News Categories: General News

24 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

Township Day is fast approaching….Here is some help!

Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will hold their annual town meeting on Tuesday, March 10. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March. Residents of the townships will meet to voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents and also vote directly on their annual tax levy; direct democracy in action. Citizens attending annual meetings also often discuss and vote on other local issues.

Here are some documents to help Townships spread the word about Township Day and their Annual Meeting:

Press Release TEMPLATE for Township Day 2020  This is a Word Document (.docx) that can be customized for your township.  Replace the yellow text with your information and submit to your local news outlets.

Letter to the Editor TEMPLATE for Township Day 2020 This is a Word Document (.docx) that can be customized for your township.  Replace the yellow text with your information and submit to your local news outlets.


Here are some documents to help Townships prepare and hold their Annual Meeting (from the Winter issue of MN Township Insider):

Annual Meeting Preparation List and Annual Notice

Annual Meeting Agenda

Annual Meeting Beginning to End

Board of Audit Preparation Checklist

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10 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

Forest Pest Gypsy Moth Surveyor Positions

Summer job opportunities with the MDA’s Gypsy Moth Survey Program have just been posted!

Forest Pest Gypsy Moth Surveyor (Agricultural Technician) positions with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are now posted as one combined job post on the State of Minnesota Careers website:

    • The job post is available for applications February 6 – March 3, 2020.
    • Search for “gypsy moth” or Job ID: 38384

Here’s the direct link:

GM Surveyors Hiring Poster 2020

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06 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Training

Additional Truck Weight Training Classes Offered

Truck weight education classes will be offered by Minnesota LTAP this spring. The classes remain free but you must register to attend.

Please download the 2020 Brochure for all the information and dates/locations of the classes.

Click here for more information and registration on their website

NOTE: LTAP Truck Weight Training can always be found on the MAT website under Training Events.  Scroll down and on the right column you will find the current information on Truck Weight Training Classes being offered.

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05 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program

The FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program opened today and is due March 13th.

The program goal is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Applicants may request funding for operations and safety projects, vehicle acquisition, and regional projects, which should benefit more than one local jurisdiction. Eligible applicants are fire departments, non-affiliated emergency medical service  organizations, and state fire training academies.

There are several changes from previous AFG programs that are outlined below.

Under Micro Grants:

  • Wellness and Fitness is now eligible as a micro and regional grant
  • Modifications to Facilities activities are now eligible as a micro grant

Under Equipment category:

  • Training ‘props’ are limited to $50,000 except for a State Fire Training Academy request
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) to include software and computer programs for local departments and states to track training and certifications were added as high priority

Under Operation and Safety and Regional category:

  • Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH), Protection for Fire Investigators (single-use respiratory protection) is added as high priority.
  • Definition of Primary First Due Response Area is updated to be consistent with NFPA 1710 Current Edition. The geographic area surrounding a fire station in which a company from that station is projected to be the first to arrive on the scene of an incident.
  • Application will include data/statistics on fire departments implementation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 physicals. This information is not included in the peer review determination.

Under Vehicle Acquisition:

  • Brush vehicles are now a high priority for urban, suburban and rural communities. The only exception is for urban communities, a brush truck may not exceed Type III in specifications. This does not preclude a department from applying for a Type I urban interface pumper. Type I pumpers should be requested as a pumper and specified in the request as Type I.

For this round of funding, approximately $315 million is available to support 2,500 awards. Maximum award and required match contributions vary based on the departments jurisdiction size. Generally, applicants serving larger population sizes can request a larger maximum award size (up to $3.5 million) but must provide a larger match share.

FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants Summary

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05 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

FY 2020 Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant (EMS Training)

CFDA # 93.243
Federal Department Health and Human Services, Department of (HHS)
Related Agency HHS
Solicitation Released 01-30-2020 Application Due Date 03-30-2020
Eligible Applicants Eligible applicants are rural emergency medical services (EMS) agencies operated by local or tribal governments (both fire-based and non-fire-based), as well as nonprofit EMS agencies.

For the purposes of this program, “rural” is defined as:

A non-metropolitan statistical area
An area designated as a rural area by any law or regulation of a state
A rural census tract of a metropolitan statistical area

Eligible Activities and Uses The purpose of this program is to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. The program will help meet the great need of emergency services in rural areas.

All projects must:

Recruit EMS personnel
Train EMS personnel as appropriate to maintain licenses and certifications relevant to serve in an EMS agency
Conduct courses that qualify graduates to serve in an EMS agency
Fund specific training to meet federal or state licensing or certification requirements
Ensure EMS personnel are trained on mental and substance use disorders and care for people with such disorders in emergency situations; training may be provided via the funding agency’s Technology Transfer Centers
Develop new ways to educate emergency health care providers through the use of technology-enhanced educational methods
Acquire EMS equipment
Acquire personal protective equipment for EMS personnel as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Purchase and train EMS personnel on the use of the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, to utilize in case of opioid overdose emergency situations
EMS medical services are defined as resources used by a public or private nonprofit licensed entity to deliver medical care outside of a medical facility under emergency conditions that occur as a result of the condition of the patient. These include services delivered by an EMS provider or other provider that is licensed or certified by the state involved as an emergency medical technician, a paramedic, or an equivalent professional.

All projects are expected to feature a project director.

Minimum and Maximum Award Up to $200,000 per year
Matching and Cost Sharing Matching funds are not required for this program; however, applicants’ budget justifications must include a description of existing resources and other support expected to be received for the proposed project.

Other support is defined as funds or resources, whether federal, nonfederal, or institutional, in direct support of activities through fellowships, gifts, prizes, in-kind contributions, or nonfederal means. Other sources of funds may be used for unallowable costs.

