Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 22

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored boating and angling activity on
Lake of the Woods and on the Roseau and Warroad rivers. Invasive
species checks were also conducted on boats leaving Lake of the
Woods’ infested waters.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time checking boats at accesses
for invasives.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) found and recovered a canoe that had
drifted away from a person at the Northwest Angle. The canoe and
personal gear had drifted well over 20 miles before beaching on the
south shore of Lake of the Woods.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports enforcement
action for the week included boating registration and equipment
violations, possessing walleyes over limit, and allowing illegal
operation of ATV by juvenile.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) and CO Milbridge again found
instances of no throwable PFDs during boat and water safety checks.
Anglers are reminded to carry their angling licenses while out on
the water.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked invasive species at accesses and
answered numerous questions on new invasive laws. The area walleye
bite has been excellent with many 18- to 19-inch fish taken.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) taught 6th grade students the
history of game wardens at the Big Bog Adventure Day.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports wild baby animal calls are
increasing. The best advice is to leave the babies where they are.
Most times the mom is in the area waiting for you to leave.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) and CO Bensen spoke to a sheriff’s
water patrol about boat and water safety and enforcement.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, boaters, and ATVs.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports high water levels on area lakes
are forcing landowners to sandbag and run pumps to protect their
homes and cabins.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a commercial leech trapper was
checked and found to have no licenses, unmarked traps, and an
unregistered boat. Enforcement action was taken and about 200 traps
seized.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) reports several wetland and
public waters alteration complaints were investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports many anglers and boaters
were checked over the Memorial Day Weekend. Time was also spent
speaking with people about invasive species.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports several calls have been
received regarding baby ducks and raccoons. The public is asked to
please leave them alone.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) spoke to two school groups about CO
law enforcement.

CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) provided assistance to the sheriff’s
department on a motorcycle crash and a domestic dispute.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports enforcement action was taken on
an angler for fishing without a license and altering a fishing
license. The angler purchased his license after CO Johanson had
checked him and then cut off the bottom of the license where it
shows the date and time the license was purchased.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) found compliance with invasive species
laws disappointing at boat ramps. Twenty-five percent of the boats
checked were transported on public roads with the plug in and
un-drained. Most persons were very cooperative and wanted to be
legal.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) focused enforcement efforts on fishing
enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra
lines and angling without a license.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reports enforcement contacts were
made for operating an ATV in a closed area, possessing an illegal
length walleye, and an ATV passenger under 18 without a
helmet.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) continued to work on an investigation
involving the illegal shooting of two timber wolves. The $1,000
reward is still being offered for information leading to the
conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the killing of the
wolves. If you have information on the wolves, please contact
Hunter at (218) 255-4553, or the TIP line at (800) 652-9093.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) monitored off-highway motorcycle
activity and handled nuisance beaver issues.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Dept.
with a personal injury boat crash on Leech Lake resulting in five
people ending up in the water. The inclement weather drove many
individuals off the lakes and onto ATVs. Unfortunately, CO Sommers
encountered many juveniles illegally operating ATVs, usually while
accompanied by an adult allowing the activity.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) and CO Fairbanks responded to a TIP
report of anglers keeping an overlimit of fish. The information led
to an overlimit of 12 walleyes and 68 perch.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) was following up with a case in which
an individual was keeping bass in the closed season when he
discovered the individual was also in possession of an illegal
controlled substances. The case was turned over to the Cass County
Sheriff’s Office and the individual was arrested pending felony
drug charges.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) encountered one 10-foot, non-motorized
fishing boat on the Crow Wing River. The watercraft had no
registration and the three occupants had no PFDs and were using
spade shovels for oars.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) checked on a litter
complaint in which 10 bags of household garbage where thrown into
the woods along a trail; the owner was located and enforcement
action was taken.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports the owner of a naughty house cat
brought a woodcock chick in to the DNR for rehab; however, the
chick expired due to injuries from the cat. Reminder to cat owners
to keep them inside.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports deer fawn calls keep coming in
with the same simple solution. Leave them alone when found as mom
will take care of them. One was removed by an individual and had to
be taken to a rehab facility. In another call, a dog killed a fawn
and the owner of the dog was dealt with.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports ATVs and OHMs are out in full
force. Numerous juveniles were stopped; most of them told the CO
that their parents knew they were out riding. CO Frericks would
like to remind parents that they are responsible for their
children’s actions when on an ATV or OHM.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports that mosquitoes and sand flies
appear to be coming out heavy this year.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) investigated litter complaints. CO Velsvaag
checked anglers, many of whom were fishing from shore along local
rivers.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports enforcement was taken on a pair of
off-highway motorcycles that were driving up and down the highway
illegally; and without helmets or OHM registrations. The officer
recalled giving the juveniles warnings for being in the same place,
on the same machines, two years earlier. This time he wasn’t quite
as understanding. The responsible adult was cited for allowing
illegal operation by juveniles.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that beavers are a concern
to some property owners as their dams are backing up water over
driveways.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) reports enforcement action for failure to
display registration on numerous canoes, unattended campfire,
transporting illegal firewood into a state park, and possessing
cans and glass in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) investigated a complaint of illegal
camping in a remote area of a state park. The area, while not
occupied at the time, had some litter from previous uses.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked an AIS
detail, monitored OHV activity and assisted with a drowning on Lake
Vermillion.

