MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – December 21st, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling activity on Lake Bronson, the Red Lake River, and the Thief Lake River. Trapping activity was monitored, and questions were answered regarding the gray wolf season and registration of furbearers. Snowmobile and ATV usage was worked. Riders are cautioned that ice conditions can vary. CO Warren attended an elk hunt orientation meeting at Lake Bronson State Park.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked anglers, ATV riders, and even a few snowmobilers. The State Patrol was assisted with a number of vehicles in ditches after rain turned to ice. Two deer were confiscated that had been accidentally caught in snares, and several accidentally caught fishers were seized as well.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity throughout the week. Anglers on Upper Red Lake continue to report good fishing and improving ice conditions. Anglers also were  checked on Lake of the Wood. While checking anglers, CO Gorecki encountered three anglers who appeared nervous. After a brief interview, it was determined the anglers were in possession of an overlimit of fish. Approximately 54 walleyes and sauger were later discovered in their possession. Enforcement action against the individuals for the overlimit of walleyes/sauger currently is pending.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and COC Regas spoke to a youth snowmobile safety class at the New York Mills Elementary School. They completed follow up on trapping violations, fielded reports about car-killed deer, and monitored area lakes for ice-fishing activity. 
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports improving ice conditions on area lakes. Most lakes have 6 to 10 inches of ice and little snow. CO Seefeldt observed two vehicles on Lake Ida, but cautions against large vehicle traffic. CO Seefeldt and COC Regas received a TIP that resulted in charges for taking big game from a road right of way and hunting on a scientific and natural area. Seefeldt also gave a law presentation at the Moorhead, Hawley, and Glyndon youth snowmobile safety classes. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, operating an ATV on a county road, and a minor in possession of alcohol. Anglers are reminded to clean up all litter they have when leaving the lake.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) and COC Chihak received several trapping complaints, and spent time collecting incidental furbearer catches. Follow-up was completed on a deer-season case, with enforcement action taken for deer registration issues. The officers monitored ice-fishing activity. Violations included extra lines, underage alcohol consumption, and unlicensed shelters.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) monitored ice-fishing and spearing activity. Time also was spent on waters, ATVing, and trapping complaints.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time responding to a call regarding an injured deer in which the deer was caught in a cattle fence. Ice-fishing activity was monitored, with some violations detected, including fishing without a license. The recent rain has made ice conditions even more uncertain, so use caution when walking out. Lawler also investigated a fish overlimit case with CO Osborne.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent time checking archery deer, pheasant, and small-game hunters. Deer-hunting investigations continue to be closed out, with citations issued and deer seized. Additional time was spent instructing at a youth snowmobile safety class. Ice-fishing activity was monitored all week, with some lakes starting to see some ATV and wheel house traffic.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on goose hunters, pheasant hunters, and ice-fishing activity. Goose numbers in the area took a big drop, with area lakes freezing over and snow covering area fields. Ice in the area is very poor and questionable for even foot traffic in some areas. Anderson investigated a call about a wetlands violation in Traverse County. Calls also were fielded regarding beaver complaints, predator-hunting questions, and trespass questions.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports time was spent checking trappers, fishermen, snowmobilers, and pheasant hunters. Ice conditions still vary greatly across the area, and fishermen are urged to use caution when venturing onto the ice. Baumbarger taught the law and ethics portion of the Glenwood-area snowmobile safety class. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration issues, fishing without a license in possession, and no pheasant stamp.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports more ice anglers were enjoying better ice conditions, with as much as 12 inches reported in some areas. He also checked trappers and wolf hunters in the area. Enforcement action was taken for an unregistered snowmobile, illegal-length walleye, untagged snare, and no angling license in possession.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) coordinated with the county attorney regarding upcoming cases for taking deer with the aid of bait and the illegal possession of a raccoon. He met with a representative of the Boy River Legion regarding the purchase of a left-handed .22 for local firearms safety instructors. Officer Francis also followed up on a case involving two eagles being caught in two separate snares, set by the same trapper, and handled two accidentally caught fishers.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, hunting, and trapping activity. Few ice anglers and spear fishermen were observed, as ice conditions continued to remain dangerous for travel. Recent snowfall has hidden weak ice and has created a lot of slush on area lakes. CO Broughten also fielded calls concerning trespass and littering. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, littering, no ID on an ice-fishing shelter, and expired snowmobile registration.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) handled complaints about dogs chasing deer, and assisted a local police department with a house search.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) checked ice anglers and monitored trapping activity.