjustments between a city and the adjacent land, and rules on incorporations of cities.

Preceded by:

In 1959, Minnesota became the first state in the country to create a quasi-judicial commission, the Minnesota Municipal Board, to hear and decide local incorporation and boundary adjustment questions. Prior to this, the Minnesota Legislature was confronted with municipal boundary chaos.

The Legislature terminated the Board effective June 1, 1999 . At the time of its sunset, the Board convened at least once a month and averaged approximately 100 meetings and hearings a year. Board members were paid travel expenses and per diem. In certain proceedings, the local county board of commissioners designated two of its members to temporarily serve as full voting members of the Board. The Board appointed a full-time Executive Director. Staff included an Assistant Director and two clerical personnel.

On June 1, 1999, all of the statutory authority and responsibilities of the former Minnesota Municipal Board were transferred to the Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning, commonly referred to as Minnesota Planning, with the ultimate decision-making authority resting with the Director of that agency. The former Municipal Board staff now operated as Municipal Boundary Adjustments.


3 members (one must be learned in the law, one must be a resident from outside the metropolitan area); appointed by governor; per diem and expenses for public members; members file with Ethical Practices Board.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1967-2010.
Record last updated: 02/21/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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