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Large turnout at AIS meeting encouraging

As you know Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 over 250 attended the Legislative Summit on Aquatic Invasive Species held at the State College in Detroit Lakes. We believe that the presentations of twelve community leaders from business, government, tourism, and environmental sectors of Becker, Hubbard and Otter Tail counties conveyed strong evidence of the seriousness of the problem and the level of local concerns to area legislators and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

We were encouraged by the reaction of the eight State Legislators who were present, and in particular appreciated their promises of bi-partisan support for more proactive approaches to addressing Minnesota's AIS problem. It is our hope that those Summit promises will develop into swift action.

On behalf of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), Otter Tail County COLA, Hubbard County COLA, Lake Detroiters, the City of Detroit Lakes, and the Pelican River Watershed District, we thank you for your support in this project. -- Richard D. Hecock, President, Becker County COLA