MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 51
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked blackpowder and archery deer
hunters, as well as elk hunters in the Lancaster area. He also
checked ice anglers on Lake Bronson and Lake of the Woods.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked deer-hunting activity.
She located several hunting stands left on wildlife management
areas and initiated follow-up investigations. Officer Warren
located a possible bait site that also remains under investigation.
She received a call about an injured bear, which was possibly
caught in a trap. CO Warren investigated the area and was unable to
locate the bear or any tracks in the area. Later, a homeowner in
the area offered a possible explanation, as a black plastic bag was
located stuck on a fence and blowing in the wind.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) monitored angling, trapping, and
snowmobiling activity in the area. Officer Backer received a report
of a trapper who had several traps taken. He also picked up and
disposed of a timber wolf that was struck by a vehicle. The wolf
also had a broken snare on its foot that had nearly cut its foot in
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) monitored snowmobiling activity and
noted that local snowmobile clubs were starting to groom the area
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked muzzleloader deer hunters, trappers,
anglers, and snowmobilers.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, trappers, and
muzzleloader deer hunters. Snowmobile owners are reminded to
inspect their equipment, and check for current registration and
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked hunters, anglers,
snowmobilers, ATVers, and trappers. The officer met with the county
attorney about pending cases. Trespass and wildlife nuisance
complaints were investigated.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) investigated complaints about
deer hunters shooting from the road and a deer caught in a
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson worked on wetland and public
waters alteration cases with local officials.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) reports working the last week of
muzzleloader deer season. A hunter harassment complaint was
investigated, as were complaints of shooting from the
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) is continuing to follow up on deer
season complaints and investigations. Several predator hunters also
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work the muzzleloader deer
season, responding to complaints regarding trespass and shooting at
big game from the roadway. In one case, several violations were
uncovered and a deer and muzzleloader were seized. Pheasant road
hunters have been generating complaints.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice
fishermen, ATV activity, snowmobile activity, muzzleloader deer
hunters, and pheasant hunters.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) investigated a complaint of hunting
deer over bait and monitored angling, trapping, and muzzleloader
deer-hunting activity in the area. He also received a complaint
regarding several traps stolen from local trap lines. Anyone with
information regarding these thefts is asked to contact the TIP line
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) reports low numbers of muzzleloader
hunters were in the area for the last week of the season. She
received a complaint about a deer that was gutted and left.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to receive road-hunting and
shining complaints during the last few days of the muzzleloader
season. Many fishers and a few bobcats were brought into the
registration station after the end of the fisher season. Officer
Oldakowski received calls from several people during the
muzzleloader season asking if they could shoot a 3-legged deer near
their stands. He advised them that they could as long as they shot
it with a muzzleloader and used the appropriate tag on the
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) investigated reports of stolen traps and
trespassing. Officer Mathy also assisted the Division of Wildlife
with fur registration. The fisher registration was very low.
Enforcement action was taken for trespassing.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) conducted additional investigations
regarding ongoing big-game cases. Enforcement action was taken for
failing to registered deer and littering.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored trapping, muzzleloader deer
hunting, snowmobiling, and ice-angling activity. CO Broughten also
assisted with fur registration in Backus.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer – Park Rapids) patrolled
several area forests and trails. She also checked muzzleloader
hunters and snowmobile riders.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) registered furs, and continued working
the muzzleloader deer season and the ever-present snowmobilers.
