Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) spent most of the week at Camp Ripley for annual in-service training. He also checked spring anglers chasing suckers, patrolled Jay Cooke State Park and had a report of escaped elk at a local elk farm, which he is following up on. Staples also assisted the Moose Lake Police Department in locating potential evidence.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked spring forest road and trail closures during the week. He attended Division in-service at Camp Ripley and worked an enforcement detail on the Rainy River over the weekend.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) spent time at Camp Ripley instructing division in-service training this past week. Snowmobile and ATV activity was addressed. Registration issues are already arising with ATVs coming out for the summer season. Enforcement action was taken for no ATV registration, allowing illegal juvenile operation of a snowmobile, failure to transfer ownership, operating an unregistered snowmobile, no snowmobile safety certificate and for a juvenile without a helmet on a snowmobile.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked along the North Shore and checked anglers along rivers and the shore. ATV complaint areas were worked and nuisance animal issues were handled. Schmidt worked a detail on the Rainy River over the weekend. Fishing was very slow due to water temperatures and recent storms.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked at Camp Ripley as a use of force instructor for annual officer training. During her travels, she observed a large amount of black smoke and investigated the source. She discovered a new homeowner burning some items discarded from cleaning out his new home, including a couch. The flame was quickly extinguished and revealed several prohibited items being burned.