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Tuesday - February 13, 2018

8:00 - 10:00 am

MACO Vitals Session: Building Capacity and Strengthening Our Framework

Michael Schommer, Communications Director, Minnesota Department of Health; Arden Fritz, Legal Affairs Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health; Molly Crawford, State Registrar, Office of Vital Records, Minnesota Department of Health; Becky McCann, Jackson County Recorder; Joan Boesen, Supervisor, Olmsted County Vital Records/Licensing

Join subject matter-experts for a session that focuses on building capacity and knowledge in the vital records workforce. Learn how to craft communications to deal with sensitive topics, media requests, and difficult conversations. Get the legal perspective and gain understanding on how to apply statue and rule to every day operations and to particularly complicated requests for data and documents. Gather information on hot topics related to vital records and statewide service delivery.

Session will also allow time for legislative updates, Q&A, and discussion.

Joan is the Supervisor of Olmsted County Property Records/Licensing. She has been with the county 26 years and serves on the following sub-committees: Birth/Death records; Marriage/MOMS/Credentials of Ordination; Notary Public Service; Fraud/Communication/Web.

Susan Anderson, Co-Chair of the Vital Records Admin Committee, MOMS Core Team Member, Birth/Death Committee Chair, Vital Statistics Supervisor, with Anoka County 17 years.

10:00 am - Noon

Passport Program Manager Seminar

Colin Walle, Customer Service Manager – Minneapolis Passport Agency

This Facility Manager Seminar is designed for Passport Facility Managers, Program Managers, USPS District Retail Managers, and similar supervisory/managerial positions in a Passport Acceptance Facility. The seminar addresses the requirements and rules for managing a Passport Acceptance Facility such as proper acceptance procedures, internal controls, training requirements for Acceptance Agents, recertification procedures, and more. The seminar is in the format of a PowerPoint presentation with some printed materials, and includes the opportunity for questions and discussion about policy.

Colin Walle started working for the Los Angeles Passport Agency in 1992 and transferred to the Seattle Passport Agency in 1997. He was a Senior Passport Specialist for 12 years, providing extensive training in Seattle and an 11-state region. He is the Customer Service Manager at the Minneapolis Passport Agency and is responsible for overseeing nearly three hundred Passport Acceptance Facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

MACATFO Elections Security and Update on Best Practices

Representatives from Dominion, ES&S, HartInterCivic and KnowInk will give a brief presentation on security of their products.  Representatives from Homeland Security will present on technology security. Andy Lokken will give a brief update on Election Best Practices. Following the presentations a panel discussion moderated by Debby Erickson will be held on security.

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Day at the Capitol/Legislative Update (Held at DoubleTree)

3:00 - 4:30 pm

MACATFO Tax-Forfeiture

Discuss and review 2018 Legislative Platform and Priorities, and plan how to achieve.

Wednesday - February 14, 2018

8:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker: Mark Lindquist – Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours

Mark J. Lindquist has appeared in ABC's LOST, CBS' Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studios movie "Battleship." He is a world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over 2 million people in 22 countries and 44 states throughout his career. As a highly sought-after National Anthem singer, he performs for the largest crowds in America for teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Duke University Men's Basketball, the College World Series, the NCAA and in venues such as Madison Square Garden. During his keynote titled, “Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours” you will leave with a renewed energy for the life you live and the work you do!

Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who is based out of Fargo, North Dakota.

10:00 - 11:30 am

General Session – When Social Media and the Workplace Collide

Jennifer Wolf, MCIT

Social media is a popular method to keep connected with friends and family, to learn more about the community and world, and to share life events and personal opinions. However, personal social media use can have an effect on one’s professional life. In addition, social media poses specific risks for public-sector employers. This session uses real-life examples to discuss the professional concerns relative to personal social media use, employee’s use of social media, the use of social media and Internet searches when making hiring decisions, and social media employment references. Participants leave with practical steps they can take to manage these risk.

Jennifer Wolf, MCIT senior staff counsel for risk control, will present these two sessions for the MACO conference Feb. 14, 2018 at the times noted below. Please let me know what else you will need from us as we get closer to the event date. Also, what technology support will the conference have for her and about how many people do you expect? She will use a Power Point file to support her presentation and will need to project it

1:00 - 2:00 pm

General Session – A Discussion of MCIT's Public Employees Liability Coverage

Jennifer Wolf, MCIT

Those who serve on the board of a public entity or are public employees often wonder if their service exposes them to a lawsuit with the potential of losing their homes, vehicles or children’s college funds. This session discusses how MCIT coverage applies, who will defend public officials/employees when they are named in a lawsuit and the roles of those charged with managing the litigation.

