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Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a border detail in the Grand Marais station with other district officers. Enforcement action was taken for illegal transportation of fish and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) violations. Murray also investigated an arson fire and wetland violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling and boating activity. Time was spent enforcing game and fish laws as well as AIS rules at the Grand Portage Port of Entry.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior in the Duluth-to-Two Harbors end. Fish are still being caught on the surface near the McQuade Safe Harbor.

A reminder to leave newborn animals alone — they are not abandoned and mom is close by. Inland stream trout anglers were also checked before the bugs are too bad in the woods.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) participated in a border work detail at the Grand Portage Port of Entry with other conservation officers.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent several days along with other District 6 officers focusing on AIS enforcement in the Grand Marais area. Compliance seemed higher than in past years, but several citations were issued. Violations included failure to drain water-related equipment, failure to remove drain plugs, possessing a fish overlimit and possessing uncountable fish.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked an enforcement saturation detail at the Grand Portage Port of Entry, contacting boaters and anglers traveling to and from Canada. Several folks were prevented from transferring water from Canadian lakes back to their home waters and a few overlimits were caught.

Boaters and anglers were also checked on inland lakes and state parks were patrolled by the officer.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports spending most of his patrol time on the water. One individual was arrested for boating while intoxicated while returning from a motorized Basswood Lake day trip. Other enforcement action included jet ski violations, watercraft registration violations, insufficient personal floatation devices and wanton waste.

Additional time was spent on a shoreline project with potential violations and nuisance beaver complaints.

Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.