Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports water conditions on the Roseau River
are still high and fast, but that many northern pike are being
caught.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls #2) reports a call of a dead
deer in a ditch was received. Area gravel pits and trails were
patrolled for off-road vehicle activity.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) met with the county attorney on an
upcoming trial.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck #2) assisted with a fur
identification booth at a fishing tournament in Bemidji.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette #2) reports several nuisance animal
complaints were handled, and juvenile ATV complaints were
handled.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports calls for service included a
lost pontoon, shoreline alteration information, and returning a
racing pigeon from Wisconsin that took a wrong turn.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji 2) assisted with enforcement efforts on
Upper Red Lake and patrolled OHV trails. The officer investigated
complaints of illegal burning and nuisance bears.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) responded to angler complaints involving
over-limits of fish.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) investigated complaints of illegal
leech trapping, ATV operation issues, and an eagle nest that
fell.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers, boaters, and
ATVs. Time was spent at water accesses conducting aquatic invasive
species inspections.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and boaters. Enforcement
efforts focused on late-hour activity, and law compliance (lights,
fish limits, fish methods, and boating laws) was very good.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) assisted CO Seefeldt with a blown
down eagle nest. The eaglets were fine, and a surprising number of
duck carcasses were found in the area.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports assistance was given to an
elderly woman at a local restaurant who was having trouble
breathing until an ambulance crew arrived.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and boaters
throughout the week and calls were fielded on fish over-limits,
boat registration, and car-killed animals.

CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) investigated complaints of cutting
aquatic vegetation and transporting bait from infested
waters.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports an incident regarding the illegal
taking of waterfowl remains under investigation.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) attended invasive species training
in Alexandria and assisted the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department
with a search for a missing person.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) attended AIS training held in Alexandria
this week and he and Officer Baumbarger assisted the Morris Police
Department with a search along the Pomme De Terre River by boat for
a missing Morris woman.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports several calls were received this
week regarding all the damaged shoreline due to high water
levels.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reports enforcement activities
included operating an ATV on a roadway, expired registration,
illegal snorkel device, and operating on road right of way without
a valid driver’s license.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received nuisance
beaver/muskrat/woodchuck complaints. Officer Hunter did site
inspections for local bait dealers and spoke with the Mantrap Lake
Association and tournament fishermen about new AIS laws.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to several complaints of
nuisance beavers this week.

CO Gary Sommers’ (Walker) spoke to 190 anglers at a walleye
tournament rules meeting regarding invasive species
regulations.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) talked to kids about displayed fur pelts
at a local fishing tournament fair, assisted with public safety
during a local triathlon, and followed up on a livestock
depredation complaint.

CO Larry Francis (Remer) reports enforcement action was taken for
unregistered watercraft, fishing without a license, and no fishing
license in possession.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen and handled wildlife
nuisance complaints.

District 5 – Eveleth area

C0 Troy Fondie (Orr) reports computer problems and training were
handled over the week.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports public accesses were monitored and
boaters and anglers were reminded to remove all weeds from their
equipment, remove the drain plugs from boat and live wells, and
drain all water from the bait bucket to help slow the movement of
invasive species.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports an ATV was stopped for illegally
operating on a public highway. The officer found a snorkel device
on the ATV and while looking for the snorkel piping destination,
the officer found a robins’ nest with four eggs on the frame. The
eggs were candled and it appeared they had been abandoned, no doubt
because the ATV had been dusted off and used more frequently.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) saw a group of anglers getting ready to
head out on a different lake with all of their gear loaded into the
boat and ready to go. CO Frericks stopped by to check on the
anglers and then pointed out the watercraft registration decal on
their boat that has been expired since 2002. CO Frericks advised
the owner that it would not be such a good idea to use the
boat.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) received a nuisance animal call, several OHM
complaints in Ely, and attended training in Duluth.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended a meeting on the DNR payable
fine schedule and training on the new 800 MHz radio system.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) responded to a call of an injured deer,
answered several calls on orphaned or injured young of the year
animals, and participated in a mock rescue demonstration in Bigfork
utilizing life flight.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
conducted numerous wetland impact site investigations with the
Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District wetland
specialist. Officer Arhart worked aquatic invasive species
enforcement and angling enforcement at area lakes. He also worked
AIS and boat and water details at Red Lake. Enforcement action was
taken for fail to remove boat plugs, for boat registration, and
operation and equipment violations. Molt geese are heading
north.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked on invasive species enforcement
during the week.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) made enforcement contacts for
angling without a license, operating a watercraft without the
proper lifesaving devices on board, operating a Type 1 ATV on a
public highway, and worked on a wetland draining case.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted the county with a DWI. The
area walleye bite continues. Enforcement action was taken for
possess illegal length walleye, no angling license in possession,
youth under 18 without helmet on ATV, and angle with extra
line.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) handled a moose car kill in Big
Falls this past week. She also went with fisheries to Little Moose
for bass electroshock fishing.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) patrolled in the Fond Du Lac and
Nemadji state forests for OHV activity. CO Humphrey also attended
radio and computer training in Duluth and at Camp Ripley.

