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District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued monitoring trapping, as well as
deer- and elk-hunting activity. Assistance was given to local law
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) attended training in Thief River Falls
and assisted the DNR Wildlife Division with fur registration.
Trapping and litter complaints were investigated.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked ice anglers and ATV activity.
Ice conditions continue to improve but caution should be used when
going onto the ice.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and trapping
activities throughout the week. While checking anglers on Upper Red
Lake, CO Gorecki checked an angler who was in possession of 12
walleye fillets. When asked where the carcasses were at, the angler
admitted to throwing them down the ice hole. Carcasses later were
found to be from illegal-length walleyes. The angler is facing
numerous charges, including an overlimit of walleyes,
illegal-length walleyes, immeasurable fish on a special regulation
lake, and littering.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked anglers and spear fishermen.
Spear fishermen are reporting murky water. Vollbrecht assisted DNR
Wildlife personnel with fur registration and took complaints about
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, muzzleloader deer
hunters, and trappers. Firearms deer season complaints continue to
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) assisted with the conservation officer
hiring process by attending a background investigators meeting and
starting a background investigation of a CO applicant.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) assisted CO Forsberg with unattended
tullibee nets. Seefeldt also spoke to snowmobile safety classes in
Barnesville and Glyndon.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers, muzzleloader
deer hunters, and ATVers. Public waters and wetland alteration
sites were inspected.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson (Northwest) assisted District 2
conservation officers with wetland and public waters alteration
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) answered questions related to fur
registration and licensing of ice-fishing shelters. Ice conditions
vary greatly on area lakes, and anglers are advised to use
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored ice conditions in the area.
Plautz assisted in fur registration and received complaints about
deer carcasses being dumped. A call about a dead deer found on
private property was investigated.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) worked hunting activity throughout the
area, including archery and muzzleloader deer, as well as pheasant
and small-game hunters. A complaint involving dogs chasing deer was
received and investigated.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) assisted the Traverse County
Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle that went through the ice and
with suspicious activity at an abandoned farm site. Complaints
about trespass and deer baiting were addressed.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice
fishermen, muzzleloader deer hunters, and pheasant hunters. An
occupied fish house exploded on Pomme de Terre Lake when one
individual was trying to light a lantern and another individual was
hooking up a battery, causing a spark. Three individuals were taken
to the hospital, and two were kept overnight with burn
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent the week focusing on muzzleloader
season. Two eagles were picked up during the week – one with a
broken wing tip and the other suffering from lead poisoning.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) met with the prosecuting attorney
regarding some active cases and processed more evidence. Officer
Parthun also completed equipment maintenance and checked archery
deer hunters and game refuges.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check ice anglers as ice
conditions improved. He also processed an accidentally taken
fisher. Enforcement action was taken on an angler who speared a
muskie due to misidentification.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on big- and small-game hunting and
sportfishing activity. He also received a complaint regarding
stolen traps and a complaint regarding a dog that had its leg
caught in a trap and had dragged the trap and trap box home. The
trap was released from the dog’s leg with no harm done.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) observed few muzzleloader deer hunters out
during the last weekend of the season. Ice thickness varies
throughout the area. Enforcement action was taken for no license in
possession and an overlimit of northerns by spearing.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored hunting, trapping, and
ice-angling activity. CO Broughten also assisted with fur
registration and initiated an investigation of illegal fish
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer – Park Rapids) patrolled
state forest roads/trails and checked muzzleloader hunters and
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) performed a
site visit of a possible WCA violation where fill had been placed
in a wetland. He also met with county officials to discuss WCA case
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) continues to work on
investigations involving illegal trapping activities. He also
registered furs with Officer Patten in Big Falls and attended
training at Camp Ripley.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports the week was spent monitoring outdoor
activities, working on computer matters, hauling broken equipment
to be replaced, returning phone calls, and completing various
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked trapping and muzzleloader hunting
seasons, registered furs, followed up on a gun deer season
violation, and worked a deer-baiting complaint. A lakeshore
homeowner was upset that someone was placing a dark house near his
home and expressed his displeasure. That resulted in an angler
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time locating untagged snares and
taking reports about dogs that were killed in snares. Deer
carcasses continually are being dumped in road ditches. Enforcement
action was taken for angling with extra lines and possession of a
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a busy weekend. Lots of
people were out for the last weekend of muzzleloader season, early
ice walleyes, and even for grouse. Many people were happy just to
be out in the beautiful weather. Some stayed out after dark to
watch the full moon come up and listen to a pack of wolves howl as
they were waiting for the walleyes to cooperate.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked trap sites and assisted with fur
registration in Grand Marais. The officer, along with CO Fagerman
and CO Wahlstrom, also helped volunteer instructors with field
testing of a large group of snowmobile safety students.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) followed up on trapping cases and
assisted with fur registration. Many more bobcats were seen at
registration than in previous years.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked on big-game investigations and
attended training at Camp Ripley. He also issued road-killed deer
permits and worked fishing activity.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVers, trappers, and
muzzleloader deer hunters. He also handled complaints about ATVers
riding on snowmobile trails.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and trappers, tagged
fur, and investigated waters and wetland complaints.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked anglers, darkhouse spearers, and ATV operators on area
lakes. Wetland impact cases in Aitkin and Itasca counties were
started. Enforcement action was taken for possessing an overlimit
of northern pike and for license violations.
