MInnesota Cuffs & Collars - July 6th, 2012
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted U.S. Customs at the Warroad Port of Entry with returning anglers and boaters. AIS compliance was found to be very good.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated a complaint about the unlawful use of public water with an irrigation system; a cease and desist order was issued. Enforcement action for the week included unlawful appropriation of public water and operation of an ATV in a closed area of a WMA.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) reports enforcement action for the week included angling without a license and no ATV registration.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked leech trappers, anglers, and boaters.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked anglers and boaters for fishing, boating safety, and AIS law compliance. An ATV complaint area was patrolled.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked ATVs in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Complaints about nuisance bears and geese were investigated.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) investigated complaints of PWCers operating after hours.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) investigated complaints regarding altering a shoreline, PWC operation, and wetland drainage.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended Use of Force instructor training.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports complaints about illegal sand blankets, removal of aquatic plants without a permit, and leech trapping were investigated.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson met with BWSR and a state representative concerning a WCA violation.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports receiving and working fishing complaints on area lakes.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) responded to a complaint about cattle discharging solid waste into a lake in Otter Tail County, along with fencing obstructing boating navigation.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports a TIP call and subsequent investigation found that a man had shot a deer behind his rural residence with a rifle. When Johanson arrived at the scene, the deer already was being processed. Charges are pending regarding gross misdemeanor taking of a deer out of season and other deer-related violations; the deer and rifle have been seized.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking boaters, fishermen, and ATV operators. Time also was spent monitoring minnow-trapping activity and AIS compliance at local accesses.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) handled several calls regarding animals during the week. Most notable was an injured turkey vulture that walked into a garage. There was no saving the bird.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) assisted the area wildlife manager in locating geese for possible banding and received a request for assistance from Hubbard County, with two OHM personal injury crashes that occurred minutes apart in the Paul Bunyan State Forest.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received calls about anglers over their limits on fish, and complaints about nuisance beavers.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) primarily worked water-related activity, encountering some ATVers between lakes.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATV and angling activity. Angling success continued to be slow. Due to high water levels on area lakes, boaters are asked to reduce speeds when operating close to shorelines and docks. CO Broughten also staffed the Wall of Shame trailer at the Cass County Fair.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time on fishing, boat and water safety, and invasive species enforcement on Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama. Several ATV issues/complaints were handled, along with nuisance animal complaints.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) finished up on the final details of a background investigation for the next CO hire. A Jay Cooke State Park security detail was worked. It was a busy weekend for ATVers and other recreational vehicle users; illegal juvenile operation was the most frequent violation found.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) heard a county radio call about a subject that was wanted by police on felony warrants. The officer found the subject on an ATV and stopped it; however, the man fled on foot into a swamp. The officer engaged in a foot pursuit and captured him, but not before both had ended up in chest-deep water in a ditch. The man was arrested on the warrants and was cited for fleeing on foot, driving after revocation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked anglers and boaters on Virginia-area lakes.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports several different ATVers were observed driving down a state highway, and another was observed operating at a high speed against traffic. Officer Stage spent time in the BWCAW working on a bear problem. Canoe registration issues seemed to be better this week. Canoeists are reminded that even if a home state does not require registration on a canoe, one must obtain registration before a canoe can be used in Minnesota.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) received several complaints about nuisance bears this week.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that people are still leaving their drain plugs in their boats and failing to drain their bait buckets before leaving a lake. A shortage of PFDs also was a common oversight. Some parents are great at making sure their kids have their life jackets on, but neglect to have enough in the boat for the adults. A couple of complaints about bears were reported, with one large bruin entering an occupied residence and another chasing a local refuse hauler around his garbage truck as he picked up garbage at a U.S. Forest Service campground. The second bear had previous injuries and was bleeding around its neck.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took complaints about nuisance bears and beavers and checked anglers and boaters. Anglers are reminded to review angling and boating equipment regulations for Lake Superior.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time working boating and angling enforcement on Lake Superior.