MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored snowmobile and angling activity on
Lake of the Woods and Lake Bronson. A civil citation was issued for
allowing dogs to chase big game. Assistance was given to the local
sheriff’s department with a rural car accident.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) received a number of complaints
regarding trucks being driven down grant-in-aid snowmobile trails
on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action for the week included
angling and fish shelter violations.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to a call from
a concerned citizen who stated multiple deer carcasses were
appearing in a field to the north of his house. The investigation
revealed the deer had been killed by gray wolves.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) received a complaint about some
anglers having too much fun in a fish house. A response to the area
found that it was not the root beer that was making the anglers
giggle. The group was cited for having a small amount of marijuana
and for possessing drug paraphernalia.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Fish houses
are being marked and inventoried for removal and litter
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and
cross-country skiers. Complaints about snowmobile trespass and
vehicles operating on snowmobile trails were investigated.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) participated in a snowmobile work crew
during the Lake Park Old Timers Snowmobile Run. Approximately 3,000
snowmobilers attended the event. The officer also participated in a
cooperative snowmobile enforcement detail with the Clay County
Sheriff’s Department. At least five deer were hit and killed by a
train near Wolverton. Officers were able to remove and salvage the
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted DNR Wildlife personnel investigate
a deer depredation complaint. Deer are spending more time at a
cattle bunk feeder.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson worked on wetland, invasive
species, and minnow-trapping training. The officer also assisted
other COs with snowmobiling and angling enforcement.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) focused enforcement activity on
snowmobile trails and area lakes for fishing activity. Complaints
were received about coyote hunters parking in the lane of traffic,
and one incident in which an ATV was parked on the snowmobile trail
with a hunter sitting on the ATV holding a rifle. ATVs may not be
operated on snowmobile trails.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts on
fishermen and fish shelters. Several calls have been taken
regarding deer being hit by trains as the deer feed near the
railroad tracks by the Ashby elevator.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked snowmobilers and fishermen.
Osborne encountered numerous snowmobiles with aftermarket exhausts
that increase their decibel reading above state restrictions.
Osborne has been receiving complaints from homeowners adjacent to
the trails about the loud exhausts on snowmobiles.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked fishermen, snowmobilers, and
predator hunters this week. Baumbarger also attended court on a
duck-hunting trespass case from last fall, worked with CO Nelson in
the Glenwood area, and checked ATV operators. Several complaints
about shooting at coyotes and foxes from motor vehicles were
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) worked complaint areas for people
shooting from vehicles and using snowmobiles to chase foxes and
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) monitored dark house spearing and
angling activity and patrolled area state parks. Enforcement action
was taken for angling without a license, no ID on fishing shelters,
no shelter license, and failing to display current registration on
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked several snowmobile trails in the
area. Officer Mathy saw something unusual on a routine check of
Lake Winnibigoshish. There were no fishermen around a group of fish
houses, but a few furry animals were seen running around on the ice
about 400 yards from shore. Officer Mathy got a little closer and
noticed what appeared to be a raccoon. It was a raccoon getting a
fresh sip of frozen Mountain Dew left by someone who
CO Larry Francis (Remer) answered questions regarding “wheeled
houses” and the need to license them both as a fish house and as a
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored angling and snowmobiling
activity. CO Broughten also handled calls concerning an injured
deer and littering.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) was called to an unusual nuisance
animal complaint involving a swan that had been seeking food and
water from area fishermen on Lake Shamineau and Lake Alexander. The
bird appears to be healthy, but displays overly friendly behavior
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working on collecting evidence from
an earlier reported incident, patrolling area snowmobile trails,
and preparing for a court case.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked fishing and snowmobile issues,
addressed a wetland issue, and took care of a road-kill great
horned owl. A case of unattended fishing lines left in a fish house
was made, as three lines were left down for the night.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, spearing, and
snowmobiling activity. The officer also investigated a complaint
about a dog chasing deer, and provided information to a North
Dakota game warden regarding Minnesota residency, after some
individuals misrepresented themselves. The officer came upon an
unoccupied snowmobile after it had crashed into a tree. The officer
later located the 15-year-old operator, who coincidently, recently
had graduated from a snowmobile safety class. The officer sent out
11 citations to individuals that neglected a trio of warnings from
state park staff to pay for their vehicle park permits from
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked lakes, anglers, and fishing
shelters. Manning also worked a snowmobile detail on the North
Shore Trail and worked the Gunflint Trail system. One intoxicated
snowmobiler opted to turn his misdemeanor DUI into a felony fleeing
case; charges are pending.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) patrolled snowmobile trails and checked
anglers in Cook and Lake counties. The officer also handled
complaints about mangy wolf and car/deer collisions.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked anglers and snowmobilers
throughout the week. CO Thomasen found evidence of a snowmobiler
riding too fast or overriding his abilities. Upon passing the same