CO Tom Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports an accidentally trapped
gray wolf was released from a foot-hold trap.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Scott Staples and K-9 Schody (Carlton) worked the end of the
special muzzleloader hunt in Jay Cooke State Park. Assistance was
given with fur tagging at the Cloquet DNR Wildlife office.
Registration numbers were down for fisher and pine marten at this
office. A large wolf that was hit and killed by a car was removed
from the interstate. A complaint about wolves chasing cattle and
taking calves was received and forwarded on to wildlife services
for further follow-up. Trapping complaints were investigated in
which violations including trapping out of season, untagged traps,
and litter are being investigated.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) received complaints about deer
carcasses dumped in ditches and on public property. Permits for
deer struck by vehicles were issued.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) checked baited deer stand locations,
looking for muzzleloader hunters hunting over the bait. One hunter
was located in a treestand that Officer Duncan has been checking
for several weeks. The muzzleloader was seized, and a citation was
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports several cases of people illegally
hunting deer over bait were investigated. Also, a person was
charged with failing to comply with conditions of a burning permit
and for burning prohibited materials.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted inland officers
with fur registration and incidentally caught furbearers. Seasonal
equipment maintenance was handled in preparation for the snowmobile
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) investigated a horse that was shot by
a muzzleloader deer hunter near Pine River. Anglers were checked
during the week. Car-kill deer permits were issued, an injured
eagle report was handled, and a litter issue was handled involving
deer parts that were dumped near the Pine River airport. The
carnage was attracting many crows and ravens not desired near the
runway of an airport.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked muzzleloader hunters and
trappers in the Crosslake area. Shoutz also completed the
investigation of a trapping incident involving a dog.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) Guida reports a large monetary TIP reward
was given out regarding a past big-game investigation in which a
violation was detected and the violator was successfully
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) began working on a background investigation
for a potential new officer. He also checked fishermen, assisted
with training, worked on deer season cases, and helped a trapper
release a wolf.
CO Patrick McGowan (McGregor) attended court in Washington County
for a fishing violation case from last summer.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports violations observed included
failure to site-tag a deer before loading it on a motor vehicle. He
continues to receive complaints about deer carcasses being
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked the season’s first ice
anglers throughout the week. A small number of late-season
muzzleloader hunters were checked, and most reported seeing few
deer. Time also was spent checking trappers and assisting DNR
Wildlife with registration of furs. Violations dealt with included
fishing license violations, unmarked fish shelters, hunting in a
state park, and illegal operating ATVs on a state highway.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports assistance was given to DNR
Wildlife on fur registration day at the Aitkin office. Patrol was
done in the Solana State Forest.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) attended a meeting at Camp Ripley for
background investigations. An aeration investigation was completed,
and he currently is working on a background investigation for a new
CO Angela Londgren (Onamia) followed up on trespassing and
deer-hunting cases, and checked pheasant hunters.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) continued to check muzzleloader
hunters. Verkuilen also assisted with fur registration and firearms
Officer Dustie Heaton (Willow River) continued to work on follow-up
investigations from the deer season. During one interview, Officer
Heaton detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the
residence where she was interviewing a suspect. After the interview
was complete, she told the suspect that she smelled the marijuana.
The man produced a little over a pound of marijuana. As it turns
out, the suspect and his roommates admitted to growing marijuana
plants for personal use.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) investigated a report about an elk that
escaped from a cervidae farm. The animal was destroyed and was
turned over to DNR Wildlife for testing.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked hunters and anglers during the
week. The ice in the area is getting thicker. Officer Martin
continued investigating a big-game case from the firearms season
with several local officers, and responded to trespassing issues.
