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Wanted: Watercraft inspector interns at Brainerd area lakes

 The DNR is seeking watercraft inspector interns in Brainerd for the upcoming boating season.

Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.  

Positions also are available in Winona, the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, International Falls, Duluth, Bemidji, Minnetonka and the surrounding areas.

Watercraft inspectors inform and educate the public about aquatic invasive species and the threat they pose to Minnesota waters. Other duties may include assisting with access posting, conducting invasive species plant removal and other natural resource projects. These are full-time temporary internships that start in late April and run through the middle of October, with flexibility for students still in school.

Applicants must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, be enrolled in a natural resources or related program and eligible to receive school credit for the position. Application deadline is March 11.

To view the job description, visit To apply, visit and perform a job search for watercraft inspectors or contact Heidi Wolf at (651) 259-5152 or with questions.

4 members of Garrison DU chapter honored

Four members of the Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited received Northern Division recognition at the state convention Feb. 11-13 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd. 

Award winners: Myron Stevens, for Sportsmans Night Out; Greg Erickson, Fishing for Ducks ice fishing event; Scott Anderson, area chairman; Lisa Perlberg, membership dinner event; Paul Erickson, sponsor dinner event. 

Myron and Kathy Stevens of Brainerd are committee members of the Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Myron Stevens also serves on the state council and is zone chair and both Stevenses also serve on the state convention committee. The Stevenses also received the Al and Rosie Landowski State Volunteer Leadership award.

Conservation officer Sherack promoted

Lt. Chad Sherack, most recently a conservation officer in the Pequot Lakes area, was one of several DNR conservation officers who were recently promoted.

Sherack, a former deputy sheriff, will serve as DNR District 10 enforcement supervisor, which includes Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties. Sherack’s most recent assignment was at the Pequot Lakes Field Station. He replaces Lt. Rita Frenzel, who retired last year.

Sherack is an avid outdoorsman who joined the DNR in 1998. He has served in a variety of positions, including firearms/use of force instructor, equipment committee member, waterfowl task force member, snowmobile task force member, field training officer and conservation officer academy instructor/evaluator.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.