Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – January 31st, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports contact was made with a hunter/landowner regarding a potentially unsafe shooting lane and trespass issue. CO Huener worked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Violations encountered included angling with extra lines, angling with unattended lines, possession of marijuana, angling without a license in possession, and possession of unmeasurable walleyes.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted a homeowner on a nuisance mink that had killed numerous pheasants.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued field training with COC Williams, inspected an area aeration permit site, attended a district meeting, and patrolled area snowmobile trails.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity throughout the week. CO Gorecki participated in a work detail during the weekend on Lake of the Woods with several other officers.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) and COC Regas monitored snowmobile traffic on the Red River, Red Lake River, and in the Ada area. The officers monitored angler activity on area lakes and rivers and conducted an aeration system inspection.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) attended a veterans vintage snowmobile event, displayed furs, and assisted children who were building bird houses with a local sportsmen’s club during Fosston Frosty Days.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and cross-country ski activity throughout the week. Snowmobile activity has increased with the recent snowfall, but trails are in fair to poor condition. CO Vollbrecht assisted county deputies with a complaint regarding gunshots heard on the Bemidji game refuge.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) investigated a snowmobile trespass complaint in which a rider was accessing a lake via private property. Area snowmobile trails are in poor condition due to lack of snow cover. A complaint of litter was investigated.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen, working on aeration inspections, and reviewing landowner turkey applications. CO Forsberg assisted CO Seefeldt with a TIP call involving a complaint from the deer season. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports activity was low during the week due to poor snow conditions and bitter wind chills. Reports of water and wetland violations were taken, with follow-up needed.
CO (Tricia Plautz) stopped an ATVer and an OHMer operating in a state highway ditch. Enforcement action was taken for no registration on the OHM.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and shelters throughout the week. Time also was spent checking coyote hunters and assisting with a work crew on Otter Tail Lake.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) continued ice-fishing enforcement efforts this week. An extra line citation was issued to an individual who thought the two lines law only applied to rattle reels, not jig poles. He was educated on the law and then understood. A TIP call received is being investigated.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator hunting and ice fishing. Time was spent working snowmobilers near Hancock, as a snowmobile race was held on Page Lake.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) continued field training activities with COC Belgard. Baumbarger and COC Belgard also assisted CO Lawler investigate a complaint of a possible crappie overlimit.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) focused efforts on angling and trapping activity during the week. He checked special-regulation lakes and some dark-house spear fishermen. Officer attended a meeting with the county attorney regarding a big-game case from last fall.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked on two new deer cases and attended a furbearer committee meeting. While the CO was in a fish house, taking enforcement action on a couple of anglers for no angling licenses in possession, one of the anglers began jigging the lines. On a slow day of fishing for the anglers, two crappies were caught before the paperwork was finished.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received a complaint from an angler that someone set up a portable fish house within 3 feet of his fish house. When the officer arrived on the scene, the party was nearly packed up and prepared to leave the area.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted a motorist who struck a deer, assisted a stranded snowmobiler, and attended a district meeting.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) handled a TIP call that a fisherman placed a large “muskie-looking” fish in the trunk of a car. Subsequent investigation revealed it to be an illegal-length northern (34 inches) that was hidden under the spare tire cover in the trunk of the car.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala spent time checking ice fishermen and monitoring snowmobiling activity on local trails.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) and COC Davis monitored angling and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, failing to display registration on a snowmobile, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working ice fishing and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. A mangy coyote that took up residence in a wood shed turned out to be a mangy, sick timber wolf, that did not survive the minus- 40-degree temps one night. It was removed from the wood shed and turned over to personnel from DNR Wildlife.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) followed up on open cases and worked anglers and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for failing to validate otter and fisher/marten tags, along with a number of snowmobile violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking anglers on Virginia area lakes. A snowmobiler was observed on a grant-in-aid trail with 2013 registration but no trail sticker. When CO Frericks asked him why he didn’t have one, and he replied that a friend told him a trail sticker wasn’t needed this year. CO Frericks told him that it couldn’t have been a very good friend. Further scrutiny of the registration revealed the 2013 registration sticker was from another sled the snowmobiler owned. After a few minutes of interviewing the snowmobiler, he admitted to taking the 2013 sticker off the non-running sled and gluing it onto the running sled he had. The snowmobiler received several citations and had to trailer his sled away.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile, fishing, and trapping activity during the weekend and attended a District 6 enforcement meeting in Two Harbors.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) reports a few snowmobilers rode illegally down the road, on the wrong side, and almost collided with the officer’s patrol vehicle. Proper paperwork was issued to the driver.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and fishermen enforcement with the Babbitt officer and 1854 Treaty officers. A passenger car was found stuck on an unplowed road (snowmobile trail) on the Echo trail. The college student driver inside was wearing tennis shoes without socks. When asked what had possessed him to drive so far down such a road in the middle of winter, and thus risk his life, he said he knew it was a road with which he was familiar from the previous summer.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resources Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked infested and other area waters checking anglers, dark-house spearers, and bait enforcement.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity. CO Wichmann also assisted the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office with a snowmobile accident.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, patrolled for snowmobile activity, and completed reports from ongoing cases.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked anglers this past week on local lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations. Please remember to take your garbage off the ice when you leave!
