District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) attended training and followed up on TIP calls. Denz also checked anglers and ATV operators.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) focused enforcement efforts on ice angling and trapping activity in the area. Vernier also took phone calls referencing big game and ice shelter questions. Time was spent at DNR Enforcement in-service training as well.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent a portion of the week at Camp Ripley for training. A case was followed up on where people did not have the correct license. Klehr also checked a few snowmobiles running the ditches with the last snow fall. Riders are reminded to have their safety certificate and make sure their snowmobile is registered. Klehr received a tip call from a person that noticed a fresh deer hanging in a barn. Upon investigation, the deer was injured when it was hit by a car. The driver went home to get a gun to kill it and never called to report the accident or get a car killed deer tag. Enforcement action was taken and the deer was confiscated.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports working snowmobile enforcement in his station. There was an uptick in activity with the new snow in the area. Oberg also gave snowmobile law presentations to classes in Olivia and Buffalo Lake. Oberg also attended Glock armorer recertification training at Camp Ripley.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received questions regarding coyote hunting regulations. He also attended training at Camp Ripley. Nelson spent the rest of the week on snowmobile and fishing enforcement.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) performed aeration inspections on local lakes. Angling activity has been slowing down throughout the area with access to lakes getting difficult from the past weeks weather. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines. A TIP complaint was fielded regarding an ATV with tracks chasing fox. Investigation into the complaint is ongoing.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he attended training at Camp Ripley. Gruhlke also noted an increase in snowmobile traffic over the weekend. Angling is still slow in the area although a few perch are still biting. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted angling and shelter checks. Complaints of double tripping with limits were investigated. ATV and snowmobiles were checked. Schettler also attended training at Camp Ripley and checked aeration systems that were operational.