District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-04-26


CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking turkey hunters, anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) spoke to area high school students at a career fair discussing job duties, education requirements and expectations of a Conservation Officer. VanThuyne also focused on turkey hunters, ATVs, and fishermen.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) checked anglers, turkey hunters, and investigated public waters complaints. Fishing activity is picking up with some nice fish being caught. A turkey was seized and enforcement action taken on a hunter who illegally took a turkey out of his season.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity. CO Howe also presented CO career information at a Career Fair in Mankato, and spoke on laws and ethics to two Firearms Safety classes.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking trout anglers and turkey hunters. CO Chihak also worked the Minnesota / South Dakota border waters opener on Lake Traverse. High winds and rain kept most anglers off the lake; however, those that did venture out were successful in catching a few walleyes. Violations encountered were taking walleye during closed season, angling with unattended lines, and improper or insufficient safety equipment.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for fishing and boating activity. Additional time was spent monitoring turkey hunters and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also investigated a number of TIP calls and worked on case follow-up of a previous public waters violation.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, turkey hunting, and ATV enforcement this week. Time was spent monitoring AIS activity at public water access sites. ATV and firearms safety classes were attended.