District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended a tracking class at Norris Camp
along with other local, state, and federal agencies.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) monitored area experimental regulation
lakes and lake accesses for invasive species violations. He
investigated two nuisance bear complaints involving damage to
crops. Officer Backer also investigated a panfish overlimit
complaint and monitored area state trails for illegal ATV
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) worked Bemidji area lakes and
completed a public waters violation investigation with the help of
the area hydrologist. Officer Vollbrecht also responded to a
complaint about ATVers and OHMers riding down the road and through
a resort area, resulting in enforcement action.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) responded to complaints about problem
bears, nuisance beavers, wolf depredation, and a dead bald
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated several TIP calls involving
fish overlimits. Two anglers were inspected and found with 20 bags
of crappies, one fish per bag.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) continues to investigate wetland and
public waters alteration sites. Restoration work has started on
some, while other cases have been referred to the county attorney
for prosecution. Complaints about ATVers trespassing and operating
in the Wild Rice River were investigated. A concerned person called
the officer about possible zebra mussels attached to a pontoon.
Positive identification of the objects is under way. The pontoon is
located in a lake not known to be infested with zebra mussels at
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and boaters.
Complaints of shoreline alteration and aquatic plant removal were
investigated. A TIP call involving illegal angling also was
investigated. The officer also assisted state park staff with some
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked anglers along the Red River
and on area lakes. Burning violations also were addressed during
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) responded to a call from a woman who was
swimming in an area lake and experienced tingling sensations in her
hands and feet afterward. Plautz explained the lake would not
produce a tingling sensation. Plautz met with the woman at her
cabin and observed the lake. It was found that an electrical cord
to the boat lift was possibly faulty and as Plautz unplugged the
cord, it was very hot. Plautz advised the woman to call an
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent time following up on more
weed-roller violations. Nelson also followed up on a restoration
order regarding a public waters violation.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked on some gray wolf issues,
conducted follow-up on a previous fleeing case, and addressed some
water-quality issues on an area lake. Officer Parthun continued
working on a public waters case and assisted the State Patrol with
an accident investigation.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) handled miscellaneous wildlife
complaints, including injured loons and a skunk in a basement.
Officer Hunter also investigated a complaint of operating an ATV in
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport-fishing, boating, and ORV
activity. In addition, he assisted the Remer CO with a case he was
working on and assisted at the first-ever “Chase the Police
Triathlon” held in Walker. Officer Sommers monitored the swimming
portion of the event, which attracted 300 participants. He also
assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Department with the apprehension
of a fugitive who was wanted out of Hubbard County for felony
assault with a weapon.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received a TIP call about an extra line;
the angler was found and a citation was issued. Officer Mathy also
assisted local officers with removing two illegal structures from
state forest land.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) received phone calls regarding trespass
issues, beaver “problems,” unregistered watercraft, and organizing
a lake association.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) responded to an ATV accident that
resulted in several injuries.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked lakes and rivers for boaters and
fishermen and assisted in taking three groups of Motley senior
citizens fishing on Lake Shamineau. Utilizing his underwater
camera, CO Halverson retrieved a Barbie fishing pole that was
accidentally dropped off the Dower Lake fishing pier. The little
owner stopped crying and was thankful. CO Halverson also
investigated wetland and aquatic vegetation-cutting
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on state park issues and a missing
person who left the park. CO Starr worked at the Minnesota Trappers
Association convention and answered numerous questions.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, the state park
and an ATV trespass complaint. The officer dealt with two bears
that came up short when crossing highways during the week. One
caused a pickup rollover when the driver tried to avoid the
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking anglers on
Virginia-area lakes. When Frericks was leaving a narrow access, a
carload of people pulled up, blocking CO Frericks’ exit. When CO
Frericks spoke with the driver to explain that he would have to
move the vehicle to allow the CO to leave, assorted drug
paraphernalia was seen. Numerous citations were issued for
possession for drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked a detail with Superior National
Forest law enforcement and traveled rivers into remote campsites
and fishing locations. Fredin received a complaint about a boat and
trailer being stored at a public access; the owner was contacted
and removed them.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a report of a “floating island”
installed on an area lake that turned out to be a loon-nesting
platform. Officer Manning worked a joint patrol with the U.S.
Forest Service in the BWCAW; glass bottles, trash in fire grates,
and fishing without licenses in possession were a few of the
violations found. The officer also took information about a cougar
sighting, answered questions about moose hunting and the illegality
of hiring a guide to help, and spoke with a couple concerned
individuals about boaters harassing wildlife and PWC
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked boaters and fishermen throughout the
weekend and encountered several different people fishing without
licenses. All the unlicensed people were astonished and unaware
that you actually need a fishing license to fish in Minnesota. One
person said the license should have been included as part of his
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the Duluth area on Lake Superior
while the tall ships arrived with area officers and the USCG. The
officers escorted the ships into the Duluth harbor and provided a
security zone around them.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, patrolled for ATV
activity, and worked invasive species enforcement.
CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) patrolled for OHV
activity. He attended a meeting of Pine County officials about a
possible ordinance to allow ATV use on county roads.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, handled complaints
regarding early bear baits, processed seized furbearers, and worked
on issues with the upcoming waterfowl season.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) investigates a possible APM
violation in which cattails were removed from the lake bed. She
also investigated a complaint of minnow trapping without a
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) investigated a report of a party
harassing sea gulls in the Duluth area. A complaint of ATVers
operating on roadways and on closed snowmobile trails also was
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) investigated a large APM violation on a
local lake. Several boating safety violations were encountered
during the week. Reports about problem bears are still
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota)
worked with a local soil and water conservation district to close
several wetland violations.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working angling, boating, and
off-highway vehicle enforcement. CO Humphrey patrolled the Fond du
Lac State Forest.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) gave a radio interview on KLKS radio
regarding upcoming deadlines for archery hunters for both Camp
Ripley bowhunts and the youth hunts. A call resulted in a “glass
cleanup,” as glass bottles were used at a range to sight-in guns. A
concerned party called regarding the litter.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked fishing and boating activity. A
shoreline impact/waters case was completed with charges pending.
Officer Guida checked a large amount of boat traffic this weekend
with enforcement action taken for expired registration, equipment
and PFD violations, allowing illegal operation of a PWC, no angling
license, and underage possession of alcohol.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) patrolled area ATV trails,
investigated reports of early bear baiting, and investigated two
reports of possible overlimits of panfish. Both tips turned out to
be unfounded. Officer Speldrich received information from the
manager of Savanna State Park regarding a vendor illegally selling
firewood in a state facility.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) received a complaint about dumping
garbage and old mattresses at a public access.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls regarding nuisance animals
and public waters/wetlands complaints.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service with a migratory bird investigation and investigated a
shoreline alteration complaint that had been permitted by the
CO Mike Lee (Isle) assisted the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s
Department with an ATV accident on the Soo Line Trail between Isle
and Onamia. Officer Lee also received a complaint about ATVers
operating in Mille Lacs Lake in a beach/swimming area, and with the
assistance of the Isle Police Department, the parties were located
and citations were issued. The parties said they were just cleaning
off their ATVs.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) investigated a littering complaint
and followed up on an injured loon. The loon was caught and taken
to the Northwoods Audubon Center. She received complaints regarding
ATVers operating on county roads and in wetlands.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) dealt with several public access
complaints that involved camping, dumping garbage, and burning at
public boat launch areas.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Wright and Stearns
counties. CO Mies worked boat and water work crew, along with
working on complaints of garbage burning.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, and ATV activity.
Time was spent at the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) investigated a TIP call about
individuals shooting sandhill cranes from a motor vehicle. No
cranes where injured in the shootings.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
and anglers. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license
and insufficient boating safety equipment.
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports receiving an interesting
call. A colonel in the U.S. Army calling from Kabul, Afghanistan,
was inquiring about fall turkey hunting. He was going to be sent
home in a few weeks and wanted to turkey hunt. That is the
longest-distance call CO Langevin has received for hunting
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked boaters and anglers on area
lakes and rivers. Time also was spent working ATV and OHM
enforcement in the area. Wildlife complaints were handled and
equipment maintenance was performed.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) investigated a call about PWCers chasing
geese on Eagle Lake; last week boaters were interviewed for chasing
geese on the same lake. Anglers were checked all week on area lakes
and rivers. One angler was issued a citation for having three
catfish over 24 inches with the largest being 18 pounds. Only one
over 24 inches may be kept.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) patrolled Lake Minnetonka for boating and
fishing activity. She arrested one individual for boating while
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding the
possession of walleyes by anglers on Mississippi River Pool 2. He
also issued a cease and desist order concerning a public waters
CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) worked anglers along the Mississippi River
and area lakes. He also issued a cease and desist order for
unpermitted wetland filling in Brooklyn Park.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on several public
waters complaints. The CO continues to receive calls on a cougar
that has been reported to be roaming the area.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) patrolled area lakes and the
Mississippi River checking anglers and boaters. Numerous violations
were observed and enforcement action was taken for unregistered
watercraft, no PFDs, no angling license, and angling with extra
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) took a call about a dead cougar in
Lino Lakes, but was unable to locate it with assistance from the
CO Greg Salo (East Metro) encountered several fishermen who had
three hooks attached to one line. Anglers are reminded that you are
only allowed to have one hook on a line unless it’s part of an
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVers and
enforcing boat safety laws. Another off-highway vehicle accident
was reported in Pipestone County. This is three weekends in a row
with severe-injury accidents resulting from off-highway vehicle use
in Murray and Pipestone counties.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) received several boating complaints on
Big Stone Lake. Assistance was given to the Big Stone County
Sheriff’s Department with a “fight” call.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and PWC
activity. Hatlestad also checked ATV activity, conducted a pheasant
count, and checked commercial turtle-trapping activity.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted possible shoreland deviation
investigations on one area lake.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) worked recreational boater and PWC
activity. Water temps on area lakes are in the low 80s. Officer
Abraham also checked public waters access sites and wildlife
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV
operators. Officer Ihnen also assisted in a multi-department effort
to remove of a large tree blocking the Cannon River in
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working mostly angling and
boating enforcement. An investigation was conducted regarding
illegally raising lake levels. Assistance was also given to canoers
after they found themselves with no paddle and tried to swim it
back to shore without PFDs.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time this past week
assisting at a training exercise for the nuclear power plant.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) went to at a residence where there have been
four incidents of rattlesnakes near the home. The sheriff’s office
also found a bag of snakes that was dumped near the river.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking kayakers and canoers on
the Root River. Compliance was high. Questions regarding deer
seasons, waterfowl seasons, and new trapping regulations have
arisen. He also received a shining complaint. CO Boyum patrolled
area ATV trails, as well.