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala checked ice fishermen during the weekend. He followed up on a fish house and wanton waste violations. Officer Siltala also reviewed and prepared two replacement orders for wetland fill violations.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) completed reports on an archery deer-hunting case from the previous week, completed follow-up on two rifle deer-hunting cases, and worked small-game hunting, trapping, and ice-fishing activity. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, lending/borrowing a license, transporting an illegally taken big-game animal, driving after revocation, failing to register deer, failing to validate a site tag, and an ATV violation.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a snowmobile safety class and attended the riding portion of the safety class. Anglers were checked on area lakes. Ice conditions are good, with ice thickness ranging from 6 to 8 inches of clear ice. One particular angler neglected to purchase a license before being checked by CO Frericks. The angler thought it would be a good idea to use his friend’s name instead. After he didn’t get the name right, he eventually admitted he didn’t have an angling license and that he had given the CO a false name and date of birth. The angler was then arrested on a gross misdemeanor warrant and was booked into jail.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) check fishing activity during the week, and most anglers reported 5 to 6 inches of ice and slow fishing. Some fish houses have been pulled onto area lakes with ATVs. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reports that he checked snowmobilers and ice anglers throughout the week. He started an investigation regarding a falconry violation. CO Johnson also picked up a bald eagle that had been killed by a vehicle near Split Rock State Park.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) picked up his patrol snowmobile and attended snowmobile training. A few sledders are out. Cases from the deer season are still being investigated, with charges pending for deer-hunting violations. Other enforcement action for the week included unregistered snowmobiles, failing to display registration, failing to stop at a road crossing, no shelter license, and no angling license in possession.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked ice fishermen and snowmobilers this past week. Ice conditions are improving, but trail conditions are still poor. CO Velsvaag took several calls pertaining to wolf hunting and trapping.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) field-trained COC Belgard. They continued to work on a deer shining and baiting case with which they assisted CO Bozovsky the previous week. Trapping and ice-fishing activity were monitored. Enforcement action was taken for trapping at a public water access.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking the area for trapping. With the latest snowfall, keep up to date on cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails by visiting the DNR website.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked darkhouse spearing and angling activities. Arhart also checked bobcat and gray wolf trappers and hunters. Public waters cases were tracked.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) received and investigated complaints about deer poaching, a fish overlimit, truck traffic on a snowmobile trail, and litter. CO Humphrey assisted at a snowmobile safety class’s field day in Cloquet. CO Humphrey patrolled in the Fond du Lac State Forest. Some snowmobile traffic was observed in ditches and on trails. Trail conditions are poor.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) worked with others in the Enforcement Division on preparing to roll out Tasers to the Enforcement Division, starting in January. Work was done on several wetland violations in the Duluth area, with a cease and desist order issued.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few anglers trying their luck on early ice around Duluth. More cold weather is needed for fishable ice. An interview was done at the Coast Guard station involving local television stations and the topic of ice safety. Cross-country ski passes were checked at area trails, with moderate compliance found among early season skiers. Enforcement action was taken for ski and ATV violations.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked hunters and trappers, and anglers out on marginal ice. One angler decided to park his truck on the ice, but ended up parking on the bottom of the lake instead. One group of small-game hunters decided it was too hard to walk in the new snow, so they hunted from trucks and 4-wheelers instead. Six members of the group ended up with tickets for transporting loaded firearms, in addition to warnings for driving on snowmobile trails.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored ice fishing, small-game hunting, and trapping activity in the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area and the Brainerd area. He also monitored snowmobile activity and assisted local agencies with traffic accidents.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement with ice anglers reporting that the bite is picking up and ice conditions are poor. He checked grouse hunters, and the report was poor. He also worked on trapping issues and complaints about trappers using treble hooks on snares, and accidental catches of fishers. The archery hunters’ deer report was poor, as most of the deer activity is at night. He worked with neighboring CO Tischler on vehicles being operated on closed roads in the Pillsbury forest. The complaints about deer carcass dumping continue to come in.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls regarding trapping, ice conditions, and snowmobiling and registration. He took several calls regarding nuisance animals, questions about swans hanging out near the Snake River, and issued a car-killed deer permit. CO Wynn spent time in Duluth getting radios programmed, and continues to monitor ice conditions in the area. Ice conditions have not improved in the Pine City area.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishermen with a few fish. Ice conditions remain spotty so use caution. Some snowmobilers are out, but trails need a lot more snow and colder weather to freeze swamps.
