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Gull Chain of Lakes Association's third annual Gala celebration set

NISSWA - University of Minnesota Professor Peter Sorensen will be the featured speaker at the Gull Chain of Lakes Association's third annual Gala celebration July 28 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Sorensen, who has been with the U of M since 1988, is the founder and a scientist with the University's

Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Dr. Sorensen received a bachelor of arts from Bates College and developed his love of research at the University of North Wales and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. With graduate

appointments in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Neuroscience and Water Resources Science; Sorensen is enthusiastic to work on projects involving any topic that addresses fish behavior, physiology and chemoreception.

The Gala event begins with a GCOLA annual membership board meeting at 5 p.m. Social hour and silent

auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and speaker to follow. Tickets are $30 per person and may be

purchased singly or as group tables. Tickets are available at Cub, Schaefer's, BlackRidge Bank in Nisswa and by GCOLA Board members, as well as the GCOLA website.

The event will also offer a limited chance raffle. One hundred tickets will be sold for $100 each. Winner

receives air and accommodations to their choice of one of four vacation destinations, including Ireland, Italy, Maui or Kauai. For your chance, contact Rosemary Goff at 963-3542.

Sponsors for the 2014 Gala include Sandy Beach Resort, Gull Lake Yacht Club, Boats and Beyond Rental, Cub Foods, Grand View Lodge, Kurilla Realty, Cragun's, Madden's, Power Lodge, Outdoor Leisure Adventure, Gull Lake Marina, Papa Murphy's, Gander Mountain, BlackRidge Bank, Nisswa Marine, WalleyeDan, Brothers Motor Sports and the Mills Fleet Farm and Mills Automotive Group.