(Officers Only) Call:

2024 Spring Short Courses

March 18 - April 5

View the location schedule below

The Minnesota Association of Townships Invites you to join us for this year's Spring Short Courses. The purpose is to provide a one-day educational program for all township officers. These Short Courses are for Township Board Members and Local Public Officials only.

Registration (on-site only!) 
Registration fee is $75.
Register on-site at each location on the morning
of the Short Course beginning at 8:00am.

Please have your checks prewritten to Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) to help speed up the registration process

Registration Opens: 8:00am
Sessions Begin: 9:00am
Sessions Adjourn: 3:00pm

Location Schedule

March 18 - Winona
Riverport Event Center
900 Bruski Drive
March 19 - Rochester
Rochester Event Center
7333 Airport View Drive SW
March 20 - Mankato
Mayo Clinic Event Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
March 21 - Windom
Windom Community Center
1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive
March 22 - Granite Falls
Prairie's Edge Casino
5616 Prairies Edge Lane
March 25 - Breezy Point
Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
March 26 - St. Cloud
Holiday Inn and Suites
75 South 37th Avenue
March 27 - Arlington
Arlington Community Center
204 Shamrock Drive
March 28 - Willmar
Willmar Conference Center
240 23rd St SE
March 29 - Alexandria
Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln
April 1 - Mahnomen
Shooting Star Casino
777 S Casino Road
April 2 - Thief River Falls
Ralph Engelstad Arena
525 Brooks Ave
April 3 - Bemidji
Sanford Center
1111 Event Center Drive NE
April 4 - Grand Rapids
Sugar Lake Lodge
37584 Otis Lane (Cohasset)
April 5 - Duluth
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive


Bylaw Proposal at the Spring Short Courses
For the first time, MAT will ask the town officers attending the Spring Short Courses to cast a ballot on changes proposed to MAT’s Bylaws. Using the Spring Short Courses as the location for voting provides MAT with the opportunity to receive votes from over 3,000 town officers who regularly attend the event. Town officers may cast their ballot at any Spring Short Course location. The voting process will be accommodated with minimal impact on the educational material that officers have come to expect from the Spring Short Course event.

The Proposed Bylaws and a description of the changes were published in the Winter 2024 edition of the Insider and are posted on our website.The Proposed Bylaws have been modified from the set proposed in Fall 2023. The new Proposal incorporates several suggestions offered by town officers in the discussions held in the past few months. Officers are encouraged to contact MAT with any questions about the Bylaws.


View Notice of Proposed Bylaw ChangesView Bylaws of MAT (DRAFT)
View Bylaws of MAT (DRAFT) (Redline Version)Proposed Bylaws Changes 2024 Presentation (Video)

Public Comment at Board Meetings and Managing Disputes
Steve Fenske
This presentation discusses the rules related to public comment in board meetings, the relation this topic has to the First Amendment, the limitations that may be placed on it, the risks the board may have related to public comment, conflicts in public meetings, and best-practice recommendations for town meetings. 

Navigating Municipal Contracting Law
Madeline Cash
Join us for an informative session that will empower you with the knowledge needed to navigate the challenges of municipal contracting successfully. This presentation offers a comprehensive overview of municipal contracting law and explores the complexities of public procurement and regulatory compliance.  

Why Recycling Road Materials Makes Perfect Sense for Townships
Dan Wegman
Township roads serve as a vital link for farm to market and rural communities transportation needs. Often, especially in springtime, the roadways do not provide adequate performance for Township road users. With limited resources, Township supervisors continuously look for solutions for improving Township road performance. Recycling offers a variety of solutions in meeting the needs of the community. The recycling process allows for reuse of previously paid for roadway material and the additional benefits of introducing new materials for upgrading the structure and future performance of the road. Understanding the proper materials to use in the upgrade and the proper recycling process in the optimum rehabilitation strategies are key to achieving success. This training provides a comprehensive overview of the recycling rehabilitation strategies and the tools that can be utilized to successfully implement them.

Election Judge Wages and CTAS Reports
MAT Trainers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Oath of Office
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 (March 14, 2024), you could receive your oath at the following locations: Windom through Alexandria.

If you held your Board of Canvass after the election on March 3-12 or on the day after (March 3-13), you can receive the oath at these locations as well: Mankato through Alexandria.

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 Courses if you fall within the 10-day period. Stop by the registration desk to inquire.)

Other Info
Bag Handouts
Each new officer will be given a MATIT safety vest, government manual, current MAT calendar, etc.
Visit our contact page

To request disability accommodations or special diet needs (gluten-free, etc.), please contact Jayden Anderson before March 11 at janderson@mntownships.org. MAT is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be made only to those who have mailed their unused registration ticket(s) with a written request, postmarked no later than May 3, 2024.