District 13 - West Metro area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) attended spring training in Rosemount. Several complaints were taken on bow fishermen shining lights on houses late at night. Boaters and anglers were checked all week for fish, safety equipment and AIS violations.

CO Brent Grewe (Osseo) spent the week checking anglers and worked an ATV detail in the Mille Lacs area. Violations included fail to display ATV license, operating ATV without required equipment and fishing license issues.

CO Traci Hanson (Minnetonka) spent the week checking shore and boating anglers on Lake Minnetonka, Long Lake and Parker Lakes. Hanson worked Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) follow up on information from AIS inspectors as well as AIS enforcement on Lake Minnetonka accesses. Hanson responded to a complaint of a citizen dumping grasses and cattails into Christmas Lake that turned out to be a resident who was replenishing a loon nesting platform habitat after a wind storm. That same evening Hanson responded to a concern over a concrete restoration project was going to threaten a hen mallard who was sitting on a clutch of 12 eggs. Hanson met with the contractor the next morning to discuss concerns over the project and a short while later, it was discovered the ducklings had hatched. Later that day the mother and ducklings made their way to a watercourse naturally. A complaint of a lakeshore owner who placed his dock over the neighboring property owner?s lakeshore was investigated and turned over to local law enforcement officials for enforcement. Hanson checked watercraft operators for safety equipment and registration.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) had a busy week checking boaters and anglers around Scott County. She attended her district?s annual shoot and defensive tactics training. Leuthardt also spoke to three New Prague High School groups about natural resource law enforcement and the importance of conservation and resource management. She also answered calls about nuisance fox. Enforcement action was taken on no fishing license in possession, taking beardless turkey, over limit of crappies, and no state park parking permit.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities in the Mound station. He attended metro firearms training in Dakota County and attended the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol. He did a presentation at Como Park High School in St. Paul to the Southeast Asian students on CO duties, hunting and fishing regulations. Officer Lee also participated in Trista Day at the Minnetrista PD answering questions to public on hunting, snowmobiling, and other DNR general questions.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled for angling and boating activities in the district vicinity. He spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Richfield for approximately 40 students. He also attended district firearms qualification.

Bloomington - vacant.

Mound - vacant.