MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time preparing and organizing a
snowmobile law class for local enforcement officers in the area.
Assistance was provided to DNR Wildlife staff with end-of-the-year
fur registration, and follow-up was conducted on a bobcat
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended the annual deer
committee meeting at Camp Ripley and monitored area snowmobile
trails. CO Woinarowicz also is investigating an incident in which
two untagged deer were located during a local sheriff’s department
search warrant. Through investigation and interviews, it was
determined the deer were taken illegally during the 2010 firearms
deer season. Two rifles, a compound bow, and the two deer were
seized, with charges pending for the unlicensed taking of deer by
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) reports a call about a poached
deer was received, with the investigation ongoing.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked angling activity on special
regulation lakes and investigated complaints regarding
double-tripping. A complaint about ATV use on snowmobile trails was
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored ice-angling activity on
Upper Red Lake. CO Vollbrecht currently is investigating a litter
complaint. A group of ice anglers left several pop cans, sandwich
wrappers, and other garbage on the lake.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) took several complaints about vehicles
other than snowmobiles being operated on state snowmobile trails.
CO Gorecki found several track trucks operating on the
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) continues to investigate a trespass
complaint involving a public access. Minnow dealers, trappers,
coyote hunters, anglers, and snowmobilers were checked.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked snowmobilers and anglers.
Complaints were taken regarding trash dumped on public accesses,
vehicles driving on grant in aid trails, and fish houses left on
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) and deputies from the Clay County
Sheriff’s Department patrolled snowmobile trails. Complaints about
snowmobile trespass and chasing animals with a snowmobile were
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers, snowmobilers,
and coyote hunters. The officer testified in a 2008 boating while
intoxicated trial. Complaints about fish overlimits and litter were
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) assisted with a snowmobile safety
class in Fergus Falls. A trespass complaint was investigated, and
aeration system inspections were done.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) completed youth snowmobile safety
classes in Fergus Falls and Underwood during the weekend. Fish
house owners are again reminded their shelters need to be both
identified and licensed and visible on the outside.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) focused enforcement efforts on
checking fishermen and snowmobilers. Snowmobile trespass calls have
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports spending the majority of his time
monitoring the fishing and snowmobiling activity on area lakes and
trails. Time also was spent closing out a trespass investigation
from the muzzleloader deer season.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on
predator-hunting activity, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. COs
Anderson, Baumbarger, and Paul Nelson report checking hunters
participating in a local predator-hunting contest this past
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) received several complaints about
shooting from a motor vehicle. Complaints also were received
concerning dogs chasing deer.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and snowmobilers
during the week. Officer Hunter also initiated an investigation of
a white fox that was taken out of season.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received several calls about snowmobile
trespass. Riders are asked to stay on the trails. He also
registered several bobcat and otter furs.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received complaints and initiated
investigations into littering violations. Enforcement action was
taken for possession of marijuana, angling with extra lines,
unattended lines, and various snowmobile regulation
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored angling, spearing, and
snowmobiling activity. CO Broughten also worked with CO Mathy on
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) worked on
several wetland violation cases in which the deadlines for
restoration have expired. Officer Siltala worked with county
officials on these cases, and enforcement action is
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time checking
angling and spearing activity on Rainy Lake.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the snowmobile trails are in quite
good shape. Concerns about the health of the deer herd due to
severe winter conditions were heard.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked snowmobilers and
anglers, handled two accidentally caught fishers, and dealt with an
injured moose with CO Frericks and the area wildlife manager.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked area anglers and spear
fishermen. A calf moose was euthanized after it was determined that
it was unable to stand on its front legs. The moose was turned over
to 1854 Treaty area wildlife researchers.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked BWCA trout anglers,
snowmobiling activity, and some trying their luck at walleye
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked area lakes, anglers, and
snowmobile trails. Slush was a problem on a few lakes. CO Manning
also checked cross-country ski passes.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked snowmobile trails and checked
anglers on area lakes. The officer responded to a couple of calls
regarding sick and mangy wolves hanging around the area.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) took care of some equipment needs,
checked anglers and ice conditions on area lakes, handled
accidentally caught furbearers, patrolled snowmobile trails, and
assisted with the White Oak Classic dog sled race.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobile activity.
Enforcement action was taken by CO Sutherland for unregistered
snowmobiles and operating on a public road right of way.
