Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 23

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers on the south side of
Lake of the Woods and at the Northwest Angle. Fishing success
remains good. Possible walleye overlimits were investigated.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted a local police
department with an anhydrous ammonia leak, checked area boaters and
anglers, and investigated a gray wolf depredation incident.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) checked anglers on the Red Lake
and Thief Lake rivers. Areas were patrolled for ATV activity. A
call about a nuisance bear being shot after doing damage was
received and investigated.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked an area boat and water safety
project and received several complaints about bears damaging bird

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and boating activity
throughout the week. CO Gorecki also inspected watercraft entering
and leaving area lakes for invasive species and the complete
draining of water prior to leaving accesses.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports angling activity increasing on
area lakes and rivers. The officer assisted the sheriff’s
department with an arrest.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted another law enforcement
officer with a drug search.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, boaters, ATVers, and
OHVers. Water enthusiasts were reminded of the invasive species and
drain plug laws.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports complaints about leech trappers
trespassing were investigated.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) focused enforcement efforts on
angling and boating activity. Complaints about fish overlimits,
illegal leech traps, work in public waters, injured deer, and
barking dogs in the state park campground were investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts on
fishermen and boaters this week. Several questions from the public
regarding transportation of water in boats and bait buckets were

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports working public access sites
for invasive species compliance.

CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) checked fishing and boating activity
during the week. The new AIS law was the hot topic, as several
boaters and fishermen had questions and concerns.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports assistance was given to several
area law enforcement agencies regarding various
calls/investigations, and court was attended regarding a boating
while intoxicated arrest from last summer. The defendant pleaded
guilty and forfeited his boat to the state.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV
operators. Officer Baumbarger also spent time checking commercial
fishermen and minnow dealers. Several questions were answered
regarding ATV operation and invasive species laws.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts this week on
anglers, boating regulations, and invasive species laws.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent time this week checking anglers and
boaters. Several calls about nuisance beavers were handled. Time
also was spent enforcing invasive species laws on area lakes.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took care of bears, beavers, gill
nets, and injured birds this week. He assisted with a road right of
way violation, took care of equipment maintenance, and checked
anglers and boaters.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) monitored angling and ATV activity in
the area during the week. He also attended invasive species
training and offered invasive species education to boaters
contacted at area public accesses.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) spoke to 310 anglers at a tournament rules
meeting regarding invasive species regulations and checked on a
complaint about an ATVer operating in a closed area of the Chippewa
National Forest. He located the subject, and the matter was
referred to the U.S. Forest Service for violating forest rules.
Officer Sommers also provided backup to the Cass County Sheriff’s
Department on a call regarding a subject armed with a knife who was
threatening people. The subject was apprehended just prior to the
CO’s arrival.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) spent the majority of time this week on
invasive species law education and enforcement. He also monitored
angling, boating, and ATV activity in the area.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring fishing,
boating, and ATV activity. CO Broughten also spoke to boaters
concerning new invasive species and rescued a pontoon that was
found floating unattended on Mule Lake.

CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) checked
anglers and OHV users in area forests. Riders are reminded to stay
on the marked trails and stay out of the wetlands. Officer Adam
also responded to a report about a horse lost in the state

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) followed up on a TIP
complaint about individuals shooting nuisance beaver near lake
cabins on Rainy Lake; enforcement action was taken.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports assistance was given to a homeowner
who had problems with a raccoon. It seems her grandkids had set a
live trap in an attempt to capture a problem squirrel. The
grandkids went home but left the live trap out. Grandma got up in
the morning and found an upset coon in the trap, and she had no
idea how to deal with it.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) arrested a subject on fleeing and DUI charges
after he was nearly run off the road by the subject.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers and boaters, invasive
species, the state park, ATVers, and a possible fish overlimit
complaint. Enforcement action was taken for angling without an
angling license, angling without an angling license in possession,
and a number of boating and ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports nice weather brought out high
number of anglers and boaters. Numerous boaters neglected to bring
their PFDs with them and received citations.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended training on new aquatic invasive
species law changes. Officer Manning also took care of paperwork
and equipment maintenance.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked several areas of high ATV use
throughout the week. A complaint was received about two wolf
carcasses that were found on county land. The animals were badly
decomposed and looked as though they had been dumped in the

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators,
ATVers, state parks, and campgrounds. He also handled several
complaints during the week and attended new invasive species law

