MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 38
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked goose hunters early in the week.
Archery deer, goose, and grouse hunters were checked throughout the
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) gave a presentation to a
University of Minnesota-Crookston law enforcement class on
conservation officer duties and career opportunities. CO
Woinarowicz worked the small-game opener with Lt. Znajda, seeing
poor bird harvest in the Beltrami Island State Forest area.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked bear baiting and hunting
activity. Anglers were worked on the Red Lake and Thief Lake
rivers. CO Warren worked deer-hunting activities as archery hunters
started the new season.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked an overlimit/double-tripping
complaint regarding walleye anglers.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked water accesses for AIS law
compliance, goose hunters, and ATVers. A bear hunting/tribal issue
was handled. Malinowski also was called to assist with security and
law enforcement efforts at the Pagami fire scene.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked anglers, goose hunters,
archery deer hunters, and grouse hunters.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked goose, bear, grouse, and deer
hunters. ATV activity was monitored, and trails patrolled. A
marijuana training course, put on by the Minnesota BCA, was
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked goose hunters, archery deer
hunters, anglers, boaters, and small-game hunters.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked small-game and archery deer hunters
during the opening weekend of the seasons. Grouse hunter numbers
were low. Bear-hunting complaints were investigated, and walking
trail areas were monitored for illegal vehicle traffic.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson focused efforts on aquatic
invasive species education and enforcement. An APM and AIS meeting
was attended with DNR Staff. Hunters and anglers were checked, and
hunting and invasive species complaints investigated. Hanson
assisted Otter Tail County with a driving complaint. When the radio
call went out the officer was a half mile behind the complaint
vehicle. The suspect driver was impaired.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports several locations were
checked for deer bait prior to the start of the archery deer
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked with DNR area hydrologists and
local SWCD officials on public waters alteration issues.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) checked anglers, boaters, goose hunters,
and dove hunters. Time was spent at water accesses monitoring AIS
law compliance. Johanson assisted Douglas County deputies with the
search and capture of a wanted felon.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on goose
hunting, angling, boating, and archery deer-hunting activity.
Archery deer-hunting activity was low for the opening weekend. A
commercial turtle harvester was checked.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) checked goose hunters, anglers, and
boaters. Complaints about littering, wetland draining, and a large
amount of garbage dumped at a WPA were investigated.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked small-game hunters and
archery deer hunters who were out on the opener. Special regulation
lakes were checked. Complaints about problem beavers and
trespassing were addressed. Parthun investigated a wolf depredation
complaint, took a complaint about a cougar killing a deer in a
homeowner’s backyard, and followed up on a pending fire case.
Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession and
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) investigated the illegal taking of a
wild turkey. Goose hunters were checked this week, as were some
small-game hunters. Assistance was provided to local law
enforcement with a crash involving minor injuries.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) answered calls regarding deer baiting,
illegal ATV operation, and more.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) patrolled
state forest roads and trails. Bear hunters and bait sites were
checked. Adam was called to assist with security and law
enforcement efforts at the Pagami fire, in the Ely/Isabella
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala investigated a
complaint of a possible public waters and wetland violation in
Hubbard County. The lake bed appeared to be dredged and the fill
placed in an adjoining wetland.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) checked grouse hunters.
Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on highways, no ATV
registration, and failure to transfer ATV registration. One bear
hunter was found to be in violation of several laws, including
shooting a bear cub. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) appeared in court regarding a felony DUI case
and met with the county attorney on some other issues. Bear-hunting
issues were worked, as were some illegal deer baits. CO Starr
assisted at the scene of an accident that involved a motorcycle and
deer collision. The driver of the motorcycle had some serious
injuries; a helmet most likely saved her life. The deer was not so
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the small-game opener, early goose
and bear seasons, ATVers, and a state park. The officer interviewed
a bear hunter who was suspected of baiting early and hunting in the
wrong zone. The officer also followed up on a complaint about a
dead bear before the season opened. The officer located that
suspect in the field, hunting deer over a baited area. The officer
also assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department with a call
about a burglary in progress. The officer engaged in a foot chase
and captured one of the suspects, after he had escaped custody from
a locked squad car. The suspect was to be charged with burglary,
escape from custody, fleeing an officer on foot, and underage
consumption. Four suspects were arrested.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) prepared reports to be turned into
court for burning and angling violations. Reports of bowhunters
baiting deer are being investigated.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) responded to a protected waters complaint,
took several trespassing questions, and assisted with fire-related
activities in the Ely area.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked with other law enforcement agencies
with evacuation and security at the Pagami Creek fire sire in the
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports anglers were found with
wild (unclipped) steelhead trout in their possession. Enforcement
action was taken for a few fires during the burning ban.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action during
the week on a group of individuals who decided to attempt to take a
deer while in the back of a truck. The individuals were not
successful in taking the deer, but some area residents saw them in
the truck with an arrow in their bow and called enforcement
CO Brent Speldrich (Northeast Region ATV officer) attended a court
hearing in Virginia during the week. The case involved a
snowmobiling while intoxicated arrest from the previous winter. The
operator had been arrested and jailed on a felony DWI. The operator
was found guilty on the probation violation that also stemmed from
the DWI arrest. The DWI case is still pending.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse hunters, anglers, and
bear hunters. He investigated complaints regarding hunting bears in
the wrong zone and litter in baits.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and
off-highway vehicle enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey
also checked archery and grouse hunters during the opening weekend.
Humphrey assisted another officer with a deer-baiting
CO Scott Staples and K-9 Schody (Carlton) assisted the sheriff’s
office with the recovery of a drowning victim in Jay Cooke State
Park. The victim was swimming in a posted-closed swimming
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked the archery deer opener and
small-game opener. CO Schmidt took enforcement action taken for
numerous ATV violations.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a busy weekend as many hunters
again took to the woods for the opening of small-game and deer
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Unit Leader – Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted
the Lake County Sheriff’s Department with the Pagami Creek fire
earlier in the week. Questions about the upcoming hunting seasons
are coming in at a steady pace. Time also was spent on future
Marine Unit work plans.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a regional
meeting and training session in Grand Rapids. Enforcement action
was taken for ATV, invasive species, and angling violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked invasive species, boating, and
sport-fishing enforcement this week. A watercraft owner was stopped
for transporting visible aquatic vegetation on a trailer. A closer
inspection found a large amount of lake water in the ballast tanks
of the watercraft. The operator stated that he never pulls the plug
and didn’t check for weeds when he left the lake.
CO Patrick McGowan (McGregor) attended division training in Grand
Rapids and training with the state BCA during the week. CO McGowan
also is assisting at the BWCAW fires.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked archery deer hunters,
small-game hunters, and fall anglers.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement. Angling
violations observed were fishing without a license in possession
and anglers failing to drain livewells and transporting live fish
while trailering their boats.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports attending a regional meeting
and training in Grand Rapids. TIP complaints on shore land work and
fishing violations were investigated.
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) concentrated his
efforts on ensuring compliance with invasive species prevention
regulations in the Brainerd Lakes area; compliance with pulling the
plug was quite good, especially among anglers.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls regarding waterfowl season
and bear hunting. He also answered questions about small-game
hunting, archery hunting, and the upcoming deer season.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to monitor bear-hunting
activity throughout the week. A few groups of goose hunters were
checked that had good luck getting geese to come to decoys. More
gray wolf complaints were taken, and another area beef farmer lost
a calf to wolf depredation.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked anglers and checked some
small-game hunters, attended training, and assisted with a hunter
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked small-game hunters during the
weekend. A TIP complaint about a possible overlimit was
investigated, as was a trespassing complaint.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) followed up on bear season
investigations. She received a TIP call regarding a wolf that
appeared to have been shot and dumped. After investigating the
call, Heaton determined the wolf actually was a dog.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked anglers on local lakes
and rivers. CO Haberman worked shining complaints and investigated
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) attended training at Minnesota BCA. CO Kuske
also checked small-game hunters and archery deer hunters and
investigated a report of illegal shoreline alterations.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked bow opener and small-game opener
during the weekend. Thesing also assisted with a firearms safety
class in Melrose.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and early season goose
hunters during the week. Enforcement action was taken for
possessing a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug
paraphernalia, and shooting after hours.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) taught the law portion of a
Swanville firearm class and assisted a neighboring officer with
range day at another firearm safety class. Small-game hunters were
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and hunters in the
area. He followed up on two dumping violations, with charges
pending. He also issued summonses for transport of untagged
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports receiving several TIP calls
during the weekend. Many landowners were unaware that small-game
and archery deer seasons had opened. One TIP call came in regarding
two early goose hunters hunting over water in Carlos Avery WMA.
When the hunters were checked, they did say it seemed a little
strange that the access to the south pool was empty. They chalked
it up to the cloudy, rainy, and cold weather kept other hunters
home. The hunters were educated.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked the small-game and deer archery
opener, observing more hunters than in past years. Disability
permits and crossbow permits were handled for archery hunters.
