Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2017-07-24

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and boaters. He educated boaters about AIS laws. Time was also spent following up on TIP calls.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) worked area lakes for angling activity. Time was spent talking with boaters about AIS prevention and safety equipment. CO Vernier attended a law enforcement community event hosted by Willmar PD at Robins Island Park in Willmar.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers and working with the aquatic plant specialist doing weed roller and aquatic jet inspections. Time was also spent talking with a 4-H group at the Grove City Rod and Gun Club. CO Klehr explained the type of training he did to become a conservation officer and the different job duties an officer has.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) attended and instructed at in-service for Use of Force instructors. Planning was also done for the upcoming officer fall in-service training. CO Oberg also worked on a TIP call and scheduled talks at FAS classes.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) staffed a display at the Pheasants Forever Youth Day and presented at a youth firearms safety training class. He investigated a possible water appropriation violation and solid waste violations. CO Nelson met with a landowner regarding trespassing and property dispute concerns. He also worked angling, boating, AIS, and off road vehicle activities.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement efforts throughout the week on sport fishing and public water access patrol. CO Miller encountered a party that was angling and had prior contact with the officer. The party provided CO Miller false identification of themselves and through interviews he discovered who the angler was. The angler was attempting to hide their identity because of a felony parole warrant. The angler was arrested and charged with providing false information and held on the active warrant. Other enforcement action for the week included no angling licenses, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by persons under 21. CO Miller also assisted CO Dirks with the annual Catfish Derby Days event on the Minnesota River.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted site inspections on possible public waters and wetland violations. Angling and boating activity was checked. Public accesses were patrolled and individuals were reminded that they were not picnic areas and set aside for public access.

Hutchinson West vacant.