MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 37
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time checking early goose hunters
and conducted follow-up on illegal bear-hunting activity.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor
bear-hunting activity, taking enforcement action for unsigned and
unregistered baits. Catfish anglers were checked on the Red River
of the North and in the Thief River Falls area.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked an aquatic invasive
species detail at the port of entry in Warroad. Area trails were
checked for ATV activity, with enforcement action taken on
individuals riding on a state highway.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity and checked
goose and bear hunters.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked ATVers, anglers, boaters, bear
hunters, early season goose hunters, and people removing lake
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) reports a goose overlimit complaint was
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked bear hunters, goose hunters,
ATVers, and anglers. Bear hunters report slow activity at bait
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow early goose season.
Anglers were checked, and success varied. Complaints about nuisance
animals were investigated, and bear bait sites were checked.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) reports complaints about deer
baiting by archery hunters were investigated. ATV activity is
increasing, and so are complaints about ATVs.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked goose hunters, ATVers,
and anglers. A few hunters were out during Youth Waterfowl Day. A
TIP call regarding Youth Waterfowl Day and fishing complaints were
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) attended training at Camp Ripley.
Complaints were handled regarding Division of Waters
CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) monitored fishing activity and attended
training. An AIS detail was conducted, and several boaters were
contacted at numerous access sites. Several TIP calls also were
investigated this week.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent time checking dove and goose
hunters and talked to a few kids who were taking part in Youth
Waterfowl Day. Several complaints were responded to regarding
burning activity, and a boating safety presentation was given to
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked dove and goose hunters and
monitored Youth Waterfowl Day. There were few youth out pursuing
ducks, with only one youth hunter checked. Enforcement action was
taken for boat plug violations, taking fish by snagging, and
hunting without a license in possession.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) attended divisions training at Camp
Ripley. Time also was spent checking dove and goose hunters.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked with park officials, following
up on park permit violations. He also checked bear baits and bear
hunters and followed up on a pending fire case and a waters
violation. Parthun addressed a hunter harassment issue. Enforcement
action was taken for careless operation of an ATV, operating an ATV
on a non-motorized trail, leaving a structure in navigable waters
without a permit, and numerous violations of no park vehicle
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received a call about an individual
killing a turkey out of season and the investigation is
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) worked AIS enforcement at a Leech Lake
public access, and enforcement action was taken for an illegal slot
fish. In addition, he made contact with two anglers who were over
the legal limit, and one person came to the access with aquatic
vegetation attached to his boat trailer and the plug still in his
boat. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) assisted invasive species personnel with
operation of a decontamination unit at a public water access on
Leech Lake. Enforcement action was taken for bear-hunting
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring boating,
angling, ATV, bear-hunting, goose-hunting, and ricing activity.
Broughten observed a fair number of youth taking part in Youth
Waterfowl Day, with mallards, ringnecks, and wood ducks in their
bags. Broughten, along with the local sheriff’s department, handled
a complaint regarding individuals demonstrating their concerns
about a fishing tournament by blocking parking at a local lake.
Broughten also assisted with the range and field day portion of a
firearms safety class.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) checked goose hunters and fishermen.
