Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with a local business on an
aquatic vegetation removal project. He also spent time working a
special detail on Red Lake with a neighboring officer.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers and
investigated a gray wolf depredation. He also met with other DNR
divisions in preparation for the possible statewide shutdown.

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake
Bronson. Officer Huener also met with DNR Wildlife and Parks to
discuss summer activities. A calf depredation was investigated near
Badger.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity
throughout the week. An individual was charged with theft for
stealing a state forestry sign, and burning complaints were
investigated. CO Gorecki also responded to a call about a hunter
shooting from the roadway at a deer; the investigation is
ongoing.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) confirmed wolf depredation involving
livestock; the officer investigated what appeared to be a large
carnivore attack on a horse. The horse was raked/bitten across its
throat and received severe neck injuries but will survive. CO
Backer also testified at a court trial regarding a fishing case.
The party was found guilty.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored anglers and boaters during
the week. He had multiple calls regarding wildlife – a fawn rescued
from a dog, special beaver permits, a gray wolf in someone’s yard,
a calf killed by coyotes, problem bear activity, and bear hunting
questions.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) monitored angling and boating activity in
the area. He continued to focus work efforts on aquatic invasive
species activities. Officer Vinton also patrolled complaint areas
for illegal ATV activity. The ATV operators were reportedly causing
some damage to area township roads. Vinton was able to make contact
with several riders. Enforcement action was taken for operating an
ATV on a county highway and allowing too many riders. One rider was
cited for having three children under the age of five riding with
him.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) worked on commercial leech-trapping
activity. CO Seefeldt also followed up on complaints of trap
tampering and trespass.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week following up on
waters and aquatic plant management violations and complaints.
Officer Stattelman also investigated several TIP calls that were
received.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) attended computer training at Camp
Ripley. Richards also assisted with a full day of firearms safety
in Breckenridge during the weekend.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) attended computer training at Camp
Ripley. Additional time was spent checking fishermen and
boaters.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports calls were received regarding
boating while intoxicated, fish overlimits, boating registration,
aquatic invasive species laws, and ATV operation.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) worked fishing, boating, PWC, and
invasive species enforcement throughout the week. He also took part
in Operation Dry Water during the weekend, a special boating
enforcement campaign targeting impaired watercraft operators.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) reports checking fishermen, boaters,
and ATV operators this week.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports calls were fielded this week
regarding AIS law and nuisance geese.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) focused on fishing enforcement during the
week. A presentation was given to approximately 40 young people in
Alexandria about various outdoor topics during the Take a Kid
Fishing event.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked special regulation lakes,
handled several beaver complaints, and finished work on a road
right of way complaint. Officer Parthun also attended a training
session, performed security duties at state parks, and continued
work planning related to the potential state shutdown.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and watercraft and
ATV operators. CO Hunter also investigated a TIP call regarding
overlimits of fish.

CO Gary Sommers’ (Walker) primary enforcement efforts this past
week focused on sportfishing, boating, and ORV activity. In
addition, he assisted the sheriff’s department with a call at a
public access regarding some verbal exchanges between two parties;
alcohol was a factor, but the driver was under the legal limit.
Officer Sommers received a call from the TIP hotline regarding an
angler who was unable to identify a fish he had caught. The angler
was fishing on Woman Lake and caught a fish he was not able to
identify, so he wondered what he should do with it. The angler
described the fish to the officer, who determined it to be a bowfin
(dogfish).

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked boaters and performed
invasive species regulation checks during the week. He worked
Operation Dry Water with Beltrami County deputies that resulted in
several arrests for boating while intoxicated.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) fielded calls concerning nuisance
animals and a loon that was caught in fishing line. CO Broughten
also gave a laws and ethics presentation to the Forkhorn I Camp at
Deep Portage Learning Center and gave a presentation on the new
invasive species laws to the Association of Cass County
Lakes.

CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) followed up
on a possible aquatic plant management violation site in Hubbard
County. He also worked an ongoing wetland case and was able to
close out a second case.

