District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked AIS enforcement, ATV complaints and handled several wildlife complaints. Fishing and boat and water activity was also checked. A wetland issue was investigated.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent a busy Memorial Day weekend checking trout anglers, working AIS enforcement, and boat and water safety. Received reports of people picking up what they believed to be abandoned baby fawns. Trout angling success was high on area streams, as was the number of angling violations. Enforcement action was taken for over-limits of fish, wanton waste, and failure to remove watercraft drain plug.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked anglers, boaters, and recreational vehicle operators. Anglers are having some success on area lakes. Time was spent monitoring public water accesses for AIS violations.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers on area lakes and rivers. AIS and boating activity were also monitored. County and township roads were patrolled for ATV activity. A wild turkey wanton waste investigation was started in Dodge County. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIP line.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance at area lakes and public water accesses. Officer Ihnen also patrolled for turkey hunting activity and responded to TIP calls. In addition, a presentation was given to area 7th graders regarding the job duties of conservation officers.

WREO Julie Siems followed up on WCA and Public Waters violations. A check station was also worked with K9 Brady. Many people were out over the holiday weekend.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.