DNR Report: Officers respond to snowmobile trespass complaints

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Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) worked snowmobile trespass complaints in the area over the past week. He received complaints of snowmobile riders going off trails and threatening to damage crops and property. Staples advised snowmobilers to make sure they have permission before going onto private property. He made enforcement contacts for registration and speeding violations. Ice fishing remains slow in the area and ice conditions remain poor.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw plenty of snowmobile activity prior to the rain. Improper display or no display of registration continue to be frequent violations. At one point, eight separate violations were found in less than an hour in one spot on the trail on Saturday. Willis also helped volunteer instructors with a snowmobile safety class in Cromwell.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) continued work on a background investigation. She also worked area trails for snowmobiling activity.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) assisted with a snowmobile safety class in Tamarack where more than 40 students were certified. Ladd also checked anglers and snowmobile activity. She took enforcement action for hunting deer over bait, violating the feeding ban, fishing without a license and burning prohibited materials.

Katie Rohman has served as the managing editor of the Duluth News Tribune since 2019. She started with Duluth Media Group in 2017 as regional editor of the Superior Telegram, Pine Journal, Lake County News-Chronicle, Eastern Observer and Western Weekly. She has worked in newspapers around the Midwest since 2004.
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