District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2016-02-09


CO Sean Williams (Ely) patrolled areas of the BWCAW with the assistance of Conservation Officer/Pilot Jason Jensen of the Aviation Section. Areas patrolled showed a good amount of activity but also dangerous conditions caused by current and warmer than normal temperatures. Officer Williams also attended the annual Vermilion Community College Law Enforcement Club fishing contest on Shagawa Lake. Violations included angle with no license in possession, and operating an unregistered snowmobile.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishing and snowmobile enforcement and attended training at Ripley. Increased snow and warm weather have increased the slush problem. Be careful and pay attention to the physical signs and conditions on the lakes to avoid a sticky situation.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Lake County with a snowmobile crash; the driver was injured when he lost control of his machine and struck a tree. The officer patrolled forest roads and GIA trails. Compliance was generally good and trails were in good shape other than stretches that are plowed for logging. Numerous individuals were contacted for failing to put the registration numbers on their sleds, including one gentleman who had been carrying his stickers around since 2014 and a couple others who have never taken the required safety course?which covers that among other topics. A reminder that Snowmobile Safety training is required by anyone born after 1976 and can be completed online.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports working snowmobile and angling enforcement. Training was also attended. Enforcement action included snowmobile speed, expired ATV registration, possess ciscoes and smelt without evidence of preservation, and no license in possession. Some good lake trout and crappie bites were observed and new snow received should improve the trails. Groomers have been doing well with the limited snow they have to work with.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angler activity. Area snowmobile activity remains high, and the trails are busy. CO Schottenbauer also spent time at Camp Ripley for training.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended training at Camp Ripley during the first part of the week. The officer worked area trails in the Tofte and Finland area from his patrol snowmobile. The trails were busy and overall compliance was good. Fishing has slowed down with few fish on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and traffic violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a busy weekend of snowmobile activity in his station. Trails were in excellent condition allowing for some riders to ride to fast for control of their machines. There were two snowmobile accidents during the week where CO Murray and other emergency services responded. Riders are reminded to slow down and ride safe.