Today: March 27, 2015
City of Cologne
1211 Village Parkway
PO Box 120
Cologne, MN 55322


Upcoming Events

The City of Cologne Welcomes You!

As the Mayor of Cologne, my goal is to expand the city's growth potential while still maintaining a balanced budget. Looking at the city's future, I would like to have a plan in place for not only maintaining, but also updating the city's infrastructure without placing the entire burden on the taxpayers. Another goal for the city would be to invest in land for an industrial park bringing new people, homes and businesses to the City of Cologne. In addition to the industrial park, I would like to see new business opportunities such as restaurants and stores for the citizens of Cologne. As Mayor I want to be a voice for the people of Cologne. Please feel free to contact me at

-- Scott Williams, Mayor

The Benefits of Being Shallow: A Shallow Lakes Forum

Event planned for April 25 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Not all lakes are created equal and that certainly is the case with the more than 11,000 lakes in Minnesota, and while every lake is different, there is a particular distinction between deep lakes and shallow lakes. Shallow lakes pose different challenges and benefits and need to be managed differently than their deep counterparts.

The 2015 Shallow Lakes Forum will focus on techniques for managing shallow lakes, and the role of plants in this management. The event will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Anyone who lives on or near a shallow lake or would like to learn more about how to properly care for shallow lakes is welcome to attend.

Shallow lakes – lakes that average 15 feet or less in depth – provide a variety of benefits, including fishing, recreation, and habitat for wildlife. Unlike a deep water lake, shallow lakes also bring some unique challenges, especially when trying to find a balance between maintaining a healthy plant community while at the same time enjoying the recreational benefits a lake provides. Shallow lakes account for about one-third of Minnesota lakes.

The forum will focus on managing shallow lakes both in the water and on land, with an emphasis on plants and the role they play in maintaining a healthy lake ecosystem. Learn from the experts about how and why shallow lakes are especially sensitive to upstream pollution, which aquatic and terrestrial plants are beneficial for providing clean water, and what you can do to help manage plants to make your shallow lake healthy and usable.

The forum will include speakers from the Freshwater Society, Wenck & Associates, Barr Engineering, Freshwater Innovations and Urban Ecosystems.

The fee for the forum is $15 for Arboretum or members or citizens from sponsoring organizations. and $20 for non-members and includes a light breakfast. All residents in Carver County are considered “members.” To register, visit


Rain Barrel

Conserve Water! Get a Rain Barrel!

Carver Co. Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale

$45 – Rain barrel
$35 – Compost bin

No Pre-order. First Come, first serve
Available starting April 25th at the Carver Co. Environmental Center in Chaska and Mackenthuns in Waconia.



The Sips & Dips Gala hosted by Cologne Academy PAVE is Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 6:30p.m.-10:30p.m. at the Norwood Pavilion, 21 Main Street East, Norwood.

This Gala is an adult social event for parents and friends of Cologne Academy to meet, mingle, and support the school. This year’s Las Vegas themed night will include music, appetizers, desserts, drinks, Casino games with dealer, as well as a live & silent auction.

Admission to the event is $30 per person or $55 per couple. Auction raffle tickets may be purchased at the door for $5.  The event is open to the community. To purchase tickets online, go to Money raised will directly benefit Cologne Academy.

Sips & Dips Gala is planned and sponsored by Cologne Academy’s PAVE (Parents are Vital Energy).

For more information, contact:

Please contact Shelly Machacek at if you have any donation items or questions and contact Carrie Lein at if you have any raffle or ticket questions.