District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked activity on local lakes where fishing success was better than usual for this time of year. Frequent boating violations were observed including lack of PFDs and PWC operation outside legal hours. Paddle board operators are reminded that a life jacket and registration are required to operate them on public waters. ATV traffic was also monitored and local trails have started to dry out.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail on Lake Superior; it was cold despite it being July. Several people checked had some luck catching trout and salmon. Angling on Mille Lacs continued to be sluggish but some anglers were getting into some walleye and smallmouth. Numerous violations were encountered related to ATVing in wetlands. ATV operators are reminded to check regulations or contact a Conservation Officer if unaware of all regulations prior to operating ATVs. Enforcement action was taken for operating recreational vehicles in a wetland, failing to display ATV registration and failing to renew ATV registration.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports starting Step 1 Field Training with a COC. Officers patrolled area lakes for fishermen and boating activity. Aquatic Invasive Species enforcement was also done around the Mille Lacs Lake area. Please remember to pull your drain plug out and leave it out while traveling down the road, remove all vegetation and drain all water from the watercraft. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station. Calls of an injured eagle and also a nuisance raccoon were fielded during the week. Nuisance beaver permits were issued, and lots of law related questions were answered throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing and boating violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted with helping a canoer in distress while working a BWCA detail. The canoer was a novice and had been pushed out into a lake by the wind. Other contacts made while working in the BWCA included possessing glass bottles and too many canoers in a group. Speldrich handled nuisance bear complaints, worked ATV enforcement and AIS enforcement.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a COC spent much of the week checking anglers and boating activity. Anglers were found fishing without a license and several jet ski violations were dealt with. Time was also spent on Lake Superior where trout and salmon fishing was slow but many anglers did have success catching a few fish. Some local lakes have been producing a few crappies and bass. A firearms safety class was held for about 30 young hunters.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls during the week regarding nuisance animals, ATV complaints, and questions about burning and target shooting. He spent time monitoring ATV and OHM activity in local State Forests. He checked anglers and boaters in the Pine City area, and assisted the Sheriff's Department with an injured person who tumbled down an embankment. Enforcement contacts included illegal juvenile ATV operation, lack of helmets, and no licenses in possession.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) handled a beaver complaint. Beavers made several dams that backed water over a minimum maintenance road. Two separate parties reported seeing a cougar near their residence, and information was given to the land owner on dealing cougars. Advice was given to a resident regarding a highly intelligent woodchuck that is able to release himself form live traps and continue to eat their garden.

WREO Rob Haberman worked on open cases in his assigned area. WREO Haberman also worked on AIS enforcement through the area. WREO Haberman also educated some youth OHM riders about where and when they can ride their OHMs. WREO Haberman assisted fellow COs with the Lower Hay Lakes fireworks detail over the weekend.