District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent the Memorial Day weekend doing ATV and boating enforcement in and around the Ely area. The lakes and trails were very busy with heavy use in most areas checked. The violation rate was found to be low, with many users thanking the Officers for being out and visible. Violations included fail to display ATV registration, no personal floatation device on a boat, and fail to display canoe registration.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the eager fishermen throughout the week and memorial weekend. Stage assisted neighbors with a case involving out of state fishermen reportedly keeping too many fish. Time was also spent checking canoes in the BWCAW. Fishing appeared to be a little slow. The officer found a cabin owner from Nevada operating a boat with an outdated registration. He was advised that he would be receiving a citation like anyone else who did the same. The operator felt that he was being given a bad deal and the he shouldn?t be getting a ticket since he had been born in the area.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a weekend full of bad decisions, including canoers with no experience, canoeing on big waters, not knowing where they are going. They ended up swamping their canoe in 50 degree water. One family was found on a remote Canadian border lake well after dark, spotlighting fish, with dad in the front drinking beer, while his young son ran the boat motor in a lake unfamiliar to them that is full of unmarked boulders and reefs. Another group of canoers were found leaving after dark, heading out onto Big Sag, not knowing where they were going with insufficient lights to find a campsite. To round out the weekend kayakers with no life jackets out paddling over 50 degree waters.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) helped with firearms qualifications for DNR Wildlife staff. Officer Manning checked ATV operators on forest roads. Parents are reminded that all riders under 18 must wear an approved helmet even on side by side machines. The officer helped direct a group of hikers who got turned around on the Superior Hiking Trail, handled nuisance bear and beaver complaints, checked state forest campsites, checked anglers and boaters on inland and BWCA lakes, and handled an unattended fire at an area cabin.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily ATV, angling, boating, and AIS enforcement throughout the week and busy Memorial Day weekend. A volunteer safety instructor banquet was attended in Ely. Special thanks to the instructors in Ely and Babbitt. Enforcement action for the week included extra lines, litter, transport fillets without patch of skin, no navigational lights after sunset, failure to display boat registration, insufficient PFDs, youth ATV operation violations, operating ATVs in wetlands and other closed areas, and loud muffler.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a very busy Memorial Day weekend. Time was spent on angling, boating, and ATV enforcement. CO Schottenbauer assisted Lake County Sheriff?s Office with a complaint in the BWCAW where a person was upset because other people were angling near the camp site they were at. CO Schottenbauer explained that the BWCAW was public property and all visitors had an equal right to use the area.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, boaters, ATV riders and worked AIS. A lot of people were out recreating in the nice weather over the holiday weekend. Fishing was spotty at best with the nice weather. The officer assisted the Forest Service with a complaint of people shooting in the BWCA. Enforcement action was taken for AIS, ATV, angling, drugs, and boating violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the holiday weekend up the Gunflint Trail with CO Fagerman. Fishing was on the slow side, but the weather cooperated for anglers and boaters alike. Enforcement action was taken for no lifesaving device on watercraft, illegal length fish, using artificial light to attract fish, and various registration and license violations.