MInnesota Cuffs & Collars - June 1st, 2012
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods, the Roseau River and Hayes Lake. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines and filleting an illegal length fish on the lake.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with fellow officers on angling, boating safety and invasive species enforcement. ATV activity was busy in the state forest.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reports presentations were given to three different groups of youth from grade schools on boat and water safety. Enforcement action for fail to register a sturgeon.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports anglers were checked and ATV damage in a WMA was investigated. Animal calls concerning nuisance bears, a painted turtle, and possible squirrel harassment were addressed.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) reports a call of a possible wolf depredation was received with the investigation ongoing. Questions were answered in regards to the wolf season, angling requirements, and possession limits.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated a wolf depredation, worked a boat & water safety project, and checked anglers on experimental regulation lakes.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) gave a boating safety class to Kindergarten and 1st graders from Blackduck and Kelliher schools at the Big Bog Adventure Day.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports nuisance animal calls involved coyotes killing calves, bear destroying bee hives, goose depredation, and beaver issues. Malinowski participated in a radio program, speaking about AIS laws and other water activities.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) investigated a wolf depredation complaint that turned out to be coyotes killing lambs. The landowner was able to destroy the coyote.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) spoke to a lake association about AIS laws. Work continues on a background investigation of a conservation applicant.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports baby animal calls are coming in. People are reminded to leave the babies alone; mom will return when you leave the area.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) assisted other law enforcement officers’ search for a missing elderly person. The person was located unharmed. Vinton contacted three young anglers on the Ottertail River, battling a big fish. A lake sturgeon had taken their sunfish hook. One boy said the fight had been going on for 1 hour, 41 minutes. The sturgeon jumped while Vinton was there and estimated at 48 inches. The boys were reminded to release the fish if they landed it. There is no sturgeon season in this area.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports OHM activity has increased. Operators are reminded that operation in the road ditch is illegal unless the bike is street legal and you have a motorcycle endorsement.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) assisted with training at the Conservation Officer Academy, and continues to work on a CO applicant background investigation.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers during the opening weekend for bass. Most anglers found some cooperative fish. ATVs and boaters were also checked.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) assisted Ottertail County with a drowning where a person jumped off a bridge into a river and drowned. Complaints of a dead loon, an owl caught in a fence, leech trapping, shoreline alteration, and aquatic plant removal were investigated.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) assisted with an ATV safety class in Breckenridge.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored ATV activity and set up two upcoming ATV safety classes.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) assisted with a firearms safety class in Hoffman. A complaint was worked regarding an individual shooting from a motor vehicle.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked AIS details in Douglas County over the Memorial Day Weekend. Violation rates were higher than in previous AIS details. One individual checked was complaining that cormorants and pelicans were the main transporters of invasive species.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports TIP calls were investigated and responded to and enforcement contacts were made regarding unlawful ATV operation.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) worked the Glenwood area over the Memorial Day Weekend. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, failing to remove drain plugs, failing to drain water from watercraft and various boating equipment violations.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports the most common question fishermen have is how to transport live bait.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports compliance with the drain plug law has improved, but there is a minority that seems to think putting the boat plug in the boat in their driveway is fine. It’s not.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) completed training, worked some AIS details, and checked anglers on area lakes. He presented several young boaters wearing life jackets with a coupon for a Dairy Queen treat.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) patrolled the Paul Bunyan State Forest over the weekend and found that horseback riders, percentage wise, were the highest violators. Horse riders are reminded that they need a horse pass to ride in state forests. A special thank you to the couple who walked the Coon Lakes Trails and Spur 1, picking up trash. Think of how nice our forests could be if everyone followed suit.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) noted several recreational vehicles were out resulting in one personal injury crash involving an ATV that was rolled.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) responded to a call of a boater who had fallen out of his boat and the boat continued under power. An alert person on shore witnessed the event, acted quickly, and got the man out of the water. The person who had fallen in was wearing a PFD, which contributed to the positive outcome.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports two gill nets were reported with dead fish on Cass and Leech lakes. The nets were found to have very old dead decaying fish, likely from early spring or winter, and did not have the required identification. The investigation will continue with the Leech Lake Band conservation officers. Officer Mathy also came across complaints of illegal OHV operation. Upon arrival, he discovered many juvenile ATV operators with several violations. The juveniles were warned and cited and parents cited for allowing illegal operation.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) dealt with issues related to wetland draining, nuisance bears, and normal summer activities.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) checked compliance with Minnesota’s invasive species laws which resulted in few violations. CO Broughten also assisted with Northland Elementary “Take a Kid Fishing Day” and responded to several ATV complaints.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked OHV activity and investigated a wolf complaint.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer – Park Rapids) reminds all riders to stay on the trails, out of the wetlands, and non-residents need trail passes.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) spent time enforcing AIS laws over Memorial Day Weekend.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports nuisance beaver and wolf depredation complaints were investigated and handled.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) handled a higher than normal amount of nuisance animal complaints. Aerial support and several officers were used to deal with OHV trespass complaints on the Mesabi Trail from Grand Rapids to Hibbing.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV and OHM violations.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports AIS was worked and compliance appeared to be up from opener.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) says nuisance animal complaints ranging from skunks and raccoons to bears and wolves continue to come in on a regular basis.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) says enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession, angling without license, failure to remove boat plugs while transporting, and angle with extra lines.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked two AIS projects during the week and handled ATV and fishing complaints.
