District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that he and other local officers focused on canoe patrols within the BWCAW. The focus was specifically boating safety and angling enforcement. Violations included failing to have a legal lifesaving device on board a watercraft, and fail to remove a drain plug on a watercraft.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishing and boating enforcement in the BWCAW and Lake Superior. The areas worked were quiet after the July 4th week when a lot of people take their vacations. Fishing was slow, but the mosquitos were a lot more tolerable considering how bad they were a few weeks ago. Remember to have your fishing license in possession.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the bugs are now finally subsiding with the nicer weather and less rain. Now is the time to get out and make up for the cooler, wet summer we?ve been having. Designated trout lakes have remained relatively empty during the summer, but those who?ve made the effort have had the lakes all to themselves. The small walleye lakes have been producing some nice fish. The CO attended a graduation ceremony for 10 new conservation officers at Camp Ripley.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) participated in a work detail in the BWCA. Several groups checked were surprised to be contacted by Conservation Officers and to hear that we, too, had crossed ?that really long portage? to get to their location. The officer patrolled inland lakes and worked Lake Superior with CO Wahlstrom and Lt. Sherack. Bear complaints are becoming more numerous and folks should be sure to clean up and remove all garbage and bird feeders-even during the day. Officer Manning also checked anglers and boaters returning to the US from Canadian fishing trips. A few anglers were educated on personal responsibility related to licenses and possession limits and several boat owners learned about transport laws related to invasive species and boats.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports several boats didn?t have their navigational lights on after sunset, including some teenagers pulling a tuber 30 minutes after sunset. Enforcement action was taken on the operator?s mother. Several boats were also contacted during the week without the required number of wearable life vests. CO Bermel worked a couple ATV and dirt bike complaint areas in Ely and encountered violations such as no MN driver?s license, operation on illegal roadways, unregistered OHM, no safety certificates, and failure to stop at stop sign. Additional enforcement action included fishing without a license and possessing un-measurable fish on a special regulation lake.

CO Dave Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent the week getting to know his new station. Lake Superior was worked with neighboring officers for angling and AIS activity. Nice weather over the weekend was offset continued cold water temperatures on the big lake, which caused occasional heavy fog on the lake and along the shoreline.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers and boaters on inland lakes and lake Superior. Wahlstrom worked with the new Silver Bay Officer during the Salmon classic and worked an AIS detail. The officer worked a federal boat and water detail on Lake Superior with Officer Manning and Lt. Sherack.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and fishing activity during the week. Several calls of an Emu running around the county were reported by area residents as many were surprised to see a large prehistoric looking bird running around. The bird was reportedly captured and returned to the owner. Murray also assisted Two Harbors PD with a burglary where a man broke into a local fitness center and caused damage to the property.