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Administrative Districts and Field Offices of the Minnesota State Government

Administrative Districts and Field Offices of the Minnesota State Government

Volume: 2
Copyright Date: 1943
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 160
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    Administrative Districts and Field Offices of the Minnesota State Government
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    Administrative Districts and Field Offices of the Minnesota State Government was first published in 1943. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Number 2 in Studies in Administration, a series sponsored by the Public Administration Training Center at the University of Minnesota; established in 1936 to provide instruction, research facilities, and information in the field of public administration. This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the functions and duties of state and county offices in Minnesota, paying special attention to district field offices. Topics discussed include: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Conservation, Education, Health, Highways, Labor, Social Security, and Taxation; the Livestock Sanitary Board; the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; and the Railroad and Warehouse Commission.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-3788-5
    Subjects: Political Science

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    (pp. v-vi)
    Lloyd M. Short

    The Public Administration Training Center of the University of Minnesota, established in 1936 to provide instruction, research facilities, and information in the field of public administration, is very happy to sponsor the publication of a study dealing with the subject of field administration in state government. Though the magnitude and significance of the problems involved in the administration of field services and activities at the state level are less than those encountered in the national government, the subject deserves a great deal more attention than has been given it up to the present. Leonard D. White called attention to the...

    (pp. 1-3)

    Methods of field administration in state government could scarcely be considered of much significance if their value were gauged solely by the number of studies on the subject. Their importance is better indicated by the fact that in Minnesota the travel expenses of field representatives annually approach the million-dollar mark. In addition, the contact of the average citizen with the field organization is probably closer than his contact with any other aspect of government. Finally, the methods in use are worthy of attention because the increasing demands for governmental service call for a high degree of efficiency and economy in...

    (pp. 4-14)

    FUNCTIONS and ADMINISTRATION. The functions of the Department of Agriculture, Dairy, and Food will be covered in the discussion of its ten divisions.

    A unique feature of the field administration of this department is a joint field office. Four units of the department have inspectors working from this office, which is in Duluth. The Division of Dairy and Food Inspection has one. In the Division of Marketing, the Egg and Poultry Section has one, the Wholesale Produce Dealers Section has one, and the Fish Inspection Section has two. All are responsible to their respective division heads in the central office....

    (pp. 15-16)

    FUNCTIONS. It is the duty of the Livestock Sanitary Board to protect the health of the domestic animals of Minnesota. Under the law all local boards of health are required to assist the state board in the "prevention, suppression, control and eradication of contagious and infectious diseases among domestic animals whenever directed to do so by the secretary or any member of the board."¹

    ADMINISTRATION. The staff of thirteen veterinarians is under the direct supervision of, and is responsible to, the secretary and executive officer of the board. All of them travel from the central office. They are not assigned...

    (pp. 17-17)

    FUNCTIONS. The Poultry Improvement Board in supervising the National Poultry Improvement Plan in Minnesota tests blood and culls, bands, and inspects breeding flocks upon request. Flocks that meet requirements are accredited and certified for standard type and egg production. Poultry hatcheries may also have their hatching and selling stocks accredited and certified. In performing these functions the board is authorized to formulate rules and regulations. Close cooperation is maintained with the Livestock Sanitary Board.

    ADMINISTRATION. From one to three times during the hatching season the Secretary and Executive Officer, aided at times by an assistant, personally inspects all hatcheries under...

    (pp. 18-18)

    FUNCTIONS. The Aeronautics Commission licenses pilots, aircraft, aviation schools, flying clubs, airports, and landing fields, makes rules and regulations for the enforcement of laws governing aeronautics, and supervises all aeronautical activities and facilities within the state. The commission conducts investigations and holds hearings in cases of accident or law violation.

    ADMINISTRATION. A central office is maintained from the fees collected for licenses. No funds are available for employment of a field staff. Therefore members of the commission must handle personally any essential field functions that arise....

    (pp. 19-19)

    FUNCTIONS. The Athletic Commission is charged with the supervision of all boxing and sparring exhibitions in the state. It makes rules and regulations for enforcement of the law, issues licenses to promoters or clubs, collects 10 per cent of gross receipts of all boxing and sparring exhibitions, and revokes licenses.

    ADMINISTRATION. Under the law a representative of the commission is required to attend and supervise all boxing and sparring matches. He has charge of weighing in, medical examinations, and collection of taxes. The secretary of the commission performs this function or employs a deputy on a fee basis to cover...

    (pp. 20-25)

    FUNCTIONS. The functions of the Commerce Commission are to conduct hearings and to rule on: security registrations, licenses for security brokers and insurance companies, applications for insurance company consolidations, and issuance of charters to new financial institutions. Further, it is required under the law to review the quasi-judicial act of any commissioner if such a review is requested by an aggrieved party.

