Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored area angling activity on the
Roseau River, Lake Bronson, and Lake of the Woods. Two trespass
complaints were handled on private land and on a WMA. CO Huener
investigated three calf depredations in Roseau and Kittson
counties.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reports a wolf depredation case was
investigated and area anglers were checked. Several cases of
transporting infested water from Lake of the Woods were
investigated, with enforcement action taken.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) received calls about a
car-hit trumpeter swan, a bear causing problems, and baby raccoons.
An investigation is ongoing in regards to possible deer meat being
dumped in a ditch.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked several overlimit and
double-tripping fishing complaints during the week. A timber wolf
depredation was investigated.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and boating
activity throughout the week. A boating safety detail was worked on
Upper Red Lake with CO Backer. During the safety detail, a boater
was observed operating his boat at an unsafe/careless speed in the
Tamarac River. The driver was arrested for boating while
intoxicated.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) investigated a complaint of a
shoreline alteration involving the creation of a sand beach.
Complaints involving leech trapping and nuisance animals also were
investigated.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a moose wandered into the
city of Moorhead. With assistance of city and county law
enforcement officials, the moose was chased out of town.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) responded to a call regarding
a person who fell off a horse in Maplewood State Park. The rider
broke his leg.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) assisted Otter Tail County
deputies on Ottertail Lake after high winds disrupted a fishing
tournament and a contestant’s boat filled with water. The occupants
were picked up by another boater. The winds came up quickly
creating a dangerous situation.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) and Grant County deputies
investigated a complaint of an intoxicated boater. The boat
operator was located and arrested for BWI.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) checked anglers, boaters, ATVers, and
turkey hunters. Complaints of illegal burning and dogs chasing deer
were investigated.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) investigated complaints of
littering and altering a lake shoreline.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) and DNR Wildlife checked on escaped
game farm elk.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took complaints about wolves,
trucks on bicycle paths, and trespassing. He completed a case
involving an ATV violation, which was forwarded to the county
attorney for charges.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, ATV operators,
and boaters in the area. CO Hunter also helped some campers in the
Paul Bunyan State Forest who had trees blocking their route
out.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked at a youth fishing derby this
week. The fish were biting for the kids, until the wind picked up
and the rain started. The derby was called off and the officer went
to work with local law enforcement on downed trees and power lines
from the storm.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) met with Forestry to review a wildfire
arson investigation, issued a nuisance beaver permit, and assisted
the Cass Lake CO with a TIP complaint on Lake Winnie.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received a fairly common TIP complaint
of anglers taking overlimits of walleyes, but it had a rather
unusual ending. The anglers were checked and found to have only one
limit of walleyes initially, but a subsequent check of the plumbing
pipes and a septic tank near their resort motel resulted in several
more walleye fillets and carcasses. The anglers flushed the
walleyes down the toilet after realizing they were being
investigated, but admitted to double-tripping after officers found
the extra walleyes. The investigation led to charges for an
overlimit of walleyes, wanton waste, and obstructing an officer. CO
Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted. Officer Mathy also produced
photographs and a story for a local newspaper about the wanton
waste of northern pike found in several different fish dumps.
Additional enforcement action was taken for parking in a closed
public water access site due to ongoing construction.

CO Larry Francis (Remer) focused on fishing activity, with
boating and ATV activity also present. He also responded to calls
regarding portions of the pending legislative bill.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s
Office with a gross misdemeanor BWI.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Lloyd Steen (Ray/Kabetogama) patrolled area lakes, checking
fishermen. Violations handled consisted of angling without
licenses, illegal transportation of walleyes, and various boating
safety infractions.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a young, inexperienced angler was
counseled one afternoon when he was found to be using a perch for
bait. He was informed that perch are considered game fish and are
not allowed to be used for bait. A couple other anglers overheard
Officer Schultz’s conversation with the young fella and offered to
give him a few minnows since he had no bait. He accepted, and a
couple minutes later Officer Schultz assisted the youngster in
reeling in a nice northern.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports assistance was given to a young
bowfisherman who shot at some suckers. The arrow bounced off a
rock, coming back to wound his hand.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers and boaters.
He also investigated a wetland violation and assisted the Hibbing
police with a couple of calls, including a fight in progress.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did fishing and boating safety
checks. He also assisted with an ATV safety class and also took a
complaint of a bear misbehaving in the Trail Center area.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) assisted Cook County and search and
rescue in a recovery while using his patrol boat on Lake
Superior.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) issued wetlands cease and desist
orders, spoke with a landowner about restoration work, and began
contacting area bait retailers regarding proper licensure.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) monitored an area stream that
recently had been stocked with trout to ensure that length
restrictions were being followed. CO Thomasen continues to work on
a wetlands case, as well as investigate an incident of a truck
being driven on a state snowmobile trail.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked on open Wetland Conservation Act and on public waters cases,
meeting with Itasca County Soil and Water Resource staff at one new
suspected impact site.

