News Categories: General News

12 Dec
By: MAT Staff 0

What You Need to Know for the 2020 Census: Organizing for a Complete Count Workshop

Census 2020: Seminars to help counties Insure a complete count.

It may seem hard to believe, but it’s already time to begin planning for the 2020 Census. Census Day is April 1, 2020, and counties and local governments need to begin organizing to insure that everybody in their jurisdictions gets counted.

AMC, along with the League of Minnesota Cities, the MN School Boards Association, MN Association of Townships and service cooperatives across the state have scheduled a series of nine regional seminars that covers what local governments need to do to insure a complete count.

There’s a lot that rides on Census data. Even one missed person could mean as much as $1,530 in lost federal funding each year of the decade in health, transportation, housing and education programs. It’s also used to apportion congressional districts, to draw county board and city council districts, and to help guide governments decisions.

The seminars will cover how to set up local “complete count committees,” a new concept in Minnesota, but one that has been in place for years in many other states. They are volunteer partnerships of local governments and key players – businesses, civic groups, faith communities, schools, cultural associations and interested citizens. Their job is to identify hard-to-count populations, and to develop and execute strategies for getting them counted in the 2020 Census.

The aim of the seminars is to give participants the data tools, best practices and a plan for promoting an accurate count in each area.

Registration Details: Free of charge, but registration is required.
Check-in window begins at 9:30 a.m.
Session time: 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

2020 Census Flyer: Organizing for a Complete Count
Regional Seminars Flyers Complete Count Committees
Complete Count Committee Flyer

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28 Nov
By: MAT Staff 0

Application for the 2018 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant grant now Available

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that the grant application has been approved for the 2018 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant grant opportunity.

The grant application was officially posted on the MDA’s Noxious and Invasive Weed Program website on Monday (11/20) at this URL:

This page will also contain more information regarding the goals of this grant program, eligibility, requirements and funding specifics.

Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant Proposal Application

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27 Nov
By: MAT Staff 0

Census 2020 LUCA News and Information

The Census Bureau recently posted an updated version of the LUCA Promotional Workshop presentation that we are now presenting to the public. This changes in this new version were appropriate now that we are shipping the invitation/registration materials and includes slides discussing the registration materials.

Thank you for your continued support! Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

July 14, 2017

The Census Bureau will begin mailing the formal invitation/registration materials to the state, counties, townships, cities, and tribes in Minnesota beginning on July 14th. The full package will go to the Highest Elected Official of each entity and a CC letter will be sent to a variety of previously identified contacts including BAS contacts, clerks, planners, GIS contacts, etc. 

LUCA Flyer 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

LUCA Message Help the Census Bureau Accurately Count Your Community

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24 Nov
By: MAT Staff 0

MnDOT District 7 Grant Program

Federally funded transportation projects will be considered by the District 7 Area Transportation Partnership (ATP-7) for inclusion in the 2019-2022 Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP), using Surface Transportation Funds.

ATP-7 will be accepting applications for the following Surface Transportation Program (STP) program areas:

  1. STP Small Urban (City Streets/Bridges) – Projects are being solicited primarily for the year 2022 for city street and bridge (on the federal aid system) projects.  The federal funds can fund up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Projects on city federal-aid routes may be proposed by the city involved.  Applicants must use the“District 7 STP Small Urban Funds” application form, which can be found on the ATP-7 website at the following link:
  1. STP Rural (County Roads/Bridges) – Projects are being solicited primarily for the year 2022 for county road and bridge (on the federal aid system) projects.  The federal funds can fund up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Off-system bridges are being solicited through a separate process.  Applicants must use the “District 7 STP Rural (County Roads/Bridges)” form, which can be found on the ATP-7 website at the following link:
  1. Solicitation for the Transportation Alternatives Program kicked off in October with the release of the TA LOI (Letter of Intent).  If you are planning to submit a full TA application, or for more information on the TAP solicitation process, visit the ATP-7 website at

All solicitations will require use of the newly designed forms found on the ATP-7 website.  Old forms will not be accepted.

The deadline for all applications is January 12, 2018.

Questions concerning this application process should be directed to Rebecca Arndt at 507-304-6196 or

Applications (and required supporting documents/maps) can be submitted electronically or mailed directly to:

Rebecca Arndt, Principal Planner
MnDOT District 7
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN  56001-6888

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18 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

MAT Policy in Support of Township Polling Places

In July the MAT Board of Directors passed a policy in general support of townships holding elections at their local polling place.

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08 Jun
By: MAT Staff 0

The Minnesota Association of Townships Board of Directors passed two resolutions at their recent board meeting.

The first resolution recognizes the importance of in-person voting on election day and supports continual and adequate funding to townships for election equipment.

