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2021 Summer Seminars
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 8:00 AM to Thursday, May 27, 2021, 12:00 PM CDT
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Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers

2021 Summer Seminars

May 26 – 27, 2021

Virtual via Zoom or

Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud 

Registration will close Friday, May 14th, 2021.

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Registration Information

MAAO's 2021 Summer Seminars are offering 23 topical seminars for Assessors. 1 CEH per education hour for attendance at seminar sessions has been approved by the State Board of Assessors.

Important Note: Please select Virtual or In-Person attendance carefully. There are limited in-person seats available due to Covid-19 restrictions, and there will be no fee reduction for transfers from In-Person to Virtual registrations. Additionally, cancellation fees may apply.  

 

In-Person Fees

MAAO Member $225.00  ---  Non-Member* $330.00 

In-person registration fee includes refreshment breaks, Wednesday lunch buffet, evening buffet and Thursday breakfast buffet. The Wednesday evening event is in The Celebration Room at The Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud.

Virtual (via Zoom) Fees

MAAO Member & Non-Member: $40/2-hour seminar & $80/4-hour seminar  
*To become a MAAO member and receive the preferred registration fee, please sign-up herePlease do this prior to registering.

 

Overnight Accommodations

The Holiday Inn & Suites of St. Cloud has reserved a block of rooms for the event at the following rates:
 
            Standard Queen, Double/Double                $96.00 + tax
            Poolview Double/Double                            $98.00 + tax
            Poolside or Kidzone Double/Double            $100.00 + tax
            Suites (all types)                                      $110.00 + tax
 

These prices are for single or double occupancy.  Call by Saturday, April 24, 2021 to reserve rooms at these prices. The phone number for the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud is (320) 253-9000, press (0) for the front desk and mention Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers.  

 


 

Highlights

MAAO President Patrick Chapman will open the event with greetings and announcements at 9:30 AM on Wednesday.  The Minnesota Department of Revenue staff will speak from 10:00 to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, May 26th.  

 

Raffle & Social Event

MAAO's U40/10 Committee will be hosting a raffle event with numerous items that you could win! Tickets will be available to purchase via cash or card. Please contact Troy Halter, 651-266-2029 or [email protected] if you have questions. All proceeds will be used for the Family Scholarship fund. The winners of the event will be announced during the evening buffet.

The evening "Mask-erade" social event will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Celebration Room at the Holiday Inn & Suites. There will be games and a cash bar for all to enjoy!

 

Questions? 

 

Cancellation Policy: 

A refund less a $30.00 administration fee will be issued for cancellations received five business days prior to the start of a course or conference.  Registrants who fail to attend or cancel prior to the cancellation deadline are responsible for the entire fee.  If a registrant is unable to attend the event, a substitute from the jurisdiction that paid the registration can attend at no additional charge.  Please send written notification of this change five business days prior to the start of the event.  MAAO reserves the right to cancel any event if necessary and provide a full refund.  Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the course or conference.  Membership dues are non-refundable.  There are limited in-person seats available due to Covid-19 restrictions, and there will be no fee reduction for transfers from In-Person to Virtual registrations.

 

 


 Agenda

 

Wednesday, May 26th 8:00 AM - Noon Conference Registration
  9:30 AM - 10:00 AM MAAO President Patrick Chapman
  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Commissioner of Revenue General Session
  11:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet (included with in-person registration)
  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Seminars
  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM "Mask-erade" Social Hour and Raffle Event sponsored by the U40/10 Committee (Celebration Room)
  7:00 PM Dinner Buffet (included with in-person registration)
     
Thursday, May 27th 6:45 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet (included with in-person registration)
  8:00 AM - Noon Seminars

 

 


 

2021 MAAO Summer Seminars Evening Event

Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud

 Mask-erade social hour

 

MAAO President Patrick Chapman is requesting a Social Hour theme of “Mask-erade.”  We've all gotten accustomed to wearing face masks on a daily basis, let's take it to the next level and show your style with vintage masquerade masks. Dress code is business casual. MAAO will provide single-use masquerade masks. 