CO Jon Paurus (Hill City) followed up on wetland and wanton
waste complaints. An ongoing shoreline runoff complaint was
investigated.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters,
investigated and confirmed two timber wolf depredation complaints
on livestock, issued problem beaver permits, and helped recover a
boat that sank on Lake Winnie.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) investigated an ATV trespass
issue near Marble Lake where the ATV was driven around a gate.

CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) assisted other COs
with a capsized boat on Lake Winnibigoshish. He also checked the
campgrounds in the area for ATV activity and inspected fish caught
by the campers.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work area lakes for fishing
and boating enforcement. Officer Duncan also assisted DNR Forestry
with a few illegal burn piles that contained prohibited
materials.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent the week working anglers and
invasive species details along the St. Louis River.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cloquet) received a complaint about a nuisance
wolf, and issued a nuisance beaver permit. CO Humphrey assisted
with a work crew on the St. Louis River to educate and inform
anglers/boaters about the VHS virus and draining infested water
from watercraft and bait containers.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked an invasive species detail along
the St. Louis River. At least two unsuspecting watercraft owners
were stopped as they were about to unknowingly transport zebra
mussels back to their homes near the Twin Cities area. Illegal
trapping out of season was investigated. A possible wetland
violation was inspected.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast
Minnesota) spent time working on several wetland cases in the St.
Louis and Carlton counties.

Marine Unit

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent the week checking boaters
and anglers on area lakes and the St. Louis River. One angler kept
a fish they were not sure about, which is not commonly caught in
the St. Louis River. It turned out to be a species with no open
season; be aware of what you are possessing or release it.

CO Keith Olson (Marine Unit) reports a timber wolf complaint was
taken from a local farmer.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) received a TIP call about two anglers
from Missouri with a possible overlimit. Shoutz responded and found
the anglers with 80 crappies and a largemouth bass (closed season
for bass). The Missouri anglers indicated they had not read the
Minnesota regulation book and had no idea what the limit was for
crappies and that bass season was closed. The men were issued
citations, and all fish were seized.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) issued a cease and desist order, and
criminal charges are pending in a case in which individuals used a
dragline bucket, bed spring, and snow plow to illegally excavate a
lakebed and remove emergent aquatic plants from an area lake.
Patrol was concentrated on high-use OHV areas of the Crow Wing
State Forest. Four individuals on ATVs drove past “No Motorized
Vehicles” signs and into lakebed and wetland areas.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) spent most of the week working on
fishing enforcement issues. Burning permit violations and weed
rollers without permits also received enforcement attention.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

Water Resources Enforcement Officer Jim Tischler (Brainerd)
worked an invasive species saturation project with District 10
officers surrounding the Lake Mille Lacs night-fishing ban.
Hundreds of educational contacts and many enforcement actions were
taken by officers working this project primarily for failure to
remove all plugs and drain all water from boats leaving infested
water.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) came upon parties who were bowfishing on Lake
Mille Lacs during restricted ban hours.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) took several calls about
nuisance bears throughout the week. Heaton also received
information about a sunken pontoon on Sturgeon Lake and nuisance
beaver issues.

CO Dan Perron (Onamia) checked ATV riders on the Soo Line Trail
during the week and had a firearms safety field day.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent some time investigating
timber wolf depredation complaints from area beef farmers. Three
different calf losses were reported and investigated during the
week. All three cases turned out to be depredation by timber
wolves.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked anglers and boaters during
the week and weekend. Boaters also were monitored at landings for
transporting infested water in livewells.

District 11 – Albany area

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers in the local counties
during the week. Officer Martin responded to a complaint of wake
boarders interfering with anglers on a local lake. Officer Martin
attended court in Isanti County for a wanton waste case; the angler
was convicted of leaving sunfish and perch on the ice. While
traveling back from court, Martin saw two anglers fishing from a
watercraft that was last licensed in 2002; a summons was
issued.

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked watercraft and
fishermen throughout the week. Several boaters were talked to about
having expired registration. CO Haberman also issued citations to
two off-road vehicle operators for operating in a wetland.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, and turkey
hunters. He also gave a presentation to the Avon/Albany
kindergarten class about animals and habitat. A call was received
reporting that a farmer had three calves killed by a bald eagle.
The calves were buried before an investigation could be
conducted.

