District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-07-14

CO Sean Williams (Ely) and other first responders from St. Louis and Lake counties responded to an emergency call inside the BWCA involving a canoeist who was trapped in his mangled canoe inside of a rapids off of Basswood Lake. It took several hours to reach the scene by motorboat, canoe, and foot, when he and a second group of rescuers consisting of St. Louis County rescue squad and CO Marty Stage arrived when the initial team was completing rescue lines to the victim and canoe. Together rescuers were able to free the teenager and get him to shore and begin to warm him up after being submerged in rushing water for nearly 6 hours. A State Patrol helicopter later arrived and the victim was brought to an awaiting U.S. Forest Service float plane and then to the Ely hospital for treatment.

CO Mary Stage (Ely) assisted the crews with rescuing the young man from the rapids on the Basswood River. It was a tense situation and could easily have ended badly. Luckily it was a beautiful warm day with no wind and there was a lot of time until nightfall. The lesson learned once again is don?t take unnecessary chances in such a remote wilderness setting. Because even with all the technology of today?s world, if something goes wrong like it did this time, basic tools, some common sense, and other people, might still be your best, or only, chance of survival.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers in remote areas and Lake Superior. Fishing has been relatively slow and the trout are still deep on Superior. A few folks have found some ripe blueberries. Equipment issues were attended to and questions about nuisance bears were answered. Bird feeders and garbage, once a bear finds easy human pickings, they normally don?t go back to foraging for berries and bugs.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled ATV trails and forest routes and checked lake accesses. The officer investigated a couple nuisance bear complaints, including one in which the bear had been frequenting a person?s pig pen. The officer also followed up on a theft case from a state park, took a report of an otter that died inside a fish basket tied to a dock, and handled equipment maintenance issues.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked into a complaint of illegal burning. Several animal calls were taken throughout the week. A couple cases are ongoing.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was also spent checking ATV trails. CO Schottenbauer prepped for the upcoming officer in-service next month.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on area lakes and Lake Superior. The officer handled nuisance animal complaints and worked on patrol equipment. ATV complaint areas were also worked.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Warm temperatures brought out lots of boating activity but fishing success was on the slower side. Questions were also answered related to water transportation laws and invasive species enforcement.