District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on deer cases in addition to a shining and trespass complaint. He checked anglers and monitored fish house removal for litter issues. Denz also checked aeration systems.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking ice fishermen. Time was also spent helping another CO follow up on a shining investigation. Commercial checks were also being conducted with fellow officers during the week.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took a complaint of stray dogs chasing deer. One of the dogs was caught, and she worked with the landowner and the Heart of Minnesota animal shelter to get the dog to the shelter. She continued her monthly aeration inspection on Lake Marion. Mueller also worked the first annual radar run on Lake Allie. All but one snowmobile was properly registered and displayed.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked anglers out trying their luck before the end of the season. Oberg checked a few small walleye and northern pike. He attended a natural resources training committee meeting. Oberg also spent time working a local fishing contest.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls reporting a possible ongoing fish over limit and an ATV through the ice on Clear Lake. He also spent time working angling, snowmobile and WMA activity as well. Lake ice thickness remains variable and has deteriorated in areas recently despite cold temperatures. Two vehicles have gone through the ice in the last week. Vehicle traffic on Brown County lakes is not advised.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers and small game activity. Gruhlke continued on follow up on an angling complaint and signed a warrant relating to angling activity. Gruhlke attended an instructor forum in Windom hosted by RTO Dan McBroom. Several instructors from Jackson, Cottonwood and Martin counties attended. Gruhlke and McBroom presented a 30 year award for a FAS instructor in Windom.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers, ATVs and shelters on area lakes. Attendance was made at the Fox Lake fishing tournament answering questions from anglers and assisting the kids in their free contest.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.