The second resolution commemorates the grand opening of the refurbished State Capitol and encourages township officers and township residents to attend the celebration at the Minnesota State Capitol August 11- 13, 2017. To view the schedule of events, go to

MAT Policy in Support of Township Polling Places

Resolution of MAT Recognizing the Grand Opening of the Restored State Capitol

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26 Mar
By: MAT Staff 0

Help the Census Bureau Accurately Count Your Community

The U.S. Census Bureau requests help from tribal, state and local governments in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses program. This program is the only opportunity for governments to verify residential addresses, ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau mailed advance notifications about participating in the program to tribal, state and local governments in January 2017. If you did not receive the notification, you may find information about the program on the LUCA website at
Invitation letters will be mailed in July 2017 and the final participation materials will be mailed in February 2018. Governments can take the following steps now to prepare:

  • Participate in the 2017 Boundary and Annexation Survey, which is the annual update for the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units.
  • Start preparing your address list — make sure your list identifies multiunit structures and distinguishes between residential and nonresidential addresses.
  • Identify local address sources, such as building permits, local utility records, annexation records and other files.
  • Attend one of our workshops to learn about the program.

Participation in the Local Update of Census Addresses program can help ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census in your community.
For more information, visit the program website.

The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) LUCA Flyer
LUCA Message PDF of the message above.

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26 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

Transportation Funding Videos

Minnesota’s transportation system supports the entire state, but is especially important to Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses who depend on a robust and well-maintained transportation system to be successful and competitive in today’s global marketplace.  Like and share this video to let St. Paul legislators know that now is the time to address the $600 million per year shortfall for roads and bridges in our state.

Minnesotans depend upon a safe, efficient and reliable transportation network to support the movement of people and commerce.  Transportation is a core function of state government. – I hope that the Legislature and Gov. Dayton will come together to show the people of Minnesota that its government can deliver on a basic issue for our state and finally fully fund transportation in 2017.  Like and share this video to let your legislator know that they can’t fail to deliver a fully funded transportation package in 2017!

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26 Feb
By: MAT Staff 0

MN Noxious Weed List Updated for 2017

Please see the PDF below with the new noxious weed list signed into effect by the MDA this week.

There were 12 new species added per NWAC recommendations – one Prohibited Eradicate; one Prohibited Control, nine Restricted and one Specially Regulated.  The attached commissioner’s order shows which species were added and to what category.

The MDA Noxious and Invasive Weed Program Website will be updated with the newly added species over the next couple of weeks.

Weed List Additions for 2017
2017 MN Noxious Weed List Fact Sheet

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15 Oct
By: MAT Staff 0

MNDOT Issues advice on ET-Plus Guard Rails

-Due to litigation and safety concerns raised at the federal level, MNDOT is recommending that after October 27, 2014 no road authority accept the ET-Plus guardrail system. If your town is soliciting sealed bids, the bid specs should include a requirement that any system be acceptable under State and Federal guidelines so that if the ET system is bid, it could be rejected as non-responsive until the Federal and State advisory is lifted” Any system can always be rejected under the use of Quotes or direct solicitation with a vendor.

Trinity Highway Products

ET-Plus Guardrail End Treatment

As you may know, the Federal Highway administration has directed Trinity Highway Products to retest the ET-Plus System due to recent litigation that brought to light some safety concerns.

Late last week, Trinity Highway Products decided to stop shipment of the system until the requested testing is completed.

Due to these events, MnDOT has developed the following guidance:


Repairs to an installed ET-Plus System can be done, provided that the system is only moderately to lightly damaged.

If the damage is severe, then the end treatment system will need to be replaced with an acceptable alternative.


New ET-Plus Systems, an installation may be continued if the material is currently on hand, provided that the letting was prior to October 27, 2014.

Acceptable alternatives may be substituted for like pay items (see the Approved Product link below).

Trinity will be doing additional crash testing this fall. So if an installation is not scheduled until the next construction season, it is possible that the ET-Plus system can still be installed. Additional information on the testing timeline is expected next week.


The design choices of Tangent or Flared End Terminals are still available, however the ET-Plus information plan sheet and special provision options are not allowed.

Acceptable alternatives are listed on the Approve Products Page (see below). Additional design detail sheets will be made available on the ihub page for internal MnDOT downloads.

Acceptable alternatives can vary by district. The most common alternative is the SKT end terminal. However any chosen alternative must be from the MnDOT Approved Products list:

City, County and Townships are encouraged to adopt the above or similar guidance.

Please feel free to contact my office if you need additional information or need further assistance. We will be setting up a FAQ web page to help answer other questions during this period.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Michael Elle
Design Standards Engineer

MnDOT- Office of Project Management and Technical Support
(651) 366-4622

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