Bemidji-area conservation officer named CO of the year

Abdi Isaaq
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Hannah Mishler, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, was named its conservation officer of the year.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer of the Year is an annual award given to an officer for exceptional overall career performance. Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division, recently presented the awards.

Mishler has been a conservation officer since 2014 and is currently stationed in Bemidji. Mishler and her K9 partner Storm are members of the Enforcement Division’s K9 Unit, and she regularly assists in the training of new conservation officers at Camp Ripley’s Academies.

She also works as an arson investigator and devotes time with the Enforcement Division’s peer support team to assist other law enforcement officers.

“Our conservation officers do an amazing job of protecting Minnesota’s people and natural resources every day,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “We ask a lot of our officers, and they always answer the call. CO Mishler embodies what it means to be a conservation officer, and pushes a bar that’s already been set high even higher.”

Smith added: “In her time with the DNR, CO Mishler has proven herself to be an exceptional officer who’s always willing to help her partners and do what it takes to get the job done. She’s highly visible in her community – whether she’s in the woods, on the water or sharing her passion for the outdoors at public events – and positively reflects the values and mission of the Enforcement Division and the department as a whole.”

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