CO Brent Speldrich (NE Region ATV rec) reports one ATVer was
arrested for driving an ATV while under the influence and carrying
a loaded concealed weapon. Several other ATVers were cited for ATV
violations.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
reports the first American goldeneye broods of the year.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) attended a two-day training session and
worked a special ATV work detail during the week.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports enforcement action for
an illegal length walleye

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and OHV
enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey patrolled in the Fond
Du Lac and Nemadji state forests for OHV activity.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked ATV complaint areas and
snowmobile trail heads for illegal operation.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports a traffic stop for speeding from a
state trooper ended with an overlimit of walleyes, an overlimit of
northern, and a couple other tickets. Two public appearances
included talking at a firearms safety class and talking at an area
high school about the job of a conservation officer

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) says thanks to the keen sense of a State
Patrol officer during a traffic stop two men were charged with
several angling violations including an overlimit of walleyes and
northern pike. A person was taken into custody and held in jail for
boating while intoxicated.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) inspected a
possible wetland violation in Carlton County and prepared for a
jury trial on a wetland case in St. Louis County.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week
attending a Spanish survival course for law enforcement officers
hosted and instructed by Border Patrol Duluth.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports many anglers, boaters and ATVs
and other off-road vehicles were checked over the busy holiday
weekend. The youngest child passenger on an ATV with no helmet was
18 months.

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked a leech trapper, handled a
nuisance bear complaint, had an issue with a baby woodpecker that
had fallen from a tree and gave advice to people who reported
finding fawn deer in the wild.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked an underage drinking enforcement
effort on the Whitefish Chain.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) had activity that included checking
fishing and boating activity on area lakes and OHV activity in
complaint areas and the Crow Wing State Forest.

CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna State Recreation Area) helped with the
opening of the new mountain bike trails in the rec area. The bikers
were very enthusiastic about the new trails.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked with neighboring officers on
invasive species prevention on Gull Lake. He also worked on loud
noise and party complaints in the Pillsbury Forest.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) assisted District 9
officers with underage alcohol enforcement detail.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found quite a bit of ATVing, angling,
camping, and boating activity over the holiday weekend.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) made contact with cabin property owners
dumping piles of leaves and other material on state ground.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) worked with Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s
Department deputies patrolling ATV traffic on local trails with
enforcement taken in many areas.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) reports water is very high in the Pine
City area and boaters are cautioned to watch out for floating
debris throughout the lakes and rivers in the area.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports seeing quite a few fishermen
out over the holiday weekend on Mille Lacs. Most were having luck
at getting some walleyes.

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) reminds boaters that life jackets are
even more important with the cool water temperatures.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) reports one individual was certain
he bought his angling license when he bought his trapping and
small-game licenses. When he realized he forgot to purchase his
license he laid down on the dock and became very upset. He was
found to have been drinking alcoholic beverages.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted neighboring officers in an ATV
work crew in eastern Morrison County for the Mud Fest ATV/mud truck
event.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) took enforcement action for ATV and OHM
violation and had a work crew to address DUI issues on an area
trail.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spoke at a natural resources class
at Melrose High.

