MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 14

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) removed illegal permanent stands from local
wildlife management areas. CO Huener also presented the law and
ethics portion of the firearms safety training class in Lancaster.
Angling and invasive species checks were conducted on Lake of the
Woods. Many anglers are still being educated about the potentially
dangerous bait being used, and lots of illegal bait is being
seized.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) followed up on a person burning his fish
house that was frozen on Lake of the Woods; charges are
pending.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports calls about
nuisance beavers, injured deer and owls, and the dumping of deer
carcasses were received. A public waters violation was
investigated.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) assisted instructors with two classroom
portions of firearms safety training. Follow-up was conducted on a
trapping complaint, and area ATV activity was monitored. CO Backer
checked area anglers and received complaints about
double-tripping.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity throughout
the week. CO Gorecki investigated littering complaints and fish
houses being left on the ice.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, responded to calls
about sick/injured deer, and investigated the burning of prohibited
materials.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted the sheriff’s department with a
search for a missing person.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) continues to monitor river water levels
and overland flooding issues. A number of roads have been closed
due to water over the road. TIP calls involving fish overlimits and
a swan shooting were investigated. The swan was shot and left in a
field northeast of Barnesville. Anyone with information should
contact the officer or call the TIP Hotline at
1-800-652-9093.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) monitored angling, ATVers, coyote
hunting, and snowmobile activity. Complaints involving coyote
hunters and sick/injured animals were investigated.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers, monitored snow
goose migration, disposed of a dead raptor, and investigated
angling TIP calls. The officer assisted a police department with a
drug case investigation.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) picked up equipment from St. Paul and
Bemidji regional offices for distribution to area officers.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) prepared for an upcoming ATV safety
class. Time also was spent checking fishermen on area lakes. Nelson
met with the county attorney to discuss charges on recent
cases.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports working primarily fishing and ATV
enforcement throughout the week. Time was spent contacting a few
folks who didn’t qualify for the landowner turkey license.
Additional time was spent assisting other law enforcement agencies
with open investigations.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked fishermen, snow goose
hunters, and ATV operators. Time also was spent investigating a
minnow-trapping complaint and attending court on a case from last
fall. Baumbarger assisted the Wheaton Police Department with an
arrest warrant and investigated a TIP complaint in Otter Tail
County.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on light
goose hunters, anglers, and ATV activity.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) wrapped up a year-long case involving
the altering of a stream and a case involving a gray wolf. He spent
time working trapping activity and provided reminders that trapping
on open game refuges (Schoolcraft) requires a permit from the DNR
area wildlife manager.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen. She received a call
that a deer had been caught in a fence and was released by the
reporting party. CO Hunter also received a TIP complaint involving
a possible overlimit of fish.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked perch anglers. Officer
Mathy also checked into a possible illegal structure on state land
and attended an invasive species meeting.

CO Larry Francis (Remer) initiated and completed an investigation
regarding a litter complaint. He patrolled area state forests for
violations of the closure. Enforcement action was taken for litter,
minor consumption of alcohol, operating an ATV on a roadway,
failing to display ATV registration, operating an ORV on the
roadway, and operating an ATV with an expired driver’s
license.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored angling activity. CO
Broughten also received calls about dogs chasing deer and
excavation work in public waters.

CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) assisted with
training for bait harvesters to gain their permits for harvesting
in infested waters.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports spring fishing on
the Rainy River is in full swing. Enforcement action was taken for
no angling license in possession, failure to drain livewell water,
no current boat registration, transporting/possessing fish without
a skin patch, exceeding the length limit, and several
overlimits.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports lots of trash was observed in road
ditches as the snow began to melt.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling activity and a work detail
on Lake Vermilion to deal with a crowd of ATVers and snowmobilers
that were water-skipping. On a lake that is somewhat out of the way
and hosts only a few anglers at a time, two anglers were cited for
an overlimit of crappies after concealing extra fish to avoid
detection. The officer checked the same lake three days later and
found an angler with a fish (largemouth bass) out of season.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time following up on litter
issues by issuing citations to anglers who lift litter behind at
their fish shelters.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a report about two wolverines
hanging around the woods behind a family’s backyard. A trail camera
was installed in an attempt to get photos.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) patrolled snowmobile trails,
checked anglers on the last couple days of winter trout season, and
monitored fishing activity on border lakes where walleye season is
still open.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers trying their luck through
the ice and on Lake Superior. A few snowmobilers also were
encountered.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked ice anglers on inland lakes,
as well as shore anglers along Lake Superior. CO Thomasen assisted
the State Patrol and sheriff’s department with a traffic crash in
which the vehicle and victim ended up in Lake Superior.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
attended the Itasca County Wetland Technical Advisory Committee
meeting, and tracked Wetland Conservation Act and public waters
cases.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored ATV
activity, and worked a detail on Lake Vermillion during the
weekend.

