Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and fishing activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license. Assistance was given to the State Patrol after a vehicle struck a deer on the interstate and was disabled.
While driving on the interstate, a vehicle was observed swerving and driving slowly. After pulling up alongside the vehicle, Staples observed the driver reading a book while driving. He was stopped and stated that he was having vehicle problems and was reading the owner’s manual to try to figure out what was wrong. A state trooper was contacted and enforcement action was taken.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating and aquatic invasive species enforcement during the week.
Humphrey served as part of the Enforcement Division Honor Guard detail for Red Lake Nation CO Shannon Barron, who had died in the line of duty. Humphrey attended a retirement gathering for CO Mike Scott and presented him with his badge and a plaque from the Minnesota Conservation Officers Association.
Humphrey investigated waters complaints involving structures in Big Lake, responded to a Turn in Poachers call of possible illegal netting and assisted the State Patrol with dispatching and removing an injured deer from Interstate 35.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) helped instruct during alcohol enforcement week at the Academy for the new conservation officer candidates.
Willis also participated as part of the Division Honor Guard at the funeral for fallen Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Shannon Barron.
Assistance was provided to Floodwood Police Department at their annual Catfish Days events.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended a site visit on a Wetland Conservation Act violation with the Pine County Soil and Water Conservation District.
She also attended the funeral for Red Lake Nation Conservation Officer Barron.
She answered questions regarding orphaned fawns and off-highway motorcycle registration and operation.