District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked boaters, PWC operators, and angling activity. He monitored ATV activity and addressed underage consumption violations. Denz also checked watercraft for compliance with AIS laws.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted the McLeod County Sheriff?s Office with a search of an area and lake after what appeared to be a ?human? hand was found in a glove. The hand was later determined to be a bear paw. She dealt with an injured fawn during the week. Mueller also took a report dock section that was floating in the middle of a lake.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports investigating a potential cougar sighting in New Auburn. Oberg also took calls relating to the upcoming waterfowl season as well as injured animal concerns. Time was also spent checking anglers, boaters and recreational vehicle operators.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted the Sheriff?s Office on a welfare check. He also spent time on angling and invasive species enforcement. Fishing activity was slow but anglers are still having luck with catfish and bullhead bites.

CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent the week on sport fishing and AIS enforcement. The Wall of Shame TIP Trailer was provided for the Watonwan County Fair and staffed by Officers Beckmann and Schettler.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked a cooperative enforcement effort on Round Lake during the ?Horned Trout? contest. Gruhlke and the Jackson County Sheriff?s Office worked boat and water safety and angling enforcement.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked boating and fishing enforcement. Reports of over-limits were investigated. Assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies for narcotic violations. Questions were fielded at a county fair.

Litchfield - vacant.

Willmar #1 - vacant.