2019 MAT Annual Conference

Mankato Civic Center, Mankato MN

November 22-23, 2019

The Sense of the Census:
Rural Representation at Risk

Directions to Mankato Civic Center

The Final Agenda for the conference will be available as the event approaches.  Here’s what’s on tap so far:

Friday 11/22

4:00pm-8:00pm: Exhibit Show

Including Round Table Discussions this year!

Saturday 11/23
General Session

Guest Speakers

        • Governor Tim Walz (Invited)
        • Presidential Primary with Steve Simon, Secretary of State
        • Census 2020: Susan Brower, State Demographer’s Office
        • Cybersecurity- Easiest Catch: Don’t be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net – Mark Lanterman
          You’ve read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question now is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. To inform the attendees of current developments in the digital underground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, Mark Lanterman will be discussing recent high-profile cyber crime events, including website breaches impacting a variety of organizations and sectors. Mark will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individuals involving the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks; additionally, Mark will demonstrate the particular impact of cybercrime on payroll-related activities within organizations.


  1. BREAKOUT ROOM 1: Board of Appeal & Equalization (MAT Staff) 
  1. BREAKOUT ROOM 2:      Year End Reporting with or without CTAS (Mark Albarado – State Auditor Office)
                                                      Preparing for Board of Audit (Lori Stalker & Petra Hartness – MAT Trainers)
  1. BREAKOUT ROOM 3:    Noxious Weeds (Emilie Justen, MDA) 
  1. BREAKOUT ROOM 4:    Election Talk with the Secretary of State Office (David Maeda, SOS)                                   
  1. BREAKOUT ROOM 5:      1W1P (David Weirens/Kenny Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Sr Climatologist
                                                     BMS (Janet Johnson)


LUNCH ~               Luncheon Speaker: Al Batt

Scholarship Awards (Judges Invited)

 MAT ANNUAL MEETING:  The event will conclude with the MAT Annual Meeting.

  1. Firefighters – Any and all questions and conversations about firefighters! Steve Flaherty with the MN Board of Firefighter Training & Education will be on hand for anyone who wants to stop in and talk.
  2. DNR – Stop in and visit with Annalee Garletz with the Minnesota DNR. She will answer your questions and help you with anything DNR related.
  3. MNDOT Mapping – Maps from MnDOT were given out to townships who attended the Spring Short Courses in March/April with the intent on the township to review their map and report any updates or changes to MnDOT so they can provide an accurate map of each township in the state. Stop by and visit with Amy Sanda from MnDOT to discuss mapping and bring your map if you have changes.
  4. Broadband – Broadband access to rural Minnesota is every expanding but there is a lot more work to be done.  Angie Dickison from the Office of Broadband Development will be available to answer your questions and talk to you about broadband.
  5. BWSR Dave Weirens
  6. PERA Luis Argueta with PERA will be here to discuss all things PERA.
  7. Roads – We know you have questions about roads! Duane Blanck is here to answer your questions on roads, road maintenance, road tours, maintenance policies, helpful resources, and more.
  8. Truck Weights Tom Nelson from the Alexandria Technical & Community College will be available to discuss truck weight issues. Ask questions about truck weight laws and how to properly post weights with proper signage.
  9. MAT Trainers – Clerks & Treasurers can stop and get their questions answered by our MAT Trainers. Lori Stalker and Petra Hartness will be available to help!
  10. Secretary of State Office – Sit down with folks from the MN Secretary of State Office and discuss the upcoming Presidential Primary Election – David Maeda or Julie Strother
  1. CTAS – Questions on CTAS? Want to know more about this accounting software from the State Auditor’s Office?  Stop in and get your answers from Mark Albarado with the State Auditor’s Office
  2. Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Bonding – Stop into the Ehler’s booth and sit down to talk about CIP Bonding and the new law changes that took effect in 2019.
  1. MATIT – Take time to visit with Jon Mocol, the Manager of Agency Operations, about MATIT and your insurance policy. If you are not a policy holder with MATIT, stop by and learn the benefits of becoming one.
  2. Attorney TalkSteve Fenske, a MAT Attorney, will be available throughout the evening to answer your township questions.
  3. Flag EtiquetteBrad Pagel will have Flag Etiquette brochures and the Blue Book from the Secretary of State’s Office for you.
  4. Veteran IssuesJeff Woodford
  5. Township Advocacy – See Leslie Rosedahl from Rosedahl Public Affairs and discuss MAT’s Social presence and how you can become involved with MAT and representing Minnesota Townsh ips.

Pre-Registration for the Annual Conference is now closed.  But don’t let that stop you from coming!  You may still attend the conference and register onsite at the registration desk.  You can book your hotel now though if you are planning on attending.

NOTE: Guests and/or Spouses will have to purchase an Exhibit Hall Pass if they wish to attend the Exhibit Show Friday Night.  That pass will cover the refreshments and snacks for Friday night.  It is $10.

Hope to see you there!



Hotel Blocks for the Annual Conference in Mankato have been set up for our guests.  Room Blocks expire on 10/21/2019.

Rooms are reserved for Friday 11/22/2019 and Saturday 11/23/2019 at the following hotels:

Mankato City Center Hotel
101 East Main Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Note: This hotel is connected to the
Mankato Civic Center via a skywalk.

Hilton Garden Inn
20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001
Note: This hotel is connected to the
Mankato Civic Center via a skywalk.

Courtyard Marriott
901 Raintree Road
Mankato, MN 56001
Note: This hotel is not near the Mankato Civic Center.
A shuttle will be provided throughout the conference.

AmericInn Hotel
240 Stadium Road
Mankato, MN 56001
Note: This hotel is not near the Mankato Civic Center.
A shuttle will be provided throughout the conference.

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery: The Barrel Room Experience

You will be wowed with the Barrel Room Experience.  A dedicated wine educator will walk you though a tasting of five handcrafted artisan wines.  The tasting includes an artisan cheese and dry cured meat platter to pair with their award winning wines.

Time:     11:00am (Leave Civic Center)
11:20am (Arrive at Winery)
11:30am-1:30pm (Barrel Room Experience)
1:30pm (Leave Winery)
2:00pm (Return to Civic Center)

Cost: $30/person

Includes: Bus transportation to and from winery, Barrel Room Experience fee

Note: There is no lunch included on this tour.  A cheese and meat platter will be offered at the Barrel Room Experience, but no lunch meal.

If you are interested in Exhibiting at our Annual Conference, please contact Scott Saloum (ssaloum@mntownships.org) for more information and to be put on the Exhibitor Mailing List.

Invite to Exhibit at Mankato Conference

2019 Application for Exhibit Space

2018 Annual Meeting