District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-02-09


CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking angling and spearing activity on area lakes. Additional time was spent monitoring ATV and snowmobiling activity. Officer Ihnen also assisted DNR fisheries staff with monthly aeration inspections.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked snowmobile and angling activity. Warm weather and wind continue to degrade snow and ice conditions.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring snowmobile activity. Trespass complaints by coyote hunters and nuisance wildlife calls were investigated. Attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, ATV & snowmobile operators, and small game hunters during the week. The officer attended a kids fishing event held at Lake Kohlmeier. The officer presented a snowmobile laws & regulations class for Dodge County Sheriff?s deputies.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused on angling and snowmobile enforcement. Snowmobile trails have improved with the recent snow. Numerous anglers are on the lakes. Multiple instances of unstable ice have been reported. Vehicle travel is not advised.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) attended training. Snowmobilers are enjoying the new snow throughout the area. Anglers are reporting inconsistent ice conditions. He also fielded questions about ATVs, WMA use and firearms safety. VanThuyne also took a trespassing complaint.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent the week focusing activity on snowmobile enforcement, fishing enforcement, litter complaints, and continuing work on open investigations. CO Henke attended training at Camp Ripley. Ice conditions are variable in the Albert Lea area; please use caution when venturing on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for typical license violations, illegal snowmobile operation and ice shelter registration violations.