Horgen honored with COLA President’s Award
Jerry Horgen, honored with the first ever President’s Award from the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), has a long list of volunteerism in helping to preserve area lakes. He was honored at the COLA awards program held on August 18 at the Ottertail Community Center in Ottertail.
Horgen retired in 2003 and started volunteering with the West Battle Lakeshore Association in 2004 on the executive board, addressing issues on West Battle Lake.
He performed secchi disc readings, for lake water quality assessment programs, from 2004 to 2014. During that time he served on the Shoreline Rules and Management Committee for Otter Tail County.
Horgen later joined the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force for Otter Tail County.
He developed the “Train the Teachers to Train the Kids” program that offers an AIS program for school districts in Otter Tail County. Work is done in coordination with a biologist at Detroit Lakes-based RMB Labs.
Horgen has served as the education liaison for COLA. read entire story. . . .