MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 9
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked with COs Richards
and Seefeldt practicing airboat operations in preparation for
possible flood event response. Training was attended at Camp Ripley
where taxidermist inspection procedures were discussed and
reviewed. CO Woinarowicz also patrolled area snowmobile trails
during an antique snowmobile run in the Stephen area. Unfortunately
some spectators decided to test CO Woinarowicz’s radar by traveling
at speeds up to 97 miles per hour on grant-in-aid trails.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked area angling activity and marked
a number of houses as the date draws closer for removal.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) reports enforcement action taken
during the week included overlimit of walleyes, angling with extra
lines, unattended lines, angling without a license, possession of
drug paraphernalia, and expired snowmobile registration.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports only a few fish houses remain on
area lakes. Area snowmobile trails are icy and in poor
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers and ATVers. Questions
regarding coyotes were answered. A report of an escaped
white-tailed deer from a game farm was investigated.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports snowmobiling activity is low due
to poor trail conditions. Most fish houses have been removed from
the lakes. Shelter owners are reminded that the units cannot be
left on public accesses, and people should clean up the area around
their fish houses.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports several TIP calls involving
overlimits of fish were investigated.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and snowmobilers.
TIP calls involving dogs chasing deer and fish overlimits were
investigated. A complaint about burning a large pile of pallets
also was investigated.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson worked with local government
units to update the wetland violation database and close restored
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked on the welfare of an angler
whose truck had not moved for several days, and found he was OK.
Evidently the individual leaves his plow truck at the house when he
is not there. Plautz received several calls regarding the fish
house removal deadline and dogs chasing deer.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, fish houses,
snowmobilers, and predator hunters.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports working primarily fishing and
snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. Additional time was
spent checking lakes for litter and problem fish houses for the
upcoming removal deadline.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator
hunter complaints, marking fish houses prior to the removal date,
ice anglers, and snowmobilers. Anderson participated in predator
hunting work crews in Stevens, Pope, and Big Stone counties. Calls
were fielded about beaver complaints, feeding deer, and firearms
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked special regulation lakes,
assisted the MPCA with an investigation, and monitored snowmobile
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and snowmobilers in
the area. CO Hunter also received complaints about dogs chasing
deer and overlimits of fish.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received several calls from people
clarifying the closing date of the angling season and of the
shelter removal deadline. Oldakowski also received complaints
regarding houndsmen hunting coyotes, but all hunters were found to
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored angling and snowmobiling
activity. Angling success varied. Snowmobiling activity has slowed
due to poor trail conditions. CO Broughten also attended training
at Camp Ripley.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) observed many fish houses being removed
from area lakes during the week. Officer Halverson also transported
an injured rough-legged hawk to a rehabilitation center.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) worked
snowmobile activity in the Park Rapids/Walker/Bemidji area. Officer
Adam began doing an inventory of shelters remaining on area lakes
to monitor for littering issues. She also worked an overlimit
complaint involving double-tripping.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) prepared for
upcoming invasive species training for lake professionals and
commercial bait harvesters. He continued working on cases involving
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) attended taxidermy
inspection training at Camp Ripley. Several calls about deer kill
were received, along with numerous calls about concerns for deer
given the snow conditions.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) attended taxidermy inspection training at
Camp Ripley. Officer Bozovsky worked on a deer hunting case and
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) assisted Duluth-area COs at the Fish
Lake antique snowmobile run. Enforcement action was taken for
failing to display registration and for speeding. Area snowmobile
trails were patrolled. Many area anglers have started removing
their shelters from the ice. A few decided they didn’t need to take
their trash with them. Unfortunately for them, CO Frericks already
had taken GPS coordinates and photographs of the shelter.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked snowmobile trails in the
Embarrass/Babbitt area and found violations for speeding, no state
trail sticker, and failure to display registration. He received a
call in Embarrass about a deer carcass dumped in the ditch that
appears to have been from last fall. He also received a call about
a car operator chasing a deer across a lake. He located the driver,
who stated he drove fast across the lake for fear of getting stuck,
and a herd of deer was crossing the lake at the same time.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) answered questions from the public about fish
houses and deer feeding.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked cross-country skiers for state
passes. Manning also checked anglers and snowmobilers. The officer
also worked the Fish Lake classic snowmobile rally.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) reports that the number of calls
about injured deer has been on the increase. Icy areas are likely
