District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports water levels in the Ely area have risen considerably after a week of extremely rainy weather. In spite of the on and off rain and cooler weather ATV activity stepped up in the city. Violations included operating an unregistered off-highway motorcycle, operating an ATV on a county road, and operating an unregistered ATV.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked a TIP complaint throughout the week concerning fishermen taking illegal slot walleyes. Stage located the boat tied to the shore and crawled through the woods to get to the boat. The fishermen were giggling saying they would just tell the game warden they only had beans at the cabin. After 6 hours, the officer observed the fishermen keeping illegal slot length fish, using extra lines, using game fish for bait, sinking fish guts in the lake with lead sinkers, and chopping designs in a 200-year-old red pine on private property. Many thanks to those who paid attention to the resource and called in the TIP information the weekend before.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered an intoxicated individual in a car at a public lake access. It was determined there was a warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody. While the CO was handcuffing the subject, he began to boast about his criminal past and the fact he had done time in prison for armed robbery. A sheriff?s deputy arrived and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol which was his third drunk driving arrest in less than a month. He was also found with marijuana. His vehicle was littered with empty beer cans. At least they weren?t thrown onto the roadside ditches like some drinking drivers do. The CO also assisted at an ATV field day.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and boats on inland lakes. The officer took reports of illegal dumping of trash on state property and garbage burning at a residence, and helped teach ATV safety class in Grand Marais to a small, but attentive class of students. CO Manning also participated in the DNR Honor Guard for National Law Enforcement Day in St. Paul honoring fallen peace officers at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports the rainy weather kept most people off the lakes during the week, but traffic was high on Saturday. Assistance was given to CO Stage on a complaint which resulted in several violations. Enforcement action for the week included no minnow retailer license, extra line, no watercraft registration, and no license in possession.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was spent monitoring watercraft for safety equipment and AIS compliance.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers on inland lakes and steelhead anglers along the North Shore. The Officer saw some nice walleyes in the bag during the night bite. AIS was worked with Officer Schottenbauer. Wahlstrom helped teach ATV safety, both in the classroom and out in the field, where the kids showed their skill to demonstrate they know how to ride safely.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating enforcement activities along Lake Superior during the week. Cold and rainy weather slowed fishing activity but a few nice fish were still seen. Enforcement action was taken for various licensing violations.