Enforcement information


Regulations, rules, training

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2017-01-17

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and snowmobilers. He followed up on a trespassing complaint related to predator hunting. CO Denz also spoke at a snowmobile safety class.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) patrolled area lakes for ice angling activity. He spent time on Glacier Lakes Trail and surrounding trails during a busy snowmobile weekend. CO Vernier assisted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff?s Office with a medical. He also assisted a local business with ginseng certification.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking anglers and had the trout opener over the weekend with lots of anglers out to try their luck. There was lots of snowmobile activity in the area over the weekend. Some snowmobilers had to be reminded to make sure their snowmobile registration is current. An aeration inspection was completed and a wetland restoration meeting was attended as well.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) worked angling enforcement during the week. Fish houses were checked for proper identification. CO Mueller and another officer worked the area trails by snowmobile checking snowmobile operation and registration. She also spoke at two snowmobile safety classes.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) checked snowmobilers out enjoying the little bit of new snow on the ground. Good compliance was observed overall. Enforcement action was taken for failure to stop at a road crossing and registration issues. Trapping enforcement was also worked and a new area fish bite has started.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) mainly worked fishing and snowmobile activities. The Nicollet County Trails Association held its annual snowmobile radar run over the weekend. Despite the lack of snow, the run was well attended and the weather was otherwise perfect. Anglers continue to catch a few walleyes, perch, northern pike, and sunfish, but there was no ?hot bite? anywhere in the station.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) taught the law and ethics portion to a snowmobile safety class in St. James. A restoration order was served this past week in response to a public waters violation. Other public water complaints were investigated. Enforcement efforts focused on sport fishing and violations continue to be observed related to ice house licensing and littering issues.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked ATV?s, ice anglers, coyote hunters, and completed his radio program with KKOJ. He also taught the law portion of the snowmobile class held in Jackson and assisted with the ride portion as well.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted inspections on anglers, shelters, and ATV?s on lakes. Ice continues to climb in thickness with an average of 16?. Investigations of taking pheasants out of season was performed. Anglers continue to leave trash and small fish upon the ice. Anglers are reminded that enforcement action will be taken in these cases.