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COLA has an 'outstanding' relationship with city of DL

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County commission candidate Ben Grimsley's comments in the Becker County Record regarding the relationship between Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and the City of Detroit Lakes grossly misrepresented the outstanding partnership COLA has appreciated over the past many years. From the city's strong sponsorship and active participation in two Aquatic Invasive Species Legislative Summits to their ongoing work with the Pelican River Watershed District and Lake Detroiters Association on removing flowering rush from the City Beach, the city is always receptive to and engaged with Becker Co. COLA in our efforts to protect water quality and fight Aquatic Invasive Species. Indeed, COLA could not ask for a better partner than the City of Detroit Lakes, with the strong backing of Mayor Matt Brenk and the City Council.

Mr. Grimsley is not a member of COLA, had not attended a single COLA meeting before giving this interview, and does not speak on our behalf.

Becker Co. COLA is a leader in the efforts to protect public waters for the enjoyment of future generations through our water quality monitoring programs, support for consistent and uniform enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, and our statewide leadership in the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species. None of this work would be possible without our many partners and supporters, beginning with the City of Detroit Lakes and the Becker County Commission. The public is welcome to attend our next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, when candidates for both the County Commission and the Legislature will appear. That meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at M-State. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to learn where the candidates stand on issues affecting our natural resources. -- Dick Hecock, president, Becker County COLA

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