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2019 Fall Conference
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 1:00 PM to Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT
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2019 Fall Conference

September 29th – October 2nd, 2019


Sugar Lake Lodge

37584 Otis Lane

Cohasset, Minnesota 55721


• Commissioner of Revenue’s Annual Meeting with Assessors
• MAAO Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
• Topical Educational Seminars

• Awards and Presentations
• Social Events






Forged in the ice age, spring-fed through the millennia, Sugar Lake is brilliantly blue and amazingly clear, a watery gem that shimmers differently each day. Its uniqueness and rarity is echoed by the resort on its shore, where the clarity of the water leads to a remarkable quality of life. There may be 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, but Sugar Lake is one in a million. Spring fed by crystal pure aquifers, Sugar Lake is sparkling clear to 25 feet. The beach is sugary sand. The rooms are comfortable. The rates are reasonable. The championship golf is an easy walk from your door. And then there’s the chance to reconnect with friends in Adirondacks and boats, on bicycles and tennis courts, in front of the fireplace or around the bonfire. All amidst the quiet of the north woods and attended by a staff personally committed to making your stay exceptional.






  • The Conference fee for MAAO members is $375.00 and includes the following meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 5 breaks. The non-member rate is $475.00
  • A meal package for companions is available for $250.00 including all taxes and gratuities.
  • Registration for one seminar (Tuesday or Wednesday) is $75.00.
  • Registration for two seminars (Tuesday and Wednesday) is $150.00.




All of the resort accommodations are reserved for MAAO:


Studio Golf Villa                         $109* 

2 Bedroom Villa                         $199*

Lodge Studio                             $119* 

Lodge Suites/Cabins                   $149* 

*Lodging rates are subject to 6.875% state tax and 3% local tax.



Call Sugar Lake Lodge at 218-327-1462 x 587 by Friday, August 30, 2019 to reserve rooms at these prices. Be sure to mention MN Association Of Assessing Officers.


Hotel Room



Commissioner of Revenue’s Annual Meeting with Assessors


Commissioner of Revenue, Cynthia Bauerly and staff will hold the Annual Meeting with Assessors on Monday, September 30th from 9:00AM to noon.  This session promises to be full of new information and timely announcements.




MAAO Annual Meeting


The Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers invites you to the 73rd Annual Conference of the MAAO.  The conference includes the Commissioner of Revenue’s Annual Meeting with Assessors, MAAO's Annual Meeting, and MAAO sponsored seminars for continuing education. The MAAO Annual Banquet, presentations and awards will be held Tuesday evening.


One complimentary 18-hole green fee is provided for every paid attendee at Sugarbrooke. Come to the MAAO Social Room on Sunday for a 3:25 kickoff Vikings vs Bears. Sunday night there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Sugar Lake Lodge in the Lodge Lobby. On Monday night we will have a fish cookout on the lawn and on the deck at Otis’ Grill. Entertainment will follow.  



MAAO Vendors Area


MAAO welcomes the vendors that contribute to the Fall Conference.  Interested vendors should contact Paul Knutson with questions. All vendors will be situated at the registration area.   Please stop by and talk with them.  In addition to our break area we will have the IAAO tables in that area.



MAAO Social Room



MAAO Regions 7 and 9 will host the MAAO Social Room. We kick off with the Vikings game at 3:25 on Sunday. The event will be held in the lower level of the main lodge. The game will also be on at the Lodge Lobby during the Opening Reception. The MAAO Social Room will be open at times that do not conflict with an organized MAAO events and close at 1:00 am. 






Contact Paul Knutson, MAAO Conference Coordinator @ 507-332-6152, [email protected] or 
Dawn Klein, MAAO Assistant Conference Coordinator @ 651-438-4230, [email protected].


Registration Questions, MAAO Education Coordinator, [email protected]






Sunday, September 29th
1:00 pm

Executive Board - Alex III

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Conference Registration – Lodge Lobby

3:25 pm MAAO Social Room Viking kickoff – Lodge Lower Level
4:30 - 5:30 pm Opening Reception – Lodge Lobby
6:30 pm Dinner Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room
Monday, September 30th
7:00 – 8:30am

Breakfast Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room

8:00 am – Noon Registration – Lodge Lobby
9:00 am – Noon Commissioner of Revenue Meeting – Alex I & II
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room
1:00 – 3:00 pm MAAO Annual Meeting – Alex I & II 
3:00 – 6:30 pm Free time
6:30 – 8:00 pm Outdoor fish fry - Otis’ Grill
8:00 pm Entertainment – Otis’ Grill
Tuesday, October 1st
7:00 – 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room