    FUNCTIONS. The Commissioner of Banking is responsible for the execution of all laws relating to banks, trust companies, building and loan associations, small loan companies, credit unions, and other financial institutions chartered under the laws of Minnesota. The...

    (pp. 26-38)

    FUNCTIONS. The field functions of the Department of Conservation will be covered in the discussion of five of its divisions. The Tourist Bureau does not function in the field and so will not be discussed.

    FUNCTIONS. The Division of Water Resources and Engineering conducts investigations and surveys of proposed water conservation projects; it also builds and maintains dams and supervises their control. Water conservation investigations are made upon the request of local civic bodies, county boards, and other interested groups. Because drainage projects, which formerly were an important responsibility of the division, have diminished in importance during the last ten...

    (pp. 39-39)

    FUNCTIONS. The surveyor general is responsible for the measurement of boxwood and mining timber, of logs for content in board feet, and of cordwood piles for content in cords, and for the inspection and counting of cedar posts, poles, and ties. Scaling work is done on timber cut from state-owned forests.

    ADMINISTRATION. The central office is in the charge of the surveyor general and his deputy. However, both also work in the field as occasion demands. Ten scalers are employed from one to ten months of the year. They work on assignments in the northern part of the state as...

    (pp. 40-42)

    FUNCTIONS. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates crimes of all kinds, coordinates the work of the law enforcement agencies of the state, maintains a system of records and statistics, and operates an identification unit based upon fingerprints, photographs, and other information gathered by the bureau or submitted by local law enforcement officers. In carrying out its law enforcement function it operates a crime detection laboratory at state headquarters and a radio station at Redwood Falls.

    ADMINISTRATION. The administration of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be covered in the discussion of its five divisions.

    The assistant superintendent is in charge...

    (pp. 43-48)

    FUNCTIONS. The functions of the Department of Education will be covered in the discussion of its ten divisions.

    FUNCTIONS. Rural school supervision consists of visiting schools and supervising school consolidations, county superintendents' conferences, county teachers' institutes, county school officers' meetings, pupil transportation, state board examinations. aids for schools and evening schools, and inspection of school busses. The supervision or Indian education involves visiting and supervising schools for Indian children and administering federal funds for the education of Indian children.

    ADMINISTRATION. 1. Rural School Supervision. Four rural school supervisors, the director, and the associate director, who serves one sixth of his...

    (pp. 49-52)

    FUNCTIONS. The Board of Accountancy determines whether or not applicants are qualified to take examinations for the rank of certified public accountant, conducts such examinations, and issues C.P.A. certificates. It also polices the profession by enforcing the law and the rules and regulations set by the board. It revokes certificates in cases where violations is proved.

    ADMINISTRATION. The board has no staff other than clerical help when necessary. The functions vested in it by law are discharged by the members of the board.

    FUNCTIONS. The board is authorized to set up standards of qualification, examine applications, conduct examinations, and grant...

    (pp. 53-61)

    FUNCTIONS. "The board shall exercise general supervision over all health officers and boards, take cognizance of the interests of health and life among the people, investigate sanitary conditions, learn the cause and source of diseases and epidemics, observe the effect upon human health of localities and employments, and gather and diffuse proper information upon all subjects to which its duties relate. It shall . . . publish medical and vital statistics of general value, and advise all state officials and boards in hygienic and medical matters. . . ."¹

    Under the law, townships, villages, cities, and counties that contain unorganized...

    (pp. 62-71)

    FUNCTIONS. The functions of the Department of Highways will be covered in the discussion of its ten divisions.

    FUNCTIONS. The Division of Highway Patrol is charged with the enforcement of Minnesota highway traffic laws. In discharge of that general function a staff of patrolmen guard the state highways, make accident investigations, issue warning and violation tickets, organize school patrols, render first aid, test lights and brakes, give road information in the field, and cooperate with the Railroad and Warehouse Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission in truck inspection.

    ADMINISTRATION. The director of the Highway Patrol is also the director of...

    (pp. 72-76)

    FUNCTIONS. The functions of the Department of Labor and Industry will be covered in the discussion of its eight divisions. The Division of Conciliation, though nominally in the Department of Labor and Industry, functions independently and therefore will be treated separately. The Industrial Commission, in addition to its quasi-judicial function, supervises administration of the department. The direction of the specific divisions has been assigned as follows: the divisions of General Administration, Boiler Inspection, and Women and Children to Commissioner I; the divisions of Statistics and Workmen's Compensation to Commissioner II; and the divisions of Accident Prevention, Steamfitting Standards, and Voluntary...

    (pp. 77-77)

    FUNCTIONS. The Division of Conciliation is responsible for the following functions: conciliation of labor disputes involving either strike or lockout notices or not yet at the strike or lockout stage, handling disputes involving the public interest through certification to the governor and work with commissions appointed by the governor, arbitration of disputes, supervision of elections of collective bargaining agents, and dissemination of information for the better understanding of the Minnesota Labor Relations Act.