Another trespass and shooting-from-a-motor-vehicle investigation
was initiated with another deer shot too close to a home. An
ongoing trespass investigation has so far produced violations for
driving after cancellation, taking deer with an invalid license,
and failing to register deer.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking hunters during the
final week of the muzzleloader deer season. Area snowmobile trails
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) helped DNR Wildlife staff with fur
registration, with many trappers commenting that conditions were
hard this year with the deep snow.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and muzzleloader hunters
this week. CO Velsvaag also received calls about an ATV and a
snowmobile going through the ice.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports two chops with an axe put a hole
through the ice on a local river. Yet someone rode a snowmobile
right down the middle of the river just before the recent cold
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked for late trapping activity
and assisted wildlife personnel with fur registration. This year’s
take of fishers and pine martens seemed to be on par with last
year, if not up slightly.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking muzzleloader
hunters during the last week of the season. Enforcement action was
taken for shooting a deer within a state game refuge.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that some anglers are
kicking off the ice fishing season with unattended and extra lines
violations. Even though hunters are reporting seeing many deer,
wolf sightings have outnumbered deer sightings in a few instances
along the North Shore.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work trappers and took
another report of a dog caught by a trap. The leashed dog was
caught in a trap set less than 3 feet off a popular hiking trail. A
radio-collared wolf was killed in the Hovland area during the
firearms deer season; anyone with information is urged to call the
TIP line at (800) 652-9093.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) worked on investigations including a
possible timber theft. He also checked trappers, muzzleloader
hunters, anglers, and snowmobilers.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ice anglers during the
week. Ice conditions are improving with the cold weather, but
remember some snow-covered lakes have been insulated from the cold
weather and don’t yet have enough ice to drive on.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked anglers and fish houses
this week. She also investigated a trespass complaint and took a
complaint about snowmobilers driving too fast in town.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports continuing work on firearms
deer season cases. Time also was spent checking ice anglers and
snowmobilers in the area. One angler was very lucky after he went
through the ice and into the water with his fish house and ATV. He
was pulled out by his partner with the aid of a rope.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) continues to work on follow-up cases
from the firearms deer season. A meeting was attended at Fond du
Lac College with the local law enforcement advisory board. One TIP
call was responded to in which a hunter was suspected of taking
more deer than allowed. The TIP was unfounded. Snowmobile activity
is picking up in the area.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) assisted with the Jay Cooke State Park
muzzleloader hunt. Officer Schmidt also investigated complaints of
deer carcasses dumped on public and private property. The officer
investigated trespass complaints involving hunters and
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports lots of anglers are venturing out
onto area lakes; caution is advised due to poor composition and
heavy snow loads on the ice. Work was done on a timber trespass
case, and charges were filed in county court.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked on commercial
fishing and charter captain enforcement. Paperwork from deer season
continues to be finished up. Some snowmobilers were checked. Seven
anglers were checked and the officer wrote four citations for
license violations. None of the four had their licenses with them,
and two had trout stamps, but no angling licenses. One had been
warned four times in 2010 for not having his license with him, and
again did not have it with him.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) completed work on a
commercial fishing case and checked cross-country ski passes at
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Michael Scott attended a TEP
meeting in Carlton County, assisting the local TEP with issues
concerning a recent appeal and an ongoing wetland violation. A deed
restriction was recorded on the property until compliance is
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports enforcement action was taken
for an archery hunter who was not wearing blaze orange and who was
hunting over bait. Follow-up continued with a nonresident hunter
who has been hunting with a resident license and who took deer
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled for muzzleloading activity and
checked some angling activity. A complaint was received of someone
illegally fishing on the Hole in the Day refuge. An investigation
revealed the individual was tending traps.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked ice anglers, trappers, and
muzzleloader hunters. He assisted with fur registration and closed
a trespass case from the firearms deer season.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Mike Lee (Isle) continued with follow up on cases from the
firearms deer season. Officer Lee also assisted the Isle Police
Department with a call.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking anglers out on Mille
Lacs Lake. A call about a snowmobile that had burned up on Mille
Lacs Lake was investigated. The owner had come back and cleaned up
what was left of the sled. The officer also responded to help find
a lost fisherman on the lake. By the time the officer arrived, the
angler had been found. On the final weekend of the muzzleloader
season, a few hunters were found out braving the cold.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received a TIP complaint regarding
an individual hunting without blaze orange. It was determined that
the individual was a convicted felon and was no longer allowed to
possess firearms. With assistance from the Pine County Sheriff’s
Office and a neighboring officer, a compliance check at the
suspect’s property was conducted by a probation officer. Several
firearms were seized from the home, and the suspect was arrested
for being a felon in possession of firearms. One of the firearms
was later confirmed as stolen.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls regarding area ice
conditions. He followed up on complaints and reports, and checked
on fur tagging at Sandstone.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found ice-fishing activity picking up
throughout the station. Good ice is forming on most lakes. CO Kuske
handled a trespass complaint involving coyote hunters. CO Kuske
also investigated a report of an escaped deer from a game
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked snowmobilers, anglers, and hunters.
Poor weekend weather kept many inside. Enforcement action for the
week included expired snowmobile registration, no trail sticker, no
identification on fish houses, and no license in possession.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) handled trespass complaints and
worked on WCA cases.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked anglers, trappers and deer
hunters. The officer recovered an injured bald eagle after
receiving information from a concerned caller. The eagle with a
broken wing was taken to the rehab center.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
and hunters. TIP calls were received regarding shooting from the
road, lending/borrowing a license, and snowmobiling
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Reller
also followed up on several complaints and assisted a neighboring
officer with a TIP call regarding an individual taking a turkey out
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked several ice fishermen on local
lakes. Ice ranged from about 8 inches on some lakes to as little as
4 inches on others.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) reports blowing snow and cold
temperatures limited some outdoor activities during the weekend.