7:30 am Past Presidents' Breakfast – Main Lodge Dining Room
9:00 am – Noon MAAO Annual Meeting – Alex I & II
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room
1:00 – 5:00 pm  Educational Seminars 
6:00 – 7:00 pm  Reception – Lodge Lobby
7:00 – 8:00 pm Annual Banquet – Alexander Rooms 
8:30 pm  Awards and Presentations
After Awards MAAO Social Room- Lodge Lower Level
Wednesday, October 2nd
6:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet – Main Lodge Dining Room
8:00 am – Noon Educational Seminars 






Choose one 4-hour seminar (Tuesday or Wednesday) - $75 OR
two 4-hour seminars (Tuesday & Wednesday) - $150




LakeshoreFS1 - Elements of Lakeshore Valuation
hrs. Tue., October 1, 1:00 – 5:00: Gary Griffin, SAMA, Land Services Director Crow Wing County. 
The objective of this seminar is demonstration of the different variables that contribute to lakeshore value: shoreline types and quality adjustments and quantity or excess lake frontage adjustments.  There will be examples of lakeshore valuation by extraction, use of aerials and Geographic Information System (GIS) for access, footage and shore quality. This will assist in the uniformity and justification of the values placed on these types of properties.  Improve the confidence of your staff handling lakeshore!


Senior HousingFS2 - Senior Housing: What’s for lunch - Alphabet Soup? 

4 hrs. Tue., October 1, 1:00 – 5:00 Matt Gersemehl & Dan Blonigen, City of Bloomington, Brad Moore MAI, Nicollet Partners. Come learn about the IL, AL, A/MC & CCRC that make up the Senior Housing Stock.  The seminar will cover multiple aspects of Senior Housing including, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Facilities, and Senior Coops.  Topics will include identifying each type, statutory requirement and valuation/assessment challenges. 

Golf CourseFS3 - Golf Courses are Unique

4 hrs. Tue., October 1, 1:00 – 5:00: Chris Halden, MAI, SAMA, Ramsey County, Tom Reineke, CAE, SAMA, Olmsted County. Special use type property that provide challenges for developing accurate and supportable valuations. The golf course industry has experienced dramatic change in the last several years which has had an impact on golf course market values. This 4-hour course will focus on providing assessors with an update on current golf course industry trends, important case law decisions, highest and best use issues, valuation techniques and insight from prominent golf course professionals. In addition, there will be time set aside so attendees can ask questions and discuss issues or unusual circumstances they may have encountered in establishing values for golf courses. 


AirBNBFS4 - Short Term Rentals

4 hrs. Wed., October 2, 8:00 – Noon: Bob Thompson, Cook County Assessor. Perfect while recreating at Sugar Lake Lodge in cabin country, this course will cover several topics useful to assessors and appraisers on short-term/vacation rental properties. Examples of market hype, statistical data at local, national & global levels, the identification of advertised properties, reference to data sources & governmental service providers, the process of implementing & benefits of a county or city ordinance, highest-&-best use analysis, income valuation and classification discussion.


Starting with a video from A&E Networks “Vacation Rental Potential," this course will keep your attention examining high-end, luxury, lakeshore rental properties in Minnesota, all while reviewing formulas to calculate NOI, NIR, EGIM, OAR & DCR in the income analysis of short-term rental properties in Minnesota, reviewing ECRV data and analyzing tax court rulings. From clerks to county assessors, this is a fun, informative course that will prove useful in your office. 

for sale signFS5 - A Chip Off the Sales Comparison Approach

4 hrs. Wed., October 2, 8:00 – Noon: Ann Miller, S.A.M.A. – Washington County. Comparative analysis in the sales comparison approach is fundamental to the valuation process. We’ll begin with an overview of the commercial sales verification questionnaire and improved property data form. We will then discuss the appropriate elements of comparison, selection of units of comparison, and review the techniques used in a quantitative adjustment and qualitative analysis on commercial properties.

ethicsFS6 - Ethics for Minnesota Assessors

3hrs. Wed., October 2, 8:00 – 11:00: Jessi Glancy, Department of Revenue. This three-hour training is designed for all licensed Minnesota assessors with a focus on ethical behavior, ethical assessment practices, and professional conduct. After completing this course, the students will have a better understanding of what good ethics looks like, how to handle ethical dilemmas, why standardized assessment practices are so important and ethical leadership.  This course will include some instructor led discussion, hands-on group activities that will require participation, and case studies that include ethical dilemmas.




Continuing Education Hours (CEH): The Minnesota State Board of Assessors will grant 4 CEHs for one four-hour seminar, 8 CEHs for 2 four-hour seminars and 3 CEHs for the Ethics Seminar. There are no Commerce Credits applied for.





Contact Paul Knutson, MAAO Conference Coordinator @ (507) 332-6152, [email protected] or 
Dawn Klein, MAAO Assistant Conference Coordinator @ (651) 438-4230, [email protected].


Registration Questions, MAAO Education Coordinator, [email protected]




Click here to register for 2019 Fall Conference!



Contact: Paul Knutson - [email protected] - 507-332-6152