MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time contacting local bait
retailers regarding invasive species issues, and angling activity
on Lake of the Woods was monitored. A radar patrol was conducted,
addressing complaints about snowmobile speeds.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke to an area high
school careers class about conservation officer roles and career
opportunities. A detail was worked with CO Benson in the Crookston
area, patrolling area snowmobile trails.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) monitored snowmobiling and angling
activity. A report about a dead owl was addressed. CO Backer
responded to a call about a deer in a fence, and a report about a
dead dear by a feed pile.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored angling activity
throughout the week. Moose sightings have been reported from the
trails in the Waskish area. Violations encountered during the week
included angling violations and possession of a small amount of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) investigated fishing and invasive
species complaints throughout the week. Enforcement action taken
during the week included an overlimit of walleyes, illegal-length
walleyes, angling with extra lines, and angling without a
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports snowmobile activity remains
high. The officer participated in a snowmobile enforcement work
crew. The violation rate was quite high. The officer also assisted
with an investigation of the importation of bait from VHS-infested
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers. He recovered
a gray wolf that was hit and killed by a car.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent a good portion of the week
preparing and testifying at a jury trial. A deer-baiting case was
settled prior to trial.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports an increase in angling activity
during the warm weather, but the fish were not very cooperative.
Snowmobile trails were patrolled, and enforcement action was
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers, snowmobilers,
and predator hunters. A report about a dead swan was
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson participated in an
investigation of the importation of bait from VHS-infested
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time on snowmobile trails and
area lakes. He continued to find fish house and angling
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) conducted a TV interview regarding dogs
being shot in Otter Tail County. Owners are reminded to keep their
dogs at home and locked up to prevent them from chasing deer. She
has received several complaints about dogs chasing deer. Officer
Plautz worked a career day at Alexandria Technical College and
assisted with Gov. Dayton’s snowmobile ride in the Alexandria
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked snowmobilers and fishermen
during the week. He encountered many snowmobilers that had
after-market exhausts on their machines that increased their noise
levels above what’s allowed. CO Osborne also arrested a subject for
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent time working recreational vehicle
enforcement at the annual Alexandria ice-fishing contest. He
documented several registration and operation violations. CO
Johanson also monitored fishing and snowmobiling activity and
patrolled for predator hunters.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator
hunters, ice anglers, and snowmobilers. He also took a complaint
involving people shooting at predators, and checked anglers on
lakes in Grant, Traverse, and Stevens counties.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers during the week. He also
monitored area snowmobile trails. Enforcement action was taken for
angling without a license, angling with extra lines, unattended
lines, and no angling license in possession.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) continued to check a few ice fishermen.
Snowmobilers were still out, but the trails really took a beating
with the warm weather. Officer Francis also prepared equipment for
upcoming local events.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) received several complaints about
snowmobilers failing to stop at road crossings. Snowmobilers are
reminded to stop and yield to roadway traffic. CO Broughten also
assisted several snowmobilers with directions, and assisted a youth
snowmobiler who got his machine stuck.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) spent the
weekend working the invasive species booth at the St. Cloud sports
show. He made hundreds of educational contacts with show
participants concerning the importance of preventing the spread of
invasive species. CO Siltala also met with county environmental
staff to review WCA cases and attempt to close out older
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked a taxidermy case for much of the week.
Equipment issues were addressed. A follow-up snowmobile
registration case also was completed.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) testified in court with other officers on
a deer-baiting case and worked snowmobiling activity. A snowmobile
run was worked with CO Frericks in the Hibbing station. The officer
dealt with a snowmobile that rolled over; the driver wasn’t paying
attention as the officer went by. Another sled that was stopped by
the officer was rear-ended by a trailing sled. Other sleds were
stopped for no registration and speeding, with one speeder failing
to stop for the officer. That operator eventually was stopped and
arrested for fleeing a peace officer, felony DWI, and a number of
misdemeanor snowmobiling offenses.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time patrolling area snowmobile
trails. Trails are still in good shape despite heavy use. A litter
complaint is being investigated, and follow-up work on a spruce
top-cutting case is also being worked on with DNR Forestry
personnel. CO Frericks assisted CO Bozovsky with an antique
snowmobile run in between Kinney and Chisholm.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a TIP complaint that a deer was
shot during the night. Fredin worked speed enforcement along a
state trail and encountered many speeding sleds with the fastest
clocked at 94 mph. A husky and a golden Lab dog were seen pulling a
deer down on Bass Lake. A search of the area for the dogs resulted
in many people saying they’d seen the dogs, but no one knowing
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked on snowmobile and trout-fishing
enforcement throughout the week. Time was spent with Lake and St.
