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22 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

Training on CARES Act Reporting – October 23

We know there are many questions about CARES Act reporting. MAT is offering an additional training by leaders of the state’s department of Minnesota Management and Budget. Please join us via Zoom webinar for a presentation along with questions/answer session:

Friday, October 23 at 2 PM

Link to participate via computer (preferred): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82709517937

Info to participate via phone: (301) 715-8592 passcode: 82709517937#

 

Please contact the MAT office if we can be of any assistance as well.

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20 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

Township Tuesday Conference Calls continue each week

Township Tuesday calls are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, as a time to connect with MAT staff on latest issues and ask questions. Upcoming “Township Tuesdays” calls will be October 20, and November 3, and so on.

Township Tuesday conference call: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10 AM

Join us by phone: (571) 317-3117 or Toll Free 1-866-899-4679. Access code is 659-961-501.

OR join us by computer, tablet, or smart phone: https://www.gotomeet.me/LeslieRosedahl/townshiptuesday (Make sure to have the GoToMeeting App installed)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to GoToMeeting cloud services, recorded calls do expire after one week.

Listen to the Township Tuesday Call on October 20, 2020

Township Tuesday Call for August 4, 2020 was replaced with CARES Act Webinar. (It is on the CARES Act Resources News item at the end)

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12 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

CARES Act Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

On June 25th, 2020, Governor Walz announced a plan to distribute $853 million in federal funding to Minnesota communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Local governments can use the funding to support services and grants to businesses, hospitals, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. The specific aid amounts for each township, based on 2018 population, can be found here.

In order to receive these funds, towns should visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue special page with more information and instructions of how to apply for the funding here. But to summarize, towns under 5,000 residents will receive $25 per resident, according to data as recent as 2018. Towns with over 200 residents will receive their funds directly from the State and should work to prevent those funds from intermingling with other township fund, examples on how to do so can be found in the CARES Act FAQ section. Towns with under 200 residents still apply for the CARES Act funds, but the county holds the funds and the town must work with the county to be reimbursed for costs covered under the CARES Act.

In general, the CARES Act assistance can only be used to cover expenses that:

  1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.


CARES Act FAQ:
There a several frequently asked questions that have arisen, two documents exist to aid towns in addressing these costs:

Remember that the town needs a SWIFT ID and DUNS number. If not known by the town can find out the SWIFT ID number by emailing EFTHelpline.MMB@state.mn.us. The town can apply for a DUNS or SAMS number by visiting this page, and more information can be found in the state CRF distribution training slideshow found below. To obtain a DUNS number, follow this link and then register here.

Costs Covered with the CARES Act Funds:
As towns have started to receive CARES Act funds, they have also began spending some of these funds. Below are some examples of costs that towns have covered with the CARES Act, remember that each of these have satisfied all three factors that are required by the CARES Act to spend these funds. A resolution, resolving to spend CARES Act funds can be found here.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees, officers, and town meeting attendees:
  • Increased Election costs, such as, increased pay for election judges, PPE, Plexiglas shields, increased number of voting booths, etc:
  • American with Disabilities Act compliant handicap accesses for different buildings, or changed access routes to aid in social distancing:
  • Automatic amenities to reduce the number of frequently touched objects, these amenities include doors, bathroom sinks, soap dispensers, hand sanitizer dispensers, toilets, etc:
  • Audio/Visual displays for meetings to help reduce need to pass paper or materials, or to comply with the Open Meeting Law:
  • Increased payroll expenses such as increased janitorial services or costs related to researching how to mitigate the spread and properly conduct the township through COVID-19:
  • Broadband infrastructure or hotspots that can be deployed this year, and was not already budgeted for as of March 27th 2020:
  • Computers or tablets for remote work and access or meeting participation:
  • Telephone or video meeting service costs:
  • Donations to food shelves or other social support programs:
  • Grant program to local businesses or individuals. Since grants are not commonly given by towns, it is strongly recommended that the town works with their private town attorney or in cooperation with the county that the town is located in, if such a program is established, in building this system:

Towns may also transfer excess funds to other local governments, a sample resolution doing so can be found here.