 

  Dinner, Games and Raffle Event

Great Food & Beverage, Cash Bar 

The fee is included with in-person registration for Summer Seminars.

  


 

Educational Seminars

 

Carefully choose seminars that equal 4 hours each day for a total of 8 hours in two days. Classroom limits subject to change based on demand. Register early to reserve your spot!

Paper copies of seminar materials will NOT be provided. E-copies will be provided via email prior to Summer Seminars.
Plan to bring your own paper or digital copies. 

 

Caution: Some seminars were previously offered in the current 4-year licensing cycle. If taken a second time in this licensing cycle, only the original CEH’s will apply.
Also, do not register for duplicate sessions. CEH's will not be granted for duplicate seminars.

 

Wednesday In-Person Seminars

Safety 1st


SS 1 – ASSESSOR SAFETY TRAINING, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Instructor: Brian Johnson, Wright County Sheriff’s Department. 
Assessors will learn to recognize that there is no simple answer to personal safety, understand the importance of setting safe personal boundaries, understand the importance of listening to the inner voice, and understand how to be a good witness. In the Verbal Commands and De-escalating assessors will learn how to recognize mental health issues and people in crisis. The importance of setting goals and training. Skills that will help de-escalation in heated situations.  IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

 

Safety 1st
SS 2 – ASSESSOR SAFETY TRAINING, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: Brian Johnson, Wright County Sheriff’s Department.  
Assessors will learn to recognize that there is no simple answer to personal 
safety, understand the importance of setting safe personal boundaries, understand the importance of listening to the inner voice, and understand how to be a good witness. In the Verbal Commands and De-escalating assessors will learn how to recognize mental health issues and people in crisis. The importance of setting goals and training. Skills that will help de-escalation in heated situations.  IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

 


GRAINSS 3 – GRAIN ELEVATORS, 4 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: Bob Ehler, Vanguard Appraisals Inc. Discussion will begin with the components of a commercial grain elevator, including what items should be included in the assessment and which items should be excluded as personal property/equipment. The various types of storage and types of grain elevators will be discussed including the pros and cons of each type and the design and layout of a grain facility and its impact on the facilities value. The history of the commercial grain industry will be explored including the impact of the ethanol industry to the flow of grain. Finally, we will review the proposed cost schedules for the new MN Grain Elevator Cost Schedule. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

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SS 4 – USING OBLIQUE AERIAL IMAGERY FOR ASSESSMENT, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Instructor: Dean Larson, Eagleview. There are alternative solutions to performing onsite appraisal and assessment inspections. These alternatives are outlined in IAAO Standard 3.3.5 Standard on Mass Appraisal of Real Property. With the use of imagery, sketch verification and change detection, organizations can increase their efficiency, reduce expenses, and even reduce the number of unsafe situations appraisers may end up in. This course details the use of Eagleview oblique and orthogonal images, Streetview images, Sketch Check, ChangeFinder, and CONNECT applications to meet those assessment and appraisal requirements. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION  


SS 5 – USING OBLIQUE AERIAL IMAGERY FOR ASSESSMENT, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: Dean Larson, Eagleview. 
There are alternative solutions to performing onsite appraisal and assessment inspections. These alternatives are outlined in IAAO Standard 3.3.5 Standard on Mass Appraisal of Real Property. With the use of imagery, sketch verification and change detection, organizations can increase their efficiency, reduce expenses, and even reduce the number of unsafe situations appraisers may end up in. This course details the use of Eagleview oblique and orthogonal images, Streetview images, Sketch Check, ChangeFinder, and CONNECT applications to meet those assessment and appraisal requirements. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

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SS 6 – ADAPTING TO A COVID WORLD, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Instructor: John Conway, Winona County.  This course will discuss the challenges the COVID pandemic has brought to assessors and how they should move going forward. Going over the importance of public relations, a refresher why quintile inspections are needed, brief talk about safety and group discussions how everyone is handling these strange and difficult times will be part of this class. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

