MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – June 22nd, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) checked anglers and boaters on Red Lake and Lake of the Woods. Numerous calls were received about the upcoming wolf season.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and monitored AIS compliance. Complaints of illegal PWC operation on the Warroad River were investigated. 
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) has seen an increase in off-highway motorcycle use among the youth of the area, with little knowledge of rules and regulations.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. A boat and water detail was worked on Upper Red Lake with CO Milbridge.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports many complaints about nuisance animals were handled. Calls about animals included bears, wolves, beavers, cougars, and ducklings.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) investigated a complaint regarding wanton waste of two deer. The investigation continues.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) completed the background investigation of a conservation officer applicant. Shoreline alteration sites were checked, and AIS issues were addressed.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) checked anglers and boaters. An AIS complaint from a lake association volunteer inspector was investigated, and enforcement action was taken.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) monitored angling and boating activity. A cold front early in the week slowed fishing, but it picked up during the weekend. Complaints about bow fishermen were fielded, with reports about fish being dumped near the access of one lake.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports new complaints were received regarding possible wetland and aquatic vegetation violations. An interview was given to local media members regarding recent bear sightings in Douglas County.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators this week. Time also was spent teaching new recruits at the academy and investigating complaints about illegal OHV operation.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) worked boating safety and fishing enforcement. Compliance overall has been good. Several beaver complaints have been received as well as goose complaints. Time was spent working on AIS enforcement as well.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) monitored boating and angling activity in the area. He also conducted AIS compliance checks and spoke with off-road vehicle operators. Officer Oldakowski also provided firearms training at the conservation officer academy.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and boaters. He received calls regarding two nuisance bears, illegal fish dumps, angler harassment, and illegal water appropriation on Cass Lake. Enforcement action was taken when an angler on Lake Winnibigoshish possessed six walleye fillets without keeping the carcasses for measuring. The fillets clearly came from fish inside the slot, and the angler was cited and charged restitution.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) spent time this weekend enforcing AIS laws; overall compliance was good. He assisted with a local firearms safety training range day for 22 youth and investigated a possible public waters violation in Hubbard County.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities during the week. ATV, ORV, and OHM monitoring is ongoing.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) continues to check on fishing and boating activity in the area. A two-day detail in the BWCAW was worked. The rain, wind, and bugs were terrible.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) investigated the illegal use of a boat in a state park and ATV use in a state park. Various complaints about animals have been reported.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, checked an unmanned boat, and did invasive species enforcement. Snowmobile water-skipping again was taking place on an area urban lake. The officer and the Hibbing Police Department dealt with three snowmobiles that sunk in the lake after the drivers’ failed attempts to cross the lake. Several citations were issued to the people involved in operating the sleds and the associated boaters and ATVers involved in the recovery of the sunken machines. The three snowmobile drivers were arrested for failing to pay previous unregistered snowmobile tickets they received when they were water-skipping in late winter. A boater was arrested for BWI after operating without navigational lights and being nearly twice the legal limit to operate a watercraft. The officer testified at an omnibus hearing involving the shooting of a gray wolf last November.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a firearms safety class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and received complaints about nuisance bear activity in the Fayal Township and Britt areas. In both cases, landowners were advised to remove all food sources, including bird feeders, garbage containers, and outdoor grills. A report about a moose that was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 north of Virginia was handled. After CO Frericks dispatched the moose, DNR Wildlife took samples of it and turned the moose over to the person who struck it.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the BWCAW and lakes in the Ely and Babbitt stations. He encountered PWC and ATV violations. Nonresidents are reminded that registration from either their home state or Minnesota is required if a canoe is to be used in Minnesota waters. A ticket will be issued if one is not obtained before the craft is used.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this week and received several complaints about PWCers operating too close to shore and other
