MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 8

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reports enforcement action for the week
included failing to register a deer and a contractor doing illegal
work in a wetland area.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) attended a public meeting on the
creation of a new waterfowl refuge.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored angling activity on Upper
Red Lake throughout the week. Area snowmobile trails were monitored
for snowmobile activity. Violations encountered during the week
included fishing violations, and possessing a small amount of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) spent time testifying in court on past
cases. Other enforcement action taken during the week included
fishing and snowmobiling violations.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports many fish houses have been
removed from the lakes. The officer spoke to the Winger Lions Club
about conservation officer duties and DNR issues. The officer also
participated in a live radio program responding to DNR

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) took enforcement action when several
anglers put out tip-ups and went home for several hours. Some of
the anglers had no angling license and too many lines out.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) assisted with enforcement efforts during
the Eelpout Festival. Many fish houses have been removed from the

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports calls of sick and dead deer were
referred to DNR Wildlife. An injured deer was dispatched.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) investigated complaints of dogs chasing
deer, trespass, and dead deer.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) reminds anglers that shelters
cannot be left on public accesses.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports taxidermist inspections were done.
DNR Wildlife was assisted with monitoring a deer shooting permit,
and the CO investigated a dog chasing deer complaint.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports TIP calls involving fish
were investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) noted some folks forgot to remove
their blocking material from the ice. This behavior is a nuisance
to those who end up removing it and is considered litter.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) reports a truck went through the ice in
four feet of water on East Leaf Lake. Plautz is investigating a
complaint where deer were said to be shot to feed dogs.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) received complaints of predator hunters
using snowmobiles to pursue/chase/take animals

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports that with the recent snow melt,
snowmobile trails are in rough shape, and permanent fish houses are
being pulled off area lakes. Fish house owners are reminded to pick
up their garbage and blocking material. Several litter complaints
have been received.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) spent time investigating littering
complaints and ORV operating complaints on Lake Traverse and the
public accesses.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) attended the Morris Rifle Club annual
meeting and Morris’s 9F Trap Club annual meeting in Morris.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) worked fishing and trail enforcement
during the week. Warm temps brought out high numbers of

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) spent time working the Eelpout
Festival, where numerous violations were encountered. One notable
arrest for DWI occurred after the operator was observed driving a
class 1 ATV with no less than five people on board.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) is still receiving trespass complaints
involving snowmobiles.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) spent a lot of time enforcing various
regulations on Leech Lake. Early in the week a snowmobile race
event was held and Officer Mathy investigated the area the next
day. The snowmobile race event organizers were found to have
illegally placed some of the race route on sensitive wetlands,
which created a substantial amount of damage. Snowmobile signs and
litter were left all over the place as well. Later in the week
Officer Mathy was busy at the Eelpout Festival in Walker. The
festival is a fun event but not for those who received citations
for unattended lines and numerous recreational vehicle violations,
including snowmobiling while intoxicated.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) also worked the annual Eelpout
Festival in Walker.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) received a depredation complaint
involving turkeys that have gained access to silage piles. Staples
Sportsmen Club is assisting the DNR with filling goose nesting
boxes and cleaning wood duck boxes at the Staples Wildlife
Management Area.

CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) reviewed
wetland and public water case files.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring snowmobiling and

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports people are concerned about the deer
herd due to the heavy snow over the winter.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) taught a Firearms Safety Class in
Chisholm, checked minnow dealers, handled two injured deer calls, a
trespass complaint, and worked anglers and snowmobiles. A special
Border Patrol work shift was completed with CO Pilot Buchert in the
Cook area.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked anglers on area designated trout
lakes and found a violation of possessing non-preserved

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked snowmobilers as conditions rapidly
deteriorated with the warm-up. Later, the trails and lakes froze up
solid enough that most trails were very rough.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) assisted a South Dakota officer with a big
game violation investigation.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports snowmobilers, skiers and
people on snowshoes could be found everywhere as the weather was
nice. The CO did a couple of remote patrols, by snowshoes, in
non-motorized areas.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Cook County with a pair of
incidents including a medical and a car-deer accident.