location for the second time on Saturday, the CO found fresh tracks
leaving the trail at the exit of a curve. The tracks stopped at a
broken-off spruce tree. Luckily, it was a tree and not another
snowmobiler that served as this careless operator’s backstop.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) concluded an investigation of taking a
deer out of season, investigated a snowmobile trespass complaint,
and responded to several complaints about injured deer.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, snowmobilers, and
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
issued summonses for both Wetland Conservation Act and for public
waters restoration order violations. A deed restriction was placed
on a Koochiching County property with an unresolved wetland impact
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobiling and
ice-angling activity during the week. CO Sutherland took
enforcement action for unregistered snowmobiles and unlicensed
permanent angling houses. CO Sutherland also took care of a call
regarding a group of dogs chasing deer. Action was taken to contact
the owners and get the dogs under control.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week working
snowmobile trails in the area. Registration violations are still
common this late in the season. The officer also investigated a
report of game farm deer that had escaped from their pen.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports enforcement work was primarily
conducted via snowmobile. Lots of calls about injured wildlife are
being addressed. Incidents of dogs killing deer are all too
frequent. Please be a responsible owner and keep your pets tied up,
as deer are extremely vulnerable during this time of year.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on
Superior Bay, the St. Louis River, Lake Superior, and inland lakes.
He checked on two deer carcasses, a tarp, and minnow bag dumped on
Superior Bay. He also noticed beer cans being left on the
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked a snowmobile
enforcement detail along the North Shore State Trail and local club
trails. Numerous violations were found involving registration,
trail stickers, safety certificates, and modified mufflers.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports the Crosslake Winterfest
brought out many people for all outdoor activities. Shoutz gave a
presentation on a conservation officer career to students in the
Natural Resource Law Enforcement class at Central Lakes College and
provided a ride-a-long experience for one student.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) worked snowmobile enforcement on the
Whitefish Chain during the week and issued several citations for
exceeding the speed limit on public waters. The highest speed
recorded was 98 mph.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports a TIP call resulted in
apprehension of three individuals for violations including
trespassing on posted land and illegally driving ATVs on a
grant-in-aid snowmobile trail to gain access to a remote lake to go
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked anglers and snowmobilers throughout
the week. A litter complaint also was received and is being
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) continued to work area lakes and
trails. During those patrols he encountered anglers who didn’t have
their licenses in possession, anglers failing to display ID on
their shelters, snowmobilers operating in excess of 90 mph,
snowmobilers failing to display registration, and anglers fishing
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on ice angling-related issues.
Some of the violations observed were no spearing license, no
shelter license, and wanton waste of rock bass and perch.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) checked area anglers. Enforcement
action was taken for failing to display shelter information. Heaton
investigated a car-kill bear that turned out to be a dog. She also
investigated a report of a dead horse that was left on a public
road right of way. After determining that it was a horse, the call
was turned over to the sheriff’s office.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls about car-injured animals and
followed up on wetland cases. He spent time checking anglers and
snowmobilers throughout the Pine City area, and attended a meeting
with Soil and Water Conservation District personnel in
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a call regarding a car-killed gray
wolf. Upon investigating the report, Officer Lee located a
car-killed deer, but no wolf. Enforcement action was taken for
extra lines and expired snowmobile registration.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) gave a law presentation at a snowmobile
safety class in Malmo. A fishing complaint is still under
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) checked area bait shops
for invasive species regulation compliance. He also checked anglers
and minnow dealer traps in the Brainerd lakes area.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns, Meeker, and
Wright counties. CO Mies also checked sleds and fish houses, and
did follow-up investigations.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked snowmobilers on area
trails. Speeds past 85 mph were encountered on one stretch of
trail. CO Haberman also checked fishermen on area lakes.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers, snowmobile operators,
and cross-country skiers. Officer Martin also assisted Officer
Reller in an unattended line investigation and worked with Stearns
County deputies patrolling area snowmobile trails. Officer Martin
cited one angler for a small amount of marijuana almost one year to
the day from the last time the officer caught him smoking marijuana
in his fish house, and almost in the same spot on the same
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) patrolled snowmobile trails. A snowmobile
club member took the initiative to talk to a group of riders who
were operating aggressively on a trail. The club member asked the
individuals to slow down and watch for other snowmobilers when
rounding corners and hills. The response from one snowmobiler was,
“Mind your own business; we know what we’re doing,” CO Kuske
received the individual’s license number and will do a follow-up
investigation of the reckless/careless operation.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and
snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for license violations,
speeding, failing to stop at road crossings, and extra lines.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) took complaints about coyote
hunters using snowmobiles to chase down coyotes.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) assisted CO McGaw with escaped deer
from a game farm.