CO Jayson Hansen (Pengilly) assisted with a couple stranded boaters on Dixon Lake.
CO Brent Speldrich (Northeast ATV Rec.) worked a busy intersection on Memorial Day. During this work detail, eight citations were issued for failing to remove drain plug. He also assisted the Aitkin Co SO with a call within the city of McGregor. A short foot pursuit and the suspect was taken into custody.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted stranded boaters on Third River and assisted the county with a missing person.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked a BWCA detail with the local officer. Enforcement action was taken for walleye over limit, unattended line, canoe registration, possess marijuana and transport plugs in boat violations.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a Mesabi Trail detail with the airplane. Multiple stops were made for ATVs on the trail.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that while working at an area access with CO Keith Olson, an off-highway motorcycle drove by and failed to stop when directed. The cycle later was found and three people were arrested for several violations including possession of a stolen motorcycle, fleeing, and obstructing the legal process. Assistance with K9 Schody was given at a work detail in the BWCA at a portage crossing checking fish limits and compliance with other regulations.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the week working on a background investigation for a possible new hire conservation officer.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) along with CO Hanzal assisted the sheriff’s department with a drunk driver who drove off a roadway.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports several area residence are coming across what they believe are abandoned fawns. Please leave the fawns alone; mother is usually nearby even though you may not see her.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) assisted Officer Staples and Officer Olson with an off-highway motorcycle that fled from them and the operator fled into an apartment building.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) worked AIS compliance, fishing, and boating enforcement. The violations he encountered were out of state boaters trailering their boats into the state. One person stated that makes sense, since he lives in an area of zebra mussel invested waters.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked assisted on an ATV pursuit, which lead to the operator’s arrest and forfeiture of the machine.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) assisted park staff with trail assessment, closure posting and enforcing trail closure of the mountain bike trail system due to damage from this week’s heavy rain. There have been several landslides resulting in blocked trails and in some cases the trails are gone. The park manager advises the mountain bike trails are closed until further notice.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to issues of ATVs tearing up a public access, destruction of protected wild orchids, sale of DNR signs at a garage sale, incidental otter taken by nuisance beaver trappers, and goose related complaints including crop depredation and shooting out of season.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports enforcement action taken for illegal ATV operation when it was discovered that the only adult on the machine had no valid driver’s license. She had four passengers less than 10 years old and without helmets.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports a majority of boaters were found cleaning equipment of vegetation and draining all water before leaving the lakes. A few citations were issued to those who failed to put in the effort.
