District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-08-04


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports typical summer activity on area lakes. Anglers and boaters were checked along with AIS contacts. Information was also received for potential over-limit activity.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) responded to a complaint of illegal burning, worked AIS enforcement, fishing and boating throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken regarding two young girls operating an ATV illegally.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen, boaters and working AIS enforcement throughout the week. Additional time was spent handling calls on skunks, beaver and a dead eagle. Computer work was done prior to having truck up-fitted with new computer/tablet.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen and ATVs. A complaint was received of a PWC operating at high speed through a marked swimming area on Eagle Lake. Osborne located the PWC operating just outside the swim area at a high rate of speed. Contact was made and subject was arrested for operating a motorboat while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, operate a motorboat through a marked swim area, operate a PWC at greater than slow no wake speed within 150 feet of a swimmer, and careless/reckless operation.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored fishing, boating, ATV and AIS activity. Lakes were busy but windy conditions kept some people off the water. DNR watercraft inspectors reported a couple of violations involving the transportation of aquatic vegetation with enforcement action taken. One boat was checked with two adults and two children on board without any PFDs at all; a citation was issued. Calls regarding weedroller violations and a possible cougar sighting were also taken.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused efforts on anglers, boaters and AIS enforcement. Time was spent reviewing and issuing interstate minnow transportation permits. Calls were fielded from the public about an injured fawn, ATV safety classes/requirements and fishing questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the past week included checking fishermen, boaters, PWC operators, ATV operators, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent issuing a restoration order, and checking weed roller permits.

Wheaton - vacant.