Hello MN COLA!

Please make your calendars for our next Board Meeting on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at the Initiative Foundation offices in Little Falls, MN.  Members and guests are welcome!  The meeting will be 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
An agenda will be sent out a couple of weeks before the meeting.


Our recent MNCOLA meeting was a conference call on December 12.  The discussion focused on refining our Legislative Agenda for the 2017 Session, and how best to advance our ideas for a different majority now in place.  Minutes or this call, together with the Agenda itself will be posted soon.  Following the call we sent out a survey to finalize the Agenda.

Later that week, on December 15, our strategic partner Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates hosted a webinar, led by Jeff Forester, about how best to approach the new political realities.


In conjunction with the Aquatic Invaders Summit in St Cloud on October 5-6, MN COLA members met in a hotel conference room from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 5. 

Here is the President's Report


 If you would like to host a MN COLA meeting sometime in the future,

please contact Secretary Joe Shneider: jshneider@visi.com


Joe Shneider, together with our new Director of Surveys, Dan Cibulka, have presented the results of the MN COLA Spending Survey on AIS by private sources and LGUs, and not including the funding from DNR or the State-to-County aid.

Highlights of Spending Survey

Questions should be directed to MN COLA Secretary Joe Shneider: jshneider@visi.com

or Survey Director Dan Cibulka: cibul1da@gmail.com


The Initiative Foundation continues to accept applications for the Initiative Foundation’s AIS Pilot Grant Program.  While COLAs cannot directly receive the funds, they can work in partnership with county prevention programs to develop stronger local prevention programs.  The County Local AIS Aid can be used as the match funds.  There is still over $2 million in funds remaining to grant out.  It would be a shame to let this money go back when we’ve all worked so hard to get AIS funding.

The application process for pilot projects is open with no deadline. 

IF Grants


Paula West, AIS Project Outreach/Event Planning
Consultant to the Initiative Foundation

401 First St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
(cell) 218-838-5010


MN COLA 2016 Legislative Agenda

(Soon to be updated with the 2017 Agenda)


  If you would like to be included on our email list or (better yet) join MN COLA,

please contact:


Membership Application


Welcome to our brand new website.  Your webmaster-editor (Tom Nelson) will be populating the website with all kinds of information, including meeting dates and agendas, pages of free materials for you local websites and newsletters, an idea-exchange on the new AIS Prevention plans for counties, and links to all our member websites and everywhere else of interest.

BTW: that really is an eagle flying at dawn in the middle of our banner photo!  (Luckiest photo ever taken).

We welcome you ideas and input as we develop this website from the ground up.  Please don't just bear with us…contribute!


Tom Nelson


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