Help America Vote Act CARES Act Grant:
The state has also received funds specifically for elections, which was received by the Secretary of State, two primary qualifications must be met for a State to utilize these funds. First, distributions made to states include a 20% matching requirement by a State receiving the funds, which means that a State, receiving these funds must also spend 20% of the HAVA money used to secure the HAVA Grant. Second, HAVA requires ‘projects’ to exist for at least two years to receive the funds. However, the CARES act requires all money to be used or planned to be used by the end of 2020. To solve this potential contradiction, the extra money from HAVA is only used for the 2020 elections, and the subsequent care of materials, such as ballots.

These funds are to be distributed by the Secretary of State through the counties, so long counties agree to a “fair, equitable, and mutually agreeable” distribution plan with the municipalities within the county. So, if the town would like to learn how to apply these funds to their election, please reach out to the county to get some clarification. More information on the HAVA Cares Act Grant can be found here.

CTAS Reporting:
The linked document contains the reporting requirements in order to report these funds on CTAS.

CARES Act Reporting:
Towns over 200 residents that receive CARES Act funds must complete periodic reports (The report form can be found here). Reports have been due 7 business days after the end of the month (e.g., August 11th and September 9th, October 9th, and November 10th). The final report is due 7 business days from November 15th (November 24th). If you received distributions prior to the end of August, you must report for August and the months prior, if you received distributions after, there is no need to complete this first report. You may review the instructions and report to the MMB and COVID-19 accountability office here.

August 25 CARES ACT Webinar: For information regarding this form, please watch/listen to the August 25th webinar found here.

ZOOM CARES Act Teleconference Calls:
On July 8th, a Zoom conference call with leaders at the MN Department of Revenue to explain the application process and answer questions.

Listen to the CARES Act Information Zoom Teleconference & Presentation Here:
Password:   8q&4m^P6
Click to view PowerPoint used in teleconference: State CRF Distribution Training

On August 4th, a second Zoom conference call with Minnesota Management and Budget experts to discuss the procedures and take questions.

Listen/View the August 4, 2020 CARES Act Information Zoom Teleconference
Password:     cv7%TNG?
Click to view PowerPoint used in Aug 4 Zoom teleconference: COVID-19 Funding Reporting Presentation (Aug 4 Call)

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12 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

Please Take Survey to Shape MN Climate Control Priorities

Climate change is not in the distant future – it’s happening here and now. In Minnesota, extreme weather events threaten agriculture, the environment and many of our most cherished natural and cultural resources. But by working collaboratively, we can build resilient communities and mitigate risks posed by climate change. The state of Minnesota is committed to making climate resiliency and mitigation efforts a priority in both the immediate and long-term future. Gov. Walz, through Executive Order 19-37, established a Climate Change Subcabinet, which I serve on, to bring renewed focus to finding effective climate policy solutions and strategies.

Increasingly, BWSR programs will include climate considerations that recognize the climate benefits our programs already provide while striving to make climate resiliency a priority for the agency and the state.

Last week, state agencies including BWSR celebrated Minnesota Climate Week. A new interagency website about climate change, Our Minnesota Climate, was launched simultaneously to raise public awareness around climate issues. Please consider taking this brief survey that will be used to help shape the Climate Change Subcabinet’s priorities and approach. We want to hear which issues affect you the most and how you’d like to be involved in this important work. As local leaders, your input is highly valuable to this process.

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12 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

COVID-19 and Operating the Township (10/12)

AUGUST 12 Update

This article addresses how townships may hold board meetings, operate during the emergency, protections for employees subject to quarantine, and additional information on COVID-19. The directives described in this article arise from Executive Orders issued by the Governor to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which amounts to a peacetime emergency under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 12. That Chapter provides the governor with powers to address such emergencies for as long as emergencies last, the governor chooses to rescind an Order, or until the legislature ends the peacetime emergency powers. The Legislature is called into Special Session each month to consider the question of the continuing or ending the peacetime emergency.

Status Summary

  • Statewide Emergency Currently Expires: Nov. 12, 2020, at 11:59 pm. The full order can be found here.
  • Statewide Mask Mandate is currently in effect.
  • Telephone Meetings Available: Yes, towns may continue to use telephone meetings.
  • Emergency Preparedness Plan: Yes, towns currently must have a preparedness plan in place to open offices or interaction with the public.
  • Township Facility Rentals: Yes, it is possible to rent or allow public use of town facilities or amenities subject to guidance issued by the MN Dept. of Health.
  • Polling Place Locations: No change in polling places is allowed except for emergencies described in statute.
  • Mail Balloting: Too late to adopt mail balloting or return to in-person election for the November General Election.

