District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked the final week of angling activity including a fishing contest. Some snowmobiles were out on trails but conditions remain rough. Verkuilen also responded to a trespassing complaint and assisted with a Border Patrol detail.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) served a search warrant for DNA in a case stemming from an armed felon in January. Evidence was submitted to the BCA for analysis. The officer attended the Mille Lacs Blue Ribbon Panel meeting as well. The Isle Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club hosted a vintage snowmobile show and ride; assistance was given for traffic and safety needs. The officer also responded to a vehicle rollover on highway 27 just southeast of Isle. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on close trails.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on area lakes and found the bite was somewhat slow. Some snowmobile traffic was monitored throughout the week and weekend and the Officer assisted a neighboring Officer with a vintage snowmobile trail ride. Several fishing related TIP complaints were followed up on and the Officer attended a Mille lacs Lake Fisheries meeting regarding the Blue Ribbon Panel?s report. Some equipment maintenance was performed and lots of fishing, trapping, and snowmobiling law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. A call of a deer caught in a snare was fielded and assistance was also given to the Sheriff?s Office during the week. The Officer also assisted a neighboring Officer in serving a warrant and dropping items off at the BCA Lab.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted Carlton County with two calls over the weekend. The first was a subject with a firearm in a terroristic threats situation. The second call was a domestic. Speldrich responded to a call in Pine County of an OFP violation. She assisted with taking the resisting subject in to custody. Speldrich checked area lakes for anglers and shelter issues. Anglers began removing shelters off the lakes in preparation for the upcoming removal deadline. Trails were patrolled for snowmobile activity. Trails are poor and most remain un-groomed.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked late season trapping activity and investigated a complaint of tampering with traps. Most of the week was spent working on area lakes and Mille Lacs lake checking anglers. Several fishing tournaments were being held throughout the area. Enforcement action was taken for tampering with traps, fishing without a license, operating an unregistered ATV and possession of marijuana.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week checking on anglers and monitoring ice shelters in violation of identification and licensing requirements. He spent time getting radios reprogrammed, and also spent an afternoon on Mille Lacs Lake checking anglers. Local anglers who have been able to move around are finding a few panfish. Enforcement contacts included failing to display shelter identification and no angling license.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) attended a meeting regarding Mille Lacs Lake Blue Ribbon Panel study. A few sleds were out with the recent snow but the trails are still in poor condition. Time was also spent patrolling state forest and wildlife management areas. A few fishermen were out but fluctuating weather condition made fishing sluggish.

WREO Rob Haberman checked anglers on local lakes and rivers. WREO Haberman also conducted snowmobile trail enforcement on trails and lakes. WREO Haberman also assisted area officers in Isle with an antique snowmobile rally. WREO Haberman also worked on wetland cases in Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties.