District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2014-04-22



CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked angling activity and patrolled closed state forests. She responded to a call of an injured eagle. Upon arrival, she determined eagle was still able to fly short distances and appeared healthy enough to survive. Speldrich attended the funeral of Deputy Severson with the LEMA Honor Guard.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent much of the week at Camp Ripley completing annual law enforcement training. Station activity included checking trappers and dealing with nuisance animal complaints. Very few ice anglers were found and ice has become extremely dangerous and really melted away from shore lines. Some ATV violations were found and a case was made involving trapping without a license.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports attending the Enforcements Division?s annual in-service training during the week at Camp Ripley. The Officer also assisted in armoring some of the division?s handguns. Spring fish run activity and fishing activity was monitored throughout the week. Area state forest roads and trails were checked for illegal spring road closure activity. Please remember to check our DNR website before venturing out on state trails. Most of these trails are closed for the spring road closure. Trapping and turkey hunting activity was monitored during the week. Lots of hunting, fishing, and ATV related law questions were fielded throughout the week.

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) attended training and responded to calls regarding ATV traffic, nuisance muskrats, and dogs chasing deer. No one was observed on the ice with shallow lakes and areas with current having open water.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked turkey hunters during the week seeing few birds. Time was spent checking trapping activity and handling incidental otter being caught in beaver traps. Assistance was also given armoring division handguns.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week at Camp Ripley for annual in-service training. He received calls of burning issues, sick and injured animals, and OHV questions during the week. Time was also spent patrolling area state forests for closure compliance.

WREO Rob Haberman conducted watercraft inspector training and a law enforcement job discovery clinic at Central Lakes College. He also went to a DNR media course in Grand Rapids. WREO Haberman also spent three days at Camp Ripley for in-service training.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on some equipment issues and assisted a neighboring officer with a separate equipment task. The Onamia Firearms Safety Class was given the law and ethics talk. Nuisance animal calls were taken, along with some trapping concerns. Officer Starr started fish run scouting and is gearing up for turkey season.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked for turkey hunters throughout the week. A few hunters were successful but the snow on opener didn?t help anything. Anglers were checked on area lakes. The Officer also traveled to Ely for a work detail.