District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2018-05-23

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, turkey hunters, and ATV operators during the week. The officer assisted at a firearm safety field day for online students at the 20 Rifle & Pistol Club near Medford.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen investigated litter and illegal burning complaints. Time was also spent continuing investigations of public waters and wetland violations.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) focused on fishing and boating activity. CO VanThuyne also worked on investigations and checked boats for AIS compliance.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling, bowfishing, and boating activity this week. Some anglers are having success on area lakes. Several TIP calls came in regarding suspected fishing violations. CO Howe also assisted with an All-Day Field and Range Day (ADFRD) for the DNR?s Firearms Safety program.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) checked anglers and boaters this past week. Keeping bass out of season complaints were handled as were trespassing calls. The officer also travelled to Camp Ripley to assist with academy firearms training.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent time checking anglers, ATV riders, and responding to TIP complaints. CO Henke notes that the area bite has started to pick up, anglers are reminded to check out the new pike regulations and bring a tape measure if they plan on keeping pike. CO Henke responded to a reported drowning at the Albert Lea YMCA. The boy was rescued from the bottom of the pool and CPR was performed by a bystander; the child was saved thanks to some quick thinking bystanders! CO Henke also responded to a reported distressed swimmer in the middle of a lake, not wearing a life jacket and struggling to stay afloat. CO Henke reminds every one of the importance of lifejackets. CO Henke attended a District Firearms Safety field day.

Faribault vacant.

Spring Valley vacant.