District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers on area lakes & rivers. The officer patrolled for ATV and snowmobile activity. Small game hunting was monitored. Spring firearms safety classes are being scheduled. Multiple violations were encountered during the week.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked angling, ATV and State Park activity. A complaint of shooting from a motor vehicle is being investigated.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, as well as snowmobile and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen checked trappers and predator hunters. In addition, time was spent checking ice shelters on area lakes for reflective material compliance, and investigating driving complaints of individuals operating vehicles too close to shelters and at unsafe speeds.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports monitoring fish house removal as the game fish seasons wound down. Anglers are reminded to pick up after themselves. Anglers are also reminded that it is not legal to leave or store your fish house on a public water access.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused primarily on angling and coyote hunting enforcement. The fish bite has slowed a bit, but some anglers are still finding fish on local lakes. Some litter issues are being dealt with and anglers are reminded to pick up after themselves when leaving the ice.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring snowmobile and angling activity. An illegal dumping complaint, and trespass complaint are being investigated. A fishing tournament in Lanesboro was attended. Complaints of sick or injured deer were addressed.

WREO Julie Siems followed up on Wetland Conservation Act and Public waters violations.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.