Cuffs issue 30

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) met with a local honey producer about
nuisance bear problems. Wolf and coyote depredations were
investigated, and wetlands and protected waters violations were

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked area angling
enforcement and monitored ATV activity.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling activity on
the Red Lake River. A call was received regarding an individual who
had gathered ducklings from a busy road. The individual was
directed to return the ducklings to the wild.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked ATV complaints and checked
anglers on experimental regulation lakes. CO Backer received a
report of a possible cougar sighting in the Chippewa National

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and boating
activity throughout the week. A wetlands violation was investigated
and aquatic plant inspections were completed.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) answered questions about nuisance
animals and upcoming firearm safety classes. The state patrol was
assisted with a stranded traveler.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) investigated a major wetland
drainage violation in Clay County. The officer is working with the
SWCD, NRCS, and Buffalo River Watershed District to resolve the
issue. The officer, CO Forsberg, and North Dakota officers located
suspects involved in using set lines on the Red River. Enforcement
action was taken by the North Dakota officers.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers, boaters, and
ATVers. Complaints of fish overlimits and “double-tripping” were

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and boaters.
Aquatic plant removal, fish overlimits, and other fishing
complaints were investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) worked the area lakes checking
anglers and boaters. Complaints related to the removal of aquatic
plants were investigated, with enforcement taken.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked boat and water enforcement
throughout the week, as well as weed-roller permit violations.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports an increase in boating
activity due to the hot weather this past week. Additional time was
spent working public access sites for exotic species

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports a decent panfish bite and a
couple of days of surveillance led to two separate sunfish
overlimit cases on one area lake. Other fishing-related violations
included another non-married couple trying to get by on a
combination angling license, and an individual that had not
purchased a fishing license caught trying to use his buddy’s
fishing license. Additional time was spent working ATV enforcement,
following up on possible lakeshore violations, and assisting the
Osakis Police Department with a call for help. COs Johanson and
Bertram arrested an individual for BWI; the subject tested twice
the legal limit.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent time checking boaters and
fishermen on area lakes. Another goose was rescued from fishing

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on
invasive species laws, fishing enforcement, and boat and water
safety enforcement. Officer Anderson checked boaters in the Stevens
County area and found boating activity low due to the hot and
stormy weather.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) responded to calls about night
bowfishing, nuisance beaver trapping, fishing and boating
regulations, and upcoming hunting seasons. Officer Osborne also
contacted a shore angler on Pelican Lake and checked his angling
license. The angler told Osborne that he didn’t think he needed a
fishing license because he was fishing from shore.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers on special
regulation lakes and investigated a possible wetland violation. He
also provided assistance to the State Patrol and the sheriff’s
department during different traffic stops.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) assisted the State Patrol at the scene
of two personal injury crashes, one involving a motorcycle and
truck, the other involving three vehicles. Officer Sommers received
a call regarding a possible illegal dock. His information was
forwarded to the Division of Waters, which is the permitting
authority on docks. CO Sommers also received a complaint of a PWCer
chasing geese on Leech Lake; he located the suspects and dealt with
the problem. While working ORV activity, Officer Sommers was
approached by two individuals from Iowa who were glad to see him.
They were operating ATVs in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and had
been trying to find the trails that were on the map they had
printed off the internet. They even stopped by a residence, looking
for directions, but that was no help. CO Sommers looked at the map
they had printed; it was for the motorcycle trail, not the ATV
trail. He was able to provide them with an ATV map and pointed them
in the right direction.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked boaters, anglers, and ATV
operators. Officer Mathy also received a TIP call about anglers
keeping illegal-size bass and a call about an injured bird of

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) attended the Army Corps of
Engineers youth fishing derby in Federal Dam where he spoke to
youth about fish identification and boating safety. CO Broughten
also investigated the illegal destruction of aquatic plants and
spoke to several boaters concerning the transportation of invasive

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) responded to a call regarding a dog
that got stuck in his owner’s boat motor in the middle of Lake
Alex. The dog’s rear leg was stuck under the steering bar and the
owner could not free him. CO Halverson borrowed a boat and was able
to free the dog. The only injury was to the dog owner’s hand; he
was handling the mouth end of the dog and got bit.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) handled several
nuisance animal complaints in the area. Enforcement action was
taken for illegal-length walleyes, no angling license, and no
angling license in possession.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) prepared reports to be turned in to
court and patrolled the surrounding Virginia area for ATV and other
OHV traffic. He met with a landowner who committed public waters
violations; the subject was advised on a course of action.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) responded to an alarm call at the Tower
DNR office buildings. Officer Fredin received a call about a fox
that appears mangy and shows little fear of people.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a few calls about nuisance bears.
Officer Manning also patrolled inland lakes and Lake Superior.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) patrolled the BWCAW with CO
Schottenbauer. CO Wahlstrom also handled nuisance bear and beaver

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) investigated the report of a canoe
being stored illegally within one of the state parks. A
train-killed moose was handled late one night. CO Thomasen also met
with the assistant county attorney about some outstanding cases
that are headed for prosecution.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jon Paurus (Hill City) spent time on ATV and OHM enforcement.
Fishing and boating enforcement also was worked. Calls regarding
the upcoming bear-hunting season were taken.

CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) patrolled for OHV
activity. He also patrolled the Mesabi Bike Trail for illegal
motorized vehicle use. CO Koehn completed special boat and water
enforcement patrols. He assisted the National Park Service and the
U.S. Coastguard with patrol in the Voyageurs National Park.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft
operators, ATVers, state parks, and campgrounds. He also handled
two boating complaints during the week.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a wetlands case
during the week in which run-off and fill had affected a wetland
and pond area. CO Sutherland also worked boating and angling
activity with multiple individuals cited for angling without a

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, worked
ATV enforcement, looked at a complaint on a possible wetland
violation, and assisted some stranded boaters when their motor

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, patrolled for
ATV activity, investigated a wolf depredation call, and assisted
the county with a domestic disturbance call. Enforcement action was
taken for operating an ATV on the roadway, no angling license in
possession, angling with extra lines, and no throwable PFD on board
a watercraft.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported a couple of water resource
issues were handled during the week. In one case, a person decided
that this low-water period would make a good time to do some
dredging in an area lake. In another case, a person found out that
any removal of emergent vegetation from a waterway requires a

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working angling, boating,
and off-highway vehicle enforcement throughout the week. CO
Humphrey investigated litter/dumping and trapping complaints. CO
Humphrey also responded to a 911 call about a bear inside a
residence. The nuisance bear was found to be looking into windows
but never made it into the home. Wolf depredation complaints
continue to be reported.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) completed a facility inspection for a
soon-to-be wildlife rehabilitator.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) completed a wetland investigation.
Complaints of illegal ATV operation continue in the area.

District 9 – Brainerd area

Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) handled
complaints regarding heavy aquatic vegetation causing navigational
problems and a contractor digging in public waters without a
permit. Two men fishing an hour after sundown with no navigation
lights were also found to have only a throwable cushion in their
14-foot boat. They asked, “When did that law change about having a
life jacket in our boat?”

Conservation Officer Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports an
investigation was started regarding a sandhill crane that was
illegally shot from the roadway.

Conservation Officer Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports that while he
was on patrol an adult cougar crossed the road in front of the
officer’s truck along County Road 36 in Ross Lake Township.

Conservation Officer Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports a chance
encounter with two anglers at a public access led to three crappie
overlimits. The anglers shared their suspicion of double-tripping
with the officer which he later confirmed. Three other anglers
involved face over $650 in fines and restitution. The TIP reward is
“in the mail.”

Conservation Officer Brent Speldrich (McGregor) investigated a
case of illegal netting, responded to several reports of illegal
ATV operation, and returned calls regarding public access rules and
state park/forestry recreation use rules.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

Conservation Officer Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd)
investigated a TIP complaint involving the shooting and killing of
a sandhill crane on private property south of Brainerd by suspects
that fired from a vehicle along a county highway.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) checked on possible public waters violations,
and filling of wetlands.

CO Dan Perron (Onamia) checked on some work being done along the
lakeshore and a creek running into Lake Mille Lacs. He also worked
ATV enforcement.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) was called out late on Saturday to
assist with the rescue of three tubers stranded on the Kettle
River. He had to travel cross-country through some wild country
during the storm to find the tubers and the deputies who had gone
in to rescue them. With the aid of GPS, Grundmeier was able to
locate the stranded parties and lead them back out.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs.
A tornado was reported on Mille Lacs Lake, but no damage occurred.
He also assisted with a tree that had fallen onto the highway and
struck a car. The driver was not injured.

