Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored Kittson, Roseau, and Marshall
counties for trapping activity, fires, and illegal deer stands.
Several illegal stands were removed. Enforcement action was taken
for burning large amounts of plastics, garbage, and tractor

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) assisted with a wildfire arson
investigation and checked anglers on the Rainy River.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked with DNR Enforcement Director
Jim Konrad on the Rainy River. CO Birchem continued to investigate
complaints of overlimits and illegal-length walleyes from the Rainy

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke to the Natural
Resources Law Enforcement class at the University of
Minnesota-Crookston on sport-fishing enforcement techniques. CO
Woinarowicz was summoned to investigate a wildfire east of Thief
River Falls. The firefighters battling the flames had witnessed an
individual remove an untagged trophy whitetail buck head and
antlers from where they were hanging on a fence, and attempt to
hide them in a nearby shed. During the course of the investigation,
CO Woinarowicz interviewed the individual and located the large
deer rack. The individual admitted to losing control of the fire
that resulted in the fire department being summoned, as well as
admitting that he illegally took the large buck from the roadway
and then took it home without tagging it because he had already
shot and tagged a smaller buck during the 2009 deer season. The
head was seized, and charges are pending for both the fire and the
illegal taking of the buck.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) released an otter caught in a beaver set.
He also attended Use of Force instructor training.

CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) reports a leeching complaint and an OHM
crash – where the operator broke his leg – were investigated.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) is assisting with wildfire arson
investigations in the northwestern Minnesota.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated several wildfires and
burning complaints. Fish run and angling activity were monitored.
ATV and OHM riders were checked.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) worked with DNR Forestry and
local fire departments investigating fires that got out of control
or were started without a burn permit. One fire was started
accidentally by young boys lighting firecrackers.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) responded to several burning complaints.
Some were unpermitted fires and some were arson. Fish run and
angling activity were monitored, and two beaver-trapping complaints
were investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received several TIP calls
related to angling activity. A wanton waste case involved snow
geese and Canada geese dumped near the Ottertail River.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) monitored fish run and burning
activity. Angling complaint areas were checked and monitored for

CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) checked crappie anglers and
monitored fish run activity. One angler was found with an overlimit
of crappies, and was in possession of drug paraphernalia and

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) investigated a report about a swan
that had been shot to death. The incident occurred in a flooded
field off Hackberry Road near the Douglas/Todd county line. Anyone
with information should contact the officer or the TIP hotline at

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked anglers, ATVers, and
minnow dealers. Complaints of illegal burning, fish spearing, and
trash in a WMA were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for
fishing without a license.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports two wetland alteration
complaints were investigated.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) was busy with fires, trapping,
angling, and ATVs. He assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s
Department in apprehending a suspect in a felony assault. CO
Parthun also met with county prosecutors resulting in a DWI suspect
pleading guilty.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to an accident involving
two youth OHM operators who were jumping a road approach. While
doing so, one of the operators contacted a guide wire coming from a
telephone pole. OHM riders are reminded that they may not operate
on a road or in a road ditch. CO Oldakowski also provided
assistance to local law enforcement officers on a domestic
disturbance-related issue.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) investigated some wetland damage caused
by ATV activity on Chippewa National Forest land.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) started seeing more ATV activity and
continued to check for illegal fires during high fire danger

CO Larry Francis (Remer) patrolled closed forests for motorized
vehicle use and fielded calls in reference to accidentally caught

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted Forestry with a wildfire
complaint and investigated several shoreline alteration

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) picked up a banded pelican on Lake
Shamineau that died due to fishing line getting wrapped around its
beak and foot.

CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) spent the
week monitoring closed state forest roads and trails and checking
on trapping, fishing, and burning violations.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Lloyd Steen (Ray/Kabetogama) checked fishermen and beaver
trappers. Violations for illegal possession of muskrats during the
closed season and fish overlimits were handled. He also was called
by International Falls U.S. Customs to handle an incident in which
inspectors found 10 lake trout over the limit and an undeclared
timber wolf skull.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked a pending fire investigation and
monitored the fish run. Low water has cabin owners guessing on
proper dock placement.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) responded to a trespass complaint
involving a trapper and dealt with illegal operation of ATVs by

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked beaver sets, walleye
fishing along the border, and attended a meeting in Two Harbors
about invasive species.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated a report of illegal
burning of construction material at a cabin site, worked walleye
spawning areas, followed up on an illegal dumping complaint, and
spoke with anglers about VHS.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) spent most of the week monitoring
steelhead anglers and responding to wildfires. Numerous fires have
occurred in the area, most due to people being careless and unaware
of current burning restrictions. People found responsible for
starting a wildfire can be held criminally liable and can be
charged for the cost associated with putting the fire out.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and spring fish run
activity, investigated a timber theft complaint, patrolled for
illegal ATV activity, looked at a livestock depredation complaint,
transported an injured eagle, and processed accidentally caught

