About Minnesota Association of Townships

MAT supports the 1,781 townships through the 87 counties in Minnesota. Through our support of MN townships we are helping over 914,000 people in their local communities.

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Who We Are & What We Stand For

The Mission of the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is to support and promote the township form of local government in Minnesota through educational programs, structured advocacy, vital collaboration, and procurement of critical resources fundamental to local governments.

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is a nonprofit corporation representing 1,779 of Minnesota’s 1,781 townships. MAT is a voluntary membership organization with membership generally coordinated through a town’s participation in a local County Township Association. The County Township Associations provide a forum for disseminating information and for resolving local problems. Each County Township Association has its own board of directors. There are over 9,000 town officers in the State.

The Minnesota Association of Townships is guided by a 13-member board of directors representing 13 state districts. The office is located in St. Michael, Minnesota. MAT is managed by an executive director with a staff of 13 full-time employees, a contracted claims administrator, and a contracted lobbyist.

Based on the most recent estimate for the state demographer’s office, approximately 918,735 residents of Minnesota live in a Township. Townships provided a variety of services to these residents, including being responsible for the maintenance of approximately 55,000 miles of roads, more than any other single level of road authority in the State.

It is not uncommon for townships to organize or dissolve over time, causing the number of townships to change. Townships can organize from unorganized land (mostly in the Northern part of the state) while merging, annexation and incorporation into a city cause townships to dissolve. 1,801 is the most townships the state has ever had. The newest township is Long Lost Lake Township in Clearwater County – organized on 11/8/05. The last township to dissolve was Rice Lake Township in Saint Louis County. Rice Lake Township agreed to incorporate as a city, and the process was completed on October 22, 2015.

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