2021 Spring Short Courses are “Virtually” Here!

We would love to see you in person, but prudence prevents us from trying it yet. Spring Short Courses will be offered this year by online training.  The dates and workshops are now available.  Registration is required for each day you would like to attend (Registration is now open for each day).

Please see the Dates & Locations tab and click on each day for that day’s agenda and registration link.

The training sessions are divided into three groups: Supervisors, Clerks/Treasurers, and New Officers. This is a great chance to be up-to-date on current legislative happenings, get clarification of responsibilities, become orientated in township duties, speak with our trainers or attorneys, and get together with other township officers from your area.

NOTE: There was an error regarding the date and class for New Officer Day 2.  New Officer Day 2 will be on Tuesday, March 30th (along with Supervisor Day 2) and the New to CTAS class will be one two-hour class from 9am-11am.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Registration for the 2021 Short Courses is now available.

Online registration will be REQUIRED to receive the links to presentation!

Short Courses will be offered at No Cost this year.


Unfortunately, the oath of office cannot be administered during Short Courses this year. Town officers may take their oath of office from any township Clerk, any notary public, or any elected official. All officers, whether elected for the first time or re-elected, must take the oath of office and should do so within ten days of receiving their Certificate of Election.

2021 Short Course Agenda

Videos of the Spring Short Courses will be available up to a week after the scheduled meeting.  Check back to see if the video you are looking for has been added as we will add them when they are ready.

2021 Short Course Faculty Contact Information (PDF)

Easiest Catch (Cybersecurity)
Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Forensic Services
Video Recording of Cybersecurity Presentation
Meet Mark Lanterman Handout
Cybersecurity in Pandemic Times

Weed Inspections & Noxious Weeds
Aimee Duchene, Shoreland Specialist, East Otter Tail SWCD
Video Recording of Weed Inspections & Noxious Weeds Presentation (March 23)
Video Recording of Weed Inspections & Noxious Weeds Presentation (March 30)
Noxious Weeds Presentation Slides
Noxious Weeds and Treatments Flyers
MnDOT Noxious Weeds Guidebook

Understanding Your Fire Department
Jared Rozeboom, Fire Service Specialist South, MN State Fire Marshal Division
Video Recording of Understanding Your Fire Department Presentation (March 23)
Video of the Live Question & Answer from the Zoom replay of the March 23 Presentation (March 30)
(No Handouts)

Danger of Nature
Karl-Christian Johannessen, MAT Attorney
Video Recording of Danger of Nature Presentation
Danger of Nature Handout
Danger of Nature: Weed Notice Template
Danger of Nature: Resolution Setting Animal Bounties

Special Meetings
Lori Stalker, MAT Trainer
Video of “Special Meetings” Presentation
Special Meetings Handout
Special Meetings Outline Handout

We Would be Negligent to Not Explain It
Steve Fenske, MAT Attorney
Video of “We Would be Negligent to Not Explain It” Presentation
Negligent to Not Explain It: Outline Handout
Negligent to Not Explain It: Checklist


New Officer Orientation – 3 hours
Steve Fenske, MAT Attorney
Video of the New Officer Orientation Presentation
(Note: Video for this class will be available until 4/30/2021.  After that date, the class is available through SeminarWeb.)
New Officer Orientation Handout
MAT New Officer Training 2021

New to CTAS (2 hour class)
Lucinda Messman, MAT Trainer
Video of “New to CTAS” Presentation
New to CTAS PowerPoint Presentation Handout
New to CTAS: Order Form Handout

Virtual Meetings How-To
Leslie Rosedahl, Rosedahl Public Affairs
Video Recording of Workshop
Beginner Zoom Account Instructions
How to Host Zoom Meetings Handout
FreeConferenceCall Audio Meetings Handout

Legislative Update
Shep Harris, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Video of the Legislative Update Presentation
(No Handouts)

Insurance Update
Jon Mocol, Manager of Agency Operations
Video of the Insurance Update Presentation 
Insurance Update Presentation/Handout


You Expect Me to Do What?
Lori Stalker, MAT Trainer
Video of “You Expect Me to Do What?” Presentation 
You Expect Me To Do What?: Handout
You Expect Me To Do What? Handout 02
Notice of Annual Meeting Sample

May – What a Typical Month in Clerking Looks Like
Lucinda Messman, MAT Trainer
Video of “May – What a Typical Month” Presentation
Clerks May Adventure PowerPoint
Clerk Adventure Handout
Notice of Annual Meeting Sample

Treasurer 101: Now that I am a Treasurer, What Do I Do?
Petra Hartness, MAT Trainer
Video of “Treasurer 101” Presentation
Treasurer 101: PowerPoint

Treasurer 101: Best Practices Handout
Treasurer 101: Spreadsheet Handout
Treasurer 101: CTAS Chart-of-Accounts Handout
Treasurer 101: GI3000 New Officer Contact List
Treasurer 101: C6000: Conflict of Interest

Junk Drawer of Questions & Technology Options
Steve Fenske, MAT Attorney
Video of “Junk Drawer of Questions” Presentation
Junk Drawer Handout: Outline
Junk Drawer Handout: Data Backup Options


Board of Appeal and Equalization Training

MN Dept of Revenue BAE Training Schedule More information, Course materials, Training Dates/Locations, Attendance lists, and more.
Course Materials Digital copy of the handbook received at the training and the PowerPoint presentation.
Attendance Lists View updated attendance lists by County or by Name for those who have attended an BAE course in the last four years.