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SS 7 – ADAPTING TO A COVID WORLD, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: John Conway, Winona County.  
This course will discuss the challenges COVID pandemic has brought to assessors and how they should move going forward. Going over the importance of public relations, a refresher why quintile inspections are needed, brief talk about safety and group discussions how everyone is handling these strange and difficult times will be part of this class. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION


conversingSS 8 - MANAGING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS FOR ASSESSORS, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Instructor: R. Jeffery Ringer, Professor of Communication Studies, St. Cloud University. Why do some conversations with property owners spiral into arguments? When assessors go door to door for quintile, why is it easy to talk about some things but difficult to talk about others? In this session, we will look at how conversations unfold and why they sometimes move in directions that are not productive. We will learn and practice skills that will improve our ability to talk with our taxpayers and public decision makers such as Local and County Boards in ways that are productive and fulfilling. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

 

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SS 9 – 
MANAGING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS FOR ASSESSORS, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: R. Jeffery Ringer, Professor of Communication Studies, St. Cloud University. 
Why do some conversations with property owners spiral into arguments? When assessors go door to door for quintile, why is it easy to talk about some things but difficult to talk about others? In this session, we will look at how conversations unfold and why they sometimes move in directions that are not productive. We will learn and practice skills that will improve our ability to talk with our taxpayers and public decision makers such as Local and County Boards in ways that are productive and fulfilling. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

 

Wednesday Virtual Seminars

report

SS 10 – MN RESIDENTIAL FORM REPORT, 4 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: Patrick Chapman, Ramsey County. This seminar will assist individuals in writing a residential demonstration form report. The students will be provided with the most complete and up to date checklist to refer to as the candidate writes their report. The student reference manual will also provide step-by-step instructions for writing the report and will include many examples to help them successfully complete their report.  VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

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S 11 - CLASSIFICATION 4abc, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Instructors: Alexis D’Valle and Jessi Glancey, DOR. Assessors are tasked with classifying property based on its use, which might sound pretty simple, however it’s everything but simple. This seminar will provide an in-depth review of properties that have a non-homestead use and belong somewhere in the 4’s classification bucket. The focus of this seminar will be on classifications: 4a, the 4b’s, and some of the 4c’s. Note: if you took this course at the 2020 fall conference, you will not receive CEH’s for taking it again at summer seminars. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

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SS 12 –Beacon Training, 2 hrs. Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Instructor: Mollie O’Dell, Technical Sales Representative, Schneider Geospatial.  Navigating Beacon: Exploring search criteria, map layers, comparable searches, sales searches, saving search criteria. Also the use of tools in Beacon: measuring tools, selection tools, zoom tools, spatial selection tools and markup tools. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

 

 

Thursday In-Person Seminars

ag buildings

SS 13 – VALUING AGRICULUTURAL BUILDINGS, 2 hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Instructor: Mark Koehn, Stearns County. This class will look at developing base rates, determining obsolescence, valuing repurposed agricultural buildings, and determining depreciation on agricultural structures.  The course content is from the newly developed Advanced Ag course. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION 

ag buildings
SS 14 – VALUING AGRICULURAL BUILDINGS, 2 hrs. Thursday, 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM. Instructor: Mark Koehn, Stearns County.  
This class will look at developing base rates, determining obsolescence, valuing repurposed agricultural buildings, and determining depreciation on agricultural structures.  The course content is from the newly developed Advanced Ag course. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION 

wetlandSS 15 - MN CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, 2 hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM -10:00 AM. Instructor: Sharon Douchette, Conservation Easement Manager, MINNESOTA BOWSR. This course will focus on the Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program. We will cover what a conservation easement is, how it works and what allowed and not allowed on a RIM conservation easement. We will discuss the various RIM easement programs including Wild Rice, ACUB, CREP, RIM Wetlands, RIM Working Grasslands and various other RIM habitat and water quality easement programs. RIM easements will be compared and contrasted to other easement programs in MN such as Federal Wetlands Reserve Enhancement easements and easements through non-profit organizations such as the Minnesota Land Trust. Come prepared with your questions about the tax implications of these programs and we will have a discussion about easements and taxes.  IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

