District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-06-30


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) made final arrangements for an ATV class and assisted with a commercial minnow case. Anglers and boaters were checked with good compliance with boating safety equipment. Richards was pleased to speak at the conclusion of a youth fishing event at Phelps Mill.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked boating and fishing enforcement throughout the week. Plautz assisted an area officer with a search warrant, followed up on nuisance bear and beaver complaints. Plautz worked with the county attorney?s office on previous cases and worked with TIP for the mounting of an illegally taken muskie.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen, boaters and working with other officers on a commercial minnow investigation. Additional time was spent handling calls on nuisance beaver, skunks and raccoon. Radio updates were completed in Detroit Lakes and district training was attended in Fergus Falls.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs and OHMs. Bait dealer inspections occurred throughout the week. Osborne received several injured animal calls. Most of the calls turned out to be nothing as the animals were fine.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) took several calls related to nuisance/problem/wounded animals. Several cases were made for fishing without licenses, littering, drug possession and expired watercraft registration. Numerous paddle boarders were contacted without lifejackets on board and given reminders to bring one with next time. Lawler responded to several violations from watercraft inspectors with boaters transporting aquatic vegetation and water.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports several calls about injured animals were received this past week. Baumbarger attended mandatory training and worked on commercial minnow enforcement.

Wheaton - vacant.