District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports checking anglers and boaters on various local lakes. Richards along with other local CO?s hosted a youth ATV safety class in Fergus Falls over the weekend. A brief safety talk was given prior to a youth fishing derby on Long Lake.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to work fishing and boating activity as well as AIS enforcement. Plautz assisted another officer with an ATV safety class certifying 17 youth.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity working fishermen, boaters, ATV operators and AIS activity. Nelson handled compliant calls from the public regarding litter, illegal ATV traffic and possible public waters violations.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) assisted CO Richards with an ATV safety class in Fergus Falls. He performed along with follow up on APM cases. Osborne checked boaters, fishermen, ATVs and aquatic plant harvesters throughout the week.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) took several calls ranging from illegal PWC activity to injured loons to stranded boaters. Activity seemed to slow down a bit the week after the busy 4th but the weather was rather good for those who were out. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, no fishing license, and expired boat registration. Several non-married couples were checked angling with a husband/wife combination angling license.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS. Additional time was spent on weed roller violations, litter complaints, and checking OHM operators. Calls were received about fish being dumped, and complaints about fish overlimits.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS enforcement, fishermen and boaters. District officers were assisted with RMS and other computer questions. Interstate minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued as well as some equipment maintenance issues handled. Calls were fielded from the public regarding an injured hawk, burning regulations, ATV questions and boating safety and fishing questions.

Wheaton - vacant.