Enforcement action was taken on one individual who decided to fish
with more than two lines.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked the Wetland Conservation Act and public waters cases. One
wetland restoration order was extended.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, trappers, cross
country ski trails and snowmobiles. He also handled trapping and
snowmobile complaints during the week.
District 8 -Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued follow-up work from firearms
deer season cases. Time also was spent checking ice anglers and
snowmobilers in the area. CO Humphrey also attended a court hearing
on a black bear case from September, which resulted in guilty pleas
by the offenders.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a large amount of confiscated
fur was given to the Minnesota Trappers Association Tanned Fur
Project, which tans the furs and gives them to educational
facilities in the state. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s
office, securing the scene at a homicide site in the Cromwell
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of week following up on a
deer complaint. The officer also taught at a local snowmobile
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) says snowmobile trail conditions have
improved considerably throughout the area, but with better trails,
some riders increase speeds. Citations were issued for speeds as
high as more than 80 mph.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott investigated several
new wetland cases with local SWCD; people are filing in a wetland
with business debris and other yard waste.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along
shore of Lake Superior and ice anglers on the St. Louis River. The
officer also took enforcement action for angling violations.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and
snowmobilers during a cold week. A trapper reported that a wolf was
caught in one of his snares. Upon finding the snare site, it was
discovered that the rest of the pack had devoured most of their
restrained companion, leaving only a head and hind legs.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) worked snowmobiling and fishing
enforcement during the week. Several citations were issued for no
trail permit and registration problems.
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) assisted
local law enforcement with snowmobile activity during the Breezy
Point Ice Fest.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) patrolled snowmobile trails and
checked area lakes. While out on the lakes, Officer Speldrich
encountered several shelters that had trash starting to build up
around them. He spoke with the owners while he checked them and
reminded them to clean up before leaving. He issued warnings for
failing to display identification on the shelters and for litter.
Officer Speldrich encountered snowmobilers that had expired
registration, some that were failing to display them because their
machines were “too” busy and they didn’t want to clutter them up,
people operating on county roads, and reports of machines that were
left abandoned on the side of the trail.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) worked snowmobile and
angling activity in the Brainerd lakes area. Efforts where directed
toward trail safety and road crossings.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time checking anglers,
snowmobilers, and trappers throughout the week. Angling violations
included fishing without a license and fishing with too many
CO Mike Lee (Isle) continued checking anglers on Mille Lacs Lake.
Officer Lee also patrolled snowmobile trails with trail conditions
worsening due to lack of snow. Officer Lee attended the Minnesota
Trappers Association meeting in Isle and assisted DNR Wildlife with
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked snowmobiling and angling
activity. Sleds just out of storage were observed on the trails;
the sledders probably should have waited until next weekend due to
lack of registration, burnt out lights, and live mice that hadn’t
received their eviction notices.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received a TIP call about possible
sunfish overlimits. The call was unfounded when it was determined
the caller misunderstood the sunfish possession limit. Heaton also
received a call from a concerned landowner who said anglers were
trespassing on his land to access a lake and then leaving litter on
the lake. An investigation is being conducted. Enforcement action
was taken for no safety certificate, expired registration, and no
state trail stickers.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers and area
snowmobilers. He answered numerous questions about trapping,
shelters on the ice, and littering on ice. CO Wynn took calls
regarding car-injured animals and assisted Wisconsin wardens with
several border cases.
CO Dan Perron (Onamia) checked anglers on Mille Lacs throughout the
week. CO Perron also worked snowmobile enforcement during the week.
He took a call from a landowner about coyote hunters using dogs on
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received trespass complaints involving coyote
hunters. One complaint included hunters tearing down and shooting
the “no trespass” signs. CO Kuske patrolled snowmobiles trails but
found very little activity.
CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) worked snowmobile operators and anglers.
Office Martin also taught a class on snowmobile laws for Sartell
Police Department officers, and worked a snowmobile work detail in
Stearns, Todd, and Douglas counties.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in a snowmobile work
crew. Wind chill advisories kept activity low during part of the
detail. The officer met with a SWCD representative and a landowner
regarding the details of an active Wetland Conservation Act
restoration order. Snowmobilers and anglers were checked.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and
snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for license violations,
extra lines, and failing to tend to minnow traps. CO Bertram also
conducted commercial inspections of minnow retailers.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers.
