Cuffs & Collars – Issue 25
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) removed a nuisance bear that was shot at
a residence near Roseau. ATV activity also was monitored.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) issued a cease and desist order on
a wetlands violation and took an intern on a water patrol
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reports several nuisance bear
complaints were received. Enforcement action was also taken on
operating an ATV on a state highway.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored area angling
activity on the Red Lake River. High rain amounts in the area
slowed activity due to high waters on area rivers.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked on a complaint of a bear
causing damage and responded to a complaint of angling in a closed
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) reports a wolf depredation was
investigated. ATV complaints were received and investigated in the
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing on Upper Red Lake
and Lake of the Woods. A boating safety presentation was given to
kindergarten and first-graders at the Big Bog Recreational Area
where boating laws and safety tips were discussed.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports water levels on area rivers
are high, making conditions difficult for shore anglers. The
officer assisted the State Patrol with a fleeing motorcycle rider.
The driver fled into a wooded area.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked boaters, anglers, and
ATVers. Complaints involving wolves, bears, and beavers were
investigated. The officer assisted the State Patrol with a fleeing
motorcycle and a juvenile ATV operator on a state highway.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports complaints of ATVers operating
in the road ditches in the ag zone were investigated.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports high winds reduced boating
activity during the holiday weekend. ATV activity increased during
the weekend, and enforcement action was taken for illegal youth ATV
operation, operating ATVs on the road, and no ATV registration.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) investigated complaints of
people taking bass before the start of the season.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) patrolled state forests for illegal and
juvenile party spots. Two anglers were caught taking bass during
the closed season. The officer responded to a call about a bear hit
by a car.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports complaints of illegal
fishing, fish overlimits, illegal weed rollers, and shooting geese
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson reminds people of zebra
mussels in Pelican Lake (Ottertail County) and the importance of
draining livewells and bilge water before leaving the lake.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) investigated a complaint of
commercial bait dealers accessing private lands/ponds.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) reports a car-killed otter was
salvaged, and a call regarding an injured fawn was checked.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports a busy holiday weekend.
Anglers, boaters, and ATVers were checked. Several complaints of
fish overlimits were investigated, along with illegal burning
CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) reports complaints of people
spearing carp and leaving them on shore were investigated.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) focused enforcement efforts on
angling, boating, PWC, and ORV activity. The officer, along with CO
Bertram, responded to a medical call of a person in a boat
experiencing chest pains. The officers towed the boat to shore to
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked anglers and boaters.
Windy conditions slowed boating activity during the weekend.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports calls regarding orphaned baby
animals are increasing. People are reminded to leave the animals in
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) participated in the invasive species
work crew in the Alexandria area, and the Boat and Water Safety
Project on Lake Minnewaska.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked an invasive species detail
on Lake Winnibigoshish, due to the faucet snail infestation.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) worked a case regarding illegal
transportation of aquatic macrophytes and received assistance from
a Leech Lake tribal CO on a case.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked boaters and anglers.
He also inspected boats and trailers during an invasive species
work project on Lake Winnibigoshish, resulting in the issuance of
several warnings for transporting aquatic vegetation and infested
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) is asking for any information
related to dumping of fish remains off of Sioux Camp road near
Little Boy Lake; please call TIP at (800) 652-9093 with any
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) reports enforcement contacts were
made for taking bass in a closed season, angling with extra lines,
no license, registration problems on ATVs, litter, taking snapping
turtles in closed season, use of a weed roller without a valid
permit, and taking illegal-length northerns.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) formed two
work crews that focused on invasive species enforcement and
education. One work crew was held on Lake Winnie and the other on
the Alexandria chain of lakes. Enforcement action also was taken
for an overlimit of northern pike.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Lloyd Steen (Ray/Kabetogama) patrolled area lakes, checking
CO Troy Fondie (Orr)) reports calls and questions have started
regarding the deer season. Camping activities were monitored.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the St. Louis County Sherriff’s
Office had numerous calls of fishing equipment stolen from boats
during the weekend.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, and
the state park, with many people out enjoying the Memorial Day
weekend. Some enjoyed the weekend too much, with alcohol and
noise-related violations in the state forest and the state
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports that while CO Frericks
issued a citation to one boater for operating a watercraft with a
child under 10 not wearing a PFD, the angler got a bite on his line
and after a short time reeled in a nice walleye.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) helped with a work a detail within the
BWCA that resulted in overlimits being found, along with other
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) took a couple of timber wolf
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and ATVers in the area. A
work detail was conducted in the BWCAW at Prairie Portage. Multiple
violations were encountered and citations issued for overlimits and
illegal transportation of fish.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) seized a yearling black bear that was
shot and dumped at the MnDOT garage in Hovland; anyone with
information is asked to contact the TIP line. The officer also took
a report of a couple smaller stream trout with indigestible plastic
baits filling their stomachs; the angler stated it appeared the
bait had been there a considerable time and the fish had eaten
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) received several calls about
bears being bears. One bear entered a cabin and helped himself to
some donuts left inside an open screen on a table. People are
finding that removing bird seed and feeders after the fact is not a
good tactic to keep bears away. COs no longer trap and remove
bears. They will just become a problem somewhere else. So do your
part remove the attractant before they become a problem.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) reports one couple that had
purchased a resident combination angling license forgot to rehearse
their story completely. The female half-stated they had been
married one year, while the male half-stated they had been married
for eight years. Enforcement action followed after it was
determined that they were not married at all.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) responded to a call about an injured
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
conducted a frog and toad survey for Eco Resources and investigated
a suspected wetland impact.
CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids-OHV specialist) participated in a
work detail in the BWCAW.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored ATV
activity, checked on a wetland complaint, and worked invasive
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports several calls about fawns have
been received. Please leave fawns alone; the mother deer will
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on fire activity, and
enforcement action was taken for a careless fire.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports some time was spent
patrolling state parks; enforcement action was taken for swimming
in a closed area.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott assisted the St.
Louis County Sheriff’s Department on a call regarding person with a
gun that had threatened another person and barricaded himself into
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) found two anglers on a lake near
Emily with 41 crappies in their fish basket. They also had nine
more at the cabin, putting the total possession at 50 crappies, 30
over their legal limit. Both men were charged with fines and
restitution, and all their fish were confiscated.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports an extra line contact was made
during which the suspect said, “You weren’t suppose to be out here
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports an individual who pleaded not
guilty and requested a jury trial on charges of shooting a road
sign and firearms violations quickly changed his plea to guilty
just before the trial when officers discovered that the individual
had a MySpace web page where he bragged on the web page – under his
personal interests – that he likes to break the law and shoot road
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports several parents were informed
that safety training is required before their children can legally
operate personal watercraft.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) responded to and worked several
TIP reports of anglers who had too many fish in possession.
CO Chad Sherack (Pequot Lakes) observed two males fighting in a
powerboat on the Gull Chain while the boat was underway. He stopped
the boat and found the operator was trying to keep his intoxicated
brother under control, while driving the boat.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) assisted
with Mille Lacs night-fishing ban enforcement, assisted with area
closure enforcement in the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area, and
issued a WCA restoration order and worked with the Crow Wing SWCD
on Wetland Conservation Act enforcement.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) noted several vacationers were
cited for no fishing licenses and claimed that “this is the only
time I tried it” explanation. People who want to try fishing are
encouraged to visit the state parks where legally fishing without a
license appears to be catching on.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working Lake Mille Lacs
during the week.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received multiple nuisance bear
complaints throughout the week. One bear reportedly came within 12
feet of some nervous campers. Heaton had a strange encounter with a
fawn when a doe ran in front of her squad truck. Heaton came to a
stop, only to watch the doe and a fawn walk straight to the
driver’s door of her truck and stand there bleating for several
minutes. Needless to say, the doe was not happy. She began stomping
and snorting. Heaton was able to get some great photos before the
fawn followed the doe into the woods.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports a few homeowners reported
having problems with black bears being on their decks and doing
damage. In each case, the bears were drawn to the residences by
bird feeders and garbage cans.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) reports an intoxicated boat
operator was arrested for being three times over the legal
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) answered several TIP calls regarding
taking bass out of season.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) reports a wetlands complaint was
investigated and found to be permitted.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on two calls dealing with
bowfishermen dumping carp on the side of the roads.
CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) reports a TIP call was handled
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) assisted in the recovery of a
missing swimmer. Two young men decided to swim across South
Lindstrom Lake during an extremely busy boating day. One swimmer
turned back while the other kept going. The swimmer was reported
missing. Local fire departments and law enforcement searched for
the swimmer. He was found on the far side of the lake on a dock,
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports enforcement action was taken for
no life preservers, no throwable device, operation of a personal
watercraft prior to 9:30 a.m., no boat registration, and no angling
license, along with follow-up investigations on wetland
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) was called to a “mud run”
this past weekend. A complaint was that large trucks were ripping
up a wetland in the Crown area. When CO Schottenbauer arrived, he
found that the area was man-made in an upland area, and there was
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) issued summonses and written warnings
for angling without fishing licenses, angling with an extra line,
no fire extinguishers, no throw cushions, and expired boat
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week focusing on angling
and boating enforcement.
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a detail on Prior Lake,
concentrating on illegal invasive species transport.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) worked an invasive species
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) was checking shore fishermen a
couple of days before the bass opener when he encountered a man
casting a jig from shore. As the CO was talking to the fisherman,
he started telling the CO to keep an eye out for people fishing for
bass before the season opened. The CO saw that the fishermen was
casting an artificial worm with a weedless hook on it and asked
what he was fishing for. The fishermen told CO Kahre he was trying
to catch bass. Needless to say, the fishermen was pretty
embarrassed when the CO told him the bass season did not open for a
couple more days.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) worked an invasive species
detail at Prior Lake.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked the bass opener in the West Metro
district. He assisted Fort Snelling State Park staff with a
protesting event at the historic fort and other locations around
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Greg Salo (East Metro) is investigating an incident in which
some invasive species were intentionally released into the
CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports assisting with three
different aquatic invasive species work crews during the holiday
weekend and one crew during the week.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) responded to miscellaneous animal
complaints and TIP calls.
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) responded to a public waters complaint in
which a structure was built below the ordinary high water mark.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked a shore-fishing detail on a
troublesome section of the Mississippi. Everyone encountered was
found to be in violation of various fishing laws.
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) received a TIP call about an
individual using an extra line on an area lake. After the CO
videotaped the individual for almost 15 minutes using an extra line
and catching fish with both lines, CO Gutierrez jumped in his
patrol boat and approached the individual who was fishing with his
12-year-old son. When he saw the CO pulling up to check him, he
quickly reeled up the extra line and acted like he was just fishing
with his boy. Turns out he is a repeat offender who the CO arrested
on a trespass complaint last fall. The proper paperwork was issued
along with some evidence forfeited from the not-so-happy
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) took enforcement action on an
unregistered OHM. He also presented a 35-year service award to a
volunteer firearms safety instructor in St. Paul.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) worked two invasive species details in
Murray and Lincoln counties.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) investigated an ATV injury accident
that involved two 6-year-old girls on a youth-size machine, running
into a building.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the Minnesota River and area
lakes were busy during the Memorial Day Weekend, with boating
equipment and illegal personal watercraft operation being the main
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers and boaters during
the week and Memorial Day holiday weekend.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports road ditch haying well under
way as the pheasant hatch approaches.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked boat and water, angling, ATV,
and invasive species enforcement throughout the weekend.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) reports time was spent attending
a meeting regarding a commercial fishing issue.
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) investigated a wetland violation,
injured deer, and nuisance animal calls.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) investigated a TIP call in which a
large northern pike was shot with a bow.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports assistance was given to
local law enforcement on vehicle accidents with injuries.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) attended a local EMS appreciation
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports a case involving an
unregistered deer from the 2008 deer season was completed.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) assisted Blue Earth County in
removing a group of individuals from a local campground after the
caretaker apparently had complaints of loud noise and unruly
CO Phil George (Mantorville) took several calls about young
animals in the wild; please leave the babies where you find
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) reports enforcement activities included
underage consumption of alcohol and keeping a pet raccoon without
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) would like to remind anglers wishing
to purchase combination licenses that they need to be legally
married to qualify for these licenses – not just living
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking fishing and boating
activity this past week.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) worked a special invasive species
detail on the Mississippi River with COs Heyn and Moran during
which they were almost run over by a large pontoon boat. It was the
fast thinking of Officer Heyn that avoided a serious accident. The
pontoon operator was cited for careless operation.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a busy holiday
weekend. Trout anglers were out and having some success.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) assisted in the Wabasha area with a boat
and water detail that resulted in several boating violations,
including a BWI.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports enforcement revolved
around mainly fishing violations.