Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 14, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended arson investigation training at Camp Ripley. Court was attended at the Roseau County courthouse. CO Huener also responded to a fire east of Strathcona and made contact with the person who accidentally started the fire. A complaint was taken regarding someone shooting from a vehicle at turkeys.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports that sturgeon fishing improved throughout the week. Many anglers traveled long distances to hook into one of the big fish. CO Prachar worked with CO Benjamin to investigate the illegal taking and killing of northern pike. The large female pike travel into the ditches and tributaries of Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties every year to spawn. A number of trophy pike were found to have been killed and left in the ditches. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the ATV safety class in Grygla, investigated a call about two dead trumpeter swans, and also took a complaint about possible gray wolf depredation.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing on aquatic invasive species, angling, fire, and ATV enforcement this week. Several fires were reported.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) spent time training with K9 Storm. Time also was spent attending arson/wildfire investigation refresher training at Camp Ripley.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a wildfire investigation team meeting at Camp Ripley. An illegal fire was investigated, as was a wetland violation complaint.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports monitoring fish-run activities and coordinating with DNR Fisheries in preparation for walleye trapping. Several anglers were warned for targeting fish during the closed season. CO Vinton also assisted with security at Itasca State Park after a person fled from officers and was at large. He also assisted the Detroit Lakes Police Department with the apprehension of a high-risk sex offender who had cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. The public is reminded to take a little time to make sure all required equipment is aboard and the registration is current before launching boats for the first time this year.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) taught the law and ethics portion of the Dilworth firearms safety class and answered numerous phone calls regarding public accesses, fishing regulations, and shooting coyotes that were harassing calves.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) fielded questions about nuisance animals, a privacy fence being built, wetland issues, and turkey-hunting season.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports checking fishermen and working the fish run on area waterways.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and investigated fish overlimit complaints on area lakes.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports assistance was given to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office dive team in trying to locate a missing adult who possibly drowned near Alexandria.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports working fishing and fish run enforcement as the waterways are starting to get busy with both shore and boat anglers.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) reports time was also spend investigating fish overlimits and the taking of fish out of season.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reports open-water angling has arrived and turkeys are gobbling. CO Parthun handled a few nuisance-animal calls, issued some possession tags, and checked panfish anglers. He also assisted with an illegal burning case and with the pursuit of a fleeing suspect.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling activity. CO Broughten also investigated several wildfires and multiple wetland violations. CO Broughten also fielded calls regarding nuisance animals and injured eagles.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked spring crappie fishing and reminded boaters of AIS concerns.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports working fishing enforcement on the Rainy River. Public relations work was done at an expo held in International Falls. Time also was spent removing an abandoned fish house from Rainy Lake.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports fishing on the Rainy River has been less than positive, but it has not been for a lack of effort, which remains high. Along with monitoring fishing activity, time also was spent removing an abandoned fish house from Rainy Lake and handling an injured-animal call.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) reports Rainy River fishing has been slow. Ice on the big lake is getting dangerous,with one ATV and sled going through. Park personnel were in the area to take notice. Forest road and trail closures are on during the thaw in an effort to minimize damage from heavy vehicles.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) worked on a complaint regarding a suspected illegal deer stand on state land.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) investigated more birch cuttings this week, along with the removal of wood without a permit. The officer also took a report about a deer that died of suspicious causes.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) wrapped up cases, with enforcement action taken for littering, trespassing, and cutting or removing decorative materials without a permit (from a birch stick theft case). A litter bug with more than a truck load of litter also cleaned up the mess and was rewarded with a citation with a lesser fine.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) located a dirt bike in the woods with no registration and part of the VIN missing. The bike was turned over to the local police department. Calls about birch tree theft were looked into around Hibbing and Aurora.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports no angling activity was seen during the week as several small lakes have opened up and are now almost ice-free.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked a trout detail in the BWCAW and found travel conditions to be dangerous. The ice is leaving the shorelines fast.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended a meeting and training during the week at Camp Ripley as part of the Wildland Fire Investigation Team.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) checked anglers on border-water lakes. Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly with the warm weather, and the officer watched one angler’s ATV drop through the ice and slush as he exited a lake. The angler was able to power out of the hole without a tow. CO Manning also checked steelhead and lake trout anglers on Lake Superior and its tributaries and followed up on a TIP complaint from earlier this winter.