CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and boaters. He spoke about rules and ethics at a firearms safety class in Willmar. Time was also spent on commercial inspections.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) worked area lakes for angling activity. He spoke with several callers about deer feeding restrictions in the area and CWD testing during the firearm deer season. He also spoke at a FAS class in Willmar.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week working on backgrounds, returning phone calls, and following up on investigations. A rules and regulations talk was given to a firearms safety class in Winthrop. CO Klehr spent two days at the Minnesota Trappers Association Convention in Litchfield where he worked the DNR booth answering questions the public had.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) presented at a youth firearms safety training class. He represented the division at the Basil Irwin Memorial Conference and Pistol Match. CO Nelson also worked angling, boating, invasive species, ATV?s, and public waters enforcement activities.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports investigating several unlawful dumping of garbage and litter issues at public water access points. CO Miller was able to locate a suspect in one incident and when being interviewed the suspect was amazed the officer dug through what was referred as ?infested bags with maggots and unbearable stench?. The garbage had been sitting at the suspect?s residence for some time before they had enough of the smell and dumped it at the access point. Appropriate enforcement action was taken. Sport fishing was monitored and limited success was seen as the dog days of summer continue. Youth were encountered and educated on the ages they needed to purchase licenses and that attempting to snag fish was illegal.
Hutchinson East vacant.
Hutchinson West vacant.