Enforcement action was taken for unplugged shotguns, no state or
federal waterfowl stamps, lead shot, no firearms safety
certificates, failing to remove watercraft drain plugs, and no
personal flotation devices onboard watercraft.
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) received a TIP regarding an angling
violation in which a person was observed taking an overlimit of
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) checked fishermen in his area and
completed reports. He attended training at the BCA and is currently
on assignment at the BWCAW Pagami Creek fire.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding a vehicle in
a prohibited area, nuisance animals, and hunting regulation
questions. Vandals threw a portable toilet into O’Dowd Lake, near
Shakopee. Please contact CO Nelson with any information concerning
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) focused on ATV, invasive species, and
angling activity throughout the week. Calls were received regarding
the upcoming duck season, public hunting lands, and injured
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked with CO Fritz during the small-game
and archery deer season opener in southeast Minnesota. Violations
found were no blaze orange while small-game hunting, trespassing,
and two cases of squirrel overlimits.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked the small-game opener in Anoka
County. He also investigated a trespass complaint in East
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled various TIP calls and is
working on a turkey case. She issued two ATV permits and handled a
call about a deer stuck in a fence at a golf course.
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) worked the small-game and deer
archery opening weekend. A few complaints were received about some
small-game hunters not wearing blaze orange. CO Gutierrez also
followed up on several TIPs and goose-hunting complaints in the
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked the small-game opener with CO Vang Lee
in the southeast Minnesota.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked anglers and dove hunters
throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for operating an
ATV without registration, operating an ATV on a roadway without a
license, and burning prohibited materials.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a tip from the public led to
enforcement action against two fishermen for taking too many
walleyes over the length limit.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked goose hunting, archery deer
hunting, small-game hunting, and angling activity throughout the
week. A TIP call was taken regarding someone shooting at geese
during closed hours. The violator was located, and a citation was
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall), along with the Lyon County Sheriff’s
Office, investigated the theft of a deer stand from a wildlife
management area. Hunters are reminded that other hunters are
allowed to leave portable stands during the day on WMAs as long as
they are removed at the close of hunting hours.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking early goose
hunters, fishermen, and boaters.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked dove, goose, small-game,
and archery deer-hunting activity. Hatlestad also spoke at a
firearms safety class in Litchfield, and investigated a possible
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked anglers and boaters on area
lakes. WMAs and WPAs were patrolled for illegal stands and hunting
activity. Illegal burning of solid waste was investigated.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a slow opening of small-game
season. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports working small-game and archery
deer openers and reports lots of ATV activity. Catfishing success
is improving as the Minnesota River continues to fall and the same
with walleye, smallmouth, and northern pike on the Cottonwood. Some
goose and dove activity was also observed and worked.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) gave a law and ethics presentation to a
firearms safety class.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) testified in Waseca County Court on a case
of taking northern pike out of season, which was taken under
advisement by the judge for further review.
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports working small-game and angling
enforcement. Follow-up on a case for the MPCA was conducted. CO
Siems assisted at the scene of an ATV crash.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports enforcement action was taken
for no HIP certification and hunting deer over bait.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports speaking at a firearm safety
class in Adams. Time also was spent conducting an aquatic farm
inspection with DNR Fisheries staff.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on fishing, ATV,
small-game, and big-game enforcement. Assistance was given to an
Alberta, Canada, fish and wildlife agency with an ongoing big-game
CO Phil George (Rochester) spoke with a local sportsmen’s club and
checked small-game hunters and archery deer hunters. He also worked
shining and a case of the illegal taking of big-game. CO George
assisted another officer with ATV complaints on state forest
property and assisted the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office with the
search for a missing person.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking small-game hunters and
archery deer hunters during the season opener. One hunter had just
recovered a bonus-tag doe he had shot when he heard two bucks
fighting in the field. A short stalk later, and he had just arrowed
and harvested his buck, as well.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and hunters during the
week. Squirrel hunters weren’t doing well, with about one to three
squirrels per hunter. Anglers on the river continued to do well,
with limits and overlimits seen taken.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports bowhunters had moderate
success, as the cooler temperatures seemed to help. Ginseng diggers
need to get permission before going onto private property.
Enforcement for the week was taken for overlimits of squirrels,
trespassing, and no blaze orange while small-game hunting.
CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports one bowhunter needed to be
reminded of knowing what’s behind your target before you shoot, as
his broadhead-tipped arrow landed in the middle of a campsite of
the state forest campground. Luckily there were no injuries or
damage. The bored deer hunter also was reminded that when you shoot
at a squirrel out of boredom you still need a small-game