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports checking the last of the ice anglers in the BWCAW at the beginning of the week with a 100-percent violation rate including litter, cans in the BWCAW, and crappie overlimits. Again litter is a focus of enforcement activities. Spring fish run activities are being monitored. Additional enforcement action was taken for burning outside permit conditions and ATV registration violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area shore anglers this week. Area ice is starting to pull away from shore and soften; travel is not recommended.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked steelhead anglers along the North Shore. Some nice steelhead were caught in area rivers.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing, boating, and invasive species enforcement efforts during the week.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked ATV activity, fire enforcement, and sportfishing. He also patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. Violations included ATVers on snowmobile trails, allowing illegal operation, failing to display registration, and operating unregistered ATVs.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, worked wildfire arson cases, gave a K9 demonstration for the Lake Superior Chapter of Safari Club International,, and assisted the State Patrol with K9 support while involved in a motor vehicle pursuit.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked open-water angling this week with many sportsmen getting their boats in the water for the first time. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, operating an unregistered ATV, allowing the illegal operation of an ATV by a minor, and operating an ATV on the shoulder of a county road.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) focused on angling, ATVing, and commercial enforcement.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) spent much of the week working shore anglers along the North Shore and the public accesses along the shore. ATV-related complaints have been coming in regarding operating on closed trails and trespassing.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working fishing enforcement along North Shore tributaries. Many people were observed and checked while they were fishing the spring steelhead fish run.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) welcomed open water to the area this past week. CO Humphrey conducted patrols in the Fond du Lac State Forest, which is under spring road and trail closures. CO Humphrey and Lt. Speldrich assisted the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office with a drowning incident on an area lake. CO Humphrey also handled calls/complaints on a recurring trespass issue. A permit for a road-kill bear also was issued. CO Humphrey assisted Cloquet DNR Forestry and local fire departments on a grass fire in the Kettle River area.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody attended the Safari Club International convention in Hinckley, where people were educated on the DNR K9 unit. K9 assistance was given to other agencies with a pursuit of a stolen car and a burglary in progress. A complaint from last deer season of a possible license violation is under investigation. ATVing and fishing activity is picking up in the area. A wildfire was responded to, and enforcement action was taken because the owner of the property was cutting wood with a chainsaw that leaked gas near a campfire. With dry conditions, the grass started on fire quickly and got out of control.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the North Shore fish run, where the rivers have become fishable and are holding trout.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked river and shore anglers on Lake Superior. Rainbows are starting to move into the rivers, making for some good periods of fishing.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATVers and fishermen. CO Hunter received a call about a dead swan and was notified that deer were inside the fence at the Badoura nursery. Bear-related complaints are starting in the area, so please be aware of your garbage and animal feed.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement this week. A nurse contacted CO Guida to report concern about a beaver biting a toddler in the abdomen. The beaver was reportedly dispatched on site by the child’s father. The nurse and treating physician were concerned about the transmission of rabies to the child. A call to a state-licensed veterinarian was made. The nurse was advised by the veterinarian that the beaver could not be a host for rabies.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) reports ATV trails and forest roads continue to be closed. CO Sullivan spoke with several people in watercraft who had forgotten to check for safety equipment prior to launching.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked the end of the ice-fishing season and ATVing activity. A complaint about an individual shooting near geese was addressed.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake activity including several boaters and shoreline crappie anglers.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended wildland arson investigator refresher training early in the week. Juveniles on dirt bikes were found operating on public roads without proper training.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working state and county land for ATV and forestry activity. The officer also patrolled area lakes for fishermen, with many lakes now clear of ice. CO Fitzgerald also took a complaint about ATVers tearing up the ditch on Hwy. 47.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a TIP report regarding an otter found in a trap. As a result of the investigation, enforcement action was taken for failing to notify an officer that an otter was incidentally taken.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent a lot of time following up on wildfires and dealing with landowners who had campfires and other small burns get out of control.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spoke to approximately 85 students at a firearms safety class in Pine City during the week.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked burning/fire enforcement during the week, locating a landowner who had a permit but lit his pasture on fire during high winds and dry conditions in the morning and had to call the fire department to come out and help put out the fire before it jumped onto his neighbor’s property. It was an expensive lesson, including a citation and suppression costs.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, fires, and boaters. CO Thesing also spoke at the Cold Spring DNR firearms safety class.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity and bowfishing this week. The officer talked at a Let’s Go Fishing educational meeting with some elementary students.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and ATVers. Violations were found for no angling license, extra lines, and fishing for a species during the closed season.
