District 6 -Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trout anglers and snowmobilers during the week. High winds and frigid wind chills kept most people off the lakes and trails earlier in the week. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unregistered snowmobiles, and a few unattended lines.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked snowmobilers and found good compliance. Anglers, fish houses and cross country skiers were also checked. Slush is problematic on some lakes.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored anglers on area lakes and snowmobile activity. The officer assisted the county with a vehicle rollover and search and rescue with an injured person in the woods. Time was also spent on returning phone calls and working on past investigations.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and fishing activity during the week. Some area anglers were out enjoying the last week of the walleye and pike season and area trails were in good shape for snowmobilers. Murray assisted in training State Patrol candidates at the Academy in water survival and water egress techniques. In the land of 10,000 lakes, law enforcement officers are often called upon to respond to water- related incidents and need the skills to perform safely.
Conservation Officer Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reported that he received a call from Lakeview Hospital in Two Harbors. Medical staff there had questions regarding a muskrat bite. A local man had been bitten on the hand by the muskrat. He had been snowmobiling in the Superior National Forest northeast of Finland. Johnson conducted a falconry facilities inspection in Duluth with an agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He also checked anglers and snowmobilers throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for failure to display snowmobile registration.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishing and snowmobile activity. Time was spent focusing on snowmobile speeding issues and other enforcement activities. One snowmobile passed by at 74 miles per hour and then accelerated. The man was finally intercepted after being followed for two miles when he slowed down for an oncoming snowmobile. Officer Stage was able to get in front of him and command him to stop. The operator said his snowmobile was only doing 50 mph and that it wasn’t capable of going as fast as the radar described. He also said he had heard the officers were on the lake enforcing speed. The speed limit is 50 mph unless there is a trail exception such as Vermillion or a couple other lakes.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt / Ely) worked a busy week of snowmobile enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed and state trail sticker violations. One speeder was stopped on President’s Day for going 77 mph. When asked if he could see due to the build-up of ice on the helmet visors that day, he stated “Not really.” Station trout lakes were also monitored. Some lakes have a large amount of slush, and fishing has remained slow.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time during the week checking anglers along the North Shore. The milder temps have anglers casting into the open waters. Olson also helped with a work detail in the Fish Lake area.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted with water survival training at the Minnesota State Patrol Academy. Forty-eight cadets received training in self-rescue and defensive tactics for when their duties find them in the water. Snowmobiles trails and ice anglers were checked. Info was provided to the county attorney’s office for a deer case from a previous season. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers, snowmobilers, and ATVs. He assisted with instructing water survival training at the Minnesota State Patrol Academy. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.