District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-08-26


CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) patrolled area lakes working boating enforcement. He checked anglers and followed up on TIP calls. He spoke at a Firearms Safety class in Willmar. Denz also checked ATVs and addressed issues related to juvenile passengers without helmets.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and boaters during the week, along with August goose hunters. She continued to work AIS compliance. Mueller also followed up on a trespassing complaint in Sibley County. She issued a nuisance beaver permit.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a booth at Youth Conservation Day at Gopher Campfire. Oberg?s talk centered on the importance of PFDs, understanding AIS laws, and hunter ethics. Oberg focused on water patrol while working from his patrol boat and kayak.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) presented Steve Rykus of New Ulm with the 2013 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year Award at the Minnesota State Fair. Steve had organized and served as the lead instructor for at least 12 youth safety classes last year. Steve has given instruction to thousands of youth over his 30 years of volunteer service to Minnesota?s youth. Congratulations and Thank You Steve! Nelson also worked angling, boating, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked boat and water, angling and ATV enforcement. Gruhlke worked with area fisheries and the Jackson Sheriff learning about an area electric fish barrier. He also completed his radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ discussing topics including antlerless permit application deadline, upcoming openers and area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. ATV activity is increasing and the Grant-In-Aid (GIA) trail was patrolled. Many questions were fielded regarding upcoming seasons and new laws placed in the books.

Litchfield - vacant.

Willmar #1 - vacant.