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DNR Report: Officers perform duties for Pine County CO's funeral

Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream fishing and trapping activity during the week. Fishing is improving on area streams with some nice fish being caught. Many lakes are still holding ice but are steadily melting as warmer weather returns.

A complaint of night shooting is being investigated, as is illegal dumping of trash.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office with a recovery on the Echo Trail near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Several agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Border Patrol and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, spent hours searching the area after a suspicious abandoned campsite was found.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) followed up on a wetland investigation during the week. Lake Superior rivers and inland accesses were also checked.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended the funeral for CO Eugene Wynn. Time was spent on a variety of enforcement duties, such as litter, burning, trapping, fishing, ATV and monitoring the fish run.

Bermel, CO Williams and local officers busted an underage drinking party at a U.S. Forest Service remote campsite, with many underage consumption citations issued.

Ice went out on many lakes and a large number of ring-necked ducks migrated into the area.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted as part of the DNR Honor Guard with the funeral for CO Wynn. The outpouring of support for the family, friends and fellow officers by local folks in Pine City and officers from around the country was very much appreciated and makes the loss a little easier to bear.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers along the North Shore tributaries and ATV activity in the Tofte and Schroeder areas. The water temperatures are climbing and the fish are cooperating for some anglers.

Calls about nuisance wildlife are increasing with the arrival of spring.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a meeting and performed other duties in Pine City leading up to the funeral service for fallen Officer Wynn in Pine County.

Olson checked anglers along the North Shore. The rivers are holding fish and water temperatures are optimum for the spawn run. Boat anglers on Lake Superior are having good success with coho salmon. Smelters have arrived during the evening hours in the Duluth and Two Harbors rivers.

Olson also attended a firearms safety field day at the United Northern Sportsmen Club on Island Lake.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. Class 2 ATVs were worked, with multiple violations found for operating in ditches, on the left side of the road, without registration and without headlights.

Funeral services were attended for CO Wynn.

Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.