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District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-06-21

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers and boaters. Time was also spent checking ATV operators during the week.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working sport fishing enforcement. Special Beaver permits were issued. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent the week working angling, boating, and ATV activity. Area rivers are running very high, due to recent rains. CO Howe also worked at the DNR auction in New Ulm.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) spoke at a field day for a firearms safety class and assisted a local organization with a youth fishing day. Time was spent checking public water accesses for AIS compliance and checking fishermen. VanThuyne also assisted local law enforcement agencies with a wrong way driver.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station this week for fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Time was also spent near area PWAs monitoring AIS compliance. Officer Ihnen would like to remind boaters to lower motors all the way down to drain all water from the lower unit before leaving the access.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused activity on fishing and boating enforcement, and time was also spent on ATV safety efforts. CO Henke assisted other DNR Divisions at a public meeting regarding the future of Freeborn Lake. Enforcement action for the week included numerous boating violations. One angler was contacted as he pulled into the access with his plug in the boat, after the plug was removed water ran continuously from the boat for 5-6 minutes, enforcement action followed. Please remember to drain all water from your boats.