Halverson handled a call about an injured swan and received an
otter taken by a nuisance-beaver trapper.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) worked area
forest roads and trails, checking OHVers. Bear hunters are reminded
that in “limited” forests they can utilize ATVs to retrieve bears,
but not for tending baits.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) worked
invasive species enforcement on the Alexandria chain of
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time checking
bear-hunting activity in the area. Other enforcement activities
involved ATVs, fishing, and boat and water safety enforcement. A
complaint about loud and disruptive campers at Woodenfrog State
Campground was handled.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking public accesses and
reminding boaters to remove all weeds and water from their
equipment. It seems that neighbor disputes are starting to flame up
just in time for the hunting seasons to begin. Please try to get
along with your neighbors.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on some bear-season issues and
investigated arson fires. A state park camper left without paying,
which is currently under investigation. CO Starr took two
youngsters out hunting on Youth Waterfowl Day. Some wood duck and
teal were harvested.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked bear and early goose-hunting
seasons, anglers, boaters, and OHVers, and dealt with an injured
deer. He also assisted the local police department with a property
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports an investigation was conducted
on burning prohibited materials and angling cases.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked bear hunters and ATVers. Lots of
nonresident canoes are being brought in without valid
registrations. A canoe in Minnesota requires a valid registration
from somewhere in order to be used legally, with only a couple
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) has visited some areas usually
full of moose sign while checking bear baits. Many of these areas
are now void of any moose sign. The CO has only seen two cows with
two newborn calves and a small bull all summer.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work the bear-hunting
season. Officer Manning also checked anglers and boaters. Two
anglers, who said they had not been checked in 30 years of fishing,
were certain the officer had been sent to check them by someone on
a lake they’d recently fished. It turns out another CO had been at
the other access and had reminded them about pulling their drain
plug, but he had not been in contact with CO Manning. Several
violations were noted during the on water check of the pair and
proper paperwork was issued.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on Lake Superior and
inland lakes. The officer responded to an incident of a wolf
attacking a dog, and bear hunter complaints.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a boat and water shift
with many boaters and fishermen out on Labor Day. Enforcement
action was taken for boating without enough life jackets on board
and for no angling license in possession. CO Sutherland also took
enforcement action on multiple ATV riders during the past week for
having children under 18 on an ATV without a helmet, riding on a
county road, and for unregistered machines.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked aquatic invasive species efforts, and checked angling,
boating, and waterfowling activities. CO Arhart also worked with
Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation and Zoning staff on two
suspected wetland impacts, where enforcement action was taken for
illegal wetland filling and for working in public waters without
CO Brent Speldrich (Northeast Region ATV Rec) worked illegal ATV
travel in several state forest areas. During these investigations,
citations were issued for illegal ATV travel, failing to display
current ATV registration, and for no identification on bear baits.
Officer Speldrich also prepared for upcoming court on a DWI
CO Randy Patten (Northome) worked boating and angling activity,
checked bear hunters, attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators,
ATVers, and bear and goose hunters. He also worked the state
auction during the week.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a wetland complaint is under
investigation in the area and will be investigated further by the
SWCD. A new taxidermist was met with and advised of Minnesota
regulations. A young swan that was found dead was picked up and
brought to the local DNR Wildlife office.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked early season goose hunters and
youth waterfowl hunters. Calls regarding illegal fires were
investigated with local fire departments and DNR fire
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) encountered several happy Youth Waterfowl
Day hunters on Saturday. Time also was spent working boating and
angling enforcement throughout the station.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Unit leader-Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked
anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Numerous questions and calls
were fielded regarding upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and
boaters on Lake Superior. Questions were answered regarding
upcoming hunting seasons and firearms safety training.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted with an all-day range and
field activity day for students who took the hunter education
course on-line and needed the field day to complete the class for
firearms safety certificates. A landowner said he watched a bear in
his yard chew up his kids’ swimming pool after it cleaned up around
the bird feeders.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked bear-hunting activity in the
Emily and Fifty Lakes areas. Shoutz checked fishing activity on
area lakes. A nuisance beaver complaint was handled, along with
several access points checked for boater compliance relative to
exotics species and aquatic vegetation transport.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports numerous questions were fielded
regarding placement of deer stands on private property without
permission from the owner, and also placement on Crow Wing County
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) checked ricers, and bear, early goose, and
youth waterfowl hunters.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) took a complaint about a probable calf kill
by wolves, attended training, and handled a complaint about dogs
CO Patrick McGowan (McGregor) patrolled Aitkin County for
bear-hunting activity. CO McGowan also assisted with training at
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on complaints about wild ricers
out before the start time. Angling violations observed included
fishing without a license in possession. CO Posner continues to
work closely with CO Tischler at the accesses of Gull Lake,
checking boaters to make sure their plugs are pulled, water
drained, and aquatic vegetation removed.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week working bear hunters and
ATV complaints. CO Wynn also met with area staff, spent time
monitoring goose hunters, and answered questions about the upcoming
waterfowl season. CO Wynn continues to receive questions about the
storm damage and accessibility of local state forests.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking bear hunters
throughout the week. A possible shoreland violation was
investigated. Enforcement action for the week included various
fishing and invasive species rules violations.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports several wolves were removed
from area farms where cattle had been lost to the predators.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) checked bear hunters throughout the
week. Enforcement action was taken for failing to sign bait
stations and off-trail travel in a limited class state forest. She
also investigated illegal bear guiding, bait tampering, and hunter
CO Mike Lee (Isle) assisted the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s
Department with a suspicious boat that had washed ashore. The
incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) was assisted by the Wildlife Division
when responding to a destruction of property complaint that ended
up being natural forces at work. Verkuilen also followed up on bear
hunting complaints and checked youth waterfowl hunters.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) checked early goose and Youth Waterfowl Day
hunters. CO Kuske provided an AIS sample from an area lake to be
identified by DNR biologists. CO Kuske also conducted AIS
inspections at public access sites and checked fishing activity on
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and watercraft operators
during the week. Officer Martin also assisted with the testing of
new duty sidearms at Camp Ripley.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked goose hunters and anglers.
