District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) talked at and assisted with a Firearms Safety Field and Range Day. He checked shore anglers and noted a good panfish bite. Denz also conducted commercial inspections and followed up with burning, trapping, trespassing, fishing, alcohol, and ATV issues.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week checking anglers. While many were out enjoying the nice weather few were having luck catching fish. Time was also spent on the river looking for traps along with watching for fishing activity. There were quite a few fires that were checked on. Klehr also assisted the county to stop traffic for a prescribed burn that the fire department was working on.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) received a call of trumpeter swans that appeared sick or injured in a swamp. The swans had been in the same place and didn?t appear to be moving. Mueller located the swans and upon further examination determined them to be swan decoys. She checked spring turkey hunters and spoke at a youth mentored turkey hunt in Morton. The low water levels seemed to make the trout opener successfully for many anglers over the weekend.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a beautiful opening to the 2015 wild turkey season. The officer checked a few birds bagged by hunters so far. Animal calls were also handled including a bald eagle that was found dead. Oberg also spent time at Camp Ripley qualifying on division firearms.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave a career presentation and attended training involving several states and USFWS. He worked predominantly angling and ATV enforcement. Most trout anglers had difficulty catching fish due to clear water and shallow stream conditions. Best success was had early in the morning.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked fishing, ATVs and ORVs. Gruhlke taught law and ethics at the firearms safety class in Windom.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted inspections on anglers, boaters and recreational vehicles. Accesses are coming along quickly so boaters can enjoy the water. Site inspections were conducted for possible public water violations.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.