Last updated: 2017-02-13
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) followed up on a trapping complaint. He checked anglers and completed inspections of commercial activity. Time was also spent on a litter case.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) patrolled lakes for angling and trapping. He gave a presentation for an area firearm safety class. CO Vernier received calls including a truck going through the ice, a backhoe going through the ice, trespass questions, trapping violations, and a dumping complaint.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers and checking fish house licenses. Coyote hunters were checked as well as they were out scouting for areas to hunt.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) conducted an aeration inspection during the week. Extra thin ice signs had to be added to Lake Marion as the open water area had grown past the original signs. Over the weekend, a Class 2 ATV fell thru the ice near the thin ice signs. The sheriff?s office made the decision to close the lake to all vehicle traffic including ATV?s due to unsafe ice.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) worked ice angling and ATV activity on a rainy weekend this past week. CO Oberg handled a falconry call where enforcement action was taken. He also assisted the State Patrol and McLeod County Sheriff?s Office with locating a suspect that fled on a traffic stop.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked angling and ATV enforcement. He observed some nice catfish and perch taken on a local lake.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement sport fishing over the past week. An investigation regarding an over limit of walleye took place with enforcement action taken. Enforcement action was also taken for angling with extra lines, ice shelter ID violations, and possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana. A local public hearing was attended related to license fees.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked ice fishermen and ATV activity. He also patrolled through Kilen Woods State Park. He provided information concerning food plots and took information of an active bald eagle nest in Round Lake Township. CO Gruhlke also completed his radio program with KKOJ.