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DNR Report: OHV activity picks up

Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody recertified in game detection at the K9 trials in Grand Rapids over the weekend.

Assistance was given to another agency after receiving a call of a vehicle driving poorly. After contacting the driver, it was discovered his driver's license was canceled inimical to public safety. He was also found to be consuming alcohol and in possession of suspected narcotics.

Assistance was given to a call of a grass fire along Interstate 35. The fire was small and only burned a small section of the ditch.

Time was spent at the Safari Club International banquet in Hinckley, where questions were answered on the job of a CO and about the DNR K9 unit.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked spring forest road and trail closures and fire enforcement during the week. Time was also spent checking a few sucker anglers. Humphrey attended a Division Honor Guard meeting and qualification.

Seasonal station equipment maintenance and changeover were completed.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw an increase in ATV activity as the snow quickly disappears. Honor Guard duties and training were attended at Camp Ripley for the upcoming division in-service.

Enforcement action was taken for no state park pass.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked area rivers for angling activity and trespass issues. All Lake Superior tributaries are open and running and shore anglers have been out in force. Easterly winds have hampered some areas of shore angling as the ice has piled along much of the shore below the Knife River.

ATV and dumping complaints were investigated and problem areas were worked.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked for anglers on area lakes and streams. She attended Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard training at the Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Paul for the May 15 Law Enforcement Memorial.

Speldrich received turkey hunting questions and ATV registration questions.

A reminder to OHV riders to check the DNR website for trail closures if you are planning to ride in the state forests. Many are closed due to wet conditions.

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