CO Brent Speldrich (OHV specialist – Grand Rapids) began new duties
during the week. He readied station equipment and attended OHV
kickoff meetings for Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Officer
Speldrich wrapped up investigations that were the result of DWI
arrests the prior weekend.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ATVers. One individual
was cited for having his young child ride on an ATV without a
helmet. The individual also happened to be traveling down the paved
section of a county road at a high rate of speed and had expired
registration.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling and ATV enforcement
throughout the week. CO Humphrey also patrolled in Fond du Lac
State Forest, with the temporary road closures in place.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on complaints about dogs
chasing deer. A complaint regarding a stolen trap was reported and
investigated.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended a court hearing with another DNR
employee. Officer Duncan also spent time investigating two litter
cases. One area family learned that they had been hosting four
bears under their deck all winter.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast)
participated in a meeting with Board of Water and Soil Resources
personnel regarding a current WCA case in court. Officer Scott
worked with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office on another case.
Officer Scott worked with DNR Fisheries on information for the
upcoming Muskie Expo in Minneapolis.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week
checking shore, river, and Lake Superior boating anglers. Officer
Ter Meer also assisted with some serious car accidents.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and
boaters on Lake Superior. Boaters are reminded to double-check
their safety equipment before heading onto the water for the first
trip of the year.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) states a nuisance bear was reported, as
were several other nuisance issues. A TIP call about a crappie
overlimit is under investigation in the Emily area.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) found ice conditions are deteriorating
around the edges of the lakes, near public water accesses, and
around moving water. Numerous contacts were made with anglers who
forgot their angling licenses and were operating unregistered
ATVs.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to nuisance beaver complaints
and investigated a burning complaint.

CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) checked
anglers, spring beaver trappers, and monitored state forest
seasonal closures for spring breakup.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Mike Lee (Isle) checked anglers on Mille Lacs Lake. The first
week of the “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” program in Isle and
Onamia schools was a success.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports a complaint about ATVers
running on private land on the snowmobile trail was
investigated.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week monitoring anglers and
ice conditions. He attended a district meeting, spent time
monitoring forest closures, and followed up on a TIP complaint
regarding deer season issues.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked at the Northwest Sport Show in
Minneapolis answering game-, fish-, and law-related questions. A
popular topic among the sport show attendees was the hunting and
fishing license fee increase proposal. The most popular comment
heard from hunters and anglers at the sport show was that the cost
of a hunting or fishing license is the best recreational bargain
around, even with proposed increases.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) worked recreational vehicles during
the weekend. She encountered one ATV operator who was driving on a
county road, driving after revocation, and who’d had failed to
transfer ownership of the ATV; the registration came back to a
different ATV. Enforcement action was taken for the above
violations, and the ATV was confirmed not stolen. The individual
pushed his ATV home.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns and Wright
counties. CO Mies also assisted the Stearns County Attorney’s
Office with warrant information for the sheriff’s office.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports ice continues to
deteriorate around shorelines. Areas are opening up that have
currents running through them.

CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) checked anglers, and ATV and OHV
operators during the week. Officer Martin checked several local
creeks for northern spawning activity and found some small pike
starting to use the creeks. Officer Martin also responded to an ATV
complaint in St. Augusta at the request of the sheriff’s
department.

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) conducted commercial inspections
during the week. A taxidermist was cited for several violations. CO
Haberman also checked fishermen on local lakes.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, commercial inspections,
and recreational vehicle operation. Thesing investigated TIP calls.
Enforcement action was taken for litter, improper commercial
records, no angling license, driving an ATV on a county road, and
no ATV registration.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) focused on fishing enforcement.
Enforcement action was taken for common fishing violations,
including signing a false affidavit and fishing without a
license.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) met with local minnow dealers to inspect and
tag equipment to be used in invasive species infested waters. CO
Kuske also investigated a TIP complaint of an individual taking an
overlimit of crappie.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and ATVers.
Violations were found for wanton waste, no ATV registration, and
illegal ATV operation.

