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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Feb 24, 2020 05:12PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - February 24, 2020

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff?s Office and Rescue Squad after a hiker had gotten turned around and could not locate the path on the Bass Lake Trail north of Ely. Fortunately, the hiker stayed put after making the emergency call and conservation officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents located them quickly. Violations included excessive snowmobile speed, operating an unregistered snowmobile, and unmarked fish house.


CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Slush conditions continue to improve and trail conditions are very good despite a few days of warm weather. Velsvaag received multiple calls about border water fishing regulations and northern pike length restrictions.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the week working trout lakes along the U.S./ Canada border and inland trout lakes. He also checked walleye anglers during the last weekend of the season. Some nice fish were seen on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and angling violations.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement throughout the past week. A detail was also worked with other officers on Upper Red and Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action included walleye overlimits, extra lines, unattended lines, angling without a license, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, expired registration, and no shelter tag.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails and lakes. She also spoke with concerned homeowners regarding a deer feeding conflict among neighbors.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobiling activity. Time was also spent on training and equipment commitments.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports getting out and enjoying the sunshine and warm weather during the week. A few hundred miles were put on the snowmobile with some positive contacts being made with riders from all over Minnesota and Canada. One minor registration issue was handled. Hill assisted various agencies with a severe snowmobile crash in Cook County with both riders sustaining injuries. Ski pass compliance is finally getting better with only one citation being issued to a party who knowingly went skiing without a pass. State parks were monitored for vehicle permits. Hill followed up on a big-game case along with an ATV crash from the previous fall.


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