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) was a guest on an area cable show to explain the role of a conservation officer in the Grand Rapids area.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) and COC Silgjord worked area lakes and rivers for anglers. The COs followed up on littering complaints from deer season and issued citation for illegal deposit of garbage. They also assisted local officers with a taxidermy inspection. Both officers attended the United Northern Sportsmen angling contest on Island Lake.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported anglers and snowmobilers were checked during the week. An illegal trapping case was investigated. Several calls about wounded deer were fielded. The officer also helped inspect an area taxidermist during the week.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked OHV and angling enforcement on area lakes. CO Humphrey also patrolled the Fond du Lac State Forest, checking ski passes and OHV traffic. An investigation was conducted regarding the illegal trapping of a timber wolf.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a fur committee meeting in Brainerd and worked snowmobiling activity in the area. K9 Schody was called to assist in locating evidence for the Cloquet police. A person that pointed a rifle at and fled from a police officer into the woods was apprehended, and only parts of the rifle were located. K9 Schody was able to locate and retrieve other parts that were buried in the snow to help the police officer’s case.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers in the Duluth area. A reminder to permanent fish house owners to tend to shelters that were frozen into the ice during the recent cold snap.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers, ATVers, and snowmobilers throughout the week. Inventory was done on a district freezer, and some items were turned over to a natural science museum for educational purposes. A commercial inspection was completed.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this week. Officer Lee also answered some questions about squirrels getting into bird feeders. Another person was advised that discharge of a firearm within the city limits of Crosslake was prohibited.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked on sport-fishing enforcement. A car-kill deer permit was issued. The new owner of an old John Deere snowmobile requested antique collector snowmobile registration with hopes of being able to operate it.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked fishing enforcement this week. Ice anglers are urged to use caution on Gull Lake. Cracks and pressure ridges are becoming a problem, with vehicles getting stuck in the cracks. Litter reports are still being received and have taken the most enforcement time. Garbage, human waste, beer cans, and cigarette butts left on the lake from the Jaycees fishing tournament were the most problematic. Posner and neighboring CO Collette worked a fish overlimit complaint. He also assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Department with investigating careless operation of sleds and fish house vandalism on Gull.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) investigated a case involving a dead swan and assisted a neighboring officer with a group of anglers that were taking multiple crappie limits per day.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked fishermen, spear fishermen, snowmobilers, and ATVers during the week. He also attended a deer committee meeting and transported an injured eagle to the Garrison Animal Hospital.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked ice-angling activity. The cold weather slowed down activity as holes froze up and fish houses were blown over.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working fishermen on Mille Lacs Lake. The fishing was spotty, and only a few keeper walleyes and perch were seen. A call about someone illegally posting public land was investigated, and questions were answered about the laws regarding taking wolves to protect livestock. The officer also assisted the sheriff’s department with a vehicle that had broken through the ice. All parties got out safely, but this is a good reminder to pay attention to ice conditions. With the cold weather and then warmups, the ice is shifting and cracking.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) assisted with a call about a lost person in the St. Croix State Park. The call came in to dispatch, and the dispatcher was able to give the caller directions before losing contact with the caller. When officers arrived on the scene, it was determined that the lost person walked out on his own. Unfortunately, the person did not call 911 to let responding officers know their assistance was not needed.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers throughout the southern half of Pine County. CO Wynn also took calls about nuisance animals, questions about fish shelter licensing, and several calls about firearms safety classes.
