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MN COLA is a volunteer organization with the mission of preserving, protecting and improving the waters and shorelands of the State of Minnesota through advocacy, education, and sharing of best practices.

We welcome new members as individuals; lake or river associations; coalitions, alliances, or associations of multiple lake, river, or property owner associations; watershed and lake improvement districts.

We stand ready to assist groups in any part of Minnesota who wish to form an association.

Our members are encouraged to bring issues to the attention of MN COLA for assistance and advocacy

Our goal is to have all lake associations in the state join MN COLA so that common interests and concerns can be more efficiently addressed. Please encourage your lake, river or watershed association to join MN COLA! Not a member but wish to be on our mailing list? Contact us at

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President's Report

MN COLA Events for 2019

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Attendees: MN COLA Members and guests are welcome!

Date: Sept 17, 2019

MN COLA Membership Meeting

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Thumper Pond Resort (300 Thumper Lodge Rd, Ottertail, MN 56571)

Special Topics:

•"Decisions and ideas from our recently elected Board of Directors.": Joe Shneider, President and Jim Kutzner, Director.

•"The history and current status of the Line 3 pipeline.": Rita Chamblin, Citizen Activist.

•"A spotlight on the programs and activities of our meeting host.": Ottertail County COLA

•"Addressing the impacts from large wakes: grassroots work underway." : Chuck Becker

•"Feedback from the DNR hosted sessions on Angling, AIS, and Access." : Kevin Farnum, discussion leader

•"Round Robin on Water Quality Challenges and Solutions: The Quarterly Update from MN COLA Members."

MN COLA meeting on 2019-09-17

MN COLA thanks its host for this meeting:

Date: Dec 10, 2019

MN COLA Membership Meeting

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Initiative Foundation (405 First St. S.E., Little Falls, MN 56345)

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Photo, Carol Hoyem
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MN COLA serves to coordinate the efforts of all lake, river, and watershed associations in Minnesota, related to shoreline preservation and restoration, water quality, prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS), and sustainable uses and development for bodies of water in all counties, which include: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake Of The Wood, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

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