• CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) monitored a busy fishing opener. Overall success was good and most people checked seemed to be in good spirits. The most common violation observed was having recently expired boat registration.
Reminder: people can renew registration online and don’t have to physically go to the DMV to do it.
• CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reported a busy week leading up to opener with a number of cases involving ATV violations, angling violations and illegal burning.
• CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS, ATV and turkey hunting activity. A trap-tampering complaint was worked, information was shared on the local radio station and assistance was given to the sheriff’s office.
• CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked fishing opener activity as it was stifled by the snow and rain.
Compliance was generally good except registrations that needed to get stuck on, PFDs that needed to be found, and fire extinguishers that needed to be extracted from mouse nests. Beaver trappers and turkey hunters are still being checked in the area.
• CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time maintaining equipment, working on office work, and followed up on calls.
The calls followed up on included questions about fishing regulations, a nuisance coyote, nuisance squirrels, fish spearing and netting, an aquatic invasive species violation, and a fishing violation.