District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) attended training at Camp Ripley, began a background investigation on a potential new applicant, and continues to work on a minnow retail audit. Plautz checked the area for illegal burning and investigated litter complaints. The officer also attended a local QDMA banquet fielding several questions and gave a talk on the current status of the wolf delisting.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports attending training at Camp Ripley, performing equipment maintenance on station equipment, handling calls/complaints on ATV?s, dogs chasing deer and a dead owl. Additional time was spent checking fishermen.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked ice fishermen and ATVs. Assistance was given to CO Lawler on a littering case and the Douglas County Sheriff?s Office with a burning complaint. The complaint involved an individual burning a trailer house near Kensington. Ice conditions have deteriorated over the past week and anglers should use caution when venturing out.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) noticed ice fishing activity has dwindled this past week. Not many are heading out as the ice and fishing success diminish. An investigation into a box full of thawed out venison packages thrown into a road ditch led to a suspect who lived nearby. He admitted his freezer recently broke and instead of disposing of the spoiled packaged meat in his garbage can, he threw them and the box into the ditch. He was handed a citation and told to clean up the mess. The officer attended RMS training at Camp Ripley and spent time practicing on the new system. A boating safety talk was given to area youth at an annual kid?s event, as well as seizing an accidentally trapped fisher and otter.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to monitor the fishing activity on area waterways, including the investigation of overlimit complaints, where citations were issued and fish were seized. Additional time was spent following up on litter complaints and working small game, trapping, fire, and ATV activity. Several days were spent attending training at Camp Ripley and time was devoted to organizing spring FAS classes.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice anglers and ATV activity. CO?s Anderson and Baumbarger seized a fish house that was left for a month on a public access. The officer attended and assisted at a firearms safety instructor clinic held in Glenwood. Anderson assisted a local law enforcement agency with questions that came up surrounding possible illegal possession of raptor feathers. Computer training was attended at Camp Ripley and calls were handled from the public regarding FAS classes, wildlife complaints and fishing license questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports ice on area lakes is deteriorating quickly, with foot travel the safest option. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, and patrolling for illegal burning. Baumbarger attended training at Camp Ripley, worked on retail minnow audits, and attended a certification class for new volunteer firearms safety instructors.

Wheaton - vacant.