District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a hunting violation. He followed up on TIP reports of anglers keeping bass out of season and clarified confusion involving the new catch and release season for bass. Denz attended training and received multiple reports of a bear in the area.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the checking anglers and boating safety. AIS activity was also worked, with questions answered. Klehr responded to a fire that was reported to the county. The person who started the fire had a burning permit for natural vegetation but was using the permit to burn a structure which is illegal. Time was spent working with another officer to check late night anglers and carp shooters. The carp shooters had multiple boating safety violations again and were also caught shooting game fish again.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and AIS regulations throughout the week. She also checked turkey hunters. Mueller finished up an investigation of a goose shoot out of season and spoke at an adult turkey clinic near Morton.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports local anglers are having a slow go of it so far this spring. Some crappies and sunfish are being caught but most hope the warm weather will help pick things up. FAS talks were given in Green Isle and Glencoe. Oberg also testified in court on a baiting case from last fall.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave presentations to high school natural resource classes. He also presented for National Peace Officer Memorial Day. Nelson spent the remainder of the week on fishing, boating, ATV, and invasive species enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked fishing, boat and water safety enforcement, turkey hunting, and AIS enforcement throughout Jackson and Cottonwood counties. Gruhlke responded to a complaint of a person that shot a pelican. With the help of deputies in Cottonwood County the suspect was stopped and enforcement action was taken. He also did his radio program discussing topics including a recap of fishing opener, AIS and other area activity.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.