On March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 infectious disease and directed the Minnesota Department of Health to issue guidance on how to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19. The latest information from MDH can be found here.

Operational Guidelines for Re-Opening: On June 10th, Executive Order 20-74 went into effect, continuing the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 while reopening of the state and its businesses. This order governs the re-opening of townships and businesses, how meetings may be held, the availability of township amenities, and other town operations. These guidelines can be found here.

Mask Up, Minnesota: On July 22nd, 2020, Gov. Walz enacted Executive Order 20-81, found here, which requires masks to be worn indoors, unless covered by a specific exemption. A full discussion on the application of Mask Up, Minnesota can be found here, however, in general, township officials must wear masks, when indoors, unless (1) they are speaking/presenting during an open meeting, or (2) in an office or cubicle that provides social distance between people.

CARES Act/CRF Funds: On June 25th, 2020, Governor Walz announced a plan to distribute $853 million in federal funding to Minnesota communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Towns under 5,000 residents will receive $25 per resident, according to data as recent as 2018. Towns with over 200 residents will receive their funds directly from the State and should place those funds into a serperate account to prevent mingling them with other town funds. Towns with under 200 residents are eligible to receive CARES Act funds, but the county holds the funds and the town must work with the county to be reimbursed for costs covered under the CARES Act.

For a fuller discussion, along with answers to frequently asked question, please review this resource.

Preparedness Plans: As of June 29th, all businesses, including townships, must adopt a preparedness plan before reopening to in-person work or in-person interaction with the public. Preparedness plans provide the procedures and rules that officers, employees, and the public are required to follow when carrying out township business. The purpose of these plans is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 so further stay-at-home orders are not needed. MAT has drafted township specific preparedness plans, which can be found here (for towns without employees) and here (for towns with employees). If a township does not have anyone working in person, including the clerk, treasurer, or in-person meetings by the town board, a preparedness plan does not need to be passed.

Polling Places: Many municipalities have had difficulties with knowing whether their polling place would be available for the upcoming elections, and the legislature made an exception to designate the polling place by July 1st. However, it is now too late for towns to designate a polling place.

Township Facilities: A township may begin opening it’s facilities, including but not limited to; boat launches, parks, playgrounds, campsites, and town facilities utilized for rental. Each of these facilities must adhere to guidelines set forth by the most current executive order, MDH, and DEED.

For parks, playgrounds, and launches, the township must follow guidelines as set forth in the most current executive order. Currently, those guidelines would include, frequent cleaning, focusing on high traffic areas and implements frequently touched, like door knobs, and provide assistance in encouraging social distancing.

For facilities open for rental, like the town hall or campgrounds, each are given guidance by DEED. For renting out the town hall, other than for religious services, weddings, or funerals, DEED guidance requires that gatherings remain under 10 people. Meaning that, town halls may rent out, up to 50% capacity for religious services, weddings, or funeral. For all other indoor rental purposes, it is unlikely a township could open the venue, unless the specific purpose it is being rented out for is covered by the DEED guidelines.

As for campgrounds, the township may open campgrounds so long as a COVID-19 preparedness plan has been adopted and is being adhered to.

Guidance on facilities used for religious services, weddings, or funerals can be found here, guidance on usage of indoor facilities used for other purposes can be found here.

Local government boards may hold in-person meetings with social distancing if they choose to do so. Townships may hold regular board meetings in-person within the framework provided in MDH’s guidelines. Those guidelines require social distancing of at least 6 feet between people, and masking when not speaking. The township may need to reduce the room capacity limit to ensure minimum distance can be maintained. Townships may not prohibit the public from attending a township board meeting, unless the person refuses to wear a mask.

However, township board are not required to meet in-person. The best-practice is to continue telephone or video meetings during the entire length of the public health emergency in order to prevent any unnecessary public gatherings. They may choose to continue meeting by telephone meetings as described in the Teleconferencing section below.

Township Clerks, Treasurers, and Administrative Staff may be able to Return to Work: Most office workers to return to work under certain circumstances. Office workers may return to work if: (1) the work duties cannot be performed from home; (2) the office area has adequate space for individuals to work while maintaining social distance from any other person;  (3) the township adopts a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) describes more details about Preparedness Plans here, and township specific samples can be found here (for towns without employees) and here (for towns with employees).

