District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working the laser shot at the Aitkin Community Event. Area Lakes were checked for fishing and boating activity. Assistance was given to the local sheriff?s office in regards to an unmarked rock pile and also a log that was a navigational hazard. An investigation into a wolf depredation complaint was completed and the Officer attended annual Spring training at Camp Ripley. Several nuisance beaver permits were issued during the week and ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo Station. The Officer also gave a boat and water safety presentation at the annual Rippleside Elementary School fishing day. Two different calls of parties burning illegal materials were investigated and many outdoor law related questions were fielded during the week and weekend. A TIP complaint on a possible wetland violation was investigated and a litter complaint at a public access was looked into.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a call of construction debris in a local river. She also received a report of a flowage from lake being plugged. Both issues are being investigated. Boaters and angers were checked throughout the week. She received reports of nuisance bear, porcupine and beaver. Several grass fires occurred throughout the week and weekend. Responsible parties in these fires will face fines and suppression costs.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time at Camp Ripley completing annual firearms qualification and instructing for the current Conservation Officer Academy. Warm weather caused lake temperatures to increase and anglers checked throughout the Hinckley area had pretty good luck catching pan fish and walleye. Several nuisance bear calls were taken that involved black bear getting into bird feeders and garbage cans. A complaint of wolves killing cattle was investigated and evidence was found indicating that a month old calf had likely been attacked and killed by wolves.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers and boaters in the Pine City area. He assisted the Pine County Sheriff's Department with the Pokegama Lake Association Freshwater Fair speaking to area 5th graders about Watercraft Safety. He also spent a day talking to members of the public who attended the Pine County Sheriff's Department Safety Day at the Pine County Courthouse. Area anglers are having luck catching panfish and a few walleyes around the Pine City area. Fire danger has increased lately with the lack of precipitation. Numerous fires were reported and enforcement action was taken for failing to control permit fires.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled Mille Lacs Lake and area lakes. Walleye and small mouth bass bite remains strong on Mille Lacs. Panfish bite has been slower but warmer temperatures should help. Assistance was given to the local sheriff?s department on an ATV accident. The individual involved in the accident decided to climb an embankment causing the ATV to roll back onto him. The individual was treated for possible back and neck injuries. Time was also spent investigating a fire in the East Bethel area and training was attended at Camp Ripley.