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports lots of bear, moose, and grouse chick sightings reported by residents this week. A man in a canoe took photos of some turkey vultures. He told the CO that the “golden eagles” sure were beautiful. The CO just smiled and decided to let whomever he showed the pictures to explain it to him. The CO didn’t want to spoil the moment.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled the BWCA; one group of campers didn’t bother to be pack out leftover food items and dumped them at the edge of the campsite so the next group could enjoy the company of the bears and other scavengers drawn to the food. On another note, during that trip the officer contacted a group that included foreign exchange students from India and Pakistan. Eighty-five leech traps left behind in a small lake by a former commercial minnow dealer were seized, and paperwork was issued.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) was certified in an interview and interrogation training program that took place at the Blaine Police Department office. The officer also responded to a call regarding a moose that had a trap on its back leg.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Brent Speldrich (Northeast ATV Rec.) attended the Itasca County Trails Task Force monthly meeting in Grand Rapids. Officer Speldrich was advised of several high-use areas on local trails that need law enforcement attention. Also discussed was an incident on the Mesabi Trail system in which thousand of dollars’ worth of trail signage was taken and posts damaged. He also continued to investigate a case in which an OHMer fled from him.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators, ATVers, state parks  users, and campers. He also worked invasive species enforcement during the week.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart worked anglers and boaters. Enforcement action was taken for boat plug transport violations.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, patrolled for OHV activity, worked AIS enforcement, and assisted the county with a call. CO Fairbanks came upon a boater headed to shore with no navigational lights on. The operator of the boat said he figured he didn’t need his lights on since he didn’t see any other boats in his way. Enforcement action was taken for failing to have navigational lights illuminated after sunset.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, worked OHM problem areas, patrolled ATV trails, enforced AIS laws, attended a regional meeting, handled wolf issues, and investigated a call about a loon that washed onto the shore of a local lake.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked boating activity during the week. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for not having enough life-saving devices on board a watercraft and expired registration on a watercraft.

District 8 – Duluth area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) worked on several wetland violations in the area. One new violation is being investigated. A request for an extension to an existing wetland violation was received from a local wetland consultant on behalf of his client. The request was the third one from this person, and the case will be presented to the county attorney for review. Contact was made with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office about road checks for aquatic invasive species. The issue is being looked at by that office.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended an area lake association meeting regarding invasive species issues. ATV complaints were worked in the area. Enforcement contacts were made for off-highway motorcyclists operating within the roadway, unlawful juvenile operation, and registration violations. Assistance was given at the scene of an ATV accident in which a person hurt his leg while trying to stop the ATV from tipping. Assistance also was given to the sheriff’s office during an ATV stop in which the operator was intoxicated and subsequently was arrested for DUI.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. More vandalism occurred at the McQuade Safe Harbor and public access. Anyone with information may call the TIP line (1-800-652-9093).
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded to some anglers fishing in a closed area of the St. Louis River. Officer Ter Meer also patrolled an ATV complaint area.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) says a cougar was reported by two young horse riders off of Hwy. 6 and Larson Road north of County Road 11. Their horses were spooked by the large cat, and one rider was thrown from her horse; they recovered the horse later. A call was taken but was unfounded, regarding a family digging up turtle eggs to remove them from where the turtle laid the eggs. Turtles are protected, as are their eggs.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, and invasive species enforcement. He also assisted with training at the CO academy and answered questions at a lake association meeting.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) patrolled trails and recreation sites in the Cuyuna Country SRA and Pillsbury and Crow Wing state forests. He also investigated TIP complaints related to fishing at the Gull Lake dam and worked on ATV trespass incidents in the SRA and Pillsbury State Forest.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Mike Lee (Isle) continued checking anglers this week. Officer Lee also assisted with Use of Force Training at Camp Ripley. He received numerous complaints about bears and dealt with a bear that was struck and killed by a motor vehicle.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received a report about an individual who took some logging equipment for a joy ride in a local state forest. The incident is being investigated. Heaton also received a call from concerned residents who had been seeing a fox in town, worked on a background investigation, and issued car-kill deer possession tags.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) worked area lakes and Mille Lacs. Time was spent working invasive species checks. There was still confusion about boat plugs. Assistance was given to a couple who became stranded on Mille Lacs. After many attempts to flag down or gain the attention of fellow boaters, they decided to call 911 to get help. The boat was safely towed to shore.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week returning numerous phone calls about nuisance bear activity. CO Wynn also followed up on public waters and wetlands complaints.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to a complaint that six deer had escaped from a game farm. The escaped cervidae were destroyed by the owner, and samples were taken for chronic wasting disease testing.
