District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angling activity where he noted ice is pulling away from the shore and augered holes are coming up in cube form. Verkuilen also monitored burning activity, checked beaver trappers, and assisted with a federal project in St. Louis County.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports attending Records Management Training where the Officer learned the new procedures for making reports. A call of a wolf related issue was fielded and many questions regarding fishing, trapping, ATV and boating related law questions were answered throughout the week. Area lakes were checked for late season fishing activity and most had a few folks on them but some lakes the ice and shoreline are deteriorating making it hard to access the lake. Area state forests and county land were patrolled for ATV activity for the spring road and trail closures. Please remember to check our DNR website before venturing out being most trails and roads are closed.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow Rover) patrolled the Nemadji State Forest for illegal motorized vehicle activity. This state forest is currently closed due to wet conditions. Speldrich attended EMT refresher training and answered questions regarding burning restrictions.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent a big part of the week completing a background investigation for the next Conservation Officer Academy. Time was also spent responding to ATV complaints and monitoring spring trapping activity. Some of the violations found included operation of unregistered ATVs, operating ATVs in closed areas, failure to tag traps and trespassing. Fire danger in the area continued to be high due to dry conditions.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about nuisance animals, ice conditions and questions about burning and permits. He spent time checking the few anglers that continue to venture out. Some foot travel is occurring on the ice in the Pine City area, but the shorelines are in very poor condition. CO Wynn also checked ATV complaint areas and areas in and around the Chengwatana State Forest for activity throughout the week.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and investigated a litter complaint on Mille Lacs Lake. Several trees were cut out of the ice along with other blocking picked up. Time was spent investigating a possible crappie over limit in a neighboring station and a border shift was worked near Ely.