The Application Form and supporting forms for MARL Class X, Instructions and Class X schedule are now available.

MARL Class X Application Instructions

Download the Application Form, and read thoroughly. Complete all portions of application form and save a digital copy.

If applicable, have your spouse and your employer complete and sign the appropriate consent forms.

Submit your completed and signed application by email to Your completed application form must be received by the MARL Office on or before the  due date of April 12th, 2018. You will receive email verification from the MARL Executive Director after your application is received. If you do not receive email verification within three business days after you submit your application please call 507-537-6430 to inquire.


Forward the recommendation form to three people of your choice. This form is also available electronically on the MARL website: Signed and completed recommendation forms must be directly submitted by your reference, via email to on or before April 12th, 2018 or by mailing to the MARL Office.

Application, recommendations and employer support forms must be received by the MARL Office on or before April 12th, 2018.


  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Completed forms may be submitted any time between January 1, 2018 and April 12th, 2018, however all materials must be received on or before April 12th, 2018.

Class X Program Schedule and Curriculum

(Sites, schedule, and seminar topics subject to change)

Year 1

Seminar #1 — Orientation and a Framework for Leadership

November 8-9, 2018 — Willmar

Seminar #2 — Trait Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
December 12-14, 2018 — Marshall
Seminar #3 — Emerging Markets, Innovation and New Trends
January 15-18, 2019 — St. Paul
Seminar #4 — National Study Seminar

February 24- March 1, 2019 — Washington D.C.

Seminar #5 – Communities – Big and Small
March 20-22, 2019 — Crookston
Seminar #6 — Timber, Taconite & Tourism
June 26-28, 2019 — Duluth

Year 2

Seminar #7 — Natural Resources and the Environment
November 20-22, 2019 — Itasca State Park
Seminar #8 — Rural America’s Future

December 18-20, 2019 — SE Minn.

Seminar #9 — Rural Development Diversity

January 21-24, 2020 — Central Minn.

Seminar #10 — International Study Seminar

Between February 14-March 4, 2020 — Destination TBD

Seminar #11 — Class X Graduation
April 3-4, 2020 — Bloomington