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) gave assistance to the sheriff’s department with an ATV rollover crash in which two people were injured.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) reports enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, operating a Class 1 ATV on a roadway, failure to have navigational lights on after sunset, and no license in possession.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) assisted with youth boat and water training at Pokegama Lake. Enforcement action was taken for possessing slot walleyes and for transporting boats with plugs not pulled. A wetland restoration order was issued.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action for operating a PWC above wake speed next to another watercraft, unregistered watercraft, and angling without a license.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) and CO trainee Shawn Wichmann patrolled a variety of lakes and campgrounds in the Bigfork area and assisted with a district boating class at Tioga Beach on Pokegama Lake.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) helped with a boat and water safety class, and worked security at Jay Cooke State Park.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVers, state park users, and campers.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody were certified at the USPCA Region 12 PD1 dog trials in St. Cloud this week. A K9 demo was put on for the public in Carlton. People were given the opportunity to meet the DNR K9s and were shown what they do as DNR officers.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) continued to work with St. Louis County, Carlton County, and the cities of Moose Lake, Thompson, Carlton, and Duluth with public safety and damage assessment from the floods.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) patrolled in the Fond du Lac State Forest, which has been closed as a result of flood damage and high water. A complaint received from a concerned citizen led to charges for littering and damaging state property at a remote lake access.
CO Kip Duncan (Duluth) and COC Jen Mueller held an archery field day last week for an area youth. They also took some accidentally taken furs from a local trapper.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports a caller was given advice for dealing with an aggressive doe that had attacked her dog multiple times. A fawn hiding in the nearby grass likely was the cause of the strange behavior.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked commercial fishing and boating, and AIS enforcement during the week. Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling, and commercial violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) checked anglers and investigated ATV damage complaint and shore fishing area on Mississippi River.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked in the Duluth and Jay Cooke State Park on flood-related issues and security because of public safety concerns. He maintained a checkpoint into the closed park. Violations observed were people ignoring and driving around a road barricade and trying to enter the park. One party who drove around the barricade and past the checkpoint was stopped. He was asked why he ignored the signs, and he said that if he could drive around the barricade he was good to go. Appropriate enforcement action was taken, and he was assured that “road closed” meant the road was closed.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) gave a presentation to MDHA Forkhorn campers at Long Lake Conservation Center.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) staffed the DNR Wall of Shame at the Cass County Fair in Pine River and assisted with the final Boat and Water safety classes for the summer in Breezy Point and Crosslake. A call about a nuisance bear was handled and a report of a sick deer and injured eagle also were handled.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
No report available.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) assisted at the Can-Am Police-Fire Games being held in the St. Cloud area.
CO Keith Bertram (WREO) issued a cease and desist order for a wetland violation.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received TIP calls about individuals cutting aquatic vegetation.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week and worked on waters complaint.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) handled aquatic plant complaints.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked on several waters complaints.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) received a citizen complaint about the dumping of carp by bow fishermen, investigated the report, and issued citations to the violators.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) captured an injured banded peregrine falcon inside the walls of the St. Cloud prison; the raptor was transported to the Raptor Center.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked anglers and boaters on local rivers and lakes, and checked for AIS compliance.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He issued summonses and written warnings for a number of violations.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continues to field numerous calls related to citizens worried about the well-being of young ducks, deer, foxes, and raccoons.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports that most people having trouble with bears are the ones who refuse to stop feeding birds for a few weeks.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. Enforcement action was taken for failure to pull plugs on watercraft, angling with extra lines, and a Minnesota resident angling without a license, along with several life preserver violations.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) spent time working ATV activity and AIS enforcement.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) handled muskrat, goose, and raccoon damage complaints. Complaints about PWCs were handled on the Crow River, with machines being run at high rates of speed and causing shoreline damage. A TIP about late-night shooting was investigated, which turned out to be fireworks.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked watercraft for invasive species at public accesses. Numerous individuals were cited for failing to remove their drain plugs.
