District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he assisted the St. Louis County Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service after strong winds and warm temperatures put homes and cabins in danger near the Foss Lake Fire north west of Burntside Lake. Although evacuations were not ordered, residents were put on alert in case weather and fire conditions changed. Violations included: failure to display valid watercraft registration, operating a watercraft without navigational lights, and angling with no license in possession.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishing activity and attended training at Ripley. Stage worked in the area of the fire in Ely in case assistance might be needed. There is so much dry and dead standing balsam in the area that any fire could turn into the next big one.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) talk to a group of youngsters about ATV laws and safety for the classroom portion of the ATV training certification. He also did remote patrols by ATV and patrolled lakes by boat.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted volunteer instructors and members of the Cook County Sherriff?s Office teach ATV safety class in Grand Marais. Officer Manning checked anglers and ATVers, helped with annual firearms qualification for the division, helped teach at the CO Academy and took reports of a mangy wolf in Hovland and bears on the prowl.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers and boaters in and out of the BWCA. The BWCA was busy while other lakes had lesser participation. Enforcement action included unregistered watercraft, insufficient PFDs, and no license in possession. Firearms qualification was attended at Camp Ripley. Security was worked for the Foss Lake fire.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was spent at the Silver Bay ATV Safety class. CO Schottenbauer also spent time working on station equipment.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, ATV riders and AIS. The Officer patrolled a few days in the BWCAW where the compliance with registered canoes was very low. Wildlife calls were returned and handled. Wahlstrom assisted in teaching an ATV class in Silver Bay. Enforcement action was taken for angling and watercraft violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and invasive species enforcement efforts on Lake Superior during the week. Fishing success was slow but the weather was perfect. Boaters are reminded to make sure their watercraft is prepared with all required safety equipment before headed out on the lake. Enforcement action was taken for no valid watercraft registration displayed, no license in possession, and insufficient number of PFDs.