Jennifer Wolf, MCIT senior staff counsel for risk control, will present these two sessions for the MACO conference Feb. 14, 2018 at the times noted below. Please let me know what else you will need from us as we get closer to the event date. Also, what technology support will the conference have for her and about how many people do you expwct? She will use a Power Point file to support her presentation and will need to project it.

2:30 - 4:30 pm

General Session – Never Give Up: The Survivor Way

Thursday - February 15, 2018

8:00 - 9:30 am

MCRA Morning Session – Torrens: Back to Basics

Matthew Foli, Deputy Examiner of Titles, Hennepin County

If your county has only a wee bit of Torrens, this presentation will give you a nice foundation. For those counties with a lot of Torrens property, the presenter will keep your attention (Trust us). The presentation will cover initaila registration of title, rights of registered owners, transactions involving registered land, proceedings subsequent to initial registration, registration of title without a court proceeding under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 5008A, and much more.

Matthew Foli is a title examiner/ yoga teacher. He was a Hennepin County Deputy Examiner of Titles from 2004 to 2017. He is a former chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Section. If title is your jam, find matthew at if you seek enlightment, find him at

10:00 - 11:00 am

MCRA Morning Session – Live - E Notary

Amber Bougie and Jeff Carlson, Chief Deputy Recorder, Hennepin County

A live demo of E Signatures/Notary which is to be followed by questions and answers. Also additional information from the ERERC regarding electronic signatures and potential legislation.

Amber Bougie is the Chief Deputy Recorder for Hennepin County and has held the role since 2013. She has been an active membero f the Minnesota County Recorders Association and currently serves as the Co-Chair of its legislative Committee. Ms. Bougie is a licensed Minnesota Attorney and a graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. Much of her legal practice in Hawaii included representing and advising clients on real property and probate matters. She is very interested inn how the increased use of electronic notaries and signatures impacts the daily work of Recorders and Registrars of TItle.

With over 30 years of experience in the title and real estate document recording industries, Jeff has been instrumental in launching paper recording, eRecording and final document collection technology platforms. Currently resides on the following:

  • Chair- Minnesota Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission
  • Sub committee member- American Land Title Association - Remote Notary
  • Member- MN Uniform Law Commission Study Group - Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts
  • Committee Chair- Minnesota Land Title Association
  • Subcommittee Co chair- Property Records Industry Association - Recording Jurisdiction Identification and National Uniform numbering

11:00 am - Noon

MCRA Morning Session – 4 Topic Forum

Moderator- Jennifer Wagenius, Director of Property Records and Taxpayer Services, Washington County; Panel: TBD

15 minutes will be given to each topic with a panel of Recorders to promote discussion, continuity and issue awareness. Topics: 1. State and Federal Tax Liens 2. Turn Around Times- Discussion regarding date calculation, implications and legislative Cleanup. 3. Ditch Liens and other Ditch related Documents- Discussion regarding recording, recorder requirements, indexing, and standardization. 4. Erecorded Documents Submitted as Paper- Discussion Regarding Erecorded Documents in the paper world. Is it live or is it erecorded?

Jennifer Wagenius was appointed as the Director of Property Records and Taxpayer Services in April 2012. She has been employed with Washington County since January 1999 serving as Assistant County Recorder, Division Manager, and Deputy Director before her appointment as director in 2012.

Prior to joining Washington County, Wagenius worked in the banking industry as an auditor and an operations manager and served as the accounting manager of an international trade association. Wagenius received her undergraduate degree in business with an accounting major from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Wagenius lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her family. She serves in numerous leadership' and committee roles with the Minnesota Association of County Officers (past president, board member), Minnesota County Recorder's Association (past president), Association of Metropolitan County Officers (past president) and the Minnesota Association of County Auditors, Treasurers, and Financial Officers. Wagenius volunteers at Tubman, a non-profit family crisis and support organization, and has been involved in various community organizations.

8:00 - 10:00 am

MACATFO Morning Session – Industry Vision: Commerce that Comes to You

Penny Gillespie and Joel Pingel, Research VP, Gartner Group

Session will cover modern payment technologies, how to get started with e-commerce. What are the trends and what things to consider as you start or further advance your e-commerce initiatives. After the session Gartner is offering free 15 minutes consulting meeting with individual counties.

Penny Gillespie, is a Research VP at Gartner Group.

10:15 am - Noon

MACATFO Morning Session – Campaign Finance

Jeff Sigurdson, Executive Director, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

County Commissioners are now “public officials” as defined in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 10A. As a result, county commissioners are obligated to file economic interest statements with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. This presentation will review the information required on economic interest statements, the online tools available for filing the statement, and review any recent changes to the economic interest statement program.