CO Tom Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked cross-country ski areas.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) assisted Trails & Waterways
personnel in removing downed trees from the North Shore Trail after
high winds toppled both live and dead trees. Assistance was given
at a snowmobile crash on the Cook County end of the North Shore
Trail, where a snowmobiler left the trail and struck a tree. Riders
are reminded to be ever vigilant to the changing trail conditions
this time of year.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
checked bait shops for prohibited bait and he worked the Duluth
Sports Show at the Sea Grant Booth.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, patrolled area
snowmobile trails, worked on some equipment issues, and gave a
presentation on winter survival and orienteering.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked a snowmobile detail and special
event at the state park during the week.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports a bobcat depredation complaint
was received. A complaint was signed for charging on a big game
case from deer season.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) investigated a wolf depredation
complaint where a large bull (3,000 pounds) was run through two
fences about a quarter mile from its pen and got stuck in a swampy
area. The bull eventually died from the incident and it was
determined that wolves were the cause. An investigation also is
ongoing where approximately 20 rabbits were shot and dumped whole
with some garbage in the Nemadji Forest. Anyone with information is
asked to call the TIP line at (800) 652-9093.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) reports work continued with Board of
Animal Health and Wildlife officials on escaped cervidae.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports a call of a stray bullet that
struck a dog while it was in an outdoor kennel. Time was also spent
following up on a couple of TIP calls that will result in continued
work. Officer Duncan also did a TV interview on snowmobile

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent time documenting fish house shelter
locations on lakes to ensure when they are removed all blocking and
other litter will also be removed. An incidentally caught bobcat
was turned in.

Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott attended the annual
Duluth Sports Show. Officer Scott staffed a booth working with the
Minnesota Sea Grant discussing aquatic invasive species and how to
deal with them and the future of Minnesota lakes as it relates to
aquatic invasive species.

Marine Unit

CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded to a call of
reported anglers stuck on a chunk of ice on Lake Superior which
turned out to be paddle boarders not in distress.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports a deer dumping
case was resolved with enforcement action taken for failure to
register a deer and litter.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) notes the deadline for fish house
removal south of Highway 200 is March 7.

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports an injured deer was

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reminded anglers that leaving garbage and
debris on the ice after removal is illegal, and also of the shelter
removal deadline. Shelters that appear to be abandoned are being

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports that the only ski trail still
being groomed in the area for skate is the Brainerd Northland

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) talked to 80 6th graders from
Sandstone, Hinckley, Askov, and Finlayson during a “Fishing for
Knowledge” program. The 6th graders learned about fishing laws from
DNR officers and they also learned how to ice fish with the help of
professional anglers and area volunteers.

CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) worked on draft
suggested statutory language for invasive species regulations and
work planning for the open water season.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) reports a number of deer were reported
hit during the week so be on the lookout for deer when driving on
the roadway this time of year.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports some complaints of ATVs on
snowmobile trails were investigated. Parties cutting fire wood in
the state forest were checked for permits.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) assisted the Mille Lacs Drift Skippers with
their vintage snowmobile run. Officer Lee also assisted CO
Verkuilen with traffic issues at the end of the Ducks Unlimited
fishing tournament.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) assisted CO Speldrich with the
arrest of an individual who was driving after cancellation and then
fled on foot. The individual was found in a local bar.

District 11 – Albany area

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) investigated a garbage burning
violation. CO Haberman also checked several coyote hunters.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) assisted District 9 with a dog chasing deer

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports marking fishing shelters
for the upcoming removal deadline as well as documenting the litter
with those shelters.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports a call was handled where a guy
found two mature bucks in a WMA. The antlers were locked together
in battle, which ended in death for both deer. The man found the
dead deer halfway under the snow while he was shed hunting.

CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) attended a local snowmobile club meeting
and answered questions or concerns from the members.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on TIP call investigations. CO
Mies also checked sleds and ATVs.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked anglers. Many shelters were
removed from lakes last week. Most were removed by the owners. Some
were removed by strong wind!

District 12 – St. Cloud area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) spent time marking ice houses and

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked an evening work crew on
area lakes checking for angling violations. Several extra line
violations noted.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several nuisance animal
calls. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines,
litter, and possession of methamphetamine.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports enforcement action taken on shelter
house license.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) spent time obtaining and setting up
the Wall of Shame for the Isanti County Deer Hunters Association
Annual Banquet.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) notes ice conditions are deteriorating as
one angler found out the hard way as he watched his truck get
pulled out of Swede Lake.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) attended an ice fishing event on Lake
Minnetonka and performed equipment maintenance.

