District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-08-30


CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) attended annual training. He fielded calls and answered questions about trespass and the upcoming deer season. Denz also checked angling activity.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) focused on boat safety and angling enforcement. He attended division training at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent on complaints including nuisance beaver and suspicious dead deer.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers as fishing in the area is starting to pick up. Other time was spent checking ATVs and working AIS compliance. A firearm safety class was attended at the Eden Valley Community Center, where Klehr spoke with about 25 kids about hunting rules and regulation.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) attended an armor course in St. Paul during the week. She answered questions dealing with suppressors and the upcoming hunting seasons. Mueller also checked anglers.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports beginning phase two of field training with a COC. The officers worked a walleye bite on the Crow River and report anglers are gearing up for the dove and early goose seasons. The officers attended an ATV safety class in Gaylord. They also attended Youth Conservation Day at the Gopher Campfire Conservation Club in Hutchinson. The officers displayed the mini Wall of Shame and gave presentations about conservation to multiple groups of kids.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) represented the Enforcement Division at the MPPOA State pistol match. He also attended a shotgun armoring course and received in-service training. The rest of the week was spent on angling, boating and invasive species activities.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent part of the week at Camp Ripley for annual training. Miller also worked at the MN State Fair booth and fielded numerous questions related to the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Two firearms safety classes were attended with the law and ethics portion being taught to over 40 students.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked boat and water safety, sport fishing, and invasive species enforcement throughout Jackson County. Gruhlke completed his radio program with KKOJ discussing topics including September early goose season, dove season, and the upcoming waterfowl seasons.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters. Swimmers were advised to check the lake due to blue green algae turning up. Public accesses were patrolled. ATV activity was monitored. A raptor was rescued for the Raptor Center. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.