WREO Rob Haberman checked anglers on local lakes. WREO Haberman also worked on public waters cases in Pine, Aitkin, and Crow Wing counties.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) joined local law enforcement, along with school officials, to review the emergency crisis management plan for the school district.
WREO Keith Bertram spent most of the week checking commercial license holders such as minnow retailers for possible AIS violations. Assistance was given to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle that broke through the ice on Big Birch Lake. Fishermen also were checked. WREO Bertram checked two anglers as they were fishing with eight lines and smoking marijuana. Citations were issued.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and coyote hunters during the past week. Officer Martin took a call from a contractor who wanted to know how much the fine amount would be if he just burned down a structure rather than disassemble and dispose of it in the landfill. The contractor was told that a mandatory court appearance would be required and the judge would decide the penalty.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) investigated a report about a vehicle going through an ice breaker on Lake Koronis.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several investigations. Reller also checked anglers on area lakes and found activity had slowed down due to the cold weather.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked anglers on local lakes and at fishing contests, conducted minnow retailer inspections, and enforced ATV/snowmobile laws. 
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) responded to a call about a car that broke through the ice on the Briggs/Rush Lake channel.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers all week on special-regulation lakes. The vintage snowmobile event on Lake Waconia was worked. With no snow, it was very uneventful.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) investigated calls reporting illegal deer hunting and trapping violations.
CO Jackie Glaser (Metro Water Resource Enforcement officer) attended taser training at Fort Snelling State Park. She followed up on several public waters complaints involving snowmobile and ATV trails being made through emergent vegetation. She also assisted other law enforcement agencies with a call in a local park.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked ice fishing on metro-area lakes and responded to a complaint of a stolen fish house in Maple Grove.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) checked ice anglers in Washington and Dakota counties. CO McGowan also spoke at a yacht club meeting regarding invasive species laws. The CO continues to work on deer cases from this past firearms deer season.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers, patrolled area lakes, and checked aeration systems.
CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) reports checking several anglers on area lakes and the St. Croix River. CO Peterson also completed aeration inspections on area lakes. Follow-up was completed on a complaint regarding manure on an area lake. After investigating, it was determined to be the work of muskrats.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued training COC Grewe. CO Kruse and COC Grewe handled a call regarding two large bucks with their antlers locked together in Inver Grove Heights. Both deer lived to see another day.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent most of the week working ice fishing, coyote hunting, and commercial enforcement. An angler harassment case also was worked. A lot of trash continues to be left behind by ice fishermen.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) responded to a concern from a homeowner who found a sick raccoon and was attempting to nurse it back to health. The officer reminds people that these wild animals can carry a variety of diseases and should not be handled or trusted.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked reports that anglers are having spotty success on area lakes. With coyote hunting in full swing, hunters are reminded that they must have permission before entering agriculture lands.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to focus on checking ice anglers and spear fishermen, with enforcement action taken for angling with extra lines and angling without a license in possession.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports a juvenile drove past the “thin ice” signs surrounding an aeration system on Lake Hanska and broke through the ice. The juvenile was able to exit the vehicle and get to a fish shelter 400 yards away, where fishermen provided first aid and called 911. A horned grebe was found on the front lawn of a residence near LaSalle. The bird was released into the open water on nearby Lake Hanska.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked ice anglers and shelter activity on area lakes. One vehicle operator found out the hard way that you don’t drive under a bridge from one lake to another and still stay on top of the ice.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling and ATV activity this week. Aeration system inspections were completed on Scotch, Clear, Cody, and Circle lakes. Cold weather and a lack of snow limited activity.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for fishing and ATV activity. Officer Ihnen also responded to TIP calls, as well as other calls for service. A littering complaint was investigated.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked on a possible wetland violation, and complaints about litter were taken. Enforcement action was taken for litter and an overlimit of trout.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) continues to follow up on deer investigations. He was called out by the Winona County Sheriff’s Department regarding a car stuck in a wildlife management area. Upon investigating the incident with CO Heyn, they found several violations, including taking small game without a license, taking protected birds, possessing deer illegally, and litter.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports preparing for an upcoming court case and looking through landowner turkey applications. He also checked anglers.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement as well as closing out several deer investigations through the week.

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