The mandatory Lake Service Provider training scheduled for Tuesday in Marshall has been postponed due to the winter storm warning.
The training has been rescheduled for 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Prairie Events Center in Marshall. Attendees do not have to register.
According a new law, Lake Service Providers are individuals or businesses hired to install or remove water-related equipment, such as boats, docks, boat lifts or structures, from waters of the state. The owners of the Lake Service Provider businesses are now required to attend the training, pass the exam at the training and file a $50 fee in order to obtain a permit from the DNR before providing any of these services. The DNR will begin to implement and enforce this new law during the 2012 open water season.
Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting training sessions statewide for Lake Service Provider businesses. exam.
More than 13 additional training sessions are scheduled in locations across the state in the next two months. The schedule of training locations and dates is updated periodically - service providers should check the Minnesota Waters' website (www.minnesotawaters.org) for the list of scheduled training sessions and future additions.
Information about the service provider training and permitting can be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html). The online permit application for service provider businesses is available on the DNR website. The service provider permit, which will be valid for three years, must be in possession while providing any services. Persons who work for a permitted service provider must take the online training and pass the exam prior to working in waters of the state. The online training for the employees will be available after March 1 on the DNR website.