WREO Rob Haberman worked with other DNR personnel on aquatic plant management cases and shoreline cases. WREO Haberman also spoke to individuals about AIS laws regarding ice fishing. WREO Haberman checked anglers on local lakes and snowmobilers on area trails.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked snowmobilers and anglers during the week. Officer Martin also worked on a big-game violation from earlier in the hunting season and answered TIP calls, as well.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) checked angling activity on area lakes. Ice conditions are still poor to fair, with a limited number of people getting out to fish. A fresh snow brought out coyote hunters and the associated trespass complaints. CO Kuske also attended department training in St. Paul this week.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) took reports from upset landowners concerning local coyote hunters who were trespassing. Snowmobilers were checked. An ATVer operating on a snowmobile trail was investigated.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in “Shop with a Cop” in Sauk Centre. Investigations continued on open cases. Coyote hunters were checked. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) finished up COC Silgjord’s first phase of field training. Snowmobile activity was observed throughout the week, with a high percentage of violations being found. A TIP call was handled, and an archery hunter was cited for hunting over bait. Division snowmobile training was attended at Carlos Avery WMA. Enforcement action for the week included failure to display snowmobile registration, failure to display a valid trail sticker, speeding, and operating a snowmobile without a safety certificate.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) checked hunters, anglers, and trapping activity throughout the week. Recent rain didn’t help the ice on the lakes, and snowmobile trails are deteriorating. Time also was spent at meetings and checking snowmobiling activity in the area.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) did follow up on an investigation of a fish kill. CO Musatov also worked on a trespass call, an illegally taken deer, and illegal hunting in a closed scientific and natural area. Two meetings were attended at Camp Ripley.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) checked fishermen in Hennepin County this week. He also attended alcohol training in St. Paul. He would like to caution folks to be careful on the ice as it is not very thick, or very consistent. COs Kahre and Walter were observing some ice fishermen setting up on a lake. The two COs watched as two men put out four tip-ups and each started catching sunfish and crappies with jig poles. The COs counted six lines that the two men were using. When the COs contacted them, one of the fishermen offered up the excuse that their brother had left the lake to use the restroom and did not come back. The other fisherman agreed with the story and stated he thought the brother was going to use the bathroom in the park and not go home. When CO Kahre informed them they had been watched since they got on the lake, they decided to fess up, that it was just the two of them the entire time.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobiling and small-game hunting activities around the metro area. He responded to a complaint about an injured goose in Maple Grove and took a TIP complaint about a dead deer. He also assisted an officer with an investigation of a possible overlimit of deer.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week working snowmobile enforcement, and checking small-game hunters and big-game hunters. He patrolled WMAs, focusing on stands left overnight. He also attended a snowmobile training class and prepared for upcoming presentations. CO Arntzen also assisted a neighboring law enforcement agency with a search with a missing person.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) patrolled snowmobiling activity on metro trails. He also spent some time on equipment maintenance and handled calls and complaints.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked on big-game investigations from this falls season. A few ice anglers were encountered taking advantage of the early ice. CO Muyres also worked snowmobile enforcement in Anoka County.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued working on a deer case in Ramsey County. She handled an incidentally taken fisher and assisted the Lino Lakes Fire Department with an illegal burn. CO Kruse worked snowmobile enforcement, assisted local agencies with vehicles in ditches, and checked anglers that ventured onto very thin ice.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports ice conditions remain poor in the area. The officer seized a buck that was illegally taken with a bow. Enforcement action was taken for taking deer during prohibited hours, transporting an untagged and illegally taken deer, and failing to register a deer. 
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked goose- and pheasant-hunting activity throughout the week. A few ice anglers are venturing onto local waters.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working trappers and pheasant hunters. Several deer investigations are ongoing. Snowmobiling activity is increasing.
WREO Larry Hanson (SW Region) issued a cease and desist order in Murray County while investigating two public waters violations. A restoration order was issued in Redwood County on a WCA violation. Snowmobilers were out enjoying the new snow that was received in southwest Minnesota.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent time on small-game, big-game, and sport-fishing enforcement. Enforcement action for the week included angling with extra lines and failure to display snowmobile registration. Anglers should be careful on inconsistent ice in the southwest part of the state.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) continued to work ice fishermen, goose hunters, and pheasant hunters. Enforcement action was taken for taking geese up to 15 minutes late, and no stamp.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) taught the rules and regulations portion of the Fairmont snowmobile safety class. Career information on becoming a conservation officer was presented at the Fairmont natural resources class. Ice angling has started up again, with 1 to 3 inches of ice on some lakes.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked trapping and small-game activities. Geving also gave a law and ethics presentation for a snowmobile safety class and conducted follow-up on an ATV complaint.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues investigations involving trespassing and overlimits of deer. A few ice-fishing enthusiasts were checked after venturing onto thin ice in search of fish. Coyote hunters were worked.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) reports issuing several restoration orders and checking anglers.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking anglers and following up on cases from the deer season. Ice anglers have been venturing onto some very thin ice. Time was spent talking at a couple of snowmobile safety classes in Red Wing and Bellchester.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly goose hunters during the week, around Rochester and Hastings. Heyn also followed up on some deer-related complaints.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking coyote hunters in the area. Time also was spent on trespass cases and deer cases stemming from the muzzleloader season. A dumping case is being investigated.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) completed part one of the field-training program with COC Vang. The officers concentrated on working waterfowl enforcement, with many new geese in the area.

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