    ADMINISTRATION. Administration of the division will be covered in the discussions of its four sections.

    1. Full-Time Conciliators. There are two staff members to handle bargaining-agent and conciliation...

    (pp. 78-80)

    FUNCTIONS. The Commissioner of Liquor Control is charged with regulating the manufacture, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquor, wine, and beer. In regulating manufacture he is empowered to designate the age and type of liquor to be offered for sale, its labeling, and standards of fill. He specifies the denomination of excise tax stamps, inspects liquor, wine, and beer for such stamps, and maintains a monthly report of all persons and firms required to pay liquor, wine, or beer taxes.

    The department investigates and takes action on applications for wholesalers', brewers', and distributors' licenses, pharmacists' and out-of-state importers' permits, salesmen's...

    (pp. 81-82)

    FUNCTIONS. The Department of the Public Examiner is charged with the annual audit of state departments, boards, commissions, and institutions. It also audits counties and first-class cities. Audits must be made on request in villages, school districts, towns, and cities other than cities of the first class. The department is also charged with collecting data on the financial affairs of local units of government and with auditing corporations that pay gross earnings taxes.

    ADMINISTRATION. 1. State Departments, Boards, Agencies, and Institutions. A staff of eight senior examiners and seventeen junior examiners, working under the direction of a supervisor, make the...

    (pp. 83-91)

    FUNCTIONS and ADMINISTRATION. The functions and administration of the Railroad and Warehouse Commission will be discussed by departments and divisions.

    ADMINISTRATION. One of the most important departments under the commission, the Grain Inspection and Weighing Department functions through its six divisions, which are all responsible to a chief inspector. This officer also supervises the work of three other departments, namely, the departments of Railroad Track Scales and Terminal Grain Scales and the Local Grain Warehouse Department.

    1. Division of Licensing Grain, Hay, and Straw Commission Merchants. This division handles the function stated in its title. All its work is done at...

    (pp. 92-94)

    FUNCTIONS. The Conservator of Rural Credit directs liquidation of the property held by the Department of Rural Credit, which was created in 1923. He forecloses mortgages, services loans and rental contracts, supervises rentals, and conducts sales.

    ADMINISTRATION. The general sales manager supervises sales activities in the field.

    1. Field Supervisors. For the purposes of farm sales the state has been divided into five field districts with a supervisor in each directly responsible to the general sales manager (see map on page 93). Under each field supervisor are sales teams assigned to subdistricts. Each team usually consists of one salesman and one...

    (pp. 95-95)

    FUNCTIONS. The Office of the Secretary of State files corporation charters, collects motor vehicle taxes, licenses chauffeurs and airplane pilots, and directs the election machinery of the state.

    ADMINISTRATION. All functions except those of the Motor Vehicle Division are discharged in the central office.

    ADMINISTRATION. 1. Deputy Registrars. To facilitate the licensing process, deputy registrars have been appointed in forty-two cities of the state. Registrars are paid no salaries but receive fees based on the number of licenses they issue. The applicant for an automobile license may avail himself of the services of a registrar or apply to a notary...

    (pp. 96-112)

    FUNCTIONS. The Social Security Board itself has few powers. Each of its three divisions is practically a separate department. In effect the board serves as an arrangement whereby the directors of these related activities can meet to coordinate interdivisional activities and exchange ideas and information.

    FUNCTIONS. The two functions of the Division of Employment and Security are to assist in obtaining employment for those seeking work and to pay unemployment compensation benefits to qualified applicants.

    ADMINISTRATION. 1. Employment Service. For the administration of the field functions of the Employment Service the state has been divided into four areas. (See map...

    (pp. 113-118)

    FUNCTIONS. The Department of Taxation supervises tax assessments on general property, including money and credits, and administers occupational and royalty taxes on iron ore, income taxes, gasoline taxes, inheritance and gift taxes, and gross earnings and other lieu and special taxes on public service and other corporations.

    ADMINISTRATION. 1. General Property and Gross Earnings Tax Subdivision. Village, town, and city assessors are supervised by this subdivision in assessing general property taxes. The subdivision has the authority to issue instructions and directions to assessors and other public officers administering tax laws. The commissioner of taxation, his deputy, and staff members of...

    (pp. 119-125)

    The field organization employed by the agencies within the scope of this study may be classified according to type as follows:¹

    Type I. Districts with field offices in at least a majority of them and with a district director in each field office responsible for the activities of his district.

    Type II. Combination of districts with field offices and an undistricted area covered by field representatives traveling from the central office.

    Type III. Districts with a field office in only one or two, usually at Duluth and Minneapolis, and the remaining districts covered by field representatives traveling from the central...

    (pp. 126-138)
    (pp. 139-141)