MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods.
Followup continued on cases from the firearms and muzzleloader
seasons. Enforcement action was taken for anglers possessing
marijuana and for angling with extra lines.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent much of the week checking
anglers on Lake of the Woods. A husband and wife from out of the
area were happy to have CO Milbridge check on them during blizzard
conditions on the lake.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored area snowmobile
trails and angling activity. CO Woinarowicz investigated an
incident in which an individual arrested by the State Patrol for
DWI was in possession of an overlimit of Lake of the Woods
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked snowmobiling activity on
area trails and the Red Lake River. Colder temperatures,
blizzard-like conditions, and large drifts contributed to fewer
people out enjoying area trails. A call about an injured deer was
received and investigated.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked area snowmobile activity and
fishing activity. Numerous areas of flooding on the ice were found,
so anglers are reminded to use caution. CO Backer investigated a
complaint about traps not being checked.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and snowmobiling
activity throughout the week. Several complaints about trash being
left on lakes were investigated.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports increasing snowmobiling
activity. The officer also spoke to the youth snowmobile safety
class in Plummer about laws, safety, and riding ethics.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked anglers and snowmobilers. The
officer assisted other law enforcement agencies with vehicle
crashes and cars off the road during the blizzard; one vehicle was
a DOT snowplow. During the peak of the storm, the officer assisted
with the rescue of a snowmobiler who became disoriented in the
storm and drove onto thin ice. The snowmobile broke through the
ice. The operator was able to stand on the submerged sled and call
for help. In another incident, a person leaving a fish house in a
truck also became disoriented in the storm (at the same time as the
snowmobiler, but a different lake) and broke through thin ice. The
driver was able to get to a fish house to stay warm until he was
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and snowmobilers.
Fish houses on several lakes were inventoried. Litter, shelter
licenses, and shelter identification are being monitored.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson worked on wetland and Aquatic
Plant Management planning and violation updates. Wetland alteration
issues in Becker County were investigated.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received complaints about unethical
road hunters shooting from the road at pheasants. Many lakes are
flooding, and if shelters were not elevated by blocks, they will
most certainly be frozen in soon.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports lots of fishing activity.
Fishermen are reminded there’s a lot of snow and slush on area
lakes and travel is difficult. Some fish houses already are frozen
in because they were not blocked up properly. Identification on
fish shelters is still a problem.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked ice fishermen, snowmobilers,
and fish houses. Osborne also took calls regarding coyote hunting,
ice shelters, and snowmobile safety classes.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent the majority of his time working
fishing and snowmobile enforcement. Fish house owners are
encouraged the check their houses frequently to be sure they are
not freezing in.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent the week checking anglers and
patrolling area snowmobile trails.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) issued animal possession permits,
answered questions about coyote hunting, and checked ice anglers
and snowmobilers during the week. Enforcement action was taken for
no ID on ice shelters, no ice shelter license, and no license in
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ice fishermen and snowmobilers
in the area. She received a call and initiated an investigation of
a fox taken illegally. There was also a drowning on the Crow Wing
chain of lakes during the past week.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) monitored snowmobiling and ice-fishing
activity during the week.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored angling, spearing, and
snowmobiling activity. CO Broughten noted a large amount of
snowmobile traffic during the week. In conjunction with the
increased activity, he received several complaints from riders
involved in near accidents on the trails due to excessive speed and
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) checked ice-fishing
activity on Rainy Lake; with recent snowfall, access has been
difficult. He also took a report about a vehicle plowing snow that
broke through the ice. The occupants were able to get out safely;
however, the vehicle remains in the water with only one thing
keeping the truck from sinking to bottom – the plow hung up on the
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports more heavy snow on top of already
heavy snow on area waterways has caused slush to appear.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked trapping, angling, and
snowmobiling activity and assisted a motorist in the ditch and an
overturned snowmobiler stuck in the ditch. One snowmobiler
commented that COs were out in force, as another officer had
ticketed him one hour prior to the CO Bozovsky stopping him for
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) handled reports about a road-killed
wolf and moose in the Virginia area.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted the East Range Snowmobile Club
with youth snowmobile certification by teaching the law portion of
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled the North Shore and
grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. A cold BWCAW lake trout opener was
worked, and some thin spots in the ice were noted near flowages and
on one larger lake. Officer Manning took calls about road-killed
deer, state snowmobile passes, and one question from a man who was
curious about all the “outhouses” he saw on lakes during his drive
up to the North Shore.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) patrolled area snowmobile trails and
worked the BWCAW lake trout opener. The officer answered questions
from confused anglers about the trout opener.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked on an ongoing big-game
investigation, as well as some snowmobile patrol.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked infested and other waters checking anglers, bait, darkhouse
spearers, and ATVers. Enforcement action was taken for no spearing
license and for ATV registration issues.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobile and angling
activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating a snowmobile
on a county road and operating a snowmobile without the proper
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spoke at a snowmobile safety class
at the Swampsiders clubhouse. She checked anglers and worked
snowmobilers on and off trails.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) finished up an investigation into an
illegal burning incident in which a citation was issued for burning
prohibited materials. Several fish houses were checked, and
followups will be made to make sure houses are marked properly.