Follow-up was done on pending cases. Enforcement action was taken
for boating and license violations.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) worked AIS enforcement on
infested waters in the area. CO Haberman also investigated deer
stands being set up on WMAs in the area for the upcoming archery
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) reports a fish overlimit complaint
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area goose hunters.
Several license and stamp violations were noted. Many of the
parties checked with license and stamp violations tried to blame
the people from whom they’d bought them. CO Schottenbauer had to
explain that they were the ones out hunting, not the person behind
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and waterfowl hunters,
issuing summonses and written warnings for angling without a
fishing license, hunting geese without duck stamps, no small-game
license, no license in possession, and littering. He issued
summonses and written warnings for failure to display ATV
registration and careless operation.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a good weekend for youth
duck hunters. Many youth were able to take advantage of the cool
morning. Most hunters saw good numbers of teal and wood ducks. A
few dove hunters also were checked.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers and boaters throughout
the week. He also checked goose hunters and monitored the Youth
Waterfowl Hunt. Violations encountered included failing to remove
boat plugs, insufficient PFDs on a watercraft, unplugged shotguns,
possession of lead shot, and license violations. He was first on
the scene of a personal-injury car accident. He secured the scene
and provided assistance to the injured parties until additional
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked goose hunters in Hennepin County.
She also checked fishing and boating activity on Lake
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) did boating and AIS enforcement. He
also started two investigations from TIP calls.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) responded to calls involving fishing
with extra lines, possessing deer during the closed season, taking
waterfowl during the closed season, resident license fraud,
possible sale of game fish, failure to remove watercraft drain
plugs, and injured wildlife.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) investigated a complaint about someone
mowing within the Bayport Wildlife Management Area. He also
responded to an unusual call at the regional office on Warner Road
on Saturday. An insurance adjuster had arrived to inspect a damaged
trailer in the fenced and gated storage area. The gate was open and
the adjuster entered, unbeknownst to the employees inside. The
employees left and locked the gate with the adjuster inside. The
insurance adjuster called 911 and spoke with State Patrol dispatch,
which called CO Johnson, who responded and released the
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled various TIP calls and calls
about nuisance animals in Anoka County. She issued a nuisance
beaver permit, presented a firearm safety instructor with his
25-year award, and worked AIS enforcement at area accesses.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the Youth Waterfowl Day was
slower than previous years. While CO Loftness checked a slough, a
young male was seen about 30 yards out into the water with no shirt
on. The youth decided to ditch his hip waders and shirt to wade out
into waist-deep water to retrieve his first goose, while mentor and
dog watched from shore.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked anglers and goose hunters
throughout the week. The officer followed up on TIP calls that
ranged from angling with extra lines to the unlawful operation of
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking anglers, boaters,
ATV and OHM riders, and checking early goose hunters.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) check dove, goose, and youth
duck-hunting activity. Additional time was spent checking angling
and boating activity.
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) investigated a wetland complaint, and
checked goose hunters, ATVers, and boaters.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) worked the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, and
goose and dove hunters. He also checked angling, boating, and ATV
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV
operators. Time also was spent checking early goose hunters and
youth waterfowl hunters.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked area stations for early
goose-hunting activity. ATV activity seems to be increasing in the
area, as several riders were reminded that riding on the roadway
can be dangerous and is illegal.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending time checking early
goose hunters. Time also was spent checking anglers, ATV operators,
and watercraft operators. Violations included unplugged guns, no
federal duck stamp, no watercraft registration, no PFDs, and no ATV
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking anglers in the area.
Fishing has been slow. Time also was spent checking ATV trails. A
few shining complaints are starting to arrive.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and hunters during
the week. Fog on the river made things tough for the Youth
Waterfowl Hunt, but several wood ducks were seen taken.
CO Phil George (Rochester) talked to stakeholders about issues
concerning the upcoming archery deer season in the 602 CWD