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Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) officers (from left) Terry Kalil, vice president; Dick Hecock, president; and Barb Halbakken Fischburg, treasurer, were honored that their organization was chosen by the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District as its Conservationists of the Year. They will be honored during the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts conference in the Twin Cities later this year. Submitted Photo

Conservationists of the Year

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Every year, the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District chooses a Conservationist of the Year.

This year, the award went not to an individual but to an organization: The Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA).


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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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