Funding Details $5 million total

No more than 15 percent of the total award amount may be used for data collection, evaluation, performance measurement, and performance assessment.

No more than 14.2 percent of the total award in any given budget period amount may be used for infrastructure development.

Indirect costs may not exceed 8 percent of the project budget.

Link to background information
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21 Jan
By: MAT Staff 0

Community Resilience Roundtables: 2020 Trends in Minnesota

Please join county, city, school, and township colleagues for wide-ranging information and discussion sessions to explore trends affecting communities. The Center for Rural Policy and Development and the University of Minnesota-Extension will share insights related to aging, technology, immigration, economic volatility, workforce challenges, housing, etc. During these sessions, there will be opportunities for local government leaders to address ways of working together during these changing times to emerge resilient and ready for “what’s next.” All are welcome to attend.

The Center for Rural Policy and Development is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to benefiting Minnesota by providing its policy makers with unbiased information and evaluation of issues from a rural perspective.

UMN Extension’s Rural Stress Task Force applies programming and expertise to help families respond to current economic, environmental, and societal challenges that affect communities across the state. The team works with state agencies and agricultural organizations as well as colleagues throughout the University of Minnesota.

Registration: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Lunch break: On your own (12:00 – 12:45 p.m.)

Register Online
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.

Thursday, March 5 *
Sourcewell, 202 12th St NE, Staples, MN 56479
*Both in-person and online participation is available for this session only.

Thursday, March 12
Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, 100 Empire Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul

Wednesday, March 25
South Central Services Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Dr, North Mankato

Wednesday, April 8
Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, 1420 East College Drive Marshall

Wednesday, April 29

Lakes Country Service Cooperative, 1001 East Mount Faith, Fergus Falls


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16 Jan
By: MAT Staff 0

Upcoming LTAP Classes Announced for Seal-Coat Operators and Gravel Road Maintenance

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of current best practices for seal-coat operations in Minnesota, including how to design and implement a seal-coat operation. It will also review micro/slurry, including what micro/slurry surfacing is, the differences between the two products, and how and where to use each one. Project selection, development of specifications, and construction details will also be discussed in detail. Following the workshop, attendees will have gained the basic knowledge to properly select a candidate project and build it.

Date and Location

This workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) at the specified location on each of the dates listed below.

  • March 25, 2020—MnDOT District 7 Office, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
  • April 1, 2020—Hennepin County Public Works Facility, 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina, MN 55340
  • April 9, 2020—Alexandria Technical and Community College, 1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN 56308


This one-day workshop helps supervisory personnel and operators better understand the materials, techniques, equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads, and review new techniques and ideas in gravel road maintenance. Slides, videos, and group discussions will help attendees learn from real-world examples and benefit from the exchange of information with instructors and other attendees.

Date & Location

This workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below:

  • April 14, 2020—University of Minnesota Crookston, Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716
  • April 21, 2020—MnDOT District 6A, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • April 28, 2020—Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401


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06 Jan
By: MAT Staff 0

IRS 2020 Federal mileage rates

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates (PDF) used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile driven for business use, down one half of a cent from the rate for 2019,
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down three cents from the rate for 2019, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The business mileage rate decreased one half of a cent for business travel driven and three cents for medical and certain moving expense from the rates for 2019. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

It is important to note that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers cannot claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses. Taxpayers also cannot claim a deduction for moving expenses, except members of the Armed Forces on active duty moving under orders to a permanent change of station. For more details, see Rev. Proc. 2019-46 (PDF).

The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than five vehicles used simultaneously. These and other limitations are described in section 4.05 of Rev. Proc. 2019-46 (PDF).

Notice 2020-05 (PDF), posted today on, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan. In addition, for employer-provided vehicles, the Notice provides the maximum fair market value of automobiles first made available to employees for personal use in calendar year 2020 for which employers may use the fleet-average valuation rule in § 1.61-21(d)(5)(v) or the vehicle cents-per-mile valuation rule in § 1.61-21(e).

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19 Dec
By: MAT Staff 0

Vance Bachmann elected as new District 9 Director

Vance Bachmann, Supervisor from Corliss Township in Otter Tail County, was elected as the new District 9 Director of the Minnesota Association of Townships on December 18 at a special meeting of township officers from Becker, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties at Sverdrup Township Town Hall in Otter Tail County.

The meeting was held specifically to elect a new District 9 Director to serve on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT). The meeting was necessary because of the recent passing of Jim Adamietz, of Girard Township in Otter Tail County, who was formerly elected this fall to the District 9 Director position to replace retiring Director Loren Ingebretsen.

There are 171 townships in MAT District 9. The Minnesota Association of Townships is guided by a 13-member Board of Directors representing 13 state districts. Each Director serves a three-year term.

“Townships are unique because they are ‘grassroots government’ and I’m proud and honored to serve my township and my district with the Minnesota Association of Townships,” said Bachmann.

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26 Nov
By: MAT Staff 0

Media Coverage of the MAT Annual Conference

Governor Tim Walz spoke before lunch at the MAT Educational Conference & Annual Meeting at the Mankato Civic Center.  His appearance garnered attention from the local media and here are the media coverage clips about our Annual Conference:

Pre-event coverage:

Governor Walz to be in Mankato for Minnesota Township Conference: This year’s theme will be the census, an important process especially for those in rural areas.
KEYC (TV), November 22

Governor Walz To Be In Mankato Saturday
KTOE (Radio), November 22


Event coverage:

Townships focus on census for future
Mankato Free Press, November 23

Gov. Tim Walz meets township officials at Annual Educational Conference
KEYV (TV) November 23

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