Hello MN COLA!


Our next MN COLA meeting will be on Thursday, November 19, at Lake Koronis.

Details will be forthcoming.


Our recent meeting at Thumper Pond in Otter Tail County was a success. 

Thanks to our hosts Jeff Stabnow and Pat Prunty for making the arrangements.

Here is the President's Report on the meeting.  This is not the minutes, which will be forthcoming.

MN COLA President Report, Sept 2015

The letter included several attachments:

Sandpiper-Line3 Resolution

BuffersNow Information

Shorland Rule Buffers

MN Resorts: DNR Resolution

Polymet Resolution of Support from Enbridge


Here is the President's Report about our  meeting, hosted by WAPOA in Crow Wing County, on July 16, 2015. 

(Official minutes will follow and be posted on the Minutes page.)


Tom Watson, President of the Whitefish Area Property Owner's Association (WAPOA) and host of our July 16 MN COLA meeting presented a power-point highlighting information about the Whitefish Lakes Area and the economic importance of clean water.  His presentation can be seen here:  WAPOA Presentation – July 2015.

Posted below is report from Phil Hunsicker on the DNR's AIS Workshops that took place this spring (time ran out at our recent meeting before he could make this report).

Summary of DNR AIS Prevention Workshops 2015

DNR AIS Survey Results 05.26.2015


MN COLA has done surveys of the costs to riparian owners to deal with the invasive species in their lake.  The private costs have been staggering, and helped convince the legislature to  provide funding to the counties for grass-roots efforts on AIS.  Now the Minneapolis Tribune has published a story that will be very familiar to us all.  Moreover, our own MN COLA member Josh Leddy, of Life's a Beach Shoreline Services, is the hero of this article by finding a way to harvest and compost the AIS rather than simply dumping toxins in the lake.  Congratulations Josh, for doing it right!

Link to Tribune story: Clearing Lakes of Invasives

Link to Tribune story :From Runoff to Ruin


MN COLA meeting at the Capitol in St Paul, April 18, 2015:

Our recent meeting in St Paul at the State Office Building (April 16) was quite interesting.  During our Forum we heard detailed presentations and discussions on the stocking of muskies by the DNR, and about the push to a Buffer Bill passed this session.  Details of the Buffer Initiative can be found on a page of this website (see menu on right side).

We also heard from Jeff Forester (MLR) on the political situation regarding water-related issues at the State Legislature.

Because time was short, we did not get to a newly proposed Water Resolution, nor did we discuss our upcoming membership drive.

Here is a detailed report on the meeting:

MN COLA meeting report 4-16-15

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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.

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