Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – March 8th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) performed commercial license checks, monitored snowmobiling activity, and checked local anglers. A routine snowmobile registration violation resulted in a felony fleeing incident. A short pursuit and follow-up investigation resulted in pending felony charges and the seizure of the fleeing snowmobile. 
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Snowmobilers are reminded a state trail sticker is needed to operate on grant-in-aid trails. CO Gorecki also participated in a work detail on Lake of the Woods, which resulted in numerous violations detected. Enforcement action was taken during the week for numerous snowmobile and fishing violations.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored angling and shelter/garbage removal from area lakes. A missing fish house was recovered and returned to the owner. He also received a report about people running over coyotes with snowmobiles.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored area snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. Both trail systems are in excellent condition. CO Vollbrecht also assisted in dispatching two deer that were hit by snowmobiles. A snowmobile trespass complaint was received and investigated.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) attended airboat-operation training in Winona. Training included airboat operation at night, transitioning from ice to open water, and rescue. CO Seefeldt received complaints about snowmobilers chasing coyotes.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) and COC Chihak spoke to a Park Rapids High School class about natural resources management, laws, and careers.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on WCA cases, following up on a deer-baiting case, and spending time reviewing lesson plans for in-service.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fish house removal from area lakes was pretty good .
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored ice-fishing activity and shelters still on the ice as the deadline approaches. Plautz handled a car-hit deer and issued appropriate permits for possession of the deer. Plautz seized turkeys that had been shot on a nuisance permit, and the birds were donated to a local club.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked snowmobilers and the snowmobile trails in the area. Area lakes were checked for fish house removal before the deadline. Most houses are off and there are only a few remaining on area lakes.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports fish houses on area lakes are all but gone. Fishermen anticipated the removal deadline and changing snow conditions well.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent time checking fishermen and monitoring fish house and litter issues prior to the fish house removal deadline.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) monitored fish house removal on area lakes. Time also was spent checking coyote hunters, fishermen, and snowmobile operators.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) monitored ice shelter removal activity, as well as panfishing activity. He found a road-killed fisher, which was donated to a fur education project.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked perch anglers and snowmobile operators during the week. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and snowmobile violations.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity. CO Broughten also taught snowmobile safety to the sixth grade of Northland Elementary School. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, no angling license, angling with an extra line, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and careless operation of a snowmobile.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) reports enforcement contacts were made for snowmobile registration violations. One violator stated he had just gotten his sled running and did not drive it last year because it was blown up; however, it displayed registration from 2008. 
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer – Park Rapids) reports a race and poker run brought hundreds of sleds to the area; many were checked with little or no registration violations. More snow is expected, which will extend the winter fun for skiers and riders. 
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala met with county SWCD staff to discuss Wetland Conservation Act issues and review cases. He attended a special meeting with area hydrologists to discuss water appropriation issues.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring snowmobile and angling activities. Seasonal equipment inventory has begun.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports snowmobile activity remains high in the area. Most of the fish houses on area lakes have been removed.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports some juveniles were found tearing up a snowmobile trail with ATVs. Their parents were not happy with their children and the enforcement action taken. Wolves are reported to be very bold as of late, with callers being concerned about domestic pets.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers and snowmobilers, dealt with the second bobcat in two weeks that was turned in, and marked fish houses for litter enforcement. For the second time in a week, the officer observed snowmobilers tip over their sleds. The first was in a steep hill ascent and the other as the driver approached the officer’s vehicle and snowmobile at a trail and road intersection.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a snowmobile safety class in Gilbert. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered snowmobiles and operating a snowmobile on a grant-in-aid trail without a decal. Many people have decided to pursue crappies instead of snowmobiling. Some anglers decided to try their luck without first buying an angling license. Those anglers were issued citations for angling without a license. 
