District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-07-07

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) assisted with a search warrant in a neighboring district for early turtle harvest. Richards spent most of his time on the lakes checking boaters and anglers over the busy 4th of July holiday weekend. Fergus Falls PD requested assistance with a report of a fawn that crashed through a basement window of a residence. The young deer was trapped inside a bathroom before Richards and Fergus Falls PD Officers captured it and released back to the wild.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked the busy holiday weekend with most focus on boating and AIS enforcement. The most common violation was failing to possess fishing licenses. Other violations encountered were fishing without a license, insufficient PFDs, failure to display registration on boat, operate PWC before legal hours, operating a PWC within 150 feet from dock, and no throwable PFD on board. Plautz took a complaint of vandalism of a hunting shack along with theft of numerous deer stands.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen, boaters, as well as ATV and OHM operation. Additional time was spent working AIS enforcement, goose depredation issues and handling calls on abandoned animals.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs, boaters, and worked AIS enforcement. The weather was very nice with little wind on the 4th which made the lakes busy but the violation rate was low. A dead loon call was handled on Clitherall Lake.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) had a busy week on the water with holiday traffic as boaters, PWC operators and fishermen all enjoyed excellent weather. A few fishermen were out trying their luck without buying a 2015 fishing license yet; citations were issued. One angler launched his boat on the lake at the same time as CO Lawler early one morning. They shared a conversation on the dock about what?s been biting and what lures to use. A half hour later, Lawler contacted the same angler on the water fishing with an extra line; enforcement action was taken.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on high boating activity, anglers and AIS law compliance. COs Anderson and Baumbarger worked Lake Minnewaska and Pelican Lake as part of a work crew over the July 4th weekend. Anderson continues to encounter AIS violations at local public access sites. Minnow transportation permits were issued and calls from the public were handled regarding baby ducks and boating/fishing questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports nice weather brought out a lot of fishermen and boaters over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent checking PWC operators and investigating a ground water use complaint.

Wheaton - vacant.