Hello MN COLA!

Our recent MNCOLA meeting was in conjunction with the Aquatic Invaders Summit in St Cloud on October 5-6.  We met in a hotel conference room from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 5. 

Here is the President's Report

The official Minutes are forthcoming and will be posted here.

Our next Meeting will be after the elections, and in preparation for the Legislative Session.

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

please contact Secretary Joe Shneider: jshneider@visi.com


At our meeting Joe Shneider 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


The Initiative Foundation recently announced the final deadline for applications to 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.  However, to insure proper review and timely allocation of funds we urge you to submit proposals by October 1, 2016.

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


Aquatic Invaders Summit II

Registration now open! 

For more information on the Summit and registration see: 


For questions about the summit, contact:

 Jeff Forester at jeff@mnlakesandrivers.org 

(612) 961-6144 

Paula West at westcom@brainerd.net 

(218) 838-5010. 

See the 2015 Summit materials and presentations


MN COLA 2016 Legislative Agenda


Here is the President's Report from our recent meeting in St. Paul on April 6, 2016.

MN COLA President’s Report June 2016



  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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