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) responded to a call of an injured
deer. He patrolled for ATV enforcement. CO Neitzke checked
fishermen in Dakota and Hennepin counties.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked at the community public school career
fair in St. Paul talking to 6th through 8th graders about CO duties
and natural resources laws. He also responded to a TIP complaint on
big game in Plymouth.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked with CO Walter in Carver and Scott
counties for angling and ATV activities.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) along with K9 Hunter attended the SCI
Minnesota chapter event in Brooklyn Park.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled nuisance animal calls and
assisted with a deer removal program in Ramsey County. She worked
on a wetland case in Columbus and finished two litter cases.

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) took a complaint of a masked bird
feed burglar. The complainant stated a raccoon was stealing all the
bird feed she would put out for the birds and wanted the raccoon
removed. CO Gutierrez explained that the raccoon was not stealing
the bird feed and selling it, but likely eating it and would
eventually leave when the bird feed was no longer around. CO
Gutierrez also assisted the Washington County Sheriff’s Dept with a
possible car through the ice on Forest Lake. The car broke though
the 1-inch top layer of ice which was formed from the recent thaw
and refreeze. The car and occupants, which did not go through the
22-plus inches of base ice, were safely removed.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) took a couple of calls regarding access
to public water from road right of ways.

CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) picked up a bald eagle that had flown into
some power liness.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) investigated a large pile of trash
that was left and burned on the St. Croix River.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) responded to calls and complaints, and
assisted with a deer removal program.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports fishermen had spotty success
with lake travel difficult most days this past week.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) gave a presentation at a Trapping
Association event in Dovray.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports enforcement action was taken on
several fish houses left on public access.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the majority of the week working
fishing, snowmobile, and coyote hunting enforcement.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked a night shining detail where
juveniles were caught shining spotlights with a firearm in their

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) participated in a predator hunting work
crew with neighboring officers and the aviation unit, with numerous
counties being covered.

Wetland Enforcement Officer Larry Hanson reports work planning for
invasive species is ongoing.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobile and ATV
riders, fishermen, coyote hunters, and state park users.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) completed his weekly radio program with
KKOJ/KRAQ, discussing topics including area activity and light
goose hunting.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) focused on predator hunters and small
game hunters.

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and spearing

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) used his snowmobile to assist the wildlife
manager with refilling pheasant feeders with corn on a number of
wildlife management areas.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports an angler found out the hard
way ice is not always safe. His full-sized pickup broke through
approximately 18 inches of ice into 12 feet of water. Luckily his
window was half open and he was able to exit the vehicle without
getting wet. He was amazed at how fast it hit bottom.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reminds anglers that it is illegal to
leave their fish house on the public access. CO Howe also patrolled
state parks and assisted the State Patrol with a car-killed

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, and snowmobile and ATV
operators. With the warm weather, ice conditions are beginning to
get slushy, and vehicles are having a difficult time moving about
and getting permanent shelters off the lakes.

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports shore anglers are starting to
come out and complaints of snagging are coming in. A taxidermist
and ginseng buyer were inspected. Landowners in the CWD
surveillance area were notified to discontinue feeding deer.
Landowner turkey license winners are also being reviewed for

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) assisted sheriff deputies in locating
victims of several fish house shelter break-ins.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked area lakes checking angling
activity. While on one lake the officer discovered several shelters
that had been broken into. The officer is investigating an incident
where an individual had been shooting from a motor vehicle.

CO Phil George (Mantorville) took calls concerning injured animals
and deer issues in the CWD area.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports working on a raccoon shining
case last week. Time was also spent checking complaints of animal
carcasses left in road ditches by hunters.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing and CWD
issues. Landowners are doing a great job of collecting deer for
testing for CWD. Landowner shooting permits are expected to exceed
300 by the end of the week. The feeding ban for four local counties
went into effect on Feb. 14.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week and
weekend checking angling activity.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the week of warm weather
brought out a few squirrel hunters and raccoon trappers. The
backwaters of the big river still have good ice. The main channel
ice is getting thin or has opened. All week there were about 50 to
70 boats fishing below the Genoa dam.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers during the week. Limits of
sunfish were seen taken by ice anglers and open water anglers were
getting some walleyes on the river.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) is preparing equipment for possible flood

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports open-water walleye fishing got going
last week. He worked with CO Fritz in the Genoa area and saw good
numbers of fishermen with good numbers of fish. One person he
checked gave him a fishing license that belonged to his friend.
While this does occur every so often this was an unusual situation
because the angler actually had his own license but did not have it
with him that day.

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