District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking angling and boating activity this week. Area rivers continue to run high. CO Howe spoke on laws and ethics to an All-Day Field and Range Day in the St. Peter area.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on fishing, AIS, boating and ATV activity. VanThuyne also handled several animal complaints and investigated a wetland violation.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. In addition, CO Ihnen responded to a number of litter complaints and worked public water accesses for AIS compliance. Officer Ihnen also competed in the 50th annual Basil Irwin memorial pistol match where he shot against the top shooters from Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Federal USFWS.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. The officer assisted with staffing the DNR booth at the Steele County Fair in the Izaak Walton Game and Fish building. Time was also spent working on a wetland violation and a public waters violation.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports working on several on-going investigations this week. CO Henke patrolled for ATV and fishing enforcement, he also began patrolling on area duck lakes. Waterfowl hunters are reminded to not build permanent blinds on public waters. ATV activity remains high, and another serious injury crash involving a juvenile was reported in Freeborn County. All ATV operators and any parents allowing the operation are yet again reminded to comply with ATV regulations, many of the regulations are for your own or your child?s safety!