Violations were found for no registration, no state trail stickers,
and failure to stop at stop signs. CO Musatov also handled a
trapping complaint and worked snowmobile trespass areas.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) assisted DNR Wildlife and Three Rivers
Park District with a trumpeter swan count.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several trespass
complaints. Reller also assisted in a two-day work crew outside his
station and also checked anglers and snowmobiling activity in
Wright County. Enforcement action was taken for illegal possession
of an otter, snowmobile registration violations, and trail permit
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers during the week.
Snowmobile trails are in decent shape but new snow is needed for
grooming. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, snowmobile
registration, and shelter house license issues.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) continued to check ice fishermen on Lake
Minnetonka and in Carver County. Violations included extra lines,
unattended lines, no shelter identification, and no reflective
material. Glaser also responded to a call in Chanhassen regarding
two large bucks that were locked together by their antlers.
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) started planning for some work crews
and also started on a possible license case between South Dakota
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) gave a Cub Scout presentation. He
received calls regarding injured deer and worked a TIP complaint
regarding several crappie overlimits.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent time teaching a snowmobile safety
class with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and Belle Plaine
and Jordan police departments. CO Block also assisted the Minnesota
State Patrol with a motor vehicle crash resulting in a
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) patrolled wildlife management areas, state
parks, and state trails.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) checked angling activity on area
lakes. CO Gutierrez also patrolled snowmobile trails and took
action on incidents of speeding, studded tracks on paved trails,
expired registration, and stop sign violations.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) checked anglers and snowmobilers.
Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines. CO
Johnson transported an injured redtail hawk to the raptor
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked ice anglers on metro lakes and
checked snowmobilers and ATVers.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked snowmobile and fishing
enforcement on area trails and lakes. She talked to the Spring Lake
Park Lions Club about the duties of a CO. CO Kruse also worked ATV
enforcement in Carlos Avery WMA, handled injured deer reports, and
handled calls regarding fishing regulations questions.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) attended a marine tactical course in
Charleston S.C. at the U.S. Coast Guard base.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports that ice fishing has been good on
area lakes. He worked snowmobilers on the Casey Jones trail system
in Pipestone County.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) states that recent weather brought out
a lot of ice fishermen, snowmobilers, and coyote hunters.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked on several investigations from the
hunting season. A law enforcement class on snowmobile laws was
taught in Montevideo.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) patrolled area snowmobile trails,
checked ice anglers, and conducted aeration inspections on area
lakes. The officer assisted local and county law enforcement
agencies with several assault calls, one of which involved
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports a snowmobile accident occurred in
Murray County, resulting in a broken leg.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports complaints directed at coyote
hunters continued to be received. The complaints involve
trespassing, shooting from vehicles, chasing with snowmobiles, and
using cell phones.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobile and ATV
riders, coyote hunters, and fishermen.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) spoke about ice safety and snowmobile
regulations on a local radio station. He assisted another officer
in training a local law enforcement agency regarding snowmobile
laws and enforcement.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked ice-angling activity on area
lakes. Litter on ice is becoming more prevalent. Two shelters were
observed where anglers were sleeping inside with no ventilation and
a sunflower heater being used. The anglers were reminded to seek
fresh air frequently and open up doors.
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) reports enforcement action was taken
for failure to display snowmobile registration, operating
snowmobiles without safety certificates, speeding on snowmobiles,
failure to identify shelters properly, and trespassing.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and spearing
activity. Additional time was spent checking ATV and snowmobile
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and
patrolled state parks this week. Ice conditions have improved
greatly in the area, with many more hard-sided houses showing up on
the lakes. Aeration inspections were completed. A work crew
focusing on snowmobile enforcement was conducted when there was a
radar run on a local lake.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and ATV
riders. Trail conditions remain fair to good with the new
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working angling enforcement.
Violations include possession of a small amount of marijuana, no
shelter ID, and no ATV registration.
CO Phil George (Mantorville) took several calls concerning injured
animals. He also took litter complaints and checked ice anglers,
along with ATV and snowmobile operators.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports speaking at two snowmobile
safety classes about various laws and riding safety. A vehicle
traveling on one area lake broke through the ice.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and predator hunters during
the week. Heyn also assisted the USDA-NWRC with a case.
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent most of the week on fishing and
snowmobile enforcement. A trespassing violation was
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week
checking fishing activity. Some time also was spent checking
snowmobile activity and assisting with a shooting complaint in Red
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a good week of ice fishing. While
checking anglers on the backwaters of the river, Hemker observed an
eagle grab a sunfish that was lying on the ice near a fishing