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) took care of a situation in which an individual drove his car down a state snowmobile trail and got stuck. He was allowed to leave his car overnight and remove it the following morning, and was advised to walk or ride a sled back to the car. The following morning, when the CO checked his progress, it was discovered he drove a van on the trail to attempt to get the car out, and the van became stuck. It also was discovered that this same person got a vehicle stuck on a state trail in the Hibbing area three weeks earlier. Both vehicles were removed by a wrecker company.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a Lake of the Woods detail with other officers during the week. A citation was issued in the CO’s station for no trout stamp while possessing trout.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and ATV enforcement. Recreational vehicle operators are reminded that they must stop at all road crossings, not just the crossings posted with stop signs. CO Stage observed an ATVer operating on a sidewalk in town and not stopping at the road crossings, but enforcement action was not possible at the time. The officer believes he knows who the operator is and will follow up accordingly.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and angling activity during the week. Enforcement action was taken for speed violations. CO Murray and CO Miller responded to a call about a snowmobile crash near Brimson after a rider lost control at night and hit a tree. The officers assisted EMS and search and rescue personnel in reaching the crash site and hauling out the injured rider. The rider’s injuries were severe, and the accident is under investigation.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resources Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked anglers, frozen-down shelters, and bait on area infested and on other waters. Wetland Conservation Act cases were tracked. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration and for roadway operation violations.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) and COC Belgard worked snowmobile enforcement. A call was taken about a fence being constructed on the right of way of a state highway. Enforcement action was taken for the violation. A call about a bobcat under a homeowner’s residence was handled.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working snowmobile and fishing activity. Enforcement action was taken for speeding and failing to display registration. Wichmann also assisted with the district instructor appreciation banquet that was held in Grand Rapids.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took a complaint about a deer stuck in a fence.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, patrolled area snowmobile trails, and helped with a volunteer appreciation banquet for the district.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) followed up on a few cases left over from last year’s deer season. Angling seems to have slowed on most area lakes. The lack of fishing activity was blamed by a couple of anglers as the reason they decided to smoke marijuana. However, the smell was so strong that the officer smelled it as he was passing by on a snowmobile, and followed his nose to the violators. Several boreal owls have been found dead due to the difficult winter, and have been turned over to be used as an educational tool at various schools.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) checked several fish houses, with the removal deadline approaching. Enforcement action was taken for fish houses being left on area public accesses. The officer looked into a complaint about a deer that was caught in a fence. The deer freed itself and ran off before officers arrived on the scene.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) worked on AIS issues in St. Louis County and along the North Shore. Information was exchanged with the Lake County attorney regarding AIS road checks this summer. An ATV with two juvenile females was investigated, resulting in a citation for allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and CO Murray responded to a late-evening snowmobile crash. The rider was found to have multiple broken bones but luckily survived his cold-weather rescue. Alcohol and speed were found to be among the contributing factors in the crash.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Superior Bay, the St. Louis River, and Lake Superior. He also worked the snowmobile trails.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) attended a meeting at the Brainerd district office with other DNR staff. Officer Guida states a report of a possible stolen vehicle left on the ice was investigated.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports garbage on the ice is still the number one complaint. He continued to work with neighboring CO Collette, looking at photos and reviewing complaints about ice anglers leaving garbage.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) reports fish house removal was monitored, with several citations issued for litter left on the ice.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) checked many panfish anglers. One angler who said she had a license but did not have it with her was observed to have bought it on her smartphone six minutes after the officer left. Enforcement action was taken for angling with no fishing license. Violations also found were no ID on a fish house, failing to stop snowmobiles at stop signs, and operating against traffic after sundown.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) made an ATV DWI arrest as a result of doing surveillance of panfish anglers on an area lake.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) continued field training with COC Tetrault. The officers addressed wolf depredation issues and a TIP call regarding a wolf hit by a car. Both officers also assisted Crow Wing and Aitkin County sheriffs’ departments in response to vehicle accidents.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) investigated second-hand information that a sow bear was killed by loggers.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and COC Grewe spent the week checking anglers on area lakes, responding to trespass calls, and handling nuisance-animal complaints. One angler was caught leaving a lake with an overlimit of crappies, and a few others were found fishing without their licenses.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) worked snowmobile enforcement, following complaints about snowmobilers riding over open portions of water between Pokegama Lake and the Snake River. Enforcement contacts were made for careless operation.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) attended the Lake Mille Lacs input meeting, where regulations for the upcoming fishing season were discussed.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked area lakes for litter around fish houses and for fish house removal compliance. CO Kuske worked snowmobile trail enforcement work on the Soo Line Trail.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, marked fish houses prior to the removal deadline, and worked snowmobile activity. A lot of fish houses were removed during the weekend.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, trapping, and coyote hunting. Fishing shelters were marked and noted for follow-up on litter issues.
