District 13 - West Metro area

Last updated: 2015-06-30

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes and rivers. Access sites were worked for AIS violations. Several animal nuisance complaints were handled. Operation dry water was worked on Lake Waconia with CO Thephong Le. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no angling license in possession, extra lines, no personal flotation device, no PWC sticker and riding on transom of watercraft.

CO Brent Grewe (Osseo) spent the week checking fishermen and boaters. CO Grewe attended a Cops N? Kids fishing event in Brooklyn Park and participated in Operation Dry Water. Violations for the week included angling with extra lines and no lifejackets.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) had a busy week in and around the Scott County area. Time was spent on AIS, angling and boating enforcement as well as preparing for the statewide Operation Dry Water weekend. Leuthardt saw steady angling and boating activity in Scott County with varying reports of fishing success. She worked with neighboring officers during Operation Dry Water on Lake Minnetonka and enforced many boating safety violations. Enforcement action was taken on failure to display valid boat registration, riding on the gunwales of a boat, wake violation, angling without a license, angling without license in possession, allowing illegal juvenile operation of a watercraft, angle with extra lines, boat navigation light violation and others. She also assisted fellow CO?s and Hennepin County Water Patrol with a victim of alcohol poisoning and other incidents during Operation Dry Water weekend.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities in the Mound station. He checked shore fishermen at King?s Plant and educated anglers on Asian carp and others fishing regulations. Officer Lee patrolled state park, state trail, and answered questions on firearm safety classes.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled his temporarily assigned stations of Fort Snelling State Park and Bloomington for angling, boating and trails usage. He responded to calls for taking/possessing an over limit of fish, netting fish, and a wild animal that appeared to be lost in the urban areas. He worked the Operation Dry Water with CO Walter on Lake Waconia and the officers took enforcement actions for lack of PFDs, illegal operation of a watercraft, failed to display a PWC decal, and no proof of boating certificate of a minor. He also completed a case that involved transportation of zebra mussel and three more cases were pending.

Bloomington - vacant.

Mound - vacant.