District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked ice anglers and found the ice conditions to be very unsafe. He assisted a neighboring officer with removing fish house floors that were left on an area lake. Commercial inspections were conducted. Denz also spoke to approximately 80 students at a New London Firearms Safety class sponsored by the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked numerous anglers that had success on the opening day of the trout season. Rainbow trout made up most of the limits caught. Throughout the week, she investigated a garbage dump, a complaint of shooting from a green SUV in Birch Cooley Township and dogs chasing deer. She assisted McLeod County with wild turkeys causing problems at an elementary school. Mueller also spoke at a FAS class in Buffalo Lake.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) prepared to instruct at the upcoming officer in-service training at Camp Ripley. Oberg also spent time setting up talks at firearms safety classes for this spring. Oberg also assisted with an injured deer call.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked local trout streams. Cloudy stream conditions made for tough sight fishing, but some anglers did well. Nelson wishes to remind anglers that non-target and/or rough fish need to be released if not kept. Beaching them is illegal.

CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent time on sport fishing and ATV enforcement. Assistance was given to a district officer monitoring areas for illegal activity. Beckmann attended the DNR Commissioner?s Listening Session in Windom with other department personnel. All area lakes are now completely free of ice, with many showing different degrees of winterkill.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked shore fishing and ATVs in Jackson County. Complaints of bow fishing from shore were received. Gruhlke also completed a radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ discussing topics including bear license application deadline, turkey season and other relevant area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked shore anglers and several ATV operators. Ice is clear of all lakes and there even was the sight of a couple watercrafts out for the first time. Commercial operations were inspected.

Litchfield - vacant.

Willmar #1 - vacant.