District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-06-30

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers, boaters, and checked for compliance with AIS laws. He talked about laws and ethics at a Bowhunter Safety Class. He followed up on concerns about wetland and aquatic vegetation violations.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked angling, boating and AIS enforcement activity. Boating violations are still being issues with operators forgetting the safety aspect of boating with remembering legal PFDs and other laws. A site visit was conducted with the request of the Division of Waters for an irrigation system. Angling activity still remains strong. Updates were installed to enforcement vehicles.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked fishing, boat and water enforcement and ATV enforcement. Gruhlke participated in Operation Dry Water throughout the weekend. He also completed equipment maintenance and a weekly radio program discussing area activity, PWC law and the youth PFD law.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) attended a local business safety fair. He also worked an Operation Dry Water detail focused on boating while intoxicated enforcement. CO Nelson worked boating, angling, AIS, public waters and ATV enforcement the rest of the week.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took a report of a mallard nest in a road ditch that had been mowed over. Three of the ducklings were rescued along with four eggs. The eggs hatched overnight with the help of a heat lamp. All the ducklings were brought to a rehabilitation facility. The DNR recommends waiting to mow ditch areas until after August 1st to allow for nesting habitat. Also, a report of possible big and small game trespassing and poaching was taken.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week sitting at different lake accesses checking boaters as they came in to make sure they were pulling the plug and not transporting water or weeds. A call was taken about an injured barred owl. CO Klehr responded and picked up the juvenile barred owl and it was taken to the Raptor Center. Time was also spent out on the water working Operation Dry Water.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.