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A very special thank you to all who attended the 2023 Annual Gala. 

The 2023 GCOLA 11th Annual Gala took place at Grand View Lodge on Sunday, August 6

The GCOLA Annual Gala has two aims, to bring the community together and to fundraise to support the important goals of the Gull Chain of Lakes Association. This is GCOLA’s only fundraising event and it helps to fund the work of the committees such as the Lake Steward program, loon conservation work, AIS identification and prevention efforts and many other programs to keep our lakes, shorelines and wildlife healthy and sustainable.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Nick Phelps has been the Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

since 2016 and was one of the first affiliated faculty researchers when MAISRC was created in 2012.

In addition, Dr. Phelps is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and

Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota where his research focuses on addressing

emerging threats to the health and sustainability of our aquatic ecosystems, with a particular emphasis

on the management of aquatic invasive species and fish health.




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