the cause of deer falling and injuring their legs and hips. CO
Thomasen checked area lakes for litter and fishing shelters that
may be frozen into the ice.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a littering complaint on
an area lake in which multiple garbage bags had been left out next
to a fish house. With the winds last week, the garbage had spread
across the lake. Enforcement action was taken for littering.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked area lakes for fishing
activity. Numerous complaints about garbage, small propane tanks,
cigarette butts, and even fish found frozen in the ice around
shelters were reported.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked snowmobilers, fishermen,
small-game hunters, and state parks users. He also worked on an
instructor banquet that had more than 100 people in
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked anglers and shelter enforcement on infested and other
station lakes. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile
registration/speed, for angling license issues, and for shelter
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) reports patrolling area snowmobile
trails and checking anglers on area lakes. Officer Fairbanks also
took enforcement action for snowmobile registration, and angling
and fish house violations.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working ice fishing and
snowmobile enforcement during the week. Anglers continued to remove
fish shelters from area lakes. CO Humphrey received a TIP call, a
snowmobile trespass call, and a nuisance wolf complaint. He
attended taxidermy inspection training at Camp Ripley. CO
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spoke to a large group of sixth graders
about fishing regulations and the job of a CO at a “Fishing for
Knowledge” event in Moose Lake. Several fish houses have been
marked in the area to make sure litter is picked up. Assistance was
given to the sheriff’s office on a DUI arrest and a medical
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked on a couple TIP calls. One involved
a deer that was shot and found dead in someone’s backyard. A blood
trail was followed for over a mile, but was lost due to blowing
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended training at
Camp Ripley and instructed water safety training for State Patrol
pilots and State Patrol cadets. Anglers were checked on Superior
Bay, the St. Louis River, McQuade Harbor, and the shore of Lake
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers and
ice anglers. Tracked ATVs continue to show up on area snowmobile
trails, and users of these hybrid machines are reminded to check
the regulations before modifying their machines or riding on the
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked fishing and trapping activity in
the Crosslake area during the week. He also followed up on a
reported moose sighting north of Crosslake near Manhattan Beach,
and investigated a timber wolf complaint in a residential
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked angling and snowmobiling activity.
Anglers are removing fish shelters and picking up their garbage and
litter. Officer Guida is still finding unmarked portable shelters,
anglers without angling licenses in possession, and anglers using
extra lines. Officer Guida also investigated the worst case of dogs
chasing/killing deer in his seven years as a CO.
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) worked the
Frozen Four event on Gull Lake, checked anglers and snowmobilers,
and assisted local law enforcement with an intoxicated individual
who wouldn’t leave a local establishment. The officer also assisted
two young snowmobilers stranded on a lake.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on snowmobile enforcement issues
this week. Some of the violations observed were expired
registration, speeding, and trespass on agriculture property.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about
fish shack removal and following up on commercial license issues.
He checked anglers and snowmobilers during the weekend. Cooler
weather and the snowfall made for excellent riding
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) working with CO Posner
on Lake Alexander, discovered that anglers fishing crappies in
shallow water where coming up with Eurasian water milfoil on their
augers. Anglers are urged to be vigilant and clean all equipment of
vegetation and debris, even in winter.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) responded to a complaint from a
homeowner who watched out the kitchen window as two stray dogs took
down and killed a small doe in the front yard. Owners that allow
their dogs to chase or kill a deer are subject to fines up to $500.
Other activity during the week included working a TIP regarding the
taking of protected species. Assistance was provided to Montana
game wardens that involved license fraud.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports a complaint is still under
investigation regarding three dogs chasing deer. These dogs
apparently were chasing eight to 10 deer at a time. The officer
also marked houses out on area lakes for the upcoming removal date,
which is March 7. A complaint about litter left on Mille Lacs Lake
after the removal of a fish house was investigated.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a complaint about a
100-pound propane tank left standing on Mille Lacs without
markings. Two tanks were located, along with the owner, who stated
he didn’t think about marking them so snowmobilers and others
wouldn’t hit them.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports working angling activity
with the continuous monitoring of fishing shelters and the litter
that goes with them. The officer worked on some commercial
inspections, as well.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and ATV operators during
the week. Officer Martin answered multiple calls about the end of
the walleye season, license renewal, and fish house removal, as
well. Officer Martin responded to several TIP calls. One call
started as a fish overlimit and ended with a summons for failure to
register big game; the second call resulted in citations for taking
wild turkeys out of season, taking a wild turkey without a license,
and taking a wild turkey with illegal shot size. Officer Martin
recovered a stolen fish house on an area lake and worked with the
Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department to get it back to the owner.
Officer Martin also was contacted by an angler whose truck broke
through the ice on Pearl Lake; the angler was instructed to also
call the sheriff’s department and his insurance company.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) investigated a TIP about a
possible overlimit of fish near Upsala. During the investigation,
no overlimit of fish was found, but CO Haberman and two other COs
discovered the suspect failed to register a doe he shot during the
archery season. Law enforcement action was taken.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, snowmobilers, and coyote
hunters. Many people got their fish houses off the lakes in
preparation for the March 7 deadline. Time was spent marking fish
houses and garbage before the deadline.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers.
Violations were found for extra lines, no state trail sticker, and
failure to transfer ownership.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended training at Camp Ripley. Reller
also checked the increase in litter complaints on area lakes.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers during the week. Time
also was spent trying to locate a tagged deer that was spotted
south of Knife Lake.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) inspected aeration systems for proper
markings on area lakes. Fish houses were documented for litter in
and around them.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement
on area lakes and trails. She encountered a snowmobile personal
injury crash that resulted in the operator being thrown from his
machine after he tried to cross a stream that was not frozen.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) did ATV and snowmobile enforcement
in Dakota and Scott counties. He also patrolled Ft. Snelling State
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week working angling activity,
scheduling firearms safety classes, patrolling state park property,
and responding to snowmobile trail-related issues.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked snowmobile and ice-angling
enforcement in Hennepin County. He also worked on community
outreach efforts with the Karen Community.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) continued checking and documenting fish
houses, checked ice anglers on metro lakes, and spent some time at
the Cambodian Center office.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) and CO McGowan represented the
Enforcement Division at a training simulation exercise in Dakota
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked fishing activity in Anoka
County. Several anglers were encountered removing their
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled Dakota County for angling
activity. CO Salzer also patrolled Dakota County for snowmobile and
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored the last week of the walleye
season. A snowmobile enforcement detail was worked with CO
Henriksen and the Swift County Sheriff’s Department.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked area lakes on snowmobile. He noted
a few houses that look like they are going to be difficult to get
off the lake.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking ice fishermen and
working sledders. Enforcement action was taken for improperly
marked fish houses and license/stamp/registration violations.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports a caller stated a deer was taken
and was on top of the vehicle; it was found to be a coyote.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing,
snowmobile, and coyote-hunting enforcement. A snowmobile event was
worked in Lyon County.
Wetland Enforcement Officer Larry Hanson continued to follow up on
WCA and public waters cases. A WCA restoration that occurred in
2006 in Rochester was discussed with local officials.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking snowmobile and ATV
operators, ice fishermen, and coyote hunters. CO Steffen also
investigated the illegal burning of a structure with prohibited
materials in it.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended continuing education classes
at Camp Ripley. Commercial taxidermy inspections were
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s
Department with a personal injury snowmobile crash on Saturday. CO
Gruhlke also took information about dogs running loose in the
southeastern part of the county.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) conducted game farm inspections. CO
Oberg also took several calls regarding deer found dead. The
majority of the dead deer have been malnourished yearlings. Feeding
deer corn is contributing to some of the deer deaths in the
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) worked the final weekend of the
small-game hunting season. CO Abraham also worked on snowmobile
activity, with excessive speed the most common problem.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked snowmobile and angling activity.
Lots of anglers have been working on getting their shelters off the
lakes. CO Howe also worked on preparations for flooding, and
prepared for an upcoming court case.
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working mostly snowmobile and
angling enforcement. A law presentation was made for a local sports
association. Trespass complaints and complaints about coyote
hunters shooting from vehicles were investigated.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) took complaints about deer in the area
that appeared to be ill. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. The
officer also set up a firearms safety class.
CO Phil George (Mantorville) conducted taxidermy and game farm
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports attending a taxidermy
inspection class at Camp Ripley. A hunting-related trespass
complaint was received.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week
checking fishing activity. Some fishing and snowmobile violations
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports attending training on
taxidermy inspections. He completed local taxidermy
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports preparing for upcoming youth
turkey hunts. Time also was spent preparing boats for possible
flooding this spring. CO Boyum attended the District 8 Minnesota
Trappers Association meeting.
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing enforcement
and CWD issues.Landowners were visited and reminded of the feeding
ban that went into effect Feb. 14 for Olmsted, Goodhue, Dodge, and