Louis County deputies, reminding snowmobilers that they need to
stop at road crossings and stop signs.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a call from a woman who grazed a
deer with her car, then watched as the deer ran back out of the
ditch, pursued closely by a wolf.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked area lakes and snowmobilers
throughout the week. A snowmobiler was reported missing during the
weekend along the North Shore Trail. The young man took a detour
off-trail and became stuck in deep snow. Another group of riders
found him walking on the trail, picked him up, and brought him in
the direction his parents were traveling. However, they were unable
to locate the parents. While returning down the trail, the Good
Samaritans assisted in getting the young man’s snowmobile back to
the trail. He was then able to return to his hotel and wait for his
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and snowmobilers, worked
on firearms safety projects, investigated a trespass complaint, and
responded to a call about a bobcat in a tree above bird feeders at
a residence. The bobcat jumped from the tree and ran away upon the
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, snowmobilers, ski
trails, state parks, and trappers during the week. He also handled
several snowmobile trespass complaints during the week.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working ice-fishing and
snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. Many fish houses have
already been removed from area lakes. Several problem fish houses
were recorded for possible litter violations.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports lots of snowmobile and fishing
activity in the area. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for
unattended lines, angling without licenses in possession, and using
bare treble hooks.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) investigated a complaint about deer
carcasses dumped along a county road. The officer assisted with a
complaint about escaped deer from a game farm.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) returned several calls from the public.
Some snowmobile enforcement also was worked.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott attended a meeting
for planning on aquatic invasive species work details and wetland
work cases. Plans are in the process for work details for the
spring and summer months in the northeast part of Minnesota.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers in
Superior Bay and along the North Shore. Officer Olson worked a
snowmobile enforcement detail in the Fish and Island lake
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and
snowmobilers. A caller reported finding a deer acting strangely
near her home. The deer, which showed signs of extreme weakness,
delirium, and a lack of coordination, had to be put down. Upon an
initial check by DNR Wildlife staff, it was found that the deer’s
stomach was stuffed with corn, and the deer suffered from various
deadly conditions brought on by consumption of corn. A reminder to
people who continue to feed wildlife in the winter: You may be
doing much more harm than good. Deer are not made to safely digest
corn, especially in non-agricultural areas of our state.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked on fishing and snowmobiling
activity throughout the Crosslake area. Anglers who have fish
houses out on lakes should check them for water issues before the
weather turns cold again.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports that anglers were detected using
extra lines and leaving lines unattended.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports aircraft patrol of remote area
lakes was done with the DNR’s ski-airplane, which turned up a case
involving two individuals in possession of a large overlimit of
small crappies, fishing with extra lines, wanton waste, and other
fishing and snowmobile violations. Among the violators’ excuses for
taking an overlimit of small fish was that they were “trying to
kill off the small ones to improve the size of fish in the
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) completed paperwork for upcoming
court cases, prepared for jury trials, taught the DARE program, and
received calls regarding litter left on the ice. Officer Speldrich
participated in a work detail for the Arctic Blast event that was
held on Lake Mille Lacs and in the surrounding area. While working
in the detail, enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed
and for registration issues.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that snowmobile enforcement
issues this week continued to receive the most attention. Some of
the violations observed included speeding, careless operation, and
trespass on agriculture property.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dan Perron (Onamia) checked anglers during the week. He found a
couple of empty houses with lines still down. When the owners
returned, he found one house was empty with three lines down but
the other house turned out to have two intoxicated, sleeping
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent most of the week patrolling
area lakes and snowmobile trails. An angler was found using too
many lines and tip-ups with too many hooks. A group of nonresidents
were found fishing without licenses. Another individual was cited
after illegally purchasing a husband/wife combination angling
license and lying to officers about being married.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs
Lake. Time was spent investigating a possible poaching case in
which a deer appeared to be shot. After investigating and searching
around on trails, it was determined that it was a wolf kill.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) continued checking anglers on Lake Mille Lacs.
While assisting with the Arctic Blast, Officer Lee and Lt. Sherack
observed a snowmobiler that had accelerated to a speed that caused
him to clear the county road approach airborne, and then proceed to
pass over two other road approaches without slowing. The party was
stopped, and when asked what he thought he was being stopped for,
he stated, “Probably speeding.”