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area angling and ATV
activity. Ice in the area is getting bad, but many people are still
trying to get one last shot at fishing. Many ATVers with expired
registration were checked.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area rivers. He
followed up on a number of ATV complaints.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports increasing ATV/OHM activity
in the area. The area ditches and fields have been extremely muddy
and are attracting riders.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) talked with a firearms safety class at
Trailview School in Mora. Time also was spent checking some ice
anglers.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked ice anglers and ATV activity
throughout the week. Edges and access points are starting to open
up on many area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for license and
registration violations.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) gave a career presentation to a criminal
justice class at Metro State University. She also scheduled
numerous firearms safety classes and monitored flood activity along
the Minnesota River.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) checked fishermen on the Mississippi
River this week. He also checked the last few ice fishermen of the
season.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week mainly monitoring
off-road vehicle use and angling activity. CO Block responded to an
angling complaint in Carver County, which resulted in a citation
for an overlimit of trout.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and ATVers around the metro
area. He patrolled state parks, state trails, and worked at the Lao
Family Center.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) spent time on angling, state park, and
ATV enforcement. He received calls regarding nuisance wildlife and
angling, rough fish spearing, and bowfishing.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports a week of flight training and
working on WCA cases in Scott County and Washington County. Officer
Jensen received a call about live coy/carp released in a stormwater
pond/wetland connected to a public water wetland.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the Mississippi River for
angling activity. CO McGowan also attended court for a big-game
case from last fall.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) spoke to a firearms safety class in
Oakdale. He also checked a residence in Oakdale were a fisher is
using the attic of a shed. CO Johnson responded to a TIP call in
Anoka and conducted a falconry facilities inspection in Inver Grove
Heights. CO Johnson also checked ice conditions on local
lakes.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) investigated a deer-poaching
incident and recovered a deceased bald eagle, which was turned over
to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials for further testing.
Enforcement action was taken when an individual attempted to take a
mini-van down a hiking path in an area state park and promptly
buried the vehicle up to its frame in mud.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) monitored river flood levels and worked
ATV and snow goose-hunting enforcement. Investigations also were
conducted that dealt with illegal ATV operation on a WMA and people
burning prohibited materials.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) has received multiple reports of
individuals “thrill-killing” animals. A caller reported hearing
gunshots and seeing spotlights from a car by Benson. A State Patrol
trooper was able to locate the vehicle, resulting in four
individuals being charged. A farm dog was shot near its home just
north of Montevideo, and a large tom turkey was shot and left near
a driveway south of Holloway. Anyone with information regarding
people who commit these acts is encouraged to call the Turn in
Poachers hotline at 1-800-652-9093 or their local Conservation
Officer.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted commercial taxidermy
inspections. One angler found out the hard way that 12 inches of
ice is not always the safest, as he dropped his ATV into 15 feet of
water. WMA and WPA areas were patrolled for litter and illegal deer
stands. Complaints of attempting to snag out-of-season game fish
were investigated, and the individuals were educated.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) spoke at a youth firearms safety class in
New Ulm and assisted a neighboring officer with a commercial
inspection. Ice on area lakes is not safe, and the waterfowl
migration is in full swing. Large numbers of tundra swans can be
seen on many of the temporary potholes dotting area fields. An
adult bald eagle (possibly one of the “Bean Lake” pair) was found
dead near that location in Cottonwood County this weekend. Any
assistance from the public in the ongoing investigation would be
appreciated: 1-800-652-9093. Two people decided to try canoeing the
cold, flooded Minnesota River at New Ulm; the predictable result
ensued – with a rescue by the New Ulm Fire Department. In another
case, an area man decided it would be fun to deliberately hit
animals on the road with his vehicle, and then watch his three
passengers finish them off with baseball bats. Among the victims in
this incident were a raccoon and a muskrat (both taken out of
season).

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station for anglers and ATV
riders. Time also was spent responding to TIP calls and checking
area trappers.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked ATV and angling activities. Geving
also conducted some flight training activities.

CO Phil George (Mantorville) took complaints about litter and
burning. He assisted with a taxidermist inspection, and checked
anglers and ATV operators.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports a violation from the 2010 deer
season is under investigation.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports speaking to a firearms safety
class in Wabasha. The Mississippi River is still high, and the
backwaters have lost most fishable ice.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing, ATV, small
game, and CWD issues. A recognition banquet for DNR safety
instructors was attended, and assistance was given at a turkey
clinic.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports high water on the river has made
fishermen get creative with fishing, including catching big
northerns in parking lots. Some walleyes are being caught in areas
that usually are dry. Hemker followed up on a complaint about an
ATV operating on a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail and trespassing on
agricultural fields.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) spent time speaking at firearm safety
classes in Fillmore and Houston counties. CO Boyum received dumping
complaints and is investigating them. Trout anglers were out and
having good success. Most anglers checked had caught at least a few
trout. Compliance was high.

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