District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked accesses for activity with a focus on invasive species violations. A lake fair was attended with the TIP trailer. Calls concerning dead birds in the area were taken. The officer also set up an ATV class.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers on area lakes and rivers. AIS and boating activity were also monitored. County and township roads were patrolled for ATV activity. Turkey hunters continue to be checked and report limited success.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked anglers, boaters, ATV operators, and turkey hunters this week. Time was spent monitoring public access sites for AIS violations. A division training and firearms qualification was attended.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking anglers, working AIS enforcement, and boat and water safety. CO Chihak attended a kids fishing tournament at the Preston Trout Days with over 100 parents and children enjoying the festivities.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and turkey hunters. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance near area lakes and rivers. CO Ihnen also investigated a litter complaint at a public water access.

WREO Julie Siems reports working AIS and boating enforcement. Yearly use of force and firearms training was also completed. Violations included failing to pull drain plugs.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.