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) started an investigation into a boater who damaged one of the decontamination units. CO Kahre also worked a boating safety detail on Lake Minnetonka.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) worked with COs Neitzke and Arntzen on a Lake Minnetonka boat and water safety detail.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) continued field training with CO Arntzen. They worked fishing and boating enforcement on metro lakes and rivers.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) provided a ride-along for a DNR intern. CO Block also assisted district officers with a watercraft seizure as a result of a boating while intoxicated arrest.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boating enforcement with CO Kahre on Lake Minnetonka. Violations found were riding on gunwales, no lifesaving device on board, watercraft without navigation lights, and no-wake zone violations.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) worked on a background investigation and assisted the Aviation Section.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled Dakota and Washington counties for angling and boating enforcement. Citations were issued for angling with extra lines and possession of drug paraphernalia. Training continues with K9 Axel.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) handled several calls about animals and other complaints throughout the week, and attended taxidermy training at Camp Ripley.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) issued a nuisance beaver permit, worked AIS enforcement, and handled calls regarding nuisance animals. She also worked ATV and WMA enforcement in Anoka County
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake), along with his K9 Hunter, competed at the U.S. Police Canine Association field trials in St. Cloud. They took 2nd place overall and the top obedience score at the competition.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports an investigation was done regarding a farmer who illegally piled field rock in a WMA.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) decided to take a long walk along a lakeshore after seeing a watercraft registration violation through his spotting scope. When he got close to the watercraft, he discovered an ATV with a punched ignition parked in the lake. The ATV had gone through a WMA, wetland, and into the lake. The driver of the ATV was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The occupants of the watercraft were under 21 and in possession of alcohol. In all, 12 violations were detected with the group. The person arrested on the warrant made a comment that it must have been a slow day to walk all the way out there, before the subject left with the Lac qui Parle County deputy.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports encouraging numbers of pheasant broods were observed.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) gave assistance to the Murray County Sheriff Department in the search for a juvenile runaway.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports enforcement included a DWI arrest, angling with extra lines, illegal use of treble hooks, and PFD violations.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) and COC Jason Beckmann spent the majority of the week working on commercial fishing enforcement. A site inspection was conducted at a commercial minnow dealer site.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended a media day on Lake Washington in Le Sueur County regarding the new AIS laws and fines that will be enforced after July 1.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) worked PWC operation, with violations found for operating within 150 feet of shore/boats at greater than slow no-wake speed.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continues to receive complaints about rough fish being left on the banks of streams, which resulted in one area being posted and closed to anglers and bow fishermen.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) followed up on a public waters violation.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports catfish fishing is starting to pick up with limits of channel cats observed in the bag. CO Oberg investigated a call about a possible cougar sighting near Hutchinson.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) conducted a short interview with Outdoor News, and participated in the annual Can-Am police games held this year in St. Cloud.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) discussed AIS laws with boaters at Round Lake again this past weekend. Time also was spent checking on a possible public waters issue.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) responded to TIP calls involving wanton waste of fish and dumping on a WMA.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) finished a background investigation on a CO job applicant, attended taxidermy training, and participated in an AIS media event.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) conducted some flight training operations.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports a fish overlimit case was investigated.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) reports wetland cases are being investigated.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checked canoers and patrolled the Root River area. Multiple sightings of bears have been reported.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) found two people fishing without licenses in the exact location they were fishing without licenses in March; one of them also was taken to jail on a warrant.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports the Mississippi remains several feet above normal water levels. CO Fritz attended a joint meeting with Wisconsin, Iowa, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials. Officer Fritz also had a discussion with ginseng harvesters and dealers.
CO Phil George (Rochester) reports two anglers were located with overlimits of crappies. Other enforcement action was taken for various boating violations.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports step one of field training continued with COC Napoleon Genereux. Some fishing violations were detected.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers during the week. Fishing success was mixed because of the high water, and some anglers were doing OK on trout.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports continuing the field-training process with COC Anthony Bermel. Officers concentrated their enforcement efforts on the Cannon, Mississippi, and Zumbro rivers, as well as working neighboring vacant stations.