District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) monitored burning activity due to hazardous dry conditions and dead vegetation. There was some ATV traffic along roadways although the local trail system is still closed. Verkuilen also attended planning sessions regarding the spring fish opener and conducted some bait retailer inspections.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded several calls and questions regarding the new Mille Lacs Lake regulations. Complaints were taken regarding farmers concern of wolves in the area. The officer gave a deposition from an incident that occurred in 2014. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer, monitoring a spring fish run. Enforcement action was taken for littering and using fireworks at a state public access.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking for ATV and ORV activity in the Solana State Forest for the spring road closures. Local smaller lakes were checked for fishing activity and trapping activity as monitored throughout the week and weekend. A meeting with Tribal Wardens was attended to discuss the upcoming netting and spearing season. The Officer issued permits to a local minnow dealer and a District 10 meeting was attended during the week. Lots of ATV, fishing, boating and trapping law related questions were fielded during the week. The Officer also got boats ready for the upcoming summer season and a car kill deer permit was issued. A call of a party violating state forest rules and ATV rules on state land was investigated. Enforcement action for the week included various ATV and Forestry violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked traps finding good compliance. She patrolled ATV trails for ATV activity in the General Andrews State Forest and the Soo Line. Speldrich checked shore anglers on local rivers. Horse riders are reminded to purchase their state horse trail pass before hitting the trails in state forests. Speldrich received calls reporting a dead duck and a car injured deer.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) attended a district meeting and tended to technology needs. Sucker fishermen are seeing limited success. ATV activity was high, with riding on county highways found to be a problem. Enforcement action is also pending for driving after revocation, no registration, and failing to have a safety certificate. Some fires also came about, which assistance was given.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to find quite a bit of trapping activity and many trappers were found starting to remove their traps for the season. Open water angling activity picked up with most people found fishing along the banks of area rivers. Warming water temperatures also triggered the spring smelt run and late night angling and netting activity that go with it. Some enforcement action had to be taken for smelt netters that couldn?t resist dropping their trash in the creek. Another smelter was dealt with after his level of intoxication removed the ability to stand upright or walk out of the creek.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering numerous questions about the upcoming turkey season. He had several calls regarding nuisance animals, injured animals, and got some equipment ready for the summer boating season. CO Wynn received numerous calls regarding the spring closures for state forests and questions about burning. Check the DNR website for current conditions regarding both OHV closures, and burning restrictions. CO Wynn followed up on commercial inspections, and finished up the week assisting CO Grundmeier with some spring fish run activity.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and WMAs. A few parties were out training upland hunting dogs and enjoying the nice weather. Time was spent investigating a fire at Carlos Avery WMA. The fire had consumed approximately 70 acres before suppression crews contained it. Please use caution in the upcoming weeks to prevent fires. Warm conditions have also started the yearly ice heaves on Mille Lacs Lake. Some shores are starting to pile ice as high as 6 feet and growing.

WREO Rob Haberman patrolled for ATV activity. WREO Haberman also spent time checking early season shore anglers, and patrolled for AIS violations. WREO Haberman also worked on cases in his assigned districts.