District 15 - Marshall area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts on ATVs, ice fishing, and commercial minnow activity. This officer also checked ice shelters for the pending removal deadline. Anglers are reminded to clean up garbage near their shelters and that shelters may not be left at a public access. This officer also provided a ride along to a local high school senior who has aspirations of becoming a Conservation Officer.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) advises that subzero temperatures once again affected outdoor activities. Questions dealing with the shelter removal deadline and licensing continue to be answered. A volunteer firearms safety instructor clinic was held in Balaton with 15 instructors getting certified. A Lyon County Parks meeting was also attended in reference to the bow hunting only season in Garvin Park. Commercial enforcement work was completed.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking fishing shelters and snowmobiles. Most shelters have been removed. Coyote hunters continue to struggle with only fair success. No snow geese have been seen.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) completed aeration system inspections over the weekend with checking of house removal about to begin. Via a radio station call-in program, CO Lage provided local citizens with an update on outdoor activities in the Lake Benton, Canby and Pipestone areas.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) investigated a variety of TIP calls that were received throughout the week. A few inches of fresh snow improved trail conditions and brought out a few more snowmobilers. The officer and his supervisor attended an ice-rescue training event put on by the Worthington Fire Department.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that with little snow on area lakes most people had little problems removing their houses from the lake. Many people are still targeting crappies with good success. Remember that the 2013 fishing license expired on February 28.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended a meeting in Forest Lake and a second meeting at Camp Ripley. Seven restoration orders for WCA violations were received from the McLeod County SWCD to be approved and sent out to responsible parties. A possible WCA violation was discovered in Murray County.
Benson - vacant.
Madison - vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.