Essential Services During Stay at Home: Local government employees and contractors providing services in “Critical Sectors” may continue their work outside their homes, in the same capacity as previously able to, if they are included in the list of Critical Sectors and their work cannot be performed from home.

Critical Sector employees include: (1) law enforcement, public safety, and first responders; (2) water and wastewater workers; (3) transportation workers who support or enable transportation functions, road construction workers, engineers, including maintenance vehicle operators; (4) public works employees described in the Federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance here; (5) necessary building management employees; (6) security workers; (7) elections workers, including town clerks and election judges; and (8) data and computer systems management employees. Other Critical Sector employees are described in the Governor’s Executive Order and the CISA guidelines.

Teleconferencing: Because of the Statewide public health emergency and the status of COVID-19 as a pandemic illness, townships may want to use remote meeting options. They may use teleconferencing statute found in the Open Meeting Law to avoid in-person meetings.

Notice of meetings by teleconference should be posted usual. The board must ensure they take excellent minutes of their proceedings and may consider audio recording these meetings. If possible, the township must allow members of the public to join the teleconference.

Minn. Stat. 13D.021 allows a town board to hold a meeting by teleconference if there is a public health pandemic or emergency declared under Minnesota Statutes chapter 12, and the township meets the requirements of the statute. Minn. Stat. §13D.021 allows telephone meetings if:

  1. The township chairperson decides an in-person meeting or interactive television meeting is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or an emergency declared under Minnesota Statutes chapter 12;
  2. All township board members participating in the meeting can hear all other participants;
  3. All members of the public at the regular meeting location can hear all discussion and testimony and votes of the town board’s members, unless attendance at the meeting is not feasible because of health pandemic or emergency declaration;
  4. At least one member of the town board is physically present at the regular meeting location, unless unfeasible because of health pandemic or emergency; and
  5. All votes are conducted by roll call so each member’s vote can be identified and recorded.

COVID-19 has been labeled a pandemic illness by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Governor has declared a public health emergency under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 12. As such, township boards may choose to use teleconferencing for their meetings during the public health emergency.

Please refer to MAT’s resource Options for Meeting Remotely, found here.  For information on how to set-up and use a teleconferencing provider, please use this link.

MAT has also provided three options to townships looking to conduct teleconferenced meetings.

  • Option A: This is where townships would learn how to, and conduct the meeting on their own. Some more information on how to set-up a teleconference service can be found in document number: ES3000A.
  • Option B: MAT will create a teleconference line and train officers on how to use the teleconferencing service.
  • Option C: MAT will create and assist in hosting the teleconference for the township.

For more information of each of these options, please see: https://mntownships.org/news/additional-teleconference-meeting-options-for-townships/, or email OptionB@MnTownships.org or OptionC@MnTownships.org regarding the specific option listed in the email. If the township would like to conduct set-up and host the teleconference themselves, under Option A, please see: https://mntownships.org/news/options-for-conducting-a-town-meeting-remotely/, as well as document numbers: ES 3000 and ES 3000A in MAT’s information library.

Employees & Quarantine: Township employees showing signs of illness should stay home to avoid passing COVID-19 to anyone else. The township may not discharge, discipline, threaten, or penalize any employee, or discriminated in the work conditions of the employee because the employee has been in quarantine or has been responsible for the care of a person in quarantine. Minn. Stat. § 144.4196.

Townships may require employees to use any available sick or paid time off during their time of illness or quarantine. The township is not required to pay employees who are unavailable to work and have exhausted their paid leave. However, the town board may choose to offer additional paid leave or other accommodation to those employees. MDH has encouraged employers to be generous, understanding, and flexible in allowing employees to remain home for illness and to care for those who are ill.

Delegate Duties and Authorities: To accommodate fewer meetings and possibly absent supervisors, town boards should: (1) identify the essential operations that must continue each month; (2) delegate authorities and boundaries to individual supervisors, officers, or employees to manage those operations between meetings; (3) to the extent possible, provide individual spending authority to managers up to a certain limit for expenses that cannot wait for a board meeting; (4) establish procedures and permissions for officers and employees to work remotely; (5) consider any extended leave policies and reasonable accommodations that may be needed as employees become ill, are quarantined, or must care for other individuals; and (6) prepare for backup services to be provided by other employees, officers, neighboring townships or governments, or secondary contractors.