Board of Appeal & Equalization: Steps to find Training and/or Certification Step-by-step instructions on how to find the Board of Appeal & Equalization section on the MN Department of Revenue’s website and register.  NOTE: It takes up to FIVE business days to receive your username and password when registering.

Board of Appeal and Equalization Further Information

Legislation enacted in the 2003 session requires that, at each meeting of a Board of Appeal and Equalization (beginning with the 2006 local boards), there be at least one voting member who has, within the last four years, attended an appeals and equalization course developed or approved by the Commissioner of Revenue.

The appeals and equalization course details the responsibilities, procedures and requirements of Boards of Appeal and Equalization. The legislation also requires the Commissioner of Revenue to develop a handbook to be reviewed during the course. The contents of the handbook include:

  • the role of the board in the assessment process;
  • the legal and policy reasons for fair and impartial appeal and equalization hearings;
  • board meeting procedures that foster fair and impartial assessment reviews and other best practices recommendations;
  • quorum requirements for boards; and
  • explanations of alternate methods of appeal.

More than one board member encouraged to attend
While the law only requires that one voting board member attend the appeals and equalization course within the last four years, the Department of Revenue recommends that additional board members attend the training. It is important to note that the member who attended the training session must be present at the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. If that member fails to attend the meeting due to illness or other circumstances, the board is deemed to have transferred its Board of Appeal and Equalization duties to the county. Having more than one board member attend the course can eliminate situations in which unforeseen circumstances result in a failure to comply with the training requirement.

Must be voting member to satisfy requirements
Please note that a voting member of the board must attend the appeals and equalization course to meet the training requirements. Generally, the town board of a town or the council or other governing body of a city is the Board of Appeal and Equalization. While city and township clerks are encouraged to attend the training, the clerk’s attendance will not satisfy the training requirements if the clerk is not a voting member of the board. For townships, this means that only the township supervisors are voting members; township clerks are not voting members of the board. For cities, some clerks are voting members of the board (in standard plan cities, the clerk is a voting member).

What if I have questions?

You can contact us at proptax.bae@state.mn.us or by calling 651-556-6091.

LTAP & Truck Weight Training Opportunities

The mission of the LTAP program is to foster a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer.

Minnesota LTAP serves these and other training needs through workshops, personalized training, demonstrations, distance learning, events, seminars, and conferences. Training is at the heart of Minnesota LTAP.

Upcoming FREE Virtual Workshops: http://mnltap.umn.edu/training/roadway/index.html
Chainsaw safety training, Excavating and trenching, CDL and load securement, Drones: another tool for maintenance and operations
HMR Recycling (hot in-place/cold in-place) (Dated TBD), Crack sealing, filling and mastic crack repairs (Date TBD)

LTAP Website Home Page (Gravel Road Maintenance, Culvert Installation, Sign Maintenance & Management, and more classes available)

Truck Weight Education Program: http://mnltap.umn.edu/training/truckweight/index.html

Gravel Roads Webinar Series

Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Training
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program: What Does Your Load Weigh? Video about the Truck Weight Program Training

Previously offered: Truck Weight Education (Alexandria Tech College) Truck Weight Through Alexandria Technical & Community College. Future training will be done statewide through the Center for Transportation Studies.  

GTS Land Use Planning Workshops

Everyone is impacted by how land is used. Land Use describes a decision-making process used to determine how a land should be developed to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and government. Building mixed-use developments, adding more bike lanes and walking paths, or zoning land for commercial development are examples of just some of the ways land can be developed to meet community needs.

From basic to advanced core content, to special and emerging topics, the Land Use Training and Education Program is designed to provide opportunities for elected and appointed officials, land use planning and zoning staff, the business community, community-based organizations, and concerned citizens from cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas to engage in conversations and collaborative learning that will drive toward equitable and sustainable land use outcomes.

For a list of upcoming Land Use Training & Education Programs, use this link: http://mngts.org/LandUse/

Fall 2020 Regional Land Use Conferences are in October 2020.

Board of Equalization

Clerk Training

There are no upcoming events at this time.

MAT Office Training

There are no upcoming events at this time.

L&R Meeting

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Annual Conference

There are no upcoming events at this time.