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) and CO Koehn, along with a DNR
bear research biologist, relocated a sow and her cub. The two had
been using a den about 10 feet from the Mesabi Bike Trail in
Taconite. Because of the den location and public use of the trail,
relocation to a more remote area was the best option.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a busy wildfire week
with multiple fires around the area. ATV enforcement action was
taken in the area for operating in a closed area. Enforcement
action also was taken for angling without a license by shore

CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) patrolled for OHV
activity. CO Koehn helped the Fisheries Division collect walleye
spawn from Cut Foot Lake. He worked a special detail for OHV
trespass on industrial forest lands. CO Koehn also assisted Itasca
County foresters find a route for a portion of the 70-mile trail
project in the Swan River area.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports the spring burning restrictions
have led to numerous contacts by the officer with landowners that
are attempting to clean up their property and not obtaining the
proper burning permits. Several spring trapping issues have been

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) focused on the spring fish run the
past week. Several fires were investigated, and citations were
issued for illegal fires. The officer received numerous complaints
about a bear cub thought to be abandoned. The officer removed the
cub and transported it to a rehabilitation center. ATV and wetland
complaints also were investigated.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a district meeting and
attended training at Camp Ripley. Complaints of ATVers operating in
the Nemadji State Forest were investigated. Enforcement action was
taken for operating a motor vehicle in a forest that is posted

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cloquet) reports working off-highway vehicle
operators and angling enforcement throughout the week. He issued a
wetland restoration order, car-kill possession permit, ATV use
permit, and assisted a landowner with a nuisance beaver

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) continued to follow up on fires
that were intentionally set in northern Crow Wing County.
Enforcement action was taken on leaf and grass fires that got out
of control. The walleye “egg take” process continued at the Pine
River “stripping station” throughout the week .

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) monitored spring fish activity. Crappie
overlimit cases are being investigated.

CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) worked
spring fish run creeks, monitored fire activity, and checked
panfish anglers. Other activity included investigating trapping
complaints, litter issues, and a camper who had taken up permanent
residence at a U.S. Forest Service campground.

CO Chad Sherack (Pequot Lakes) followed up on illegal operation
of vehicles in the state forest during spring closure, checked area
creeks and rivers for illegal spearing, and checked open-water
panfish anglers. Officer Sherack also took two wolf depredation
complaints and trespass complaints.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Mike Lee (Isle) monitored netting and spearing activity on
Mille Lacs Lake. He also followed up on complaints received about
the spearing and netting season with tribal wardens.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) worked the treaty harvest on Lake
Mille Lacs. A call about a calf being killed was investigated.
After the investigation it was determined that coyotes had killed
the calf.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) assisted Pine County deputies
with an individual who thought his friends were trying to take his
car from him. They were actually doing the right thing by taking
his keys, because he was too intoxicated to drive.

CO Dan Perron (Onamia) worked with tribal wardens monitoring
treaty the harvest. Some incidents took place during the past week,
and CO Perron is working together with other wardens to try and
solve the issues.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) assisted DNR Forestry firefighters
with a couple grass fires that got away from landowners. ATV
traffic was extremely high throughout the week. Twenty-six ATV
operators were stopped and dealt with during the weekend for
operating and doing damage on closed, grant-in-aid snowmobile

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated wildfires in Aitkin and
Mille Lacs counties. Both cases involved buildings that were

District 11 – Albany area

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) worked fishermen, both on
shore and in boats, throughout the week on local lakes and rivers.
ATV activity has increased in the area. CO Haberman responded to
several fires in the area. One fire was set by an 8-year-old boy
playing with matches.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) set up overnight surveillance of a walleye
spawning run at an area stream. At about 10:30 p.m., two
individuals were observed shining a light into the stream and
trying to snag the fish. The two suspects were apprehended, and
enforcement action was taken.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, and ATVers.
Enforcement action for the week included expired boat registration,
operating an ATV in a wetland, no Type 4 PFD in a boat, and no fire
extinguisher in a boat.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns and Wright
counties. CO Mies worked fish run activity. CO Mies worked on fire
investigations, along with checking ATVs. CO Mies also gave a law
talk at the firearms class in South Haven.

CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) completed investigations of
burning, littering, and potential wanton waste cases. Seizure of
incidental otters continued. A game farm was inspected.