wetland

SS16 – MN CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, 2 hrs. Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Instructor: Sharon Douchette, Conservation Easement Manager, MINNESOTA BOWSR. This course will focus on the Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program. We will cover what a conservation easement is, how it works and what allowed and not allowed on a RIM conservation easement. We will discuss the various RIM easement programs including Wild Rice, ACUB, CREP, RIM Wetlands, RIM Working Grasslands and various other RIM habitat and water quality easement programs. RIM easements will be compared and contrasted to other easement programs in MN such as Federal Wetlands Reserve Enhancement easements and easements through non-profit organizations such as the Minnesota Land Trust. Come prepared with your questions about the tax implications of these programs and we will have a discussion about easements and taxes.  IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

 

MLS logoSS17 – MEASURING & MLS TIPS for ASSESSORS, 4 hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Instructor: Zoe Liston, ZCL Appraisals. Measuring: reasons for measuring (USPAP). Tools of the trade. Definitions. Examples of home styles. MLS intro. Searching Tips. Saving search criteria. Adding extra search criteria. Map search. Displays. Sort by column. Rearranging columns, adding and removing, re-sizing. Printing, Infosparks, and stats. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

residential constructions
SS18 – RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, 4hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Instructor: Jason Jorgensen, Wadena County.
Learn what different types of material and components go into a house from the excavation and footings to the shingles. This course will also cover some examples of what makes a home higher quality compared to a minimum code built home. IN-PERSON PRESENTATION

report

SS19 - MN RESIDENTIAL FORM REPORT, 4 hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Instructor: Patrick Chapman, Ramsey County. This seminar will assist individuals in writing a residential demonstration form report. The students will be provided with the most complete and up to date checklist to refer to as the candidate writes their report. The student reference manual will also provide step-by-step instructions for writing the report and will include many examples to help them successfully complete their report.  IN-PERSON PRESENTATION 


Thursday Virtual Seminars


ecrv rejectsSS20 – eCRV, REJECTS AND VERIFICATIONS, 2 hrs., Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Instructors: Lisa Dejoras, Sherri Kitchenmaster, Gale Zimmerman, DOR. This course will cover eCRV governance, rejection reasons, and sales study verification. Topics include the eCRV User Group, informing eCRV priorities; county recommendations for the state study, Sales Ratio Study reject selection, rejection code definitions and how to apply reject codes including example scenarios; this course will also provide instruction on sales study verification and ensuring accuracy in property tax record information. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

ecrv rejects
SS21 - eCRV, REJECTS AND VERIFICATIONS, 2 hrs., Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM . Instructors: Lisa Dejoras, Sherri Kitchenmaster, Gale Zimmerman, DOR. 
This course will cover eCRV governance, rejection reasons, and sales study verification. Topics include the eCRV User Group, informing eCRV priorities; county recommendations for the state study, Sales Ratio Study reject selection, rejection code definitions and how to apply reject codes including example scenarios; this course will also provide instruction on sales study verification and ensuring accuracy in property tax record information. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

beacon logo
SS22 - Beacon Training, 2hrs. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Instructor: Mollie O’Dell, Technical Sales Representative, Schneider Geospatial. 
Navigating Beacon: Exploring search criteria, map layers, comparable searches, sales searches, saving search criteria. Also the use of tools in Beacon: measuring tools, selection tools, zoom tools, spatial selection tools and markup tools. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM


SS23
- USING OBLIQUE AERIAL IMAGERY FOR ASSESSMENT, 2 hrs. Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Instructor: Dean Larson, Eagleview. There are alternative solutions to performing onsite appraisal and assessment inspections. These alternatives are outlined in IAAO Standard 3.3.5 Standard on Mass Appraisal of Real Property. With the use of imagery, sketch verification and change detection, organizations can increase their efficiency, reduce expenses, and even reduce the number of unsafe situations appraisers may end up in. This course details the use of Eagleview oblique and orthogonal images, Streetview images, Sketch Check, ChangeFinder, and CONNECT applications to meet those assessment and appraisal requirements. VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ZOOM

 

 

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Contact: Paul Knutson - [email protected] - 507.332.6152