Hello MN COLA!


Please join many MN COLA members as we attend the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates meeting at the Cabin Show.

Presenters at the annual meeting are:

  • Dr. Peter Sorensen, a professor at the Universtiy of Minnesota and one of the pre-eminent experts on aquatic invasive species in the world, will present on what we can do to keep our lakes healthy for future generations.
  • Tom Watson, President of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will give a presentation on the economic impact of seasonal property owners and lakes to Minnesota's rural economy.
  • MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates Executive Director Jeff Forester will present the results of the first ever Aquatic Invaders Summit, a groundbreaking event that brought local government resource managers and lake people into a meaningful partnership to protect lakes.

Following a noon break to view the Cabin Show

MLR will host a Lake Association Summit, begining at 2pm (same room)


MN COLA 2016 Legislative Agenda


Here is the President's Report on our last MN COLA meeting at the BugBeeHive Resort on Lake Koronis:

MN COLA President's Report Meeting Nov 2015

Here is MN COLA's Public Comment on the PolyMet Project:

Polymet Comment & Supplement, MN COLA


  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