Signatures on Checks: Townships may arrange for checks to be signed or send by only one officer if certain processes and protections are followed. Minn. Stat. 367.18 says that claims audited and approved by the town board, and countersigned by the clerk, become a check on the township’s account once signed by the treasurer. Based on this statute, townships usually require the signatures of the chairperson, clerk, and treasurer for a check to be valid. This statute describes one method by which a township check or payment can be issued but it is not the only method of paying claims.

One option is to use electronic funds transfers (EFT), which is allowed by Minn. Stat. 471.38. An EFT does not have three signatures on the check, and instead relies on the town board approving a claim, the chairperson, clerk, and treasurer signing or indicating their approval on the claim form or in the township board minutes. Additional guidance on the use of EFT can be found here: https://www.auditor.state.mn.us/default.aspx?page=20090724.031 .

A second option is for townships to arrange for their checks to be signed by only one officer if: (1) the township board has audited and approved the claim; (2) the clerk has indicated his or her approval that the board took the action indicated; (3) the treasurer indicates there is money available in the township’s account to pay the claims; (4) the board has delegated the authority to issue the check; and (5) each of these elements are document in the township board minutes.

Last, townships should remember that payroll can be processed without a board meeting based on the authority described in Minn. Stat. 471.38, subd. 2, if the employees’ rates of pay have been set in advance.

Closure of Some Township Amenities: Pursuant the Governor’s Executive Orders in place right now, township recreational facilities, parks, and other outdoor equipment may be opened for groups of 10 or fewer individuals in close proximity to use. Other Indoor facilities such as, senior and youth centers, performance centers, fitness centers, or other recreational facilities may be opened to the public only if allowed under Executive Order 20-74 and the amount of people is limited to 10 or fewer individuals or the rules that apply to that type of use. The Township Hall or administrative offices may be open to the public to maintain services provided by the township, but MDH’s guidelines should be observed as township’s continue to serve the community.

More Information: Some useful links and information can be found at the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC’s Facts About COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

 

 

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29 Sep
By: MAT Staff 0

FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program

The Department of Agriculture released its solicitation for applications for the FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. Priority will be given to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services, based on program criteria.

Eligible applicants are incorporated organizations, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, states, units of local government, or any other legal entity. Applicants must define a contiguous geographic area, located entirely within a rural area, which Broadband Service does not exist and where the applicant proposes to offer service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers.

In FY 2021, an unspecified amount of funding is available to support awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million. Applicants must provide at least 15 percent of the requested award amount via nonfederal cash source.

Applications are due December 23, 2020.

FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program Informational Handout

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02 Sep
By: MAT Staff 0

Presidential Executive Order Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations

On August 8th, President Trump issued an executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order states that starting September 1st,  a deferral of the 6.2% social security tax obligation “shall be made available to any employee … whose wages or compensation … during any bi-weekly pay period generally is less than $4,000” through December 31st, 2020. The deferral is a temporary relief from paying the tax, but under current law, the employee must eventually pay the deferred tax obligation. The order discusses the possibility of the federal government forgiving the tax, but that would require an act of Congress and amounts to speculation or hope on the part of the President.

The Department of Treasury guidance on the tax deferral indicates the deferred tax must be paid back by April 30th, 2021. Townships must offer their employees the option to defer the social security tax obligation, but the town should inform the employee that under current law the township must collect double the amount of social security tax withheld between January 1st, 2021, to April 30th, 2021, to pay back the deferment.

Using the median household income in the U.S. ($64,000 gross income), over the deferment period, this would defer $1,220 of tax or $152 per pay period until December 31, 2020.

The text for the executive order can be found here.

The text of guidance from the Department of Treasury can be found here.

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31 Aug
By: MAT Staff 0

Mower & Rice Counties Invited to Virtual Ash Borer Meeting

Mower and Rice County Residents Invited to Virtual Informational Meeting Concerning Emerald Ash Borer

Public can also weigh in on adoption of formal quarantines of the two counties

St. Paul, MN: Residents of Mower and Rice counties are invited to a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 17 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the two counties.