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) reports several PWCs were stopped
for operating too close to shore and riding conduct.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns and Wright
counties.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) did site visits on possible WCA
violations.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports focusing more efforts on
archery carp shooters due to the high rate of complaints; including
loud generators, shooting too close to residences, and numerous
complaints of dumping the carp on the shoreline and other places
within the public eye and nose. The officer also helped neighboring
officers with several dumping-of-carp complaints. On a positive
note all DQ gift certificates were used up this weekend on the high
compliance rate of children under 10 wearing their PFD.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) assisted officers in the
surrounding area with ATV and ORV events.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a beaver complaint on
Eagle Lake.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked ATV, boating and fishing activity
in the Wright County area.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) responded to Interstate Park, where
a beaver had walked into one of the parking lots but did not want
to leave. Parks workers got the beaver into a dog kennel and CO
Langevin transported it to the nearest WMA.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports water levels after recent rains
have started to drop and return to normal.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked anglers, boating safety and
aquatic invasive species throughout the week. Water levels remain
high on area lakes and rivers, creating difficulty at some area
accesses.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) gave a career presentation to students at
Norwood Young America High School.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) responded to TIP calls and received
nuisance animal complaints. She also patrolled the Luce Line State
Trail.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) patrolled Lake Minnetonka during the
busy holiday weekend.

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) worked boating enforcement and
fishing enforcement with CO Pril. He also patrolled Ft. Snelling
State Park.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spoke to three classes at the New Prague
High School regarding natural resources enforcement.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked with CO Walter on a Red Lake work
detail.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) attended an aquatic invasive species
meeting at Camp Ripley.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the St Croix and
Mississippi rivers for fishing and boating enforcement. Higher
water on the river system has slowed the fishing down a bit.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) answered animal calls and complaints.

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) instructed at K9 training in Hennepin
County.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) responded to a site where an animal
control company was illegally destroying cliff swallow nests, and
to a call of an injured loon on Forest Lake.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked a fishing detail on Red Lake
with CO Shoutz.

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) took several nuisance animal
complaints, including bears and coyotes.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Larry Hanson (WREO) followed up on public waters and WCA cases.
A cease and desist order was issued to a resident where one or more
houses were possibly built within a wetland area.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted a weekly radio show. Boating
enforcement was high this past weekend with numerous
violations.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) worked boating enforcement details on
Big Stone Lake.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that high water has temporarily
shut down the lower portion of Lac qui Parle State Park.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports fishing activity was busy
during Memorial Day Weekend. Time was also spent working state
park, invasive species, and ATV enforcement.

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports that DNR employees from other
divisions were assisted in recovering an abandoned swamped boat,
and securing a fishing pier that had broken loose due to high
winds.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) reports the illegal keeping of bass was
worked as a focus, based on violations in past years.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports numerous Panda awards were
given out for children wearing life jackets. PWC activity has
started.

CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) checked anglers and ATVs in the
Minnesota River Valley, monitored the Luce Line and Dakota Trails,
and worked boating enforcement.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the bass opener and noted many happy
anglers.

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked turkey hunting and ATV
activity. Hatlestad also checked archery fishermen and received
complaints of fish being left on shore.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports vandals pushed a “port-a-potty”
into Clear Lake at the public access, blocking the boat launch. The
officer removed it from the lake.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) attended court with CO Geving where a
plea deal was reached in a hunting case from two deer seasons ago
where a felon was in possession of a firearm in Blue Earth County.
The felon agreed to 60 months in prison.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters,
ATV operators and late-season turkey hunters.

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working mostly angling
enforcement.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) attended computer training at Camp Ripley.
He also gave a TV news interview about boating safety issues.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked a busy Memorial Day Weekend.
Despite the unpredictable weather, many people were out enjoying
themselves.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending the majority of last
week checking anglers and watercraft operators.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) worked two work details on the
Mississippi River. The river is very high and the current is very
strong. Please use extreme caution when venturing onto the river
and wear your life jacket.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working a very busy holiday
weekend. Fishing and boating activity was very high whenever the
storms would allow.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports the river is back on the rise
and is expected to keep rising through midweek. There is debris
floating in the river again so river users are advised to be on
alert when using the river.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports trout anglers were out with
limited success. Many streams were high and muddy. There was a slow
ending to the turkey season. Late season hunters commented that it
was difficult to call in the birds and that they were call
shy.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the big river is once again
rising. It’s been well over a year since the river was at a normal
level. Fritz began investigating illegal filling and excavating
along Winnebago Creek, and followed up on a complaint of a morel
hunter trespassing.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the river is high and fishing has
slowed. The weather over the weekend kept river use slower than
usual. The baby animal calls continue with a report of a deer
pinning a full-size dog down in a yard of a home.

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