CO Keith Bertram (WREO) spent most of the week checking boaters and anglers. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic vegetation, failing to remove drain plugs, and overlimits of sunfish.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and watercraft operators during the week. Officer Martin spoke with a lake service provider (vegetation removal) who wanted to be given permission to leave all the plugs in his boat while he traveled lake to lake. The provider said that the boat seldom got water in it and just wanted an “OK” so he didn’t have to worry about it. Officer Martin reminded the provider that all drain plugs need to be removed prior to transport. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. CO Musatov also worked with the Board of Animal Health on an escaped cervidae.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked boating and angling enforcement on local lakes and rivers during the week. Officer Londgren also issued nuisance beaver permits, and handled wetland complaints.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent most of the week assisting at the CO academy during waterfowl enforcement week.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling and boating activity. Salzer also attended training at the Blaine Police Department.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) investigated a license fraud and a littering case.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week working on angling, boating, and invasive species activity. Time also was spent on a pre-employment background investigation. The officer is still finding people who are not checking their boat trailers for vegetation prior to leaving public accesses.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers in Hennepin County, and a case of 14 sunfish over the limit was found.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) reports a week of working on a background file and teaching AIS classes to local law enforcement. CO Jensen also assisted the Aviation Section and attended a training session.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked shore anglers and boaters on some metro lakes and rivers. He also responded to complaints and calls about injured animals.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) continued training with K9 Axel. CO McGowan investigated complaints about damage to fencing within a state WMA.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) investigated a wetland complaint in Bethel.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked on and finished a background investigation. She also worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes and handled TIP calls. CO Kruse worked William O’Brien State Park, did equipment maintenance, and attended a meeting at Central Office in St. Paul.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports the major enforcement focuses of the week included AIS enforcement/education and fishing enforcement. A complaint about a couple of dead horses dumped into a river was investigated. Location information about a moose was passed on to the area wildlife manager. Local law enforcement was assisted with severe weather spotting and response to the resulting damage. Several funnel clouds and a small tornado were observed by CO Henriksen.
CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) reports that fishing on area lakes has been good. Personal watercraft are in heavy use, with age requirements being an issue.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) received a call from a concerned citizen who reported geese were missing from a wetland in Montevideo. Upon further investigation, the geese were located.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) received several calls about nuisance animals. The officer attended an investigation training program.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and enforcing boating laws. Several calls were received regarding people taking young wildlife from their native habitat. Enforcement action was taken for failing to remove boat plugs, failing to drain livewells, and failing to drain minnow buckets.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) checked numerous anglers and boaters throughout the week. The officer also responded to numerous complaints about nuisance beavers.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued two public waters restoration orders and enforcement action was taken in Cottonwood County. A WCA complaint was investigated but was unfounded in Cottonwood County.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking anglers and boaters. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, angling without a license, invasive species violations, boating without navigational lights, and litter, along with a warrant arrest.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to process beaver complaints and follow up on carp-dumping issues. He checked weed roller operators for permits, and monitored areas for cattail-cutting violations.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports public accesses were patrolled for illegal activity and litter. Boaters and anglers need to pick up after themselves. Aquatic vegetation is increasing dramatically, and accesses are prevalent with the remains of such.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked angling and boating enforcement. CO Oberg again followed up on dumped deer carcasses near a drainage ditch. Officer Oberg also spent time getting materials ready for upcoming training. Calls about nuisance animals were handled.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports working fishing, boating, and AIS activity. AIS checks showed a number of boaters still trailering plugged boats. Roadside haying is in full swing.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent the majority of his time working on a background investigation. CO Howe also worked ATV activity, answered calls from the public, and prepared for an ATV safety program being presented to young folks next week as part of Le Sueur County’s “Safety Day.”
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATVers. Officer Ihnen patrolled for AIS violations and also attended training with other officers.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked angling, boating, and burning (air quality) activities. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials, angling license not in possession, and no throw cushion in watercraft.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports a follow-up investigation regarding ATV activity resulted in several citations being issued.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports investigating a deer overlimit complaint from the 2011 deer season. Time also was spent checking anglers, ATV operators, and watercraft operators.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending most of the week assisting at the CO academy.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports trout fishermen continue to have success. CO Fritz also helped with the annual fishing event for people with special needs, which is held each June in Lanesboro. He also served a restoration order involving a trout stream.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports assisting with a fishing event in Lanesboro and received a report about a rattlesnake this week. Time also was spent checking angling activity and preparing for upcoming field training with a new recruit.

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