District 16 - New Ulm areaLast updated: 2018-04-16
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) checked activity related to fishing, small game and ATVs. Gruhlke completed his radio program and discussed topics including ice safety, the spring turkey season and stream trout opener. Gruhlke checked shore fishermen along the Des Moines River and also observed an ice angler on one of his area lakes, too.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) worked area trails for snowmobile activity. He also spent time on a complaint about shooting from a motor vehicle. Vernier answered calls including questions about AIS inspections, firearms safety and snowmobile safety classes.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) hosted a ride-along as part of a high school careers class. He worked mainly fishing and ATV enforcement. A few people ventured out in the snow storm to fish trout on the opener but found fishing difficult due to the high, turbid water and floating ice and snow.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) taught the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class in Windom. Miller began to monitor larger amounts of light geese migrating through the area. Because of poor weather, local trout stocking has been delayed. A large amount of snow fell over the weekend, which hampered recreational activity. Miller fielded numerous questions over the past week related to wildlife complaints, turkey hunting and WMAs.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended registration day for the Fairmont spring firearms safety class. Approximately 50 young adults were registered. Ice is still thick on lakes but it is honeycombed and anglers venturing out are reminded to exercise caution.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar West) spoke at a firearms safety field day and followed up on investigations.
Hutchinson East vacant.
Hutchinson West vacant.