WREO Robert Haberman (Brainerd) assisted fellow COs with a felony fleeing case. The suspect was arrested and transported to jail.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishermen and boaters during the weekend. Weather conditions were less than desirable. Many areas were flooded due to the 5 to 6 inches of rain that had fallen during the past few days.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angling activity that included the opening of bass season. Over the weekend, Officer Verkuilen arrested and brought an individual to jail for a felony charge after a 12-mile, high-speed pursuit on an ATV. Nine years ago, Officer Verkuilen warned and sent the same individual home for illegal ATV operation.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) assisted the sheriff’s department and the State Patrol with a couple calls. One involved a traffic crash on Hwy. 70 in which several medical helicopters were flown in to transport victims.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Keith Bertram (WREO) spent the week checking anglers and boaters in Todd, Chisago, and Sherburne counties. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no ATV registration, and several AIS violations.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on a TIP call about carp being dumped in a ditch.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) assisted at the Verso Paper Mill fire.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked a boating enforcement detail and an AIS details with neighboring officers. The officer investigated a complaint about carp being dumped near a spot popular among archery carp shooters.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked a Red Lake detail with Officer Walter during which they issued summonses and written warnings for a number of violations.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. Time also was spent patrolling ATV complaint areas.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) checked boaters and anglers on area lakes and rivers throughout the week. Time also was spent talking with a local Cub Scout group about the importance of our natural resources and the job of a conservation officer.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) continued work on background investigations. Officer Salzer also received a call regarding a nuisance turkey but has not yet located the turkey. Salzer also assisted with an ATV detail in northern Minnesota. He worked an AIS detail on Mille Lacs Lake.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) responded to a TIP call about a possible waterfowl violation.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) watched three anglers who were enjoying some success. However, once CO Block contacted them at the access, their joy quickly faded to disappointment, as 39 crappies discovered in a backpack put the group 38 crappies over their limit.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked boating enforcement on Lake Minnetonka during the holiday weekend. One individual was arrested for a felony BUI and his boat was seized.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) took a TIP call regarding individuals who were taking bass out of season, but a violation of no angling license was found.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers for boating and angling activity. Time also was spent checking boats to see if plugs were removed from boats while being transported on a roadway.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) continued to train the new DNR K9, Axel.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended the Continuous Improvement and Innovation Initiative Project Team Retreat in St. Paul.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and enforcing invasive species laws. Invasive species law compliance seems to be improving.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports that a deer missing from a local breeder is under investigation.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) continued employment background investigations of CO applicants. The officer checked numerous anglers and boaters during the holiday weekend. Enforcement action for the week was taken for failing to remove drain plugs and operating a PWC at greater than no-wake speed within 150 feet of swimmers and docks.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) concentrated his efforts on AIS enforcement in the area. CO Oberg would like to remind anglers the possession limit for walleyes on area lakes and rivers is six; this includes fish you have at home.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports TIP calls were investigated for possible fish taken out of season.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports time was spent following up on information regarding wetland and public waters impacts.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports contact was made with the raptor center regarding a young eagle that had blown out of a nest.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent most of last week on angling and boating enforcement. High winds in conjunction with thunderstorms caused damage to several boat lifts in the area. One pontoon was still on its lift, upside down in the water. Several anglers apparently were not expecting to be checked on the holiday weekend, as they had not bothered to purchase licenses before angling.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked aquatic invasive species, angling, and boating activities. Enforcement action was taken for failing to remove boat plugs while transporting watercraft upon public roadways, and boating equipment infractions.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked boat and water safety during the week. The officer assisted a local deputy in taking a stolen ATV report.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending most of last week checking anglers and watercraft operators on area lakes and rivers. Time also was spent enforcing AIS laws. A suspected wetland violation site was inspected.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing, boat and water safety, and invasive species enforcement. Time was spent on the Mississippi in the Winona area, assisting in the search for a drowning victim. Two aquatic invasive species details were worked. Many boaters were educated about the transport of water and the need to remove all plugs from the boat while in transit on Minnesota roadways.
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators throughout the week. He took complaints about anglers using extra lines and people angling for bass before the season opened.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports heavy river traffic over holiday weekend. He continues to assist Winona County in searching for a drowning victim. He received a call about an unattended, floating boat on a day with high winds. He found the boat, with a person sleeping inside it. The subject was from California and was floating from St. Paul to New Orleans and was writing a book about it.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) assisted with AIS details, and sheriff’s departments – with an elderly man on the highway and stopping a vehicle with an occupant who just shoplifted.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) assisted in the search for and recovery of two lost hunters in the Hay Creek State Forest.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports a TIP call was investigated and several undersized bass were seized.