WREO Keith Bertram responded to an overlimit TIP complaint with CO Thesing in Sauk Centre. A citation was issued for an overlimit of crappies.    

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and snowmobilers. He also checked on a number of nuisance-animal complaints.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) followed up on a public waters issue. Snowmobilers and ice anglers were checked.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continued field training with COC Silgjord. Litter complaints were investigated and will be followed up on after the fish house removal deadline. One angler was located on an area lake, trying his luck for a northern pike with tip ups. The only problem was it was after the season had closed. Enforcement action was taken.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers and documented fish houses for litter. Snowmobile trails were patrolled and snowmobile trespass calls were investigated. Several future speaking engagements were set up.
CO Jackie Glaser (Metro Water Resourcess Enforcement Officer) served a restoration order to a landowner who excavated a creek bed without obtaining the proper permits. A deed restriction compliance letter was sent.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding hunting and angling questions and a reported cougar sighting. He worked a snowmobile enforcement detail and attended airboat training.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) and COC Williams assisted the State Patrol with a driving complaint regarding a suspected drunk driver.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) responded to a TIP complaint regarding littering on Lake Independence and returned phone calls regarding the online firearms safety course.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) reports monitoring fish house activity with the upcoming deadline to get shacks off the ice. While checking an area lake, CO Peterson contacted two males in a vehicle, with a strong odor of marijuana. Marijuana was located in the vehicle, and it was learned that the occupants were about to go out to a fishing party on the lake. Enforcement action was taken. CO Peterson also assisted a neighboring officer with a game farm inspection and spoke at a firearms safety class.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) attended airboat training on the Mississippi River in Winona.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) patrolled for ATV and off-highway motorcycle activity around Dakota County. He also checked anglers and worked snowmobilers on metro trails and lakes.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week monitoring fish house removal and investigated complaints about garbage left behind.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked fishing enforcement on area lakes and marked fish houses prior to the removal deadline. She also assisted with a deer-removal program in Ramsey County.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) spent the week checking ice fishing, snowmobiling, and predator-hunting activity. Anglers are reminded that new perch-fishing regulations on Minnesota/South Dakota border waters went into effect March 1. The new daily limit for perch for Minnesota residents is 15, with 30 perch in possession.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports a lone snow goose was spotted in Lincoln County, with the season opening somewhat slowly.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports the Church Hill dam was opened, which created ice-free areas on the Minnesota River by Montevideo.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working sleds and trappers. Trappers are reminded to ask permission from landowners to set traps.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) reports local law enforcement training on AIS was taught in Meeker County.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) spoke to 80 students at a firearms safety class in New London, sponsored by the Izaak Walton League. He took enforcement action on a big-game violation as well as on someone possessing walleyes out of season.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent time on snowmobile patrol in the Hutchinson area and along the Minnesota River. Enforcement action was taken for registration issues.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports working the end of the small-game seasons and the opening of the crow season.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) reports a TIP complaint was investigated, along with a complaint about a portable stand left in a WMA. Assistance was given to the Minnesota State Patrol on a crash with injuries near Windom and a traffic hazard complaint. Assistance also was given to the Worthington Police Department regarding a call in which the suspect was located and arrested.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) gave an AIS presentation at the Sherburn Lions Club monthly meeting. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with traffic control at the scene of a two-car fatal accident on a county road.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) followed up with a trapping complaint and assisted with a commercial inspection of a taxidermy business.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) patrolled area lakes, looking for public access violations this past week. Several ice shelters were found left at public accesses.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) helped provide airboat operation instruction to other boat pilots from the Minnesota DNR, Wisconsin DNR, and several sheriffs’ departments. He also took enforcement regarding a complaint in which illegal snares were set.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) continues working with COC Holt. They report monitoring area ice-angling activity and continuing with taxidermy inspections. They also attended a meeting with Wisconsin, Iowa, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wardens to discuss issues with ginseng harvesting in the area.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports time was spent working with the county attorney on a deer-related case. A couple of anglers were contacted for keeping fish during the closed season.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) looked into reports of anglers trout fishing on closed streams. Time also was spent checking anglers on the Mississippi. 

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