District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-04-28



CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) monitored the sucker run on area streams. Anglers, spears and bow fisherman seemed to be having success. The officer conducted an investigation into fish and game violations. Assistance was given Aitkin County for a domestic dispute and other various issues. Turkey hunters were checked throughout the week with several hunters having good hunts. Court was attended with another officer regarding a big game baiting case from the previous deer season.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking Solana State Forest and surrounding county land for ATV and forestry violations. The Officer assisted the Sheriff?s Office with a call of a suicidal subject and also a vehicle pursuit. A presentation was given at the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club for the Forkhorn day. Kids learned different outdoor activities and also tried the laser shot system. A meeting at the Garrison City hall was attended where a presentation of the Mille lacs Lake Blue Ribbon Panel was given. Several calls of injured and nuisance animals were fielded and an investigation of a nuisance wolf was done.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled the General Andrews State Forest for OHV users and horseback riders. Several unauthorized ATV trails were noted and will be patrolled on a regular basis. A reminder to recreational ATV users in the General Andrews and the Nemadji State Forests that you may only operate where there are signs designating use. Speldrich checked area rivers for sucker anglers, took reports of nuisance bear, and followed up on ongoing cases.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) attended training at Hibbing during the week. He spent time checking anglers, and responded to fires reported over the weekend. CO Wynn also completed a game farm inspection, assisted DNR Fisheries with a shocking survey on Cross Lake, and answered numerous questions regarding turkey hunting. Dry weather is expected this week and people are urged to hold off on burning and using equipment that may accidentally start fires in such dry conditions.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and WMA?s for ATV and turkey hunting activity. Time was spent setting up for an upcoming Fork Horn event and assisting the county with a suicidal party that fled on foot into a large swamp/forest area.

WREO Rob Haberman checked shore fishermen over the week. Crappie and sunfish bites are starting to pick up. WREO Haberman also presented at the Mid Minnesota Builders Association?s Annual meeting about terrestrial and aquatic invasive species and how to help slow their spread. WREO Haberman also checked lake service providers at landings and checked into public water issues around the Cross Lake Area.