District 10 - Mille Lacs areaLast updated: 2018-04-16
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked anglers, some of whom still were driving three-quarter ton trucks on lakes. He also monitored ATV and snowmobile traffic. Snowmobilers planning to ride through the Fourth of July are reminded to renew their registration at the end of June.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked area lakes for anglers but found very few. State forest trail and road closures are in effect for the Pine County area. Please refer to the DNR website for more information. Speldrich assisted the State Patrol with personal injury and property damage accidents during the snowstorm that hit the area.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked panfishing activity but found very few people out. Snowmobile riders are still out and about and riders are reminded that grant-in-aid trails are closed. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office on equipment ideas for the recreational and search/rescue deputy. Starr came upon a stopped vehicle in the travel lane of a state highway during severe winter weather. Upon approaching the vehicle with two occupants, Starr found two elderly women who were lost on their way to the casino and had stopped to read a map. He gave them a brief coaching session about stopping in traffic.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) dealt with a few complaints of illegal burning as homeowners tried to burn prohibited materials while they did their spring yard clean up. Very little ice fishing activity was found on the still frozen-over lakes. A few people had their summer fishing poles out and were searching for catfish and sturgeon on the larger rivers that were open and flowing. Farmers continued to report problems with wolves harassing cows during spring calving season.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls regarding nuisance animals and fielded questions about upcoming safety classes. He assisted the Pine County Sheriff?s Office with a fight and the State Patrol with vehicle accidents during the snowstorm over the weekend. Wynn also monitored compliance with closures in local state forests.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) monitored wildlife management area and state forest roads for spring damage and also handled a complaint of ATV damage to a township road. The assistant area wildlife manager stated that while doing a sharp-tailed grouse survey, two wolves came out into a field and noticed him. He then started walking back to his truck and the wolves began to follow him until they noticed his vehicle.