MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked spearing and angling activity on
Lake of the Woods and Lake Bronson. Area coyote hunters were
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked with CO Gorecki on a TIP
complaint that resulted in charges for an overlimit of walleyes and
sauger and fishing without a license.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) checked ice anglers and
monitored ice conditions on area rivers. CO Warren took enforcement
action with CO Woinarowicz on a complaint that some hunters drove
pickup trucks on snowmobile trails in the Twin Lakes Wildlife
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) work angling activity on area
experimental regulation lakes and Upper Red Lake. A complaint about
an overlimit of walleyes was investigated. Snowmobile and ATV
activity was monitored.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, trappers, and ATVers.
Snowmobiling activity is nonexistent. Several investigations
involving farming activity encroaching onto WMAs are under
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and spearing
activity on area lakes. A TIP call about an overlimit of fish was
investigated. Vollbrecht watched a group of anglers shuttle limits
of fish to a vehicle on shore and return to the ice to catch more
fish. The fish were seized and charges are pending. Vollbrecht
assisted at a fishing event at a state park. A complaint about a
landowner placing more than Christmas trees on the ice is being
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) seized an accidentally trapped timber
wolf. Anglers and trappers were checked.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) continues to receive calls about fish
houses breaking through the ice. TIP calls involving overlimits of
fish, fish taken outside of slot limits, and deer shining were
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) continues to work with North Dakota
officers on license fraud cases.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) reports a number of fish houses
were removed from lakes due to thin ice, moving water, and
continued warm temperatures.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and ATVers. A few
snowmobilers, desperate to ride their sleds, found a little snow on
area lakes. A restoration order for a wetland alteration was
served. A group of anglers was checked, with one angler trying to
pass his license to a member of the group who didn’t have a
license. The anglers didn’t think the officer saw the exchange.
Forsberg asked the unlicensed angler for his date of birth and the
address on the license. He was unable to answer, and a citation was
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked anglers and fish houses on many
area lakes. Several fish houses are not properly marked with
identification as required by law. Angling with extra lines and ATV
registration seem to be the most common violations. While checking
anglers, a fisherman walked up to Officer Plautz as she was
finishing up with another group. When asked, the angler stated he
stated he had three tip-ups out. Plautz asked why, and the
fisherman stated that the fish weren’t biting, so he thought he’d
try another line.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen on area lakes.
Osborne is alerting fishermen that Lake Christina is closed to
fishing. Ice thickness has been decreasing with the warm, windy
weather, and fish houses have been removed from area lakes. There
has been in an increase of open water on area lakes.
CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) primarily monitored angling activity.
Ice conditions have deteriorated due to the warm weather and wind.
More calls about fish shelters breaking through the ice were
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) reminds fishermen that area ice is
not safe and conditions are changing daily. A fish house, two ATVs,
and a trailer went through the ice on Lake Traverse last weekend.
There were no serious injuries reported, but travel on the lake is
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports a black-smoke fire was observed
that resulted in an area farmer being cited for burning
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) handled trapping complaints and
trespassing complaints. He assisted state park staff with several
issues and conducted work planning. Enforcement action was taken
for failure to display ATV registration and no ATV safety
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport-fishing activity. He
received a complaint regarding untagged traps and handled a
complaint regarding people spearing on a catch-and-release only
lake. It turned out to be multiple anglers on foot who were pulling
a small sled. They had drilled many holes with two augers while
trying to locate fish – not a violation of law.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) monitored ice angling and spearing
activity. CO Broughten also attended First Responder refresher
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) spent time
working on WCA cases this past week. A 10-year-old wetland case was
finally able to be closed out due to satisfactory
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports local law
enforcement and rescue personnel responded to an individual who
went through the ice on Rainy Lake while on a snowmobile. Luckily,
concerned citizens watched the entire event from the window of
their house, so they were able to contact 911 immediately. The
individual was safely pulled from the water and was treated for
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers and associated
recreational vehicles. Enforcement action was taken for driving
after suspension, unregistered ATVs, angling without an angling
license in possession, and, for the angler complaining that the
fish weren’t biting, a summons for two extra lines.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports a mounted lynx was seized from
an online auction site. An investigation in under way to determine
the origin of the pelt.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) came upon a snowmobile that broke through
ice into two feet of water when the rider attempted to drive over
an ice heave. A youth was the responsible party, and the machine
was removed from the lake.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a relatively slow week
despite being one of the few areas of the state with snow. He
checked a few anglers and reminded a few riders that snowmobile
trail stickers belong affixed to the snowmobile and not in their
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers on area
lakes. A fishing contest was worked, with few fish caught.
Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) reports the continued lack of snow
for snowmobiling has brought more people to the lakes for some ice
fishing. Travel on frozen lakes has been extremely easy and anglers
are showing up in greater numbers than ever before.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked aquatic invasive species enforcement while checking anglers,
dark-house spearers, and bait/water transport on area infested
waters and on other lakes. A wetland impact case was investigated
in Itasca County.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, shelters, trappers
and ATVs. He also worked on trespass, trapping and fishing
complaints during the week.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, predator hunters, and
trappers. He also assisted the State Patrol with a report of a
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling and trapping enforcement
throughout the week. CO Humphrey also attended a funeral with other
officers for area ATV volunteer instructor Rita Butterfield, the
2009 Instructor of the Year. CO Humphrey also attended a court
hearing on a big-game case for taking deer without a license. The
individual had hunting privileges revoked in 2010 for previous
big-game violations. The end result was a guilty plea with
forfeiture of a firearm and further hunting privilege revocation.
CO Humphrey investigated a shoreline wetland/waters complaint that
was referred to local zoning officials for follow-up
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the week working on a background
investigation for a possible new hire as a conservation officer.
Other work-related items included assisting with a trapping
complaint and removing a bear from under a deck within the city
limits of Duluth.
CO Scott Staples and K-9 Schody (Carlton) attended the winter
meeting with the Minnesota Trappers Association in Askov. Trapping
violations were worked in the area. A TIP call is being
investigated in which anglers are using too many lines on a small
area lake. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) continued work
on background investigations and also provided Taser
training/certification for conservation officers in northern
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended the funeral of
fallen police officer Shawn Schneider in Lake City. Complaints were
received about ATVers operating on snowmobile grant-in-aid trails.
A call was received about a dead moose found in a pond. After
checking the site, the information was passed on to DNR Wildlife
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) handled several calls during the week,
including a report of a pile of carcasses discovered on a property
that is for sale, an injured swan on Norway Lake, and a timber wolf
found dead. These cases are under investigation.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports an angler was cited for fishing
with an extra line and several others were reminded the law
requires them to have their fishing license in their possession
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) assisted the Breezy Point Police Department
with the arrest of a burglary suspect during the Breezy Point Ice
Fest. An angler fishing with an extra line gave the excuse that
while texting on his cell phone, his foot may have hit the bail on
his fishing rod, which was lying on the fish house floor, lowering
the jig tipped with a live minnow down 20 feet, where it was
suspended under a slip bobber – just prior to being checked.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna) monitored ice fishing and small-game
hunting in the SRA and Pillsbury State Forest. He also checked ice
anglers on Gull Lake.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports ice conditions continue to be
unpredictable, with a few patches of open water and large pressure
ridges reported on area lakes. Some fishing violations he observed
were no licenses and extra lines. He worked with a Cass County
deputy and recovered two portable fishing shelters that blew into
an open-water area on Gull Lake. The area of open water was created
from a large pressure ridge. He also helped county deputies with
numerous fish house burglaries and thefts of fishing
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) attended the Minnesota Trappers
Association annual convention. Area ice conditions improved
slightly during the week.
CO Angela Londgren (Onamia) checked numerous anglers. Enforcement
action was taken for angling with extra lines, no license in
possession, angling without a license, and failure to display ATV
registration. Officer Londgren would like to remind anglers that
all shelters, including portables, need to have proper
identification on them.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a report about a gray wolf that was
caught incidentally in a snare set for coyotes. Officer Lee
assisted the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department and Isle Police
Department with separate calls. Officer Lee also assisted with a
large wildfire that got away from a party who was testing the
conditions for burning. The fire jumped roads, with area homeowners
being made aware of the situation.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) assisted a neighboring officer with a
trespass complaint. Fishermen were checked, as was spearing
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received more calls about wolves
near livestock. Heaton also received information regarding the
possible illegal sale of endangered species pelts. The information
was turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Heaton also
met with the county attorney to file charges from a case that was
investigated during deer season.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling activity as well as
ATVs, snowmobiles, and litter that goes with it. There were lots of
ATV violations in which operators thought rules didn’t apply
because they were on lakes.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and ATV operators during
the past Officer Martin also attended the funeral of Lake City
Police Officer Shawn Schneider. A TIP call was taken that resulted
in a local angler being found with about one dozen northerns over
the legal limit.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked anglers on local lakes
and rivers. Several individuals where talked to about picking up
trash around fish houses. Several violations were detected, and law
enforcement action was taken.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) fielded calls concerning target
shooting and wolf delisting.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers and ATV activity. A TIP
complaint led to citations issued for an overlimit of northerns.
