District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, ATV & snowmobile operators, and small game hunters during the week. The officer attended a Polar Plunge event held at Lake Kohlmeier.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) attended a meeting in New Ulm for new Region 4 Conservation Officers. CO Henke spent time focusing on angling activity, snowmobile enforcement and working on-going Big Game investigations. CO Henke also inspected several area lakes that have aeration permits. Violations included no fishing license, ice shelter registration violations, recreational vehicle registration, and many angling with extra line violations. CO Henke reminds people to clean up after themselves; litter should not be left on the lakes!

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking angling and spearing activity. Additional time was spent checking snowmobile and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also assisted DNR Fisheries with checking aeration systems.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked snowmobile and angling activity. Angling activity was moderate; snowmobile activity is declining with the continued loss of snow. Aeration inspections were conducted on area lakes.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring snowmobile activity. A complaint of dogs chasing deer was received. The officer also answered numerous questions from the public throughout the week.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked anglers, snowmobile operators, and monitored trapping activity. Trail conditions have deteriorated with the recent warm weather. A snowmobile laws and regulations class was put on for local law enforcement.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) spent the week checking ice fishermen and snowmobilers. With the warm weather snowmobile trail conditions are quickly deteriorating. Some ice fishermen are having success. Enforcement action was taken on fishing and ATV violations.