Hello MN COLA!

President's Report from our Annual Business Meeting on June 7 2017

MN COLA Comment on Enbridge Line3 "Replacement" DEIS: July, 2017


 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


  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 old website.  Your webmaster-editor (Tom Nelson) has been 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.  ANd now it is time to hand over the responsibility to our new webmaster Curtiss Hunt and a whole new website.  Stay tuned for the roll-out!!

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


Tom Nelson


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