District 12 – St. Cloud area

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area angling activity
this week. Good weather was a factor in continued high boating
activity. CO Schottenbauer also worked area WMAs that have had
issues with people letting their dogs and horses loose on them.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area
lakes and rivers. He followed up on a litter and wetland complaint.
He answered a number of nuisance animal calls.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) attended court on a wanton waste
violation. CO Musatov also checked anglers and boaters. ATV
complaint areas were worked,

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) investigated several waters complaints
from illegal docks to altering lake levels. He worked a detail on
Lake Minnetonka concentrating on anglers taking bass during the
closed season. Complaints about double-crested cormorants were
handled.

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) investigated complaints of unpermitted
destruction of aquatic plants. One was by a commercial harvester,
and enforcement was taken.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) observed a shore fisherman keep a bass
and hide it in a garbage can. When the officer approached the male,
she heard the fish flopping around in the garbage can. A nearby
female told the officer not to go in the garbage can because she
had seen a skunk in the can. Her 3-year-old son told the officer
that there was a large fish in the garbage can, not a skunk. The
officer agreed with the boy, pulled out a largemouth bass, and
thanked him for telling the truth. The male was then given a
citation and charged restitution for keeping the bass.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) inspected various wetland and
shoreline complaints resulting in the issuance of one cease and
desist order being issued regarding lake shoreline work.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received TIP calls regarding
panfish and walleye overlimits and taking bass during the closed
season.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Greg Salo (East Metro) responded to several calls regarding
trespassing and dogs chasing deer. Anglers also were checked and
enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and
extra lines. Anglers in the metro are reminded that due to the
zebra mussel infestation, they cannot net minnows (even for
personal use) out of the Mississippi River without a permit.

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) checked angling activity on area
lakes and the St. Croix River. The CO received several phone calls
ranging from a cougar sighting to a person who thought they
discovered a distressed animal that left the area of the
oil-slicked Gulf of Mexico and ended up in their backyard.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) did shoreline inspections in
Ramsey County with the local Aquatic Plant Management specialist,
finding numerous violations in which individuals illegally removed
emergent vegetation.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, boating, and
turkey-hunting activity. An ongoing investigation continues
involving escaped elk from a commercial game farm.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing,
boating, invasive species, ATV, and turkey-hunting enforcement.
Enforcement action was taken for no navigation lights, angling with
extra lines, no angling license, boat registration, and equipment
violations.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) continues his investigation into
several TIP calls regarding fish overlimits.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking fishermen,
boaters, ATVers, and turkey hunters.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to work anglers and boaters. He
also continued work on aquatic vegetation violations.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked several ATV and OHM
complaints in the area. CO Oberg also instructed other officers on
the new 800 radio system.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) worked ATVers, turkey hunters, and
anglers. Officer Abraham also attended invasive species
training.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports an invasive species detail
was worked. Officers from the district focused on educating the
public on the importance of removing invasive plants and the water
from their watercraft before entering public waters or leaving
accesses after being on the water.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) received several reports of
“abandoned” fawns that weren’t really abandoned. Time also was
spent checking anglers, watercraft operators, and working exotics
species enforcement.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) conducted a cormorant/pelican flight
survey and flight-training activities.

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports educational contacts were
made at a boat access related to Eurasian watermilfoil.

CO Phil George (Mantorville) worked a few invasive species
details within the district and checked boaters and anglers in the
area. Some violations included no angling license, no PFDs onboard
a watercraft, angling for bass during the closed season, and
operating an unregistered watercraft.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV
operators. CO Howe also assisted with a wetland technical
evaluation panel in Waseca.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports time was spent checking the
last few turkey hunters. One hunter stated he saw a hen with 10
chicks. Complaints of people targeting and fishing for
out-of-season bass were investigated.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing,
small-game, boat and water safety, and invasive species
enforcement. Snakes seem to be out in good numbers, as three snake
complaints were taken on Saturday. Violations included no license
in possession, no fire extinguisher, no throwable PFD, and no
wearable PFD.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and turkey
hunters during the week. Angler and hunter success was mixed. Heyn
also helped teach a motorboat noise class.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week
checking fishing activity. Time also was spent checking
turkey-hunting activity and working on some wildlife permit issues.
Some fishing and boating violations were detected.

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports working with Officer Quandt on
the Mississippi River. A complaint of early season bass fishing was
investigated on Lake Winona.

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