The new snow did bring out more snowmobilers who were willing to
brave the temperatures.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) assisted CO Pril with a deer
investigation. He did snowmobile enforcement in Dakota
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked the few deer and pheasant hunters
who braved the cold weather. Most of the weekend’s work involved
helping with accidents and injuries caused by the blizzard
conditions in Carver County. The heavy snow is already causing
stress on the pheasants.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) investigated deer overlimit and
registration violations. He received a call about illegal
excavation/construction in a stream. He also checked anglers and
snowmobilers and maintained equipment.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) patrolled the Luce Line State Trail and
Carver County for snowmobile activity. Violations included failing
to display snowmobile registration, no trail permit, no safety
certificate, operating on the shoulder of the roadway, and
trespassing. She continued investigating cases from the firearms
deer season and responded to a deer that had fallen through the ice
and was stuck on Lake Minnetonka.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobiling and ice-fishing activities
in the metro area.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked snowmobilers during the weekend,
patrolled and checked ice anglers, and checked pheasant hunters at
metro wildlife management areas.
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) worked mostly snowmobile
enforcement. Several snowmobilers were assisted Saturday during the
snowfall. Some had slid off the trails and were stuck, and others
were stuck trying to cross roads. Several stop sign violations were
encountered. CO Gutierrez closed a deer-hunting case that involved
an individual receiving a citation for hunting deer over a baited
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled Dakota County for goose-hunting
activity. CO Salzer also patrolled Dakota County
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled calls about injured and
sick deer. She worked on a trapping case, handled an injured goose
report, and worked snowmobile enforcement. CO Kruse also worked on
a wetland case in Ramsey County.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled Dakota/Washington counties
for hunting and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. CO
McGowan also investigated a TIP call about an overlimit of
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he checked anglers and
snowmobilers throughout the week. CO Johnson assisted a State
Trooper with an injured coyote near the airport on Hwy. 5.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked numerous pheasant hunters
and trappers throughout the week. The officer also investigated a
coyote predation complaint in which numerous cattle were stampeded
through a fence.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the weekend blizzard made for a
quiet end to the muzzleloader deer season. Investigations continue
regarding illegal hunting practices. Assistance was given to a
muzzleloader hunter who wounded a buck that went into Camden State
Park. The buck was located and tagged by the hunter.
Wetland Enforcement Officer Larry Hanson continued to work on WCA
and public waters cases. WREO Hanson also assisted the State Patrol
with the search for a person on Hwy. 59 near Marshall. He also
assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office with a report of underage
drinking and driving.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobile riders,
pheasant hunters and bowhunters, and ice fishermen.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked ice anglers and spearers. He also
followed up on complaints related to trespass and shooting from a
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) monitored deer, waterfowl, and
small-game hunting activity. Assistance was given to local law
enforcement agencies regarding evacuation of residences and ice
shelters due to a tiling company rupturing a propane line.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) continued to check deer hunters,
trappers, pheasant hunters, and fishermen. Gruhlke provided
assistance to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office during the
blizzard on Saturday. CO Gruhlke responded to complaints about road
hunting during the muzzleloader season, as well as using a scope on
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) checked snowmobilers and assisted
motorists stranded in the blizzard.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked on a landowner/snowmobile club
dispute in which the snowmobile club has groomed a trail through
land they did not have permission to be on, for the second year in
CO Bob Geving attended a pilots meeting in Brainerd. Geving also
checked small-game hunting and ice-angling activity and conducted
followed up on a deer bag limit complaint.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) assisted other law enforcement agencies
with several traffic-related issues as a result of the snowstorm. A
few muzzleloader hunters were checked, as were coyote hunters. One
coyote hunter was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm by
a Blue Earth County deputy.
CO Phil George (Mantorville) took litter complaints about deer
carcasses in road ditches. He also assisted Officer Siems with a
trespass complaint that turned into a case in which a deer was
taken without a license, trespass, and numerous other big-game
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer hunters and anglers
during the week. Heyn also finished up a couple trespass
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking
angling activity and working on cases from the deer season. Ice
anglers are starting to venture onto most backwaters. Time also was
spent assisting Wisconsin officials with a deer case.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) received a TIP call about a fish overlimit
where the fisherman had made several trips with fish.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a deer was shot from the road on
Saturday during the blizzard. The deer and the shooter were both