CO Scott Staples K-9 Unit (Carlton) attended K-9 School.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week investigating
TIP complaints in the area. ATV/OHM complaint areas were worked and
citations issued for operating on public roadways and snowmobile
trails.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area lakes for anglers and boaters.
Public accesses were worked for invasive species.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports ATV-type violations are increasing
as the weather is warming and more users are out and about. Time
was spent at both computer and radio training during the
week.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) spent time
working on the Waterville Memorial and finalizing details for the
dedication of the memorial, which was June 13 at the New Ulm
Regional Office. Officer Scott also spent time working with local
Board of Water and Soil Resources on a potential wetland impact in
Two Harbors.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Unit Leader-Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the
St. Louis River checking anglers. Officer Olson met with USCG
personnel on upcoming work details in the Duluth harbor and Lake
Superior.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and
boaters on Lake Superior. Warmer weather and clear skies have led
to an improvement in fishing on the big lake.

District 9 – Brainerd area

Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted with the
Youth Expo at the Lakeshore Conservation Club staffing the mini DNR
Wall of Shame and providing animal fur identification. Officer
Shoutz also reports a complaint was handled regarding weed roller
issues with a lakeshore owner not disposing of the aquatic
vegetation properly and the neighbors getting unwanted extra
work.

Conservation Officer Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports a citizen killed
a 350-pound bear after it had threatened the family pet. Bear
complaints have been fielded and food sources are to be removed
from outside access. Dog food and bird feeders are specific targets
of hungry bears.

Conservation Officer Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation
Area) helped out with the rec area grand opening for the mountain
bike trails. Hundreds of mountain bikers attended the three-day
event and the overwhelming positive response indicated that it is
going to be a busy summer on the new trails.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) reports that as more schools get
out on summer vacation, more ATVs fill in the role of adult
supervision. Officer Verkuilen called several parents because their
children and off-highway vehicles needed legal rides home. He also
testified in court regarding a fishing case.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up on nuisance animal calls,
answered questions about water levels, and spent time on the Snake
River checking anglers and boaters through the Grasston area.

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) handled calls regarding possible
cougar sightings and snapping turtles laying eggs in precarious
places.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports bears in the area continued
to be active as calls came in involving car/bear collisions and
bears damaging bird feeders and garbage cans.

CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) assisted with the grand
opening of the new mountain bike trail system and with the Cuyuna
Mountain Bike festival held over the weekend. First aid for minor
injuries was a common occurrence, but not major crashes.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs
Lake. Walleye activity remains good with limits seen.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports helping with the Hooked on
Fishing Day for the Onamia and Isle schools. Quite a few kids
turned out and everyone was able to catch some fish.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked anglers on local lakes
and rivers and educated boaters on the new AIS laws.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) patrolled area lakes for angling and boating
activity. CO Kuske met with county commissioners about an OHV
event.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and
boaters. CO Bertram also spoke at the annual Little Birch Lake
Association meeting regarding new AIS laws and boating
safety.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) spoke with an outdoors writer to
discuss the numerous issues officers are having with carp shooters.
The officer made contact with several archery carp shooters and
discussed violations including returning rough fish to the water
and banks, unlawfully attempting to take game fish by archery, no
fishing license while archery shooting carp, and transport bow
armed with arrow.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week in Stearns and
Wright Counties. CO Mies also attended a meeting on setting the
bail amount for violations.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports that with erratic weather
conditions, the majority of water activity continues to be angling.
WCA and waters violations under investigation.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) attended a dedication for the Janet
Johnson Wildlife Management Area in North Branch.

