District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-07-12


CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) Worked angling, boating, and AIS activity this week. Time was spent patrolling WMAs and monitoring ATV activity.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, PWC and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also responded to trespassing and burning complaints. In addition, public water accesses were patrolled for AIS compliance.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on commercial operations, boating, fishing and ATV activity. VanThuyne is also investigating a possible WMA violation and made an arrest with CO Jeremy Henke which started with a TIP complaint.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) continued focusing enforcement efforts towards fishing, boating and ATV activity. CO Henke has been answering many calls on nuisance and injured animals in addition to his enforcement efforts. Activity in the Albert Lea station is currently very high with many people out enjoying our resources. CO Henke asks that people remember their life saving equipment, which could be a helmet on an ATV or a life jacket in a boat. Recent events in the area highlight the importance of both. Enforcement action this week ranged from common license violations and littering, to providing a false name to a police officer and lend/borrow license.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling and boating activity. COs Howe and Ihnen attended a ?Take a Kid Fishing? event. CO Howe also assisted Blue Earth County with a Personal Watercraft (PWC) complaint.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. Time was also spent on AIS enforcement and investigating a fire complaint. The officer located multiple violations at Wildlife Management Areas.