Officer Speldrich (Northeast Region, ATV) continued working state
forest areas, as well as local trails in and around McGregor. While
working, he ran into off-trail use, unregistered ATVs, ATVs being
operated on public roads, and ATVs being operated while failing to
display current registration. Officer Speldrich also responded to
calls in the McGregor station about possible illegal-length fish
(from Big Sandy Lake), a possible overlimit of panfish, and two
reports of abandoned fawns.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, responded to wolf
depredation complaints, and patrolled area ATV trails.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
checked anglers and their equipment at infested and other station
waters. Officer Arhart also assisted the Squaw Lake Fire Department
at the annual Take-A-Kid Fishing event and responded to Wetland
Conservation Act restoration order issues.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked boat and
water issues, monitored OHV activity, attended invasive species
training, assisted a stranded boater, and responded to calls about
unattended watercraft floating across the lake.

District 8 – Cloquet area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast Minnesota)
attended meeting with local officers from Duluth and the North
Shore area, providing training for officers on the new invasive
species laws. Officer Scott spent time working on the memorial for
three fallen officers that will be dedicated on June 13 at the New
Ulm Regional Office.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and OHV
enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey patrolled in Fond du
Lac and Nemadji state forests for OHV activity. Angling, OHV, and
boating equipment, registration, and license violations were
encountered. Anglers were reporting a good bite with some nice
mixed catches observed.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent the week working anglers and
invasive species along the St. Louis River. ATV and motorcycle
complaint areas were worked.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported time was spent checking anglers
and providing information on how to prevent the spread of invasive

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked aquatic invasive
species work details along the St. Louis River and Island Lake and
checked anglers on the St. Louis.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers during a
work detail in the Minneapolis area and on Lake Superior.

District 9 – Brainerd area

Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) attended aquatic
invasive species training with other district officers. Officer
Shoutz also handled a litter call involving household garbage that
was dumped. Among the items was an Arctic Cat snowmobile hood with
the registration number still on it.

Conservation Officer Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports enforcement
action was taken for boat and ATV registration, and several
reminders to boaters went out regarding pulling their boat plugs
and draining livewells at access points. Officer Shoutz also
handled two nuisance bear complaints, dispatched an injured deer,
and assisted a boater with a motor problem.

Conservation Officer Jim Guida (Brainerd) focused on aquatic
invasive species and alcohol enforcement. Officer Guida also
received and investigated a complaint about overlimits of crappies.
A watercraft operator was arrested for boating while under the
influence of alcohol.

Conservation Officer Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating,
and invasive species enforcement during the week. A TIP call was
received and continues to be investigated.

Conservation Officer Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that anglers
are out in large numbers. Some angling violations include fishing
without a license in possession and failing to leave a patch of
skin on walleye fillets. Posner also worked on garbage-dumping
complaints and trucks in closed areas in the Pillsbury

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked boating and fishing activity
in the area. More personal watercraft were observed, some without
registration and operating after legal hours.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) continued checking anglers on Mille Lacs Lake.
Officer Lee also received a complaint about individuals cutting
cattails and sending bogs out into Mille Lacs Lake.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the majority of the week checking
anglers and ATV activity throughout the area. He followed up on a
wolf depredation complaint, ATVers operating in closed areas, and
checked numerous boaters and anglers.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) worked Mille Lacs Lake and other area
lakes. Several car-killed deer complaints were handled.

Conservation Officer Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd)
monitored compliance with invasive species prevention regulations
in the Brainerd and Mille Lacs Lake areas. In other activity, he
responded to a complaint about unlawful camping in the Cuyuna
Country State Recreation Area, which resulted in two arrests. One
suspect with several warrants fled on foot and was apprehended with
the help of Deerwood and Crosby police officers. Officer Tischler
also investigated two fish overlimit complaints and made two site
inspections related to wetland enforcement violations.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) attended advanced invasive species
training and checked anglers throughout the week. Enforcement
action was taken after one angler produced an out-of-state angling
license and thought it was valid in Minnesota.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) handled several calls about nuisance
animals that involved bears hanging around residences, coyotes
harassing pets, beavers damaging trees, and wolves threatening

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked anglers on local lakes
and rivers. CO Haberman also investigated wetland violations and
spoke to boaters about invasive species.