Stearns County sheriff’s deputies assisted in killing an escapee
from a deer farm that had been wandering the Rockville area.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and
hunters. Enforcement action was taken for license and registration
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked pheasant and deer hunters and
checked ice anglers. Several sick or injured animal calls were
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and muzzleloader
deer hunters. Several fishing shelters did not have the required
shelter license or owner identification on them.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking muzzleloader deer
hunters. Ice fishermen have been on area lakes. Anglers are
reminded that early ice conditions can be extremely
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked some muzzleloader hunters and
small-game hunters during the week. A report of the wanton waste of
deer also was investigated.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for trapping
activity and late-season deer hunters. Officer Salzer also
responded to a litter complaint in which a deer had been dumped.
The owners of the deer were found, and enforcement action was
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) received a TIP call about a deer carcass
dumped along a roadway. A site tag was still attached to the deer.
Upon further investigation with CO Salzer, two individuals were
cited for borrowing a deer license, failing to register multiple
deer, littering, and wanton waste. CO Glaser also followed up on
other deer cases from the firearms deer season.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) assisted CO Block and a refuge officer
in locating and removing numerous treestands from state and federal
property. State and federal laws prohibit leaving personal property
on those tracts of land, as well as damaging trees with screw-in
tree steps and similar products.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) continued to follow up on cases related
to the deer seasons. CO Block also assisted the Jordan Police
Department with a sick fox.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked the final day of the 2011
muzzleloader deer season in the Metro area. He also worked with a
Fort Snelling park naturalist to set up two programs this winter
for St. Paul Public School students.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports attending a meeting at Camp
Ripley for background investigations and starting work on the same.
CO Jensen also issued a cease and desist order and opened other WCA
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spent time checking muzzleloader and archery
hunters. He also monitored goose-hunting activity and checked
anglers on some metro lakes.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) assisted DNR Wildlife staff with
fur registration at Carlos Avery WMA.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked muzzleloader deer hunters,
pheasant hunters, and ice-angling activity throughout the week. Ice
conditions vary in the Ortonville area. One angler found this out
the hard way, when his new fish house went through the ice on Big
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) investigated complaints of
trespassing and illegally set traps. Numerous ice fishermen were
observed on area lakes this week. Ice conditions still vary greatly
from location to location. For example, late one evening the
officer heard screaming coming from an area lake. The officer
discovered two frightened young men who had dashed back to shore as
the ice was breaking beneath their feet.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports the final muzzleloader weekend
ended with numerous violations encountered. One violator, in full
blaze orange, tried to hide in 6-inch grass. When that did not
work, he removed some of his orange … to no avail.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) attended a memorial service for Tracy
Police Chief Bryan Hillger, who passed away from cancer. The avid
outdoorsmen and community leader will be missed.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and spearing
activity. Additional time was spent checking archery and
muzzleloader deer-hunting activity. Time also was spent on possible
public waters and WCA violations.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended continuing educational
training at Camp Ripley. Background investigations for employment
have begun for new employee hires this spring.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson East) followed up on another trespassing
call at the Vale WMA near Henderson. CO Oberg also responded to
calls regarding snowy owls. A deer investigation also was
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports ice fishing has begun with a few
portable shelters placed on area lakes. A number of trespass and
deer-hunting violations currently are being investigated.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) reports time was spent responding to TIP
calls and other complaints from the public regarding trespassing,
dogs chasing deer, and illegal trapping activity.
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) attended a meeting for background
investigators at Camp Ripley. Snowmobile trail issues and wetland
complaints were investigated.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked muzzleloader deer season, trapping,
and angling activities. Enforcement action was taken for unmarked
fish shelters, unsigned licenses, and burning prohibited
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) attended use of force training at Camp
Ripley. Complaints about deer being taken illegally are being
investigated. The officer reports checking several ice
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time this week and
weekend checking ice anglers, goose hunters, and muzzleloader
hunters. Some fishing and goose-hunting violations were
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) investigated ATVers operating in a state
forest and the illegal dumping of deer carcasses.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports a variety of enforcement
contacts for untagged and unregistered deer, unlawful
transportation of loaded firearms, unplugged guns, toxic shot,
overlimits of geese, and no state and federal waterfowl
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking coyote hunters. Trespass
complaints also were investigated.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) assisted Houston County Sheriff’s
Office with a complaint about large male deer taken from a cervidae