District 17 - Albert Lea area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked on snowmobile and angling enforcement. Howe recorded an interview with a local TV station regarding shelter removal from area lakes. Shelters are coming off of area lakes, though many anglers who have not kept their shelters blocked up over the winter have had trouble getting them off the lakes. Anglers are reminded that they are not allowed to store their shelters on the public access after removal from the ice. Work on commercial enforcement was also completed.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for fishing, snowmobile, and ATV activity. Time was also spent completing case work from last fall?s deer season, checking public accesses for ice shelters, and completing aeration inspections.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) continued to work angling and snowmobile enforcement. Time was also spent documenting all remaining fish houses on area lakes for Monday?s removal deadline.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) fielded several calls regarding ice shelter removal issues. Anglers were checked on area lakes. The return of sub-zero temperatures has limited snowmobile activity in the area.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked ATV, snowmobile, small game, and angling activity during the week. Davis also assisted a neighboring officer with a commercial inspection. A public water access violation was also investigated and enforcement action was taken.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring snowmobile and ice fishing activity. Requests from the public for information on shelter removal dates were returned. A firearm safety field day was attended at the Cedar Valley Conservation Club.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) conducted outreach to non-certified Lake Service Providers. Preparation for the upcoming academy was also started.
Albert Lea - vacant.