CO Reller (Buffalo) took numerous calls about bow fishermen leaving
shot carp in the water and on the shore, creating a smelly mess.
This has been the worst year for this illegal activity and
enforcement efforts will be increased on this violation in the
area.

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area anglers on lakes and
rivers. Time was spent checking on ongoing public water cases, and
boaters on area lakes.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) spent the week checking area anglers
and boaters. Enforcement action was taken for license, PFD, and
registration violations.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) spent time working AIS enforcement at
several public accesses. Fishing success has been spotty with some
nice fish seen.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) patrolled the Luce Line State Trail for
illegal ATV activity, and lakes were patrolled for boat and water
safety and angling compliance.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) testified in court on a boating while
intoxicated case from last summer. She also received complaints of
fishermen angling in designated spawning areas on Lake
Minnetonka.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) finished up reports and paperwork from
a previous BWI arrest this week.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) followed up on a deer case and
received calls regarding a capsized boat, taking walleyes in a
closed area, and various wildlife concerns.

CO Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) completed and delivered court
paperwork.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) received numerous calls including issues
related to bow fishing, crop depredation, nuisance raccoons, and
injured ducks.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers around the metro area lakes and
rivers, and worked at the Lao Family Center answering questions on
hunting regulations.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked at Powderhorn Park during an outdoors
event and spoke on camping, hunting and fishing regulations to a
Thien An Buddhist Temple Youth group (about 50 to 60 people).

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he checked anglers,
boaters, and ATVs this week. CO Johnson also spoke to a falconer
regarding a facilities inspection.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked fishing and boating
enforcement and issued nuisance beaver permits.

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) instructed K9 training at Hennepin
County. CO Muyres also gave a K9 demo at a cub scout event in
Forest Lake.

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) assisted with a work detail on Red
Lake on the weekend and also assisted the aviation section.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) gave a ride-along experience to a
student interested in becoming a CO. Several contacts were made for
fishing violations.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked at the “Outdoor Family Fun Event”
hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the
DNR.

CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) received several calls from people who had
found baby animals they believed to be abandoned. CO Salzer would
like to remind people that just because they find a baby animal
without its mother, it does not necessarily mean it is abandoned.
Leave wild animals in the wild.

District 15 – Marshall area

No report.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked ATV activity and
investigated WCA and public waters violations.

CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) patrolled local lakes and talked to
numerous families out for “Take a Kid Fishing” weekend.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar East) worked a local pike fishing tournament
that had 120 boats.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) trained other COs on the new 800 MHz
radio system. Follow up was completed on a case from the
spring.

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar west) reports lots of boating activity with
enforcement contacts including no lights after sunset, no youth
boating permit, BWI, fishing without a license, and riding on the
bow of a watercraft.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports working angling and boating
activity and responded to dumping/litter of piles of dead
carp.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) reports two out-of-state fishermen visiting
the area were disappointed to hear about the outbreak of AIS and
stated, “We’ve been coming all the way from Ohio for over 10 years
because we love your lakes so much…it would be a shame to see
them go to waste.”

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working angling
enforcement.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked boating and angling activities on
area lakes and rivers.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time on area rivers this past
week where many kayak and canoe enthusiasts were checked.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports attending a kids fishing event
on Fountain Lake, sponsored by the Fountain Lakes Sportsman Club.
Hundreds of people came out this past Saturday to fish the
event.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent time teaching at an ATV safety
class in Red Wing over the weekend.

CO Boyum (Rushford) reports a few trout anglers were out but muddy
streams made fishing poor. Time was spent checking ATVs with a few
citations issued. Time was also spent investigating a big game
case.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) reports people who will put up with the
weather are catching some fish on area reservoirs.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked ATV trails and took a complaint
of a sick deer in the city.

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) attended part of the three-day
training for trail and off road vehicles held in Houston. The
training was informational and well attended by local folks wanting
to start up a new trail near Houston. Fishermen saved a victim from
a potential drowning. A 43-year-old male stopped his car on the
I-90 bridge and jumped off. If it weren’t for the fishermen present
at the time, officers would have been doing a recover, not a
rescue.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working fishing and boating
enforcement on the Mississippi River this week.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) saw a number of trout and sunfish in the
creel with limits and over-limits seen taken.

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports the normal spring time animal
complaints continue, just later this year than usual.

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