Last updated: 2017-03-20
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked fishing activity as anglers made use of the extended northern season on Mille Lacs. Local ditches are free of snow which is bringing out the ATV traffic. He also followed up on an ice house left out late, checked some beaver trappers, and recovered a dead eagle.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a prohibited burning violation where the property owner unknowingly dumped hot ashes from a wood stove onto the grass starting a grass fire. Enforcement action was taken for the violation. She also patrolled for illegal ATV use in the Nemadji State Forest which is closed due to trail conditions. CO Speldrich investigated a call of a dog caught in a trap which turned out to be a small breed puppy caught in a rat trap. The puppy was not harmed. She also received a call of eagle and other protected animals dumped at a WMA. Further investigation showed the animals were actually chickens and domestic ducks illegally dumped.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) checked fishermen and ATV activity with a few folks still venturing out on the ice. A penned deer was checked on with the Board of Animal Health and found to be legal. CO Starr is looking into an illegal fire and assisted the Sheriff?s Office with an ATV and driver that fell through the ice on Mille Lacs Lake. The operator got out fine, but the ATV is still in the water.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found a handful of late season ice anglers still out on ATV and on foot. Recent cold evening temperatures had ice on many lakes very accessible with about one foot of fairly decent ice in many spots. Shorelines and areas of moving water had thin ice or open water so those venturing out still had to be very careful. Lack of snow cover also created conditions for a few fires to get away from homeowners trying to burn up yard debris. Complaints of trespassing ATVers were also handled.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) received calls about nuisance and injured animals. He also took calls on burning questions, ATV operation in State Forests, and ice condition inquiries. State forests in the Pine City area are currently closed to motor vehicle use. Snow cover is also gone throughout much of the area. If you are burning legal materials larger than a campfire, be sure to get a burning permit.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and checked for damage on closed roads along with illegal ATV use. Area lakes had a few pan fishermen out trying their luck which seemed a bit slow. It is advised to use extra caution when on ice in days to come with warm temperatures arriving.