District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked ice anglers and ATV operators. He conducted aeration inspections. Denz also followed up on deer cases.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) took the opportunity during the week to work with other officers when they did a check on a local fur buyer in a neighboring station. The rest of the week was busy with ice fishermen. Lots of anglers took advantage of the nice weather over the trout opener and some had luck catching a few trout. Time was also spent checking trappers and some investigations are ongoing.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and ATVs during week. A couple of ice houses where found to be marked improperly on the outside or were missing shelter licenses. Although the warm weather brought out more anglers, the fish catch in the area was still poor. A report of damage to a public access was also taken.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked area anglers and the remaining snowmobilers that are left in the area. Oberg also checked on a call he received regarding a dead deer. Commercial enforcement was also worked.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding injured wildlife. He spent the majority of the week working angling, snowmobile, ATV and predator hunting enforcement. Warm weather and consistent weather patterns brought increased angling activity and better success.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers as well as snowmobile and ATV activity within the county. Gruhlke responded to several phone calls for information.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted angling license and shelter inspections on area lakes. Warmer weather moved in creating slushy areas with water next to shelters. One lake sustained numerous shelter break-ins resulting in damage and equipment theft. One shelter was observed with six inches of water around it. The Granada snowmobile safety class was taught. Predator hunters were checked.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.