District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) issued a cease and desist order on a possible waters violation. ATV and angling activity was worked in the district. A youth ATV class was attended.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled for fishing activity and checked ATV operators. Additional time was spent responding to a dumping complaint in a waterway and monitoring AIS compliance near area lakes and at local PWAs. Officer Ihnen also investigated possible wetland violations.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking trout anglers, and monitoring ATV activity. Responded to a number of wildlife complaints. A law and ethics presentation was given to a firearms safety class in LeRoy. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked angling, boating, and recreational vehicle activity. Time was spent monitoring AIS activity at public accesses. Wetland issues were addressed.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers on area lakes & rivers. Boating, ATV, and AIS activity were also monitored. The law & ethics presentation was given at a firearms safety class at Triton High School. A vehicle and illegal drug activity were located at a Wildlife Management Area.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent time on ATV enforcement. An ATV Safety class was held in St. Peter, with officers from Nicollet County Sheriff, St. Peter Police Department, and neighboring Conservation Officers.

WREO Julie Siems attended a Lake Service Provider training as well as training for volunteer AIS inspectors. A WCA violation site was conducted and a contractor on the site was visited as well. AIS violations include transport water and fail to remove plug.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.