District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-06-21

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. This officer was also a featured guest on the Minn-Dak Outdoors radio show on KDIO Radio in Ortonville, where AIS and littering issues were discussed. The TIP Wall-of-Shame trailer was presented to kids and parents, at a youth outdoor event in Appleton. An ATV class was taught in Appleton, with the assistance of CO Gutzwiller and a volunteer instructor. ]

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) Officer assisted with a youth ATV safety class held at the Appleton ATV Park during the Prairie Thunder Off-Road Rally Event. Officer would like to remind the public that anyone born after July 1,1987 is required to complete ATV Safety Training before operating an ATV on public lands, frozen waters, public roads right-of-way, or state or grant-in-aid trails. Please remember if you are under the age 18, you are required to wear an approved DOT helmet while operating or a passenger on an ATV.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time checking anglers, monitoring ATV activity, and working an aquatic invasive species detail with other officers. A fire with prohibited materials was also investigated with enforcement action being taken.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. Boat activity has increased with warm weather. Firearms Safety was taught in Brewster. Shotgun fundamentals were taught at the Conservation Officer Academy.

Benson - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.

District 16 - New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on bowfishing complaints. He checked anglers and boaters. Denz also educated lake users about AIS laws.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time doing site visits for wetland issues with the Meeker County LGU and other DNR personnel. Other time during the week was spent checking anglers and boating safety. A few anglers are still found to not have their angling license. An ATV Safety course was also attended where Klehr spoke with the kids about ATV rules and regulations.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked boating safety and anglers. She also checked ATV operators. Mueller also assisted at the academy at Camp Ripley and attended a meeting in Sandstone.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports boating and AIS work continue to be the focus of enforcement efforts. Calls were taken related to hazing geese, mowing road ditches, as well as some miscellaneous animal calls. Oberg also spent time patrolling wildlife management areas in his station.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding nuisance and invasive wildlife. He spent the week working angling, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement. Catfish and bass were the main species being targeted by anglers.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) fielded TIP reports this past week. Miller concluded an investigation into numerous white tail buck heads with their antlers sawed off and dumped in a county park. Enforcement action was taken against the individual involved for littering. Other activity for the week included enforcement action taken against two individuals that were dip netting northern pike and also shooting at them with a high powered pellet gun. Miller found an angler that was throwing garbage into a local river and after the angler waded into the water to pick it up, decided that it was up to the officer to clean up his garbage, enforcement action was taken. Calls continue to come in regarding fawns being located alone. The public is reminded that these animals are wild and need to be left alone to help ensure their survival.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he has followed up on questions concerning boating registration and safety. Gruhlke also completed his radio program discussing topics including water safety and AIS affirmation.