District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on commercial inspections. Denz spoke at a firearms safety class and field questions regarding ice house removal. He also checked ice anglers and snowmobilers.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted another officer with a turtle inspection. Mueller dealt with some issue regarding ATV registration during the week. She conducted aeration inspections. During the week she checked anglers and answered questions on the upcoming deadline to have shelters removed from area lakes.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) focused on aeration and commercial inspections. Time was also spent working trapping and angling enforcement. Oberg trained officers on rifle maintenance.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding shelters. He assisted State Patrol with a crash. Nelson spent the rest of the week on angling, predator hunting and trapping enforcement.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent the week working snowmobile activity and sport fishing. Area aeration systems were inspected. In spite of the cold weather and deep snow drifts, ice shelters were mostly removed from area lakes with the exception of two on St. James Lake by Sunday evening.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked ice fishing activity, predator hunters, and commercial records violations. Gruhlke also coordinated with local firearms safety instructors in advertising their classes and getting needed material to them.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) monitored angling, trapping, predator hunting and snowmobile activity. Shelters are almost off area lakes. A reminder of the shelter deadline was placed in a local newspaper. Snow and ice conditions in the area should not be a factor as there are no obstructions preventing them from coming off on time. Commercial activity and inspections were performed. Assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies for numerous vehicle accidents. March aeration inspections were completed.
Litchfield - vacant.
Willmar #1 - vacant.