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent the week checking anglers and patrolling for ATV activity. CO Krauel also handled several animal-related complaint calls and gave a law talk to a firearms safety class.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing activity. Many anglers got their boats out on area lakes in search of crappies and sunfish.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) continues to monitor fishing activity in the station. Other activities included recovering a dead bald eagle from Lake Waconia and investigating a trap theft claim.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent time working angling, AIS, ATV, and boating enforcement. CO Leuthardt also responded to calls regarding ATV and OHM violations and participated in a firearms safety class in Jordan.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) received several TIP calls during the week involving shore anglers fishing with extra lines, having overlimits of fish, and targeting fish during the closed season.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities on metro-area lakes. He also responded to TIP calls in Eden Prairie and at the Coon Rapids dam regarding fishing complaints.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled district vicinities for angling, boating, and AIS activities. He also responded to calls for service that included keeping/taking fish during a closed season.
Co Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week at K9 training with his K9 partner Shelby.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers at area lakes and rivers. He also spent time on AIS and safety equipment checks on watercraft at lake accesses.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time checking anglers, watercraft users, and patrolling wildlife management areas. He also issued several cease and desist orders for wetland violations, spoke to a group at a turkey clinic, and investigated TIP complaints.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers in the area. He also spoke at a firearms safety class and assisted a neighboring officer in working bowfishing complaints.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) checked anglers this week and finished a large fire investigation.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports working fire enforcement and recreational vehicle activity. The officer also investigated fires involving illegal materials being burned. CO Kpachavi also checked into a report of a deer dumped illegally and walleyes being taken out of season, and conducted a commercial minnow inspection as well.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time last week monitoring fish run activity. CO Gutzwiller also assisted with a firearms safety class held in Madison.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working shore fishing, ATVing, and spring beaver-trapping enforcement. A presentation was given to the Marshall High School biology/wildlife class about fishing and aquatic invasive species. Along with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, CO Loftness worked a prairie grass fire on property next to Camden State Park. Five fire departments worked the fire and stopped it from spreading into the state park. Anybody with information about who started the fire is asked to call the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored ATV, commercial minnow trapping, and fishing activity during the week.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and boaters. He also spoke at a firearms safety field day at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time checking anglers and working areas for spring fish run activity. He also worked a TIP booth at the Willmar Boat Show.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports numerous complaints about bowfishermen, for shooting game fish, being loud at night, and littering by dumping rough fish in state wildlife management area parking lots. Local fishermen found an old turtle trap in an area lake that will be followed up on with the owner.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) responded to calls about an incidentally caught otter, angling with extra lines, and ATV trespass.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) noted a leopard frog migration from Little Spirit Lake to a nearby wetland area.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling and ATVing activity this week. Questions were fielded regarding the upcoming turkey season.
CO Jeremy Henke reports time was spent monitoring ATV traffic in the area, and the first local ATV crash with injuries was reported for the season. CO Henke also patrolled for fire enforcement due to dry conditions.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports working anglers on the Mississippi River. A possible wetland violation was investigated with the Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) encountered a trout being kept alive in a submerged cage at an area lake. The trout was unlawfully transported from Foster Arend Lake. CO Seamans located the responsible party and took enforcement action.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports several trespass complaints were handled this week.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) assisted Arizona DNR officers with a big-game license violation investigation.