District 12 – St. Cloud area

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked fishermen during the week.
Several prohibited burning complaints were investigated, along with

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters.
Violations were found for no PFDs and taking bass out of

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) spent time up at Camp Ripley
in training. Much of CO Schottenbauer’s time was spent enforcing
wildfire laws in the area.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a littering complaint.
He assisted Wright County deputies with a fire in the city of St
Michael; charges are pending.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers on area lakes.
Nuisance animal complaints were handled all week.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week working angling,
off-road vehicle and state park use. He also followed up on a
shoreline complaint resulting in the issuance of a Cease and Desist
Order. CO Block responded to a variety calls throughout the week
including animal complaints and dock issues.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls concerning a beaver
stuck in a water-control structure, injured deer, and injured

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities on
metro areas lakes. While on patrol at Fort Snelling State Park, he
assisted a Hennepin County Sentence to Serve crew leader.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked anglers in the metro area and
returned phone calls regarding firearms safety classes. He answered
questions on camping rules in state parks and helped an individual
understand a fishing violation. CO Lee also assisted the Wisconsin
DNR on an interview panel in Madison to hire law enforcement water
guards and Hmong community liaison.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) helped the Hennepin County Sheriff’s
Office with some missing girls in a canoe. It turned out the girls’
canoed over to a party without telling their parents. CO Kahre was
checking fishermen on Lake Minnetonka when he encountered several
fishermen at once without a license. While CO Kahre was filling out
the appropriate paperwork for the fishermen, one of them got into
his car and took off before receiving his citation. The fisherman
was in such a hurry to get away that he left his state-issued ID
card with the CO. He will be getting his paperwork in the mail.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked fishermen on Lake Minnetonka
and other area lakes. One fisherman was arrested for a gross
misdemeanor warrant.

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) and his K9 partner passed annual
recertification detector dog testing.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Greg Salo (East Metro) investigated a large wetland violation
and issued a cease and desist order. Several other wetland
violations also were investigated.

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on several
complaints ranging from wildlife harassment to unlawful dumping.
The CO finished up a deer-hunting case in which several trophy deer
were taken illegally. Two individuals were charged with several
misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges. Each faces several
thousands of dollars in fines.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) gave a law presentation to a
firearms safety class at the Arden Hills Armory. She handled many
TIP calls that included taking bass and northerns out of season and
overlimits of crappies.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that Oakdale police called
about a black bear that had taken up temporary residence in a
culvert near a church. He also investigated a complaint of wild
turkeys in Roseville.

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) investigated a wetland complaint in
Anoka County. CO Muyres also assisted Montana officials with the
investigation a case.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports an investigation of illegally
taking raccoons is under way. The Chippewa County Attorney went on
a ride-along with Officer Picht. They patrolled the Minnesota and
Chippewa rivers.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports enforcement action was taken
for burning prohibited materials, operating an ATV on a roadway,
operation violations, equipment violations, and
license/registration violations.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) spent the week monitoring elk that
escaped from a game farm. This officer also checked the spring
landowner turkey permit winners list. Several people were found to
not be eligible for the landowner permit.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) issued several out-of-state
minnow transport permits throughout the week. While patrolling a
WMA on foot, the officer discovered five deer that had been shot
and dumped.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked ATV operators, shore anglers and
beaver trappers. He enforced burning statutes and monitored boating
activity. He also conducted site visits of potential wetland

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and
ATV activity. Additional time was spent checking possible public
waters and WCA violations.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) responded to two TIP calls about
people dip-netting game fish. The area was put under surveillance,
and the appropriate action was taken.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) worked boating enforcement and ATV
complaints. Officer Abraham also checked panfish anglers and gopher

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week assisting in search and
recovery efforts in attempt to find a woman who was missing in the
Cannon River near Faribault last week. Officer Ihnen also responded
to a call about anglers fishing for northern pike out of season,
which resulted in a number of citations and warnings being

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) conducted two wetland violation aerial
photo flights.

CO Phil George (Mantorville) spent the week assisting Rice
County Sheriff’s Office and search and rescue personnel attempting
to locate a drowning victim in the Cannon River. He also assisted
with a special youth turkey hunt in the area.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports people were out enjoying the
nice weather. The Zumbro Bottoms State Forest Unit was host to a
100-mile foot race that started on Friday morning and finished
Saturday. There were a couple of bear sightings in southern Wabasha

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and ATVers during
the week. Heyn also had court on a BWI hearing and attended a town
board meeting.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports assisting with the youth
turkey hunt at Chester Woods Park in Olmsted County.

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