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) assisted other district officers
with escaped “pet” deer issues. CO Schottenbauer also assisted
officers on the North Shore with a snowmobile detail last
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked anglers and snowmobile activity in
Wright County. Several complaints of litter left on the lakes were
investigated. Enforcement action was taken for leaving lines
unattended in fish houses, snowmobile speeding and registration,
and trail permit violations.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) spent time on the lakes and snowmobile
trails. Time also was spent looking for nine escaped game farm
deer. One deer was seen a mile away from the pen from which it
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) checked fishermen on Lake Minnetonka.
He also spent time on fish house enforcement, checking licenses and
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) handled several complaints about deer
doing damage to property.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) patrolled the Luce Line State Trail for
snowmobile activity. She also checked fishermen and shelters on
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked a security detail at the DNR Central
Office. He also worked a snowmobile work detail on Two Harbors-area
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent much of the week working angling
and snowmobiling activity. CO Block also attended a safety
committee meeting at Carlos Avery.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) checked fishermen with CO Lee in
Hennepin and Dakota counties. He assisted CO Pril with a deer
investigation. CO Neitzke patrolled Ft. Snelling State Park and
returned a call about a possible bobcat sighting.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding
injured/diseased wildlife. He also spent time checking anglers and
snowmobilers, and armoring the division’s firearms.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled Washington and Dakota
counties for snowmobiling and fishing activity. Violations included
no snowmobile registration, no state trail sticker, angling with
extra lines, and no snowmobile safety certificate.
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled Dakota County for angling and
snowmobile activity. Officer Salzer assisted another officer in
arresting one operator for suspected snowmobiling while
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) attended a boat and water meeting
where issues were discussed regarding the upcoming boating season.
Some angling trespass issues were investigated due to the low water
and lakes not being publicly accessible. CO Gutierrez worked the
Lyons Club radar run on Egg Lake in Hugo where several violations
were encountered for studded tracks on paved trails and a few
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) received several calls from citizens
concerned about deer on their property. Angling, snowmobiling,
varmint hunting, and commercial minnow activities were monitored
throughout the week.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) patrolled on snowshoes area WMAs and
state parks. Assistance was given to the State Patrol in the
apprehension of a DWI suspect.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) patrolled his station via snowmobile.
During the patrol, he checked ATVers, snowmobilers, shore
fishermen, boat fishermen, and ice fishermen. He also saw people
cross-country skiing along the Chippewa River. The overall
violation rate was low, with only a couple of issues with
snowmobilers operating without a snowmobile safety
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobilers, ice
fishermen, and ATV users. Time also was spent assisting the State
Patrol with a fleeing snowmobile case in which the person was
arrested and his sled seized.
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) attended a safety committee meeting,
and took complaint calls about trespassing, nuisance animals, and
car-killed deer. Enforcement action was taken for failing to
display registration, no license in possession, an overlimit of
fish, and angling with extra lines.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) investigated reports of illegal
predator-hunting activity in the area. Aeration systems were
inspected. Deer depredation issues continue to be an area topic of
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) encountered numerous portable fish
shelter ID violations as well as numerous ATV violations. Several
individuals also were found using tip-ups with treble hooks.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spoke to a group of individuals under the
supervision of the Department of Corrections regarding ice safety,
snowmobile laws, and ice angling laws.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports complaints were taken about
individuals leaving trash on the ice after removing their
CO Phil George (Mantorville) spent the week checking anglers and
snowmobile operators. He attended a meeting in Rochester and
fielded several phone calls from area residents about the available
landowner special deer permits from DNR Wildlife.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending most of last week
checking ice anglers and snowmobile operators. Trappers and
predator hunters also were checked. Violations included failure to
check traps, possession of drug paraphernalia, and various
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent most of the week on chronic
wasting disease issues. Landowner permits are being issued by DNR
Wildlife, and collection of deer has started.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports continued good snowmobiling in the
area. He checked a snowmobile registration in which the sled owner
made his own sticker and put a number on it with a black
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports attending a meeting regarding the
CWD issue north of Rochester. Time also was spent checking
snowmobilers in the area. A trespass investigation is ongoing.