District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked anglers, boaters and shore fishermen during the holiday weekend and noted some lakes producing walleyes. He monitored boat accesses for compliance with AIS laws. Denz also fielded calls reporting a bear in the area.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week working boating safety taking enforcement action for no life jackets, not using navigational lights, and not displaying registration numbers. ATV activity was also monitored. Multiple calls were received regarding a black bear that was spotted in the area. An AIS check station was worked in the county with multiple officers.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked an area where TIP calls had been received of people keeping bass before the season opener. She along with other officers worked an AIS roadside check station. She also assisted with an AIS saturation in Jackson County over the weekend. Mueller educated some anglers who had just caught a shovel-nose sturgeon on the Minnesota River and had no idea what it was.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked an AIS detail with very good overall compliance. Angling enforcement was also worked with enforcement action taken for license violations. A DNR Wildlife shoot was also worked at Camp Ripley.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked an invasive species enforcement detail. He received calls of ATV trespass and nuisance wildlife calls. Nelson worked primarily fishing, invasive species, boating and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked fishing, boat and water safety enforcement, turkey hunting and AIS throughout the county. Gruhlke assembled an AIS saturation enforcement effort in Jackson County on Saturday morning of the holiday weekend. Several boats were checked with good compliance noted. Gruhlke has received several calls concerning efforts of both the USFWS and the state DNR and their clearing of woody vegetation on WPAs and WMAs respectively. The calls have been referred to the appropriate agencies.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.