The 2020 Spring Short Courses are POSTPONED until a later date.

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 2020 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 12th) 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 10th or on the day after (the 11th) 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, 2020. 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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

There is ONE venue change in 2020.

Week 2: ST CLOUD

New Location: The Park Event Center in Waite Park



Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
Burnsville MN

The TOWN LAW REVIEW  focuses on Township Law in various aspects of governing a township.

When & Where
The Town Law Review will be held on Thursday, April tentatively from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (registration to open at 8:00 am) at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn in Burnsville. Open to all townships and local public officials only.

Town Law Review Pre-Registration

Early-Bird rate is $50/person.

Registration on-site will be $60/person.

Pre-Registration Deadline is April 10.


Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
14201 Nicollet Avenue South
Burnsville, MN 55337

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
14201 Nicollet Avenue South
Burnsville, MN 55337



Rate: $109.99 plus tax/night

Room Types: 2 Queen Standard or 1 King Standard

Ask for the Minnesota Association of Townships block.

To Make your reservation online:


Cut-off for block is: 3/14/2020

Hotel Info
Check-in: 4:00pm
Check-Out: 11:00am

Agenda is coming soon.

Handouts and Presentations from the 2020 Town Law Review will be posted below after the event is over.



The Summer Specialized Training events (Summer Short Courses) are now CANCELLED.  

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 will be available when the event approaches.

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.

There is ONE venue change for the 2020 Summer Specialized Trainings.

WEEK 1 (Day 1)

There is ONE venue change in 2020.


New Location: The Park Event Center in Waite Park

The 2020 Agenda will be available when the event approaches.


Presentations and Handouts from the SUMMER SPECIALIZED TRAINING in 2019:

Gravel Road Management Tool Handout


Budgeting Presentation
Budgeting – CTAS Manual Ch 5 Handout
Budgeting Handout #2 Handout
Budgeting: Chart of Accounts Handout
Budgeting: Screen Shots Handout

Isn’t That Special – Special Meetings Presentation
Isn’t That Special Handout Handout
Isn’t That Special: Forms Handout

Planning the “Vacation” Presentation
Planning the “Vacation” Handout

Insurance Checklist Presentation
Insurance Checklist Handout



The End of the Road Presentation
The End of the Road Handout #1
The End of the Road Handout #2

Culvert Installation, Maintenance, and Inspection Presentation
Culvert Installation, Maintenance, and Inspection Handout #1
Culvert Installation, Maintenance, and Inspection Handout #2

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

Annual Conference

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Other Training Events

LTAP & Truck Weight Training

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.
LTAP Website Home Page
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Training
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program: What Does Your Load Weigh? Video about the Truck Weight Program Training
Truck Weight Education Truck Weight Through Alexandria Technical & Community College

Board of Appeal and Equalization Training

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).
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.
Steps to find BAE Training & Certification Step-by-step instructions on how to find the Board of Appeal & Equalization section on the MN Department of Revenue’s website. A roster of trained members by county can also be found as well as certificates of completion.

Below are some tips on how to navigate through the board of appeal and equalization online training.

  • What should I do if my completion status is showing as “in progress”, but I completed the training?
    • Please email the property tax division at proptax.bae@state.mn.us. We will manually set you as “completed” and you will be able to print your certificate. Do not re-register or take the training again, you just need to contact us and we will fix it.
  • What should I do if the screen prompts me to reset my password?
    • If your password has expired and the system is asking you to reset it, you should click on the link and follow the prompts to reset your password.
      If you are locked out of the system due to entering an incorrect password too many times, then you should email the property tax division at proptax.bae@state.mn.us. Please do not re-register when you have a password issue.
  • What should I do if the training does not open?
    • Check your computer settings to be sure your pop up blocker is disabled. If that does not fix the problem, please review the troubleshooting instructions posted to our website. If you continue to have issues please contact the property tax division at proptax.bae@state.mn.us
  • When do I have to complete the training by?
    • All training must be completed by 5:00pm on February 1, 2018. If you start the training prior to February 1, but do not finish it on time, you will not be marked as trained. You must complete the training in its entirety by February 1, 2018.

What if I have questions?

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

Land Use Planning Workshops presented by GTS.

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/

Further Training Opportunities

The training opportunities listed on this page are not provided by MAT, but are a valuable resource for township officers.  To find out more information on these training opportunities, we have provided some details and links to the respective sites.  Please contact the organization who is providing the training event for further information and current opportunities!

MN Board of Firefighter Training & Education Firefighter Training, Education and Resources
Dept of Ag Noxious & Invasive Weed Website
The Minnesota Noxious Weed Law and Lists (2017) 10MB PowerPoint Presentation. As Township Weed Inspectors, this informational presentation is what you need to review before the weed season begins!
National Stormwater Center MS4 Workshops Online workshops….