On March 20, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EAB infestation in an ash tree in the city of Faribault in Rice County. EAB was then confirmed on April 2 near Racine in Mower County. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person meetings were not held.

Those attending the upcoming virtual meeting will have an opportunity to learn more about EAB, local options to deal with the insect, and hear how residents and tree care professionals can limit the spread of the bug. Experts from the MDA will give a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

Emerald Ash Borer Virtual Informational Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pre-register at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab

The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the proposal to add Mower and Rice counties to the state formal quarantine. Emergency quarantines were placed on the two counties when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the proposed formal quarantines through October 1 and recommends adopting the quarantines on October 15 The quarantines limit the movement of ash trees and limbs and hardwood firewood out of each county. The proposed quarantine language can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.

Comments can be made during the virtual informational meeting or by contacting:

Kimberly Thielen Cremers
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North St. Paul, MN 55155
kimberly.tcremers@state.mn.us
Fax: 651-201-6108

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by this invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. The insect is now confirmed in 23 of the state’s 87 counties. For more information on emerald ash borer, visit the MDA website.

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26 Aug
By: MAT Staff 0

MAT District Director Meeting Recordings and Results

Eleven of the thirteen District Director Meetings are being held via a Zoom webinar/teleconference call.  For those eleven virtual meetings, you can watch and listen to the event below under each District.  District Meetings will be added as they occur.

Handout used at all District Meetings: 2020 District Meeting Handout

District 2

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Director: Sandy Hooker
No Election Held
Listen to the District 2 Webinar Here
Password: fr$9^Sq^


District 3

Monday, August 10, 2020
Director: Tammy Houle
No Election Held
Listen to the District 3 Webinar Here
Password: D7Ze$#sQ

District 1

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Director: Nate Redalen
New Director Elected: Rex Edge
Meeting was held Live at the Dodge County Fairgrounds

 

District 4

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Director: Gary Burdorf
No Election Held
Listen to the District 4 Webinar Here
Password: ^rl1@!fd

District 7

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Director: Mike Miller
Election Result: Mike Miller Re-Elected
Listen to the District 7 Webinar Here
Password: yY1@B?am

 

District 6

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Director: Lyle Stai
Election Result: Lyle Stai Re-Elected
Meeting was held LIVE outside at Shooters Bar & Grill

 

District 5

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Director: Jane Youngkrantz
Election Result: Jane Youngkrantz Re-Elected
Listen to the District 5 Webinar Here
Password: mfY=gG3B

 

District 12

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Director: Mel Milender
No Election Held
Listen to the District 12 Webinar Here
Password: baK#!a?0

 

District 10

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Director: Jim Fisher
No Election Held
Listen to the District 10 Webinar Here
Password: 8*k895?L

District 9

Monday, August 17, 2020
Director: Vance Bachmann
No Election Held
Listen to the District 9 Webinar Here
Password: =#0gr$t0

 

District 8

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Director: Lori Stalker
No Election Held
Listen to the District 8 Webinar Here
Password: y2nw9Vy+

 

District 13

Monday, August 24, 2020
Director: Jill Hall
No Election Held
Listen to the District 13 Webinar Here
Password: =D^$$5Kj

 

District 11

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Director: Reno Wells
Election Results: Reno Wells Re-Elected
Listen to the District 11 Webinar Here
Password: 3p8BM@2u

 

That’s all folks!

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20 Aug
By: MAT Staff 0

Online Noxious Weed & Gravel Roads Training

NEW Noxious Weed Training Video Available!

On the Training Events page (link also towards top of homepage), you will find training opportunities provided by other organizations.  Board of Appeal & Equalization Training, Noxious Weeds, Firefighter Training, GTA Land Use Planning, LTAP, and Truck Weight Training is all updated on this page.

Here are some new Training Opportunities:

NOXIOUS WEEDS
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has produced an 18-minute video for Townships regarding Noxious Weeds.
This brief video describes the biology of invasive plants, the categories of noxious weeds in Minnesota, and identification and treatment timing for selected noxious weeds.
Noxious Weed Training for Townships (Part 1): Biology and Treatment Timing

(NEW!!) Noxious Weed Training for Townships (Part 2): Duties and Tips for a Successful Local Weed Program

LTAP
Gravel Roads Webinar Series
Session 4: Hills, Super Elevations, and Intersections
August 26, 2020
Free!
Registration and More Info

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