The Summer Short Courses has been renamed: Summer Specialized Training.  The Summer Training agenda and time frame is being restructured into an afternoon of breakouts focusing on specific duties.

The Minnesota Association of Townships Summer Specialized Training Program for Township Supervisors, Clerks and Treasurers as well as other local public officials, will be held in eight locations around the state this June. See the date and location nearest you.

This Summer Specialized Training Program is designed to offer a “hands on” or relaxed learning environment for all attendees.  The Trainings are open to Public Officials only.

The program content encourages the attendance of all township officers ~ both newly-elected and veteran.  In addition to many  sessions offered for clerks and treasurers, the program specifically designed several sessions for supervisors.  As the “decision-makers” for all township administrative functions, training is vitally important.

The purpose of the Summer Specialized Training Program is to provide a one-day educational program for all township officers and public officials.  City officials will find these training topics applicable to their duties and responsibilities.

Recently enacted legislation and other pertinent Minnesota statute requirements for the performance of duties and responsibilities of local elected officials will be addressed within various topics.

Summer Specialized Training Pre-Registration is now available.

Early-Bird rate is $50/person.

Registration onsite will be $60/person.

Pre-Registration Deadline for Week 1 is June 10.
Pre-Registration Deadline for Week 2 is June 17.

NOTE: CTAS in FERGUS FALLS is now FULL.  No Further CTAS Class registrations will be accepted for Fergus Falls as the max limit of 20 has been reached.

WEEK 1 & 2 Pre-Registration is now closed.  You may still register onsite at each location.

There is ONE venue change for the 2019 Summer Specialized Trainings.

WEEK 1 (Day 4)

The Summer Specialized Training (Summer Short Course) in ROCHESTER has been moved to the Rochester International Event Center.  This is the same venue used for the Spring Short Courses.  It is located near the Rochester Airport.

Summer Specialized Training 2019 AGENDA Click for Agenda

Presentations and Handouts from the SUMMER SPECIALIZED TRAINING in 2019:


There are no upcoming events at this time.


The Spring Short Courses is a one day workshop that takes place in 15 cities in 15 days. The first week hits the southern part of the state, the second week occurs in the central part, and the third week takes us across the northern portion.

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 one-on-one, and get together with other township officers from your area.

There is no pre-registration for these events. For those who have a clerk who brings a check for the entire board members attending, tickets will be given to who pays…if you come separately, please find your clerk to obtain the ticket.

Be sure all required signatures are on the check before submitting it to the registrar.

Registration fee for 2019 is $50/person.

Register on-site at each location on the morning of the short course beginning at 8:00 am. The Registration fee includes training, handout materials, lunch and refreshments. Please have your checks pre-written to MAT to speed registration.  Also, try to arrive early to avoid delay in 9:00 am start time. No pre-registration is required.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be made only to those who have mailed their unused registration ticket(s) with a written request, post marked no later than 30 days after the event.

The Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust (MATIT) is once again offering a credit to new township officers attending the New Officer Training Program at this year’s Spring Short Course…essentially making it a ‘NO COST TRAINING’. This is a great opportunity for your new officers to get information on what it means to be a township officer at no cost to the township. Don’t let your new officers miss out on this deal.

How It Works

  • Your Township must have Consolidated Liability Coverage through MATIT to be eligible.
  • At registration, all New Officers who are attending the New Officer Session will still need to pay the registration fee of $50. That may still be paid via cash, check, or invoiced to the Township.
  • The New Officer must attend the New Officer Session for the entire day.
  • In the New Officer Session, a New Officer will need to complete the Sign-In Sheet at the beginning of the workshop.
  • At the end of the workshop (3:00pm), the New Officer will have to sign-out verifying they have completed the New Officer Session.
  • MAT Agency Staff will verify the attendance sign-in/out sheet for eligibility.
  • The Township will receive a $50 credit applied to the upcoming Consolidated Liability Coverage Renewal through MATIT.


In order to take your oath of office at the Spring Short Courses:

  1. Your township must have held its Board of Canvass and the 7-day contest period expired;
  2. Have your Certificate of Election (copies will be available for your Clerk to fill out)

If your township’s Board of Canvass met on the second day after the election (the 14th) you could receive your oath at the following locations:
Granite Falls • Breezy Point • St. Cloud • Hutchinson • Willmar • Alexandria

If you held your Board of Canvass after the election on the 12th or on the day after (the 13th) you can receive the oath at these locations as well:
Mankato and Windom

The oath of office must be administered within 10 days of receiving your certificate of election. (Individual oaths may be administered the final week of the Spring Short Course if you fall within the 10-day period. Stop at the registration desk to inquire.)


To request disability accommodation or special diet requests, please contact Scott Saloum (or 1-800-228-0296) before March 1, 2018. Any requests made after March 1 may not be able to be met, but all efforts will try to accommodate the request. MAT is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

The City of Mankato will no longer be providing FREE parking vouchers for those that park in the WALNUT parking ramp. You will be responsible for any fees for parking in that ramp or any other ramp in downtown Mankato. Do note, the WALNUT Street parking ramp is the closest ramp to the Civic Center and is connected via an indoor skywalk. The WALNUT RAMP is located on Riverfront Drive South and says Civic Center Parking on it.

Parking is available in the parking ramp next to the DECC.  Guests will be responsible for their own parking expenses.  Parking rate is $5/day for unlimited access on that day.

New Officers who have just been elected, or are in their first term and have not attended the New Officer Session, are eligible to receive the brand new MATIT Safety Vest. The Vests will be distributed to new officers in attendance during the New Officer Session.

MATIT Safety Vests will also be for sale at the registration desk for $15/each. The Safety Vest is one size fits most.

MATIT Padfolios can also be purchased at the registration desk for $20 each.

2019 SPSC Tentative Agenda 3-6-19

Handouts and Presentations for the 2019 Spring Short Courses:

All Classes received a Legislative Update (Legislative Update Handout)

Amy Sanda, Research Analysis Specialist with MnDOT, talked to every class about the state’s mapping data and analytics.  A 36″x24″ map for each township in the state was provided to those townships who attended the Short Courses.  The intent on handing the maps out was for the township officials to look over the map and find anything that needed to be updated and then contact Amy with those changes to create an accurate map for each township.

You can find your map online at: