MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended annual training at Camp
Ripley. An illegal fire was investigated, with charges

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked sturgeon anglers on the Rainy
River and monitored ATV activity. The Wildlife Division was
assisted with a sharp-tailed grouse survey. CO Birchem also
investigated a trespass complaint on state property.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics
portion of a firearms safety class in Middle River. Possible gray
wolf depredation was investigated. CO Warren also followed up on a
call about traps not being checked in a timely manner.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) attended annual training at Camp Ripley
and issued special beaver permits regarding road damage

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored sturgeon fishing and fire
activity throughout the week. Fire activity has increased, with
several wildfires currently under investigation.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) attended annual training at Camp Ripley
and was interviewed by a regional newspaper reporter about fishing

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) helped teach ATV safety class with the
sheriff’s department. Area angling activity was monitored, and
training was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports many anglers were found taking
advantage of the suckers that were in area creeks. Enforcement
action was taken for illegal equipment, as some anglers were using
large hooks and weights in an attempt to snag the vulnerable fish.
A possible shoreline violation was investigated. CO Vinton
represented the DNR Enforcement Division at the annual Law
Enforcement Memorial Association memorial service in Detroit

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) received a report about anglers
unlawfully possessing walleyes from the Buffalo River. Angler
checks were conducted. CO Seefeldt assisted state and federal
officers with arson investigations in Becker County after several
fires were intentionally set. Reports were forwarded to the county
attorney regarding a case in which juveniles were taking muskrats
out of season, shooting muskrats with firearms, and shooting from a
motor vehicle.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week checking fishing
activity and monitoring fish run activity. CO Stattelman also
investigated a number of TIP calls, including bass out of season,
fishing in closed areas, taking walleyes out of season, and

CO Alan Peterson (Osage) responded to a complaint about a horse
that had been killed, and a throat injury to a dog on the same
farm. Suspects regarding the horse kill are dogs, coyotes, or other
scavengers after the horse had an unfortunate collision with an old
plow in the pasture. The horse most likely was being chased or
harassed. No fresh wolf sign was found.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking shore
anglers. Turkey hunters were checked, complaints about people
shooting geese and destroying nests were investigated, and
assistance was given to a local police department with a fight. CO
Forsberg also worked a wildfire arson investigation, investigated a
call about a dead loon, and did equipment maintenance.

Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson found a locked bank bag that
had been cut open and left along a Becker County river. The bag was
turned over to the sheriff’s department for investigation.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received reports about incidentally
caught otters during the last week of beaver-trapping season.
Richards assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office with the
report of an overturned boat on Dead Lake. The seemingly overturned
boat turned out to be a fish house floor. Any information about
ownership of this floor would be appreciated.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) reports it’s believed a bear has
attacked and killed five sheep from an area farm; another farmer
lost two calves to a predator. A trail camera with an image of a
large wolf feeding on a deer carcass was shared with Officer

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports a TIP call was received
regarding two individuals catching and keeping walleyes. With the
assistance of a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, the subjects were
contacted and were found to be in possession of northern pike and
walleyes during the closed season.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) checked fishermen and worked the rough
fish spearing/archery/dip net opener. Time also was spent
responding to injured/nuisance animal complaints.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on turkey
hunters and fishermen. Anderson assisted CO Kurt Nelson with a
wetland drainage issue in Pope County and issued a cease and desist

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) answered questions about trapping,
worked on some aquatic plant permits, and gave a presentation for a
firearms safety class. Officer Parthun worked with Fisheries on
some special regulation lakes, monitored fish run and ATV activity,
and took care of some equipment maintenance issues.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on fish run activity and
monitoring closed roads and trails on state forest lands. He also
prepared boating equipment for the upcoming boating and fishing

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) investigated a tip regarding illegal
netting activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling and
burning violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) checked fishing and spring trapping
activity. CO Broughten stopped two anglers who were in possession
of walleyes and northern pike in violation of the Leech Lake game
and fish code; the fish were seized, and the case was turned over
to the Leech Lake officer for prosecution. CO Broughten also worked
spring fish run activity and assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s
Office with a stranded boater on Leech Lake.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time checking
beaver trappers, along with handling incidental otter catches.
Sturgeon-fishing activity on the Rainy River is in full swing, but
weather has not been cooperative. Several burning complaints and
waters-related complaints were handled throughout the week.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) monitored fish run activities and took
enforcement action on some sucker netters for taking fish out of
season. A possible PCA violation was looked into, as was a wetland
issue. A case of a dog chasing/killing deer was investigated.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) attended annual in-service training at
Camp Ripley and worked spring beaver-trapping activity. One trapper
is facing multiple trapping charges for transporting a loaded
firearm and an unrelated charge.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked spring beaver-trapping activities.
One trapping case involved a bald eagle caught in a Conibear water
set with a beaver carcass next to the trap, which possibly
attracted the eagle to the area. Fredin received reports about
large amounts of garbage being dumped on state and federal land
outside Hoyt Lakes. A pool table and TVs were found in one

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) received several burning complaints and
followed up on a trapping complaint. CO Velsvaag also checked on
spring fish run activity and observed areas where walleyes were
being illegally taken.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports deer are starting to
migrate toward their summer areas as the snow continues to melt
inland from Lake Superior. Many steelhead anglers are reporting
some of the best fishing they have had in years. Enforcement action
was taken for no fishing license and no trout stamp.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) attended annual in-service training
at Camp Ripley. Smelting and fish run activities continue along the
North Shore.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked the smelt run, monitored
sucker-spearing activity, checked anglers, conducted an arson
investigation, taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms
safety class, and assisted the local police department with
locating a suicidal male.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked anglers on the Rainy River and worked spring fish run
activities. Arhart also worked open Wetland Conservation Act and
public waters impact cases.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked OHV activity this past
week. She’s currently investigating an arson fire.

CO Brent Speldrich (Region 2 ATV specialist) patrolled area state
forest lands that still have spring closures in effect. He also
checked several trappers and assisted Pine County with a burglary

CO Randy Patten (Northome) monitored area fish run activity,
processed accidentally caught furbearers, and checked rough fish

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, trapping, and ATV
enforcement. Humphrey also monitored fish run activity throughout
the week. CO Humphrey patrolled the Fond du Lac and Nemadji state
forests with spring road and trail closures in place.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) investigated a report of three calves
killed in the area. Schmidt and a USDA trapper viewed the calves,
which appeared to have been attacked by coyotes. Officer Hanzal and
Schmidt investigated a report of a party shooting two mallards. The
shooter was located and admitted to shooting a drake and hen

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work fishing enforcement along
the North Shore of Lake Superior. Many people have been out fishing
for steelhead. One group was observed putting a steelhead in their
vehicle and return to fishing. This was a costly decision for these
people, because steelhead are a protected fish in Minnesota and
they need to be immediately retuned into the water if caught.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) followed up on several litter complaints
and various carcass dumping reports. Several possible wetland
violations were investigated.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) attended a close
quarters boat operations course in Columbus, Ohio, which was
sponsored by the Ohio DNR and the National Safe Boating

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service
training at Camp Ripley. He also checked shore and river anglers
along Lake Superior.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked steelhead
anglers and smelters, and monitored smelt run activity. Big-game
and commercial cases were wrapped up from last fall.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports high water levels from recent
rains and snow have created many nuisance beaver issues related to
potential road flooding. Several area trappers were issued special
permits to handle these situations.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports monitoring fish run, enforcing
spring burning restrictions, patrolling Crow Wing State Forest and
complaint areas for OHV activity, checking spring panfish activity,
checking opening-day sucker spearers, and working with spring
beaver trapping-related issues.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports garbage dumping on public land
in the Pillsbury forest continues to receive enforcement time.
Vehicles operating on closed forest roads and causing damage were
reported. Posner worked on a trapping complaint of exposed
body-gripping traps.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked crappie anglers. He also
monitored tribal harvest and investigated a dumping

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week in training
at Camp Ripley. He spoke at a firearms safety class, attended a
deer hunter banquet, and took calls about nuisance animals.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a complaint about stolen traps and
illegal sets. Upon investigation, Officer Lee located the stolen
traps, and issued citations to parties with illegally set and
untagged traps.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time checking trappers and
assisting trappers with incidentally caught otters, raccoons, and
muskrats. Complaints about livestock depredation by wolves and
coyotes were investigated.

CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) gave an invasive
species presentation to junior high students at the Pillager school
and assisted CO Posner with two general DNR info and invasive
species presentations in Brainerd.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports several TIP complaints were
investigated during the week. The Lake Mille Lacs treaty harvest
and fish run activities were monitored.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent time this past week working spring fish
run complaints and TIP calls. CO Kuske also investigated a
complaint involving the alteration of lake shoreline. CO Kuske
seized several accidentally caught animals from a trapper and
responded to a nuisance beaver complaint.

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) spent the week at Camp Ripley for
in-service training and armoring service weapons.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, turkey hunters, and fire
enforcement. He also investigated two TIP calls, as well as a wolf
depredation case.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
and turkey hunters. Enforcement action was taken for no angling
license and various ATV violations.

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) investigated a possible wolf
depredation case that ended in evidence of local dogs killing

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and
rivers. He followed up on complaints about a nuisance fox,
woodchuck, and a skunk.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended annual training at Camp Ripley.
Reller also gave a presentation to a firearms safety class in St.
Michael. He also responded to several TIP calls.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a busy Wisconsin border
water opener. Even with the rain, large numbers of anglers made
their way onto the St. Croix River. One group forgot to flip the
locking switch on the trailer crank. As the truck pulled forward,
the boat rolled back onto the ramp. The anglers were able to get
the boat back onto trailer with no damage.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked hunting and angling activity
throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for burning
prohibited materials, target shooting on a WMA, and license

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) responded to complaints about turkey
hunter trespass. Anglers were checked on area lakes, but with the
cold weather, fishing has been slow.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) attended training at Camp Ripley most
of the week. The CO also checked fishermen on Lake

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) reports a call regarding the possible
illegal sale of game fish was investigated with CO Le and Neitzke’s

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) handled a call regarding an injured turkey. He
took enforcement action for fishing with extra lines, no fishing
license in possession, and a dog off-leash on a state trail.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the St. Croix River for the
border water walleye fishing opener. Enforcement action was taken
for slow-no wake violations, illegal-length walleyes, angling with
extra lines, and trespass.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked the St. Croix River walleye opener,
checked several anglers around metro lakes and rivers, checked
boaters, and monitored ATVers and off-road vehicle activity.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled various TIP calls, worked
ATV enforcement in Anoka County, and handled calls about nuisance
and injured animals.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) worked the St. Croix opener with CO
Gutierrez. Violations included no PFDs and travelling faster than
no-wake speed.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports that border waters were rough this
past weekend with 44 mph winds. Enforcement action was taken on
license and registration issues.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, ATV,
state park, and turkey-hunting enforcement. Calls continue to be
received regarding injured deer and nuisance beaver issues. An
issue with a DNR public access was investigated.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week conducting investigations
and checking turkey hunters.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) investigated several TIP calls
including operating an ATV in a wildlife management area, illegally
taking Canada geese, and taking walleyes out of season.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) spent the week monitoring angling and
boating activity on Big Stone Lake. Turkey hunting and commercial
minnow activities also were monitored. A report was taken regarding
the suspicious deaths of several American white pelicans.

Wetland Enforcement Officer Larry Hanson continued to follow up on
WCA and public waters cases. Assistance was given to the
hydrologist in two public waters violations that involved water
flow into a lake.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking fishermen, turkey
hunters, and working on a turkey-shooting case.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on complaints regarding injured
deer and illegal hunting. He also issued nuisance beaver permits to

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and boating
activity. Additional time was spent checking and advising boaters
about invasive species.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports checking trout and panfish
anglers, as well as turkey hunters. He also checked ATV and boating

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent the week at Camp Ripley for
in-service training and armoring of pistols. CO Howe also returned
phone calls from the public and discussed laws relating to
off-highway motorcycle operation with a local agency.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station for anglers, ATV
operators, and turkey hunters this week. Time also was spent
responding to various calls from the public. CO Ihnen taught the
law and ethics portion of a firearm safety class in

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working mostly angling
enforcement. A ride-along was provided to an area resident
interested in natural resources law enforcement. Trespass and
snagging complaints were handled. An individual also called after
he mistakenly shot a hen turkey.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports speaking at a firearms safety
class in Albert Lea. Time also was spent investigating a suspected
wetland violation site. Violations encountered this week included
no angling license and taking fish during the closed season.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked anglers and ATV operators. He
taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class and
checked a few turkey hunters, as well. He also handled a trespass
complaint in Steele County.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing, turkey
hunting, and vehicle maintenance. A career talk was given at an
area high school. A complaint about people digging wild flowers in
Forestville State Park was investigated.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working trout fishing and
turkey hunting enforcement.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports people are trying to get back on the
river, but not all accesses are open yet. Hemker received a
complaint about a turkey hunter trespassing.

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports high water is restricting the
shore anglers, and accesses are still flooded to some degree. Part
of the week was spent at Camp Ripley for annual training.

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