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked fishermen on local lakes
and rivers. CO Haberman patrolled local snowmobile trails with
minor violations detected. CO Haberman also assisted a local police
department rescue two dogs trapped in a storm drain. The dogs were
missing for three days. CO Haberman also assisted local deputies in
issuing citations to seven individuals who decided to take a van
down a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail. Once the van was stuck,
another individual used a vehicle to try to get the van out and got
stuck in the process. All seven individuals were charged with
trespassing, and several received minor consumption tickets, as
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked snowmobilers and anglers.
Enforcement action for the week included expired snowmobile
registration, extra lines, studs on paved trails, and no angling
license in possession.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent the week conducting snowmobile
enforcement. CO Kuske received complaints about coyote hunter
trespass and dogs chasing deer.
CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) checked anglers and snowmobile operators
during the week. While Officer Martin was parked at a public water
access, a van pulled in next to him and the driver lit up a bowl of
marijuana. She was cited for possession of marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobilers. CO
Musatov also spoke at a youth firearms safety class and
investigated an illegal trapping case.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and snowmobilers in the
area. He took enforcement action on a number of violations.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers during the week. Time
also was spent looking for the remaining deer missing from a pen. A
second buck was located four miles away from the pen location. It
was among several wild deer coming to feed that was placed in a
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) set up several firearms safety
presentations. Snowmobile trails were patrolled, and areas of
snowmobilers trespassing on private property continue to be a big
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked snowmobile and fishing activity on
area lakes and trails. Violations included angling with extra lines
on a designated trout lake, shelter violations, no snowmobile
safety training, failing to display snowmobile registration,
failing to stop at road crossings, and no state trail sticker. She
also concluded a fishing license investigation in which a license
vendor was found to be using a shelter license of one of its
customers without authorization.
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) checked fishermen on area lakes. He
also worked on several possible license investigations regarding
the upcoming spring turkey season.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobilers and anglers in the metro
area. He worked at the Lao Family Center, answering questions for
people regarding small game and state park regulations.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on several angling
trespass issues on area lakes. Due the drought-like conditions the
area has experienced in the past years, water levels on lakes are
no longer within the public road right of ways. Several landowners
have been legally posting and even fencing their properties around
some of these lakes, prohibiting legal access from the public road
right of way without the landowner’s permission. CO Gutierrez
recommends that if you see a “no trespass” sign and you think it is
incorrectly posted to notify the local CO or sheriff’s
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) conducted a taxidermy inspection and is
investigating some illegal furs that were found.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) gave a presentation to an
all-female firearm safety class in Blaine. She also worked fishing
and snowmobile enforcement on area lakes and trails.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) says a report of someone operating a
motor vehicle in a WMA was taken, resulting in the suspect being
taken into custody on a warrant.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) patrolled area snowmobile trails and
continued to monitor local fishing activity. Several TIP calls
involving people netting game fish were investigated.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a report of a dead cougar was
investigated and found to be a deer.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked a shining detail with neighboring
officers. Coyote hunters continue to draw complaints. In one
instance, a coyote hunter using dogs got confrontational with a
private landowner. The landowner explained to him that the deer are
using his land for a wintering area and he did not want them
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and shelters on area
lakes. Anglers are reminded to police themselves after pulling the
shelters for litter. Commercial operations were inspected. Predator
hunting activity was monitored. One individual was caught shooting
rough fish with a firearm.
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) reports a busy week of angling and
snowmobiling in the area with the warmer weather conditions.
Officer Graham was called to snowmobile and hunting trespassing
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) spent time preparing equipment for
possible flood duty. He also checked angling and small-game
activity, as well as snowmobilers and ATVers.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports a call was taken regarding
predator hunters driving around in packs and trespassing.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports a snowmobiler sustained injuries
after colliding with a trailer on the ice on a Le Sueur County
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) reports a litter violation at an area
public water access was investigated in which several large bags of
garbage were dumped.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) flew an otter survey along the Mississippi
River. Enforcement action was taken for unmarked fish shelters, no
snowmobile trail stickers, and registration issues.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) followed up on an illegal taking of a
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports another truck was retrieved
after going through the ice of Lake Pepin. Anglers are reminded of
the fact that the ice on Lake Pepin has and continues to be
unstable this year due to the high water levels.
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent most of the week assisting DNR
Wildlife with CWD issues. A lot of landowner shooting permits have
been issued, and many deer have been sampled.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating trespass complaints
and working snowmobile complaint areas.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working another busy week of
ice fishing and snowmobile enforcement. He also worked with the
ongoing CWD project and answered questions regarding the