Thesing was assisted by Officer Bertram in teaching a snowmobile
law class for area police officers.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area trapping activity.
Several dogs were caught in traps, and several illegal traps were
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes. He also
caught an injured swan and had it transported to a rehabilitation
center. He followed up on a litter complaint and answered a number
of spring turkey-hunting questions.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked anglers and trappers. One angler
drove his ATV into open water on Pelican Lake and was rescued by
fire department and sheriff’s department personnel. A trapping
complaint was handled, and a protected waters violation was
investigated, resulting in a cease and desist order and citations
for working in a public water without permits.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports speaking to Chisago Lakes
High School students during career day. CO Langevin also checked
anglers on area lakes.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled for angling and trapping activity.
Enforcement action was taken for a possessing an overlimit of
walleyes, storage violations, and transport violations. Salzer also
investigated the illegal taking and possession of a fisher. One
fisher was seized, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) took several calls about nuisance beavers
and worked with the county attorney’s office on upcoming court
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) worked on a deer-hunting case and two
trapping cases. He also spent time on small-game and fishing
enforcement. Shelter identification and angling license possession
compliance has been poor so far this winter.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) responded to a call regarding a
dead eagle. He also checked ice fishermen and investigated two TIP
calls of possible fishing violations.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) met with members of the DNR Southeast Asian
Outreach Program to plan firearms safety classes for the
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports a week of working on
background investigations. Officer Jensen checked anglers on local
lakes and took a compliant of ATVs in a WMA.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around metro lakes and rivers
and investigated a possible big-game violation. He patrolled
wildlife management areas and scientific and natural areas and
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) checked anglers on area lakes and
handled ATV complaints in Anoka County. She handled a couple calls
about incidentally caught fishers in bobcat traps.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports a call was taken regarding a
Canada goose sitting on top of a house.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports a flock of 30 robins was spotted
in the Minnesota River valley.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports that record high temperatures
created large open water spots on area lakes. One fish house that
broke through the ice was removed, but not until the owner himself
fell through. Assistance was given to the Redwood County Sheriff’s
Office, State Patrol, and local fire and rescue personnel with a
plane crash just off of US Hwy 14.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports the enforcement focus of the
week was ATVing, trapping, and fishing enforcement. Several
investigations related to burning prohibited materials are
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked numerous open-water anglers
this past week. Many of the area lakes have substantial areas of
ice-free water. One personal watercraft operator was on Lake
Okabena in Worthington. A wetlands cease and desist order was
served, and enforcement action was taken for angling without a
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking anglers, ATV and
OHM riders, and answering lots of questions relating to fishing and
ice safety. No vehicle travel of any kind is recommended on area
ice, and when traveling on foot, fishermen should have floatation
devices and ice picks along. ATVers have been breaking through the
ice in Kandiyohi County.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on complaints regarding possible
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers, small-game hunters, and
trapping enforcement. Gruhlke also assisted the Jackson County
Sheriff’s Department with two situations – one a suspected stolen
vehicle through the ice on Loon Lake and the other a ditch cave-in
involving two victims. One was transported to the hospital, and the
other was pronounced dead at the scene.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers and ATV
operators. Ice conditions continue to degrade on several area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports that poor or inconsistent ice
in the area is not keeping anglers from venturing onto frozen
waters. The officer responded to a call that a dog went through the
ice on the Minnesota River. The Mankato Fire and Rescue squad was
called out and were able to save the dog.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending most of the week
checking ice anglers on area lakes. Ice conditions vary from lake
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a deer was reported on the ice of
Lake Winona. Officers watched as the deer was able to get off the
lake, but it was hit by a car on the adjacent highway.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week and
weekend checking ice anglers and open-water anglers.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports a trapper and his son assisted
in the recovery of three eagles. One eagle was dead, one had a
broken wing, and the third was starving. All the eagles were within
a two-block radius. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will test
the dead eagle. The live ones were transported to the Minnesota