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and watercraft
operators, and attended training on aquatic invasive species

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) assisted neighboring officer with
followup following a TIP complaint about the littering of carp shot
by archers.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and
boaters. Enforcement action was taken for no license, no boat
registration, insufficient boating safety equipment, and various
ATV violations.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. CO
Musatov also testified in a court case in Sherburne County. ATV
complaint areas were worked, and complaints about animals were

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a busy weekend on area
lakes. CO Langevin received a TIP call regarding short bass on the
St. Croix River. Two anglers were found with three smallmouth bass
under the required 14-inch minimum.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) checked area anglers and worked
invasive species enforcement throughout the week. Training was
attended, and several animal complaints were handled. ATV and OHM
complaints also were worked. Enforcement action was taken for
insufficient PFDs, no PWC rules sticker, allowing illegal operation
of an ATV by a juvenile, and registration violations.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a boat and water safety detail on
Memorial Day on Red Lake with CO Le, and also worked a boat and
water safety detail on Medicine Lake with CO Le. Farmers were
assisted on goose damage to their corn and bean fields. Property
owners were assisted with beaver damage – trees knocked down – and
muskrats tunneling into banks and causing erosion problems.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked a busy weekend on Lake Minnetonka,
finding numerous boating and fishing violations. An individual was
arrested for a felony BWI and his boat was seized. She also
followed up on a wetland case in Chaska. A few burning violations
and TIP calls were handled.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) patrolled Lake Minnetonka this week,
focusing on BWI enforcement, operating at night without lights, and
transporting invasive species.

CO Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) worked with CO Lee. They did fishing and
boating enforcement in Hennepin and Dakota counties. CO Neitzke
also patrolled for ATV and OHM violations in Scott and Dakota
counties. He responded to a call about a possible rabid fox.

District 14 – East Metro area

Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) closed a case involving a trespass
violation in Stillwater with enforcement action taken. CO Gutierrez
also issued several nuisance beaver permits, and assisted the
county with a report about a capsized watercraft where no one was
on-board; it appeared to have been blown over by the wind.

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports a week of various ramp
inspections on area lakes. CO Jensen updated certain WCA files and
added some new files.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) responded to a call from the Maplewood
Police Department regarding an individual catching sunfish in a
throw net. It turned out that he was catching minnows and returning
the sunfish to the lake. The subject was cited for using multiple
bare hooks on one line.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) monitored boats and trailers for aquatic and
invasive species at boat accesses.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing,
boating, ATV, invasive species, and state park enforcement.
Enforcement action was taken for various fishing, boating, and
invasive species violations.

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports that several work details were
worked with local officers that dealt with boating safety, invasive
species, fishing, and off-highway vehicles. Several concerned
citizens called about dogs running loose.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that area lakes were busy
during the weekend with recreational boaters. Enforcement activity
for the week included angling without a license, operating a
personal watercraft within 150 feet of swimmers, and failure to
display registration.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar East) took numerous calls regarding orphaned
or injured wildlife. He worked boaters and anglers. Officer Denz
also attended a local lake association meeting.

CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) checked boaters, ATVers, and anglers.
Officer Graham also spent time on personal watercraft enforcement
on local lakes, as well as invasive species education.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) investigated a possible shoreline
violation and a fish kill occurring on a couple area lakes; the
only fish found dead were large numbers of large carp.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continued to work ATV and OHM
enforcement in his station. Calls also were handled related to dogs
chasing deer, nuisance beavers, and strange snake sightings.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) monitored boating and angling
activity. PWC activity has increased with warmer weather.
Educational material was handed out at public accesses regarding
prevention of invasive species. Compliance with pulling the plug is

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his area for fishing, boating,
and ATV activity this week. Officer Ihnen spoke with numerous
watercraft enthusiasts about the laws relating to pulling drain
plugs, transporting water, and other aquatic invasive species

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports a busy week as many anglers and
bow fishermen were out. Several restoration orders were issued for
wetland violations. Other violations included no license in
possession, failing to drain water from the livewell, failing to
remove the drain plug, no fire extinguisher, and no PFDs.

Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked boat and water safety on area lakes
and rivers. Several contacts were made that required enforcement

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending most of this week
checking anglers and watercraft operators. Time also was spent
checking ATV operators and working on a public waters complaint.
Violations encountered this week included work in public waters
without a permit, no angling license, and various
watercraft-related violations.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking anglers, ATV activity,
and boaters. Time also was spent assisting the city of Red Wing
with some wildlife complaints.

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports completing an investigation
into illegal wetland work along Winnebago Creek.

CO Boyum (Rushford) reports checking fishermen on the Mississippi
and area streams. Violations encountered were no license in
possession and no trout stamp.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on boat and water safety,
ATV, fishing, and invasive species enforcement. A work detail was
worked on the Mississippi River. A small boat was stopped that
appeared to be overloaded. The small boat contained eight adults
and was riding low in the water. The boat also only had one
wearable PFD. The boat was escorted back into the landing, and
enforcement action was taken.

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