Additionally, the gift prohibition in Chapter 10A also applies to county commissioners. This presentation will walk through the limits of the gift prohibition, and will look at real life examples on how to avoid inadvertent violations.

Jeff Sigurdson was appointed as Executive Director of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on September 1, 2016. Mr. Sigurdson joined the Board as Assistant Executive Director in 2000. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Sigurdson worked for 13 years for the Minnesota Secretary of State in the Elections Division. Mr. Sigurdson received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming in 1986.

10:15 am - Noon

MACATFO Morning Session – Fraud Prevention and Detection

Mark F. Kerr, J.D., Special Investigations Director, Office of the State Auditor

This presentation will describe the work of the Special Investigations unit at the Office of the State Auditor and examples of the types of fraud observed in various local government settings. It will also discuss the importance of internal controls and present ideas to help reduce the opportunity for fraud and prevent problems before they arise.

Mark F. Kerr is the Office of the State Auditor’s Special Investigations Director. Prior to assuming that role, he served the Office of the State Auditor as Assistant Legal Counsel. He also practiced law for three years with the law firm Ratwik, Roszak and Maloney, P.A., representing local units of government. After graduating from the William Mitchell College of Law, magna cum laude, Mr. Kerr served as judicial clerk for the Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

MCRA Afternoon Session – Overview of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

Mary McComb, Associate Warden of Operations, Minnesota Correction Facility - Lino Lakes

This session will focus on recognizing "paper terrorism" tactics • Gaining a basic understanding of Sovereign tax evasion and debt avoidance in addition to recognizing sovereign identifiers and documents.

Mary McComb has worked in correctional facilities since 1985. She is a graduate of the William Mitchell School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. She was recently promoted to the position of Associate Warden of Operations in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Line Lakes. She uses her legal training to develop policy and provide training.She has been tracking Sovereign Citizens since 2002.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

MACATFO Afternoon Session – Bonding: Everything You Need to Know

Myron Knutson, Managing Director, PFM

Everything you need to know about County Bonding including the types of Bonds. What you should be doing when, Investment of bond proceeds, required disclosures, arbitrage calculations, etc.

Myron Knutson is Managing Director at PFM Financial Advisors, LLC

1:30 - 3:00 pm

MACATFO Afternoon Session – Overview on Liquor Licensing, What's New and QA on E-Licensing

Scott Mueller, Alcohol Investigator and Jon Anglin, Special Agent, Department of Public Safety

A presentation on the Liquor Licensing process and “What’s New”. Update on E-licensing.

Scott Mueller has been with the MN Department of Public Safety for 28 years and a Liquor Agent with Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement for 17 of those years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies from St Cloud State University. Scott is responsible for inspecting and investigating the 25 northwest counties in the state, including Hennepin County which has quickly become the largest area for craft brewers and distillers. He is known as a foremost expert in the field of alcohol enforcement and rarely encounters a problem he doesn’t have a solution to. When Scott isn’t working, he is likely fishing, hunting or spending time with his granddaughter.

Scott Mueller, Special Investigator, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, 445 Minnesota St. Suite 222 St Paul, MN 55101, 651-201-7501, Jon Anglin: Jon Anglin is a Special Agent with Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement. Over the past seventeen years, he has been fortunate to work in many areas of information technology (IT). Jon has had the opportunity to serve the public as a governmental employee, in innumerable multidisciplinary experiential career opportunities varying from computer forensics, gaming security, IT support, enterprise system implementation, and information system development. Jon’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. He decided after many years of working with the public, as a governmental employee, that it would advantageous to earn a graduate degree that would complement his interests and prior learning. Jon earned his master’s degree from Minot State University in Management and Information Systems.

Friday - February 16, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am

Century College Session – Plateaued? How to Re-Motivate and Re-Inspire

Wendy Hazzard, Freeport Communication Services, LLC

How do you motivate an already overworked individual or team? Learn guidelines for handling motivation-related issues and how to convey enthusiasm and organizational objectives that inspire. Explore how to individualize your approach to motivation, and reward people for good performance. Gain understanding of how to inspire your employees to excel and how to set expectations for excellence.

Wendy Hazzard, owner of Freeport Communication Services, LLC, and creator of “Being a leader … just became easier!” is a communications and organizational development practitioner who loves providing successful management and human development best practices that inspires others to be the very best they can be. Her work spans large scale corporate training and global teams, college level business courses, keynote speaking, mentoring and assessment tools for organizations in education, manufacturing, travel, non-profit, health care, and legal publishing. Wendy uses her expertise in communication consulting, skilled learning styles and curriculum development, to lead others through fun, interactive practicum that instills practical solutions with infinite possibilities!

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