Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2017-06-26

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) followed up on wetland complaints and spent time checking anglers and boaters. CO Denz also attended division training at Camp Ripley.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time on area lakes working boating activity. He followed up on a dumping complaint and possible wetland violation. CO Vernier also worked commercial activity.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week at Camp Ripley training officers in emergency vehicle operations. Other time was spent assisting with a commercial detail. While doing field work, CO Klehr came across an accident on Hwy 55 that had just happened. He was on scene while the 911 calls were still being made. CO Klehr heard people say wow they have fast response time. An ATV safety class was also attended where time was spent talking to the kids about ATV rules and regulations.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) worked AIS and angling enforcement in the area. CO Oberg also spent time assisting on a commercial detail. Calls were returned and questions were answered about nuisance animals and non-resident licenses.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted other conservation officers with a commercial detail. Officer Nelson also followed up on small game complaints and boating enforcement activities.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent the week assisting with interview panels for the hiring process of new conservation officers. Officer Miller also received numerous calls related to young wildlife that may be orphaned. Other questions related to boating registration and safety requirements were fielded.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to angling, ATV, and AIS. CO Gruhlke worked an AIS detail in Martin County with CO Schettler, where compliance was excellent. Enforcement action was taken concerning ATV activity and assistance was given to the Jackson County Sheriff?s Office.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters. Cooler weather has come in decreasing recreational activity on the water. AIS inspections were conducted at two public accesses with the assistance of CO Mike Gruhlke from Jackson County. Watercraft owners were in 100% compliance of the AIS laws. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations. Calls were taken regarding young raccoons and ducks.

Hutchinson West vacant.