District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) continued working fish run activity and angler checks. Vernier spent time on a wetland complaint, commercial taxidermy inspections, and a bow-fishing violation. He also spent time on a largemouth bass out of season case and anglers taking fish without a license. Several questions were responded to including boat trailering and lake shore recreational equipment use.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking on wetland issues where wetlands were being tiled, filled and one was completely drained already. Other activity for the week included checking anglers and boating safety equipment. Time was also spent talking to a firearms safety class at the Cedar Mills Gun Club. Litter complaints were checked on as well where someone dumped deer carcasses with other trash.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) inspected a wetland/shoreline issue during the week. She investigated a call of walleyes taken out of season from a local gravel pit. She reminded an ATV operator that all ATV?s even those being used for private/agricultural use need to be registered and also addressed some equipment issues. She checked anglers along the Minnesota River.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked mostly turkey hunters and shore anglers. Oberg also followed up on some possible illegal angling activity and took a call of dumped carp carcasses. Oberg also did annual armorer inspections of division patrol rifles.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received information concerning possible early walleye angling. He also gave instruction at a youth firearms safety class. Nelson spent the rest of the week working angling, turkey hunting, boating, ATV, and aquatic invasive species activities.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) conducted a radio interview this past week and instructed the law and ethics portion of an ATV safety class. Miller is investigating multiple cases regarding the taking of big game and migratory waterfowl out of season. Enforcement activity for the week included trespassing on private property while angling and a motor vehicle located in a WMA.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) has been working ATV activity as well as turkey season, angling, invasive species, and boating enforcement. Anglers are catching some crappie, bullhead, and catfish that have been biting in the area. Gruhlke discussed area activity and ATV registration law on his radio program with KKOJ.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. High winds made it difficult for boaters. Shore anglers are out in full force. AIS talks with anglers and boaters were high in conversation. Questions and comments were fielded by the public with greatest concern amongst them on the possible musky stocking of the Fairmont Lakes. ATV activity was patrolled on GIA trails. Turkey hunters were checked.