District 5 – Eveleth area

No report.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) participated in a work detail on Red Lake.
He also handled an injured deer case and assisted on some minor
drug cases.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) received another call about a loon with a hook
caught in its mouth just as darkness was approaching. Loons are
almost impossible to catch in the water, but this one was on shore
where it could be covered with a box by the resort owner until the
officer could get there. It took a lot of time, but with the use of
a flashlight, wire cutters, and some helping hands from the resort,
the three treble hooks were cut away and the entangled line was
removed. The loon swam away and seemed OK. Each year officers
receive many calls about and photos of loons with line and tackle
wrapped around them, endangering their lives.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) arrested a man for domestic
assault after the man cut his girlfriend’s face with a sharp
object.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) seized several untagged minnow traps,
checked anglers, and spoke with boaters about recent law changes
regarding draining boats and minnow/leech buckets.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked area lakes for angling and
boating activity. The mayfly hatch is well under way and has slowed
fishing success on many lakes. ATV activity was monitored, as
several trails in the area have been closed due to recent heavy
rains. An investigation into an individual illegally blocking a
state trail was conducted, with charges pending.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked boating and angling
activity during the week. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for
no angling licenses, expired registration on a watercraft, and not
pulling the plug from the back of a watercraft on a public
roadway.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVers, watercraft
operators, state park users and campground campers. He also worked
trespass and fishing complaints during the week.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked anglers this week. She
also continued her commercial operation checks. She received
several complaints about nuisance and orphaned animals.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled
for ATV activity in the area, responded to wolf depredation
complaints, and investigated information on a possible overlimit.
Enforcement action taken for failing to display ATV
registration.

CO Brent Speldrich (Northeast ATV Rec) assisted another officer
with an ATV issue in which a loud ATV was being operated illegally.
The individual was stopped and cited for not having an ATV
operator’s certificate. A noise meter also was used and the machine
was found to be exceeding legal sound levels. Officer Speldrich
also patrolled Aitkin County ATV trails, as well as the Isle-area
trails. He checked several anglers while doing those patrols,
responded to many ATV-related questions, and returned calls
regarding nuisance bears, nuisance beavers, and road-killed
animals.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and OHV
enforcement throughout the week. A warrant arrest was turned over
to Carlton County authorities.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and OHV activity in the
area. Enforcement action was taken for operating an off-highway
motorcycle on a highway and for registration violations. A tip
complaint about taking overlimits of northern pike was worked and
remains under investigation. A complaint about burning garbage was
investigated, and the person doing the burning was cited for
burning prohibited materials.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) spent
several days in Colorado with other Minnesota DNR employees working
with Colorado Department of Wildlife and Parks on their invasive
species program. Officers and others spent several days learning
about what Colorado is doing to deal with aquatic invasive species
and how Minnesota officials can learn from them.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) helped fill in patrol
shifts in District 6 due to open stations. A complaint about
porta-potties left from Grandma’s Marathon that had tipped over and
spilled their contents into Lake Superior was checked. Staff from
the Grandma’s organization were quick to respond and make sure the
pots were picked up. An individual burning cardboard and trash in
Finland was given an expensive reminder that trash needs to be
disposed of appropriately. Only untreated, unpainted lumber and
natural brush and tree cuttings may be burned.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports Garrison Animal Hospital was
called on for capture assistance and rehabilitation of a young bear
cub that appeared to be on its own. Shoutz also assisted with a
watercraft safety class on Gull Lake, with 22 students
participating.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) completed a five-day intensive advanced
firearms training course put on by federal law enforcement training
center staff at Camp Ripley. One bear complaint involved a black
bear that entered a pen containing a deer herd.

CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) checked
anglers and talked to many boaters about invasive species at public
landings.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked anglers, watercraft, and ATVers
throughout the week. Lakeshore owners should check aquatic
vegetation regulations before removing any vegetation. Wild rice is
now in its floating stage, and the annual illegal removal has been
observed along many properties.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that anglers are out in large
numbers and continue to do well. Some angling violations included
fishing without a license in possession and failing to leave a
patch of skin on walleye fillets. He worked on complaint of people
dumping sunfish remains in the Gull River. Posner also focused on
the Pillsbury State Forest and complaints about ATVs.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Mike Lee (Isle) received numerous calls about flooding issues
due to beaver activity, and many nuisance beaver permits were
issued. Officer Lee also met with employees at Kathio and Father
Hennepin state parks to plan for possible park closure.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) followed up with ongoing
investigations and continued to deal with nuisance animal calls.
Trespass complaint calls were taken, as were calls from the public
with questions about how a possible government shutdown would
affect their boating, fishing, and camping.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to a reckless driver complaint on
an ATV trail. CO Kuske also checked public access sites, addressing
aquatic invasive species concerns with boaters and fishermen.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) focused on bowfishing, angling,
and commercial enforcement. A report and citations were sent to the
county attorney for a BWI contact the officer had earlier this
spring. Enforcement action was taken for overlimits of fish.

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and watercraft operators
during the week. Officer Martin also attended a week-long firearms
training class put on by the Department of Homeland Security at
Camp Ripley, and seized several unmarked minnow traps. Officer
Martin turned an intoxicated driver over to the St. Cloud police
after he stopped the driver and found drugs and paraphernalia in
the truck, along with an empty whiskey bottle.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters.
Violations were found for no angling license, extra lines, no PFDs,
and illegal-length smallmouth bass.