District 11 – Albany area

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on a complaint of a person
burning garbage.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) handled an ATV complaint involving
juveniles operating illegally and adults operating in a
careless/reckless manner. CO Kuske also investigated the vandalism
of several signs at a public access.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) assisted the Stearns County
Sheriff’s Office with the search for a person in a canoe that
capsized on Lake Sylvia during a severe thunderstorm. The subject
was found with no injuries.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports a TIP report about a man with a
stringer of smallmouth bass was investigated with Officer Martin.
The officers watched the man catch three bass before checking him.
When the man was checked, he had 11 smallmouth bass; five over
limit. A check at his home found more than 50 more smallmouth bass,
along with an overlimit of catfish. Enforcement action was taken.
Officer Thesing was checking a public access this week when he saw
a female swimming at the boat ramp, pulling a “port-a-potty.” Some
vandals had pushed the outhouse into the lake. The woman took it
upon herself to rescue the outhouse from the lake. After a short
talk with the female, it was found that she had consumed a bottle
of brandy before her rescue attempt and her judgment was impaired.
Officer Thesing assisted her by pulling the outhouse out with a
rope and the truck. The port-a-potty was unharmed, but the female
needed a good shower.

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) worked a boat and water safety detail
with Stearns County deputies where multiple underage consumption
citations were issued and a young woman was arrested after she
tried to avoid a ticket by taking a swim and hiding from

CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) reports a burning permit was
rescinded when the permittee burned the whole building in order to
reach the “untreated wood” within.

District 12 – St. Cloud area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) is following up on a solid waste
dumping violation; charges are pending. Officer Sladek also worked
a public waters violation on a local lake.

CO Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several violations regarding
weed rollers being operated without permits.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) followed up on a report from a Champlin
resident about a hawk that kept swooping at her while she was

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) investigated a complaint about a
person chasing geese with his boat on Eagle Lake. The Luce Line
Trail and area wildlife management areas were patrolled for the
crow season opener.

CO Neitzke was working with CO Nelson when they encountered an
out-of-state angler fishing without a license. After giving a false
name, the suspect fled and CO Neitzke pursued on foot while CO
Nelson secured the patrol boat on the river bank and radioed
dispatch. With the help of Minneapolis police officers, the suspect
was apprehended and was jailed on charges of fleeing, obstruction,
giving false information, and of course, angling without a

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) followed up on an aquatic vegetation
removal complaint in Chanhassen.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) issued a cease and desist order
on a wetlands violation.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) issued three restoration orders
for shoreline violations. CO Kruse also worked on a case in which
an individual built a gazebo on a dock.

CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled area lakes and rivers for
angling and boating activity.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) reports a busy week and weekend on
the Mississippi River. Hastings River Town Days drew large groups
of boaters on the Mississippi River.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports an investigation was
conducted regarding a couple dogs that have been running inside
Camden State Park. A suspicious shed fire at Camden State Park also
is under investigation.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) visited all the popular shore-fishing
locations on Lac qui Parle. In nearly every location, CO Picht
found pop and beer cans, chip bags, broken glass, and bait
containers lining the shore – items left by fishermen. He met with
community members to discuss solutions to cut back on the problem.
The fines for littering can be over $100.

Larry Hanson (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) reports water
is high in the southern region of the state, making it more
difficult to gain compliance on several restoration orders.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and
PWC activity. Additional time was spent handling WCA, public
waters, and aquatic vegetation issues. O

CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) attended a district meeting,
informed boaters about invasive species, and checked anglers and

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked ATV enforcement in the area.
Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a state
highway, allowing illegal youth operation of an ATV, and no ATV
safety certificate.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending the majority of
the week working boating and angling enforcement. Time was also was
spent on various equipment related issues. A large solid waste
litter complaint was investigated. Violations encountered this week
included angling with extra lines, no angling license, PWC
violations, and various boating violations.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking fishermen,
boaters, kayakers/canoers and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also
responded to a TIP call and made appearances at the Waseca County
Fair where he answered questions from the public regarding several
enforcement topics.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked boating and angling activities.
Enforcement actions were taken for unregistered watercraft, angling
with no license not in possession, PFD violations, and boating
equipment infractions.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing and ATV
enforcement. Time was spent preparing for three upcoming court

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports the river remains high.
Many of the sand bars are still under water. Rattle snakes have
been moving into a few home sites. Enforcement for the week
included no fishing license in possession, no boat registration, no
fire extinguisher, and no throwable PFD.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking
anglers, ATVers, boaters, and working on a litter case. The weekend
was spent checking anglers and boaters.

CO Boyum (Rushford) reports checking ATV trails and
investigating ATV complaints. Compliance on state trails was high.
Violations for failing to display valid registration and trespass
were encountered. Time also was spent checking trout anglers in the

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working a busy week of
fishing and boating enforcement with many area rivers producing a
few fish. Another deer season investigation was closed with a
conviction in district court.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a busy boating week on the river.
He received two different calls about rattlesnake, one at a
residence and one dead on the road. Officer Hemker attended the
Minnesota Waterfowl Committee meeting at Camp Ripley. He also spent
time tracking down a watercraft owner from a BWI case.

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