District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to follow up on commercial inspections. He checked ice anglers and noted the ice conditions are very poor and unsafe. Denz also received calls about nuisance coyotes, illegally set traps and trespassing.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking ice fishermen that were still going out on the ice. Time was also spent checking on litter complaints and checking ATV activity.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took calls of injured raccoons and an injured deer stuck in a fence. She spoke at a turkey clinic in Lafayette. Warmer weather brought out some ATVs in the area and registrations were checked. A complaint of a bobcat driving on the Luce Line state trail was taken. Commercial inspections continued throughout the week.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) followed up on a trapping case where enforcement action was taken for trapping without a license. Oberg attended RMS training at Camp Ripley. Oberg also assisted with armoring division shotguns. Oberg reports small ponds in the area have started to become free of ice and waterfowl have shown up in large numbers.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked shore fishermen as lakes and rivers in Jackson County are ice free. Gruhlke took reports of 50 plus bald eagles on Rush Lake perched in trees around the lake on Sunday and Monday of last week.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) received Division continuing education training. Employment background investigations have started. Ice on lakes is gone and boaters are starting to filter in. ATV activity was monitored at GIA trails.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.