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area angling and boating
activity. Time also was spent investigating a wetland
complaint.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent some time preparing for a possible
shutdown by meeting with state park staff. Reller also checked
anglers and boaters in Wright and Sherburne counties. Enforcement
action was taken for angling with extra lines, no angling license,
no PFD on board a watercraft, and taking illegal-length smallmouth
bass.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking anglers on area
lakes and rivers. CO Langevin also handled several complaints about
wildlife. Other complaints were about bears in the area, coyotes
chasing cattle, and one bull snake in a garage window.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) checked anglers and boaters on area
lakes and rivers. Time also was spent working ATV and OHM activity
in the area.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) participated in Operation Dry Water on
Lake Minnetonka during the weekend. Violations included BUI, PWC
operation after hours, transom riding, and failing to display
watercraft registration. Several fishing violations also were
found.

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) attended training at Camp Ripley.
He also worked on preparations for a possible shutdown that would
affect Fort Snelling State Park.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week monitoring angling,
boating, off-road vehicle, and invasive species activity. Calls
were received throughout the week regarding nuisance foxes and a
black bears, as well as scheduling firearms safety classes.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) talked at St. Paul Recreation Center to a youth
group about CO duties, fishing, and hunting regulations.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding angling with
extra lines and extra hooks and gave advice about injured/nuisance
wildlife.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports an aquatic invasive species
talk was given to Excel Energy personnel in Maple Grove. Assistance
was given at Ft. Snelling State Park for the ongoing World Peace
and Prayer Day.

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the Mississippi and St.
Croix rivers for boating activity. Boating and fishing law
compliance was excellent.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) continued checking shore anglers around metro
lakes and rivers, and checked boats for safety equipment and
removal of drain plugs. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing
license, failure to display valid boat registration, transporting
aquatic vegetation, and failing to remove drain plug during
transport.

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) investigated a possible wetland
complaint.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked anglers and recreational
boaters throughout the week. The officer also attended a two-day
training course at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action for the week
included illegal dumping and operating a watercraft after sunset
without lights activated.

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports that wet, cool weather has
caused area waterways to rise to near flood stage. Local
authorities were assisted twice with water rescue
emergencies.

WREO Larry Hanson (Marshall) continues to follow up on wetland
issues in the region. He provided invasive species updates to
officers in districts 15 and 18.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and educated boaters about
invasive species. He assisted the sheriff’s department with a call
about a wild boar at a homeowner’s front door, which was determined
to be an escaped pig that was returned to its owner. Denz also
recovered a dead swan and continues to receive calls about sick,
injured, and orphaned animals.

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and PWC
activity. Hatlestad also checked ATV and OHM activity, and
investigated possible WCA and public waters violations.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) checked angling activity as well as
impaired boater enforcement. The CO also checked ATV activity and
illegal burning, with no burning permit and burning prohibited
materials encountered.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Julie Siems (Faribault) worked mostly angling enforcement.
Planning for a shutdown also was completed. Violations included
extra lines and no angling license.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked on equipment maintenance issues and
preparation for possible state shutdown. Geving also conducted some
flight training activities.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week
checking fishing activity. Some time also was spent working on
equipment-related issues, attending training for exotics species,
and making preparations for a possible shutdown.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working fishing and boating
enforcement this week, as well as responding to a TIP call about
overlimits on area trout streams. He also attended AIS training and
worked on another fishing-related investigation.

CO Scot Moran (Wabasha) reports attending a training session on
aquatic invasive species and a district meeting. Much time was
spent planning and preparing for the possible shutdown of the state
in case the Legislature does not come up with a budget. Assistance
was given to Officer Quandt in moving the Red Wing station boat
house.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during
the week. A couple waters violations were checked with the area
hydrologist, and invasive species training was attended. Heyn also
worked boaters for Operation Dry Water with a Wisconsin
warden.

CO Phil George (Rochester) attended AIS training and a district
meeting. He also checked anglers and ATV operators. Enforcement
action was taken for plug still in a watercraft and for no trout
stamps.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing, boat and
water safety, invasive species, and training.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the river is going back up but
people are still out fishing and boating. He spent time trying to
find a couple people who were fishing illegally. They had placed
their boat in a wooded area and walked to a motel for the night.
They were located the following day at their homes. Hemker
continues to work on complaints of the illegal taking of minnows on
the Mississippi River.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports completing paperwork for an
upcoming court case. Time also was spent checking anglers. CO Boyum
also attended meetings regarding aquatic invasive species and the
possible shutdown.

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