There are a few that don’t have reflectors and are not displaying
proper information. Time was spent on follow-up cases from the
deer-hunting seasons. One case was finished up, with one person
charged with hunting deer over bait.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) checked anglers and snowmobilers much
of the week. The officer also followed up on a deer-poaching
investigation. Charges are pending.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued working winter fishing
enforcement on area lakes. Several calls were handled during the
week involving deer hunting. A meeting with the county attorney’s
office took place during the week. A few trapping issues also were
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent time checking anglers and
snowmobilers, and dealing with equipment issues. A few wildlife
calls were fielded. i
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott spent time checking
anglers on Duluth-area lakes. Site visits regarding several wetland
cases were conducted with landowners. Officer Scott worked with DNR
Waters on a public waters violation in the Ely area.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time working
winter fishing on the Duluth Harbor of Lake Superior, St. Louis
River, along the north shore of Lake Superior, and on several
inland lakes. Some trapping enforcement work also was
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted CO Schmidt in
the Floodwood area with a big-game investigation.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and
snowmobilers in Lake and St Louis counties. While checking ice
anglers on foot, the officer fell through a thin spot of ice into
knee-deep water. Just 50 yards away there was over 18 inches of
ice. Slush and heavy snow drifts continue to produce uneven ice
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports an investigation continues
regarding TIP calls about overlimits on speared northern and other
speared species. Another TIP call regarding a possible meth
production in a fish house on an area lake was unfounded.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) worked snowmobile enforcement in the
Crosslake and Emily areas. He found several operators operating on
a grant-in-aid trail without the required trail permit.
Registration and speed violations also were addressed.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) spent time checking compliance on area
lakes with underage alcohol consumption rules.
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) checked
anglers, snowmobilers, and trappers, and took part in snowmobile
enforcement details. One snowmobiler who was being stopped for
speeding decided to flee instead. He eventually was caught and
ended up spending the night in jail and is facing several
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports a snowmobiler who was contacted
attempted to get by with a portion of a watercraft registration
displayed on his sled. His “12” was done with a magic marker.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) worked snowmobile speed enforcement
during the week and patrolled area lakes and trails. Two
snowmobilers failed to stop in different incidents. Both were
located several hours later and were arrested for felony fleeing.
Both sleds were seized, as was other evidence in the
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked anglers generally doing well
on fish but not as well with their shelters. Weather froze a lot of
houses in, and several didn’t have proper identification, permits,
or reflectors. The same rain created a thick crust on snow, which
will accommodate dogs chasing wildlife. Complaints were taken
regarding dogs running deer.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) assisted the State Patrol and Mille Lacs County
Sheriff’s Department with vehicle accidents due to the weather
conditions last week.
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) worked snowmobile and
angling activity in the Brainerd and Mille Lacs Lake areas. Efforts
were directed toward wrong-way snowmobile traffic after dark,
operation on roadways, and trail safety. Officer Tischler
investigated a property damage snowmobile accident in the Pillsbury
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw quite a bit of angling activity
throughout the week. Time was spent assisting with traffic
accidents and vehicle roll-overs during some rain and sleet.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received complaints about
snowmobile speed on local grant-in-aid trails. She also received
questions regarding fishing activity and shelter licenses.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took a call from a concerned citizen
regarding open water on an area pond that seemed to be getting
larger. Officer Wynn found that it was minnows congregating in
areas of the pond.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent time checking ice anglers and shelter
houses on area lakes. CO Kuske also patrolled snowmobile trails in
Morrison and Crow Wing counties.
CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) checked anglers and snowmobile operators
during the week. Office Martin checked an angler in the area who
had 21 crappies (11 fish over his limit) in his bucket while
fishing. The angler said he had been fishing with his 7-year-old
son and that the boy had just walked to the house. The angler also
had 2 tip-ups down and was using a jigging rod, too (one extra
line). While Officer Martin was issuing the paperwork for the case,
the son and the rest of the offender’s family arrived home from
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked pheasant hunters trying
their luck in the snow on the final weekend. CO Haberman also
checked fishermen on local lakes.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) checked anglers, snowmobilers, pheasant
hunters, and coyote hunters. The rain last week melted the snow and
slush on area lakes, and the cold has made the lakes solid again.
Thesing attended the funeral of retired conservation officer Lloyd
Hoffman, who was the DNR’s first game warden pilot and area
supervisor in Sauk Centre.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for license
violations, registration violations, and no fish house ID.
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers.
Violations were found for angling without a license, no snowmobile
registration, and no state trail sticker. Snowmobile trespass
complaint areas also were worked.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a busy week on area lakes.
Snowmobilers are still out in large numbers but are cautioned to be
aware of icy conditions. Violations included no license in
possession, no safety certificate, speeding, and studded tracks on
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) spent the week working deer overlimit
cases and equipment maintenance. He also checked snowmobilers and
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) inspected aeration systems on area lakes.
Several car-injured deer had to be dispatched. Snowmobile trails
were patrolled all week. Trails crossing ditches and creeks have
open water from all the rain and are causing several sleds to drop
into the water.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) finished out the year completing
big-game investigations and assisting the Montana Game and Fish
Department with a case.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked ice fishing and snowmobilers in the
metro area, and checked small- and big-game hunters at Carlos Avery
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled Washington and Dakota
counties for snowmobile activity. CO McGowan also responded to two
TIP calls and completed follow-up work for cases from this
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) investigated a TIP regarding an
illegally taken bobcat. There was no violation.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) met with the county attorney to discuss
charges on pending cases from this fall.
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) investigated an illegally taken deer in
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) patrolled area snowmobile trails,
checked ice anglers, and monitored local coyote hunting. The
officer also investigated a complaint regarding cattle grazing on a
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing,
snowmobiling, small-game and big-game enforcement. Complaints about
trespassing and shooting from motor vehicles were
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports continuing to work complaints
about poachers shooting feeding pheasants from motor
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports complaints were taken regarding
chasing wildlife with a snowmobile and trespassing.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobilers, ice
fishermen, and coyote hunters. Fishing pressure is lighter than
other years due to bad snow and ice conditions.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to follow up on cases from the
deer season. A complaint about predator hunters using snowmobiles
and vehicles to chase coyotes was investigated, with enforcement
action taken for transporting loaded firearms in a motor
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and
pheasant and coyote hunters. Officer Graham also spoke at
snowmobile safety classes, and took calls about shooting from the
road, as well as trespassing.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked ice fishermen, snowmobilers,
ATVers, pheasant hunters, and coyote hunters last week. He also
conducted a couple aeration inspections.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports predator hunting activity was
monitored. Complaints about illegal dumping of deer carcasses were
investigated. Aerations systems were inspected.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent time checking snowmobilers and
anglers. Rain, warm weather, and high winds combined to knock down
a lot of snowpack in the area.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and ATV
riders. Ice conditions vary from lake to lake.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked snowmobile and angling activities.
Enforcement action was taken for unregistered ATVs, unsigned
angling licenses, and making an illegal road crossing with a
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continued to monitor snowmobile
activity on area trails. Aeration inspections on area lakes were
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports checking several archery deer
and pheasant hunters. Violations encountered included failure to
validate a deer tag, no ATV registration, no ATV safety
certificate, and various ice shelter violations.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week working goose hunting,
snowmobiling, and fishing enforcement. Some hunters have been
dumping geese along the roadway northeast of Rochester. If anyone
has information about the dumped geese, please call the TIP line at
1-800-652-9093. By the end of the week snowmobile trails had
deteriorated and are in need of some more snow.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week
checking fishing and snowmobiling activity. Some time also was
spent wrapping up a deer case and assisting with an accident.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports receiving several calls about
injured wild animals. He checked ice fishing activity. Snowmobiling
has slowed with poor snow conditions. He continues to follow up on
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working predator hunters,
trappers, and the last week of the archery deer season.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking multiple groups of
coyote hunters. The coyotes were active after the warmup. Time also
was spent working on deer cases from the fall.