Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 26th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) patrolled for ATV and snowmobile activity. Wildlife management areas were monitored. Follow up was conducted on a possible wolf depredation and predator control area.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) attended annual training at Camp Ripley, conducted follow-up on a trapping complaint, and checked area experimental regulation lakes. A dead wolf was disposed of, and assistance was provided to firearm safety instructors.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored the spring thaw road conditions of area forest roads and ATV activity throughout the week. CO Regas also attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Assistance was provided to Kelliher and Blackduck firearm safety instructors. A call about a nuisance bear getting into bird feeders was handled, and a commercial taxidermy inspection was conducted.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) investigated a public waters violation and several nuisance-animal complaints.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting area wildlife personnel in pushing a moose out of residential neighborhoods in Crookston. Time also was spent checking ice anglers. 
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked anglers on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht also worked with CO Holt doing commercial taxidermy checks in the Bemidji area. CO Vollbrecht reports a couple of fish houses with ID and shelter license tags that were removed by the owners. Photos were taken along with the GPS coordinates of the houses before the shelter-removal deadline. At the time the pictures were taken, the shelter ID was still on the house. House owners have been contacted in the meantime, and were informed of the consequences of not having a license and shelter tag on their fish house. The officer is working with the owners on getting the houses removed from the lakes safely before ice-out. 
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) responded to a call regarding a wounded deer, as well as a suspected wolf depredation complaint. A TIP complaint was investigated with CO Vollbrecht.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports taking several calls about sick deer. One deer was “fished” out of a deep window well. The deer had been walking close to the house in order to avoid the deep snow when it fell in. The homeowners had been gone for three days, so they had no idea how long it was down there. The deer was released unharmed. Several TIP calls were taken. One involved a deer seen with an arrow still in it. A firearm safety class was attended.   
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) met with Clay County and city of Moorhead authorities regarding flood preparation. CO Seefeldt received reports about wanton waste of snow geese, Canada geese being taken out of season, and unlawful operation of ATVs by juveniles.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) responded to calls about dogs chasing deer and killing them. People must realize their dogs can be deadly deer killers when snow conditions allow the dogs to run on top of the snow and the deer cannot.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) attended and spoke at a local firearm safety class. Additional time was spent checking fishermen, ATV operators, turkey hunters, and spring goose hunters. Calls were handled in the vacant Wheaton station.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishing activity on area lakes. Illegal ATV operation complaints on area highways were investigated.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports an investigation with CO Johanson into a possible fish overlimit was conducted in the Alex/Osakis area. Also, enforcement action was taken on a snowmobiler seen riding though a state park on closed trails.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to monitor ice-fishing activity, including the investigation of TIP calls regarding possible fish overlimits. Additional time was spent checking turkey hunters and beaver trappers.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused on turkey hunters, the Minnesota/South Dakota border waters fishing opener, and light goose hunter activity. The Minnesota/South Dakota border waters fishing opener was not very good. More people were observed ice fishing rather than open-water angling. Reports of 24 to 27 inches of ice on Lake Traverse were common. Anderson also assisted CO Nelson with a TIP call investigation involving killed hawks and eagles. Calls were fielded regarding injured birds, border waters fishing law change questions, safety classes and turkey hunting questions.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took complaints about fish carcasses and beaver carcasses dumped along roadways. A few anglers are still getting out on some lakes, but fishing success is limited.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen in the area. Up to three feet of ice was reported on the lakes in the area.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily managed case files and met with local county attorneys. Ice on area lakes has shown little evidence of deterioration.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) attended the 6th Trail Ambassador pre-season meeting with many trail users waiting to get out and monitor the trails.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports a few people out trying to catch a sturgeon during the catch-and-release season on the Rainy River. A few animal complaints and ice shelter removal issues on Rainy Lake were handled.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) reported snowmobilers were worked on state trails, which were in good shape. Some fishermen were out, with ice still very thick. A dead owl was investigated.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) responded to and investigated the report of a dog that was caught chasing deer. The reporting party saw the dog chasing deer then caught the dog and contacted CO Frericks. The dog was returned to its owner, who was issued a civil citation for allowing it to chase deer.   
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a call about a bobcat hanging around a cabin, looking for food. Time was spent on Lake Vermillion on snowmobile patrol, watching water-skipping activity and addressing any illegal activity. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training at Camp Ripley. A complaint from Bear Head State Park staff was investigated, with enforcement action taken for operating ATVs on the Taconite Trail, which is posted closed to ATV use. Enforcement action was taken for expired snowmobile registration and failure to stop at road crossings. A motorist was stopped when a child was observed in the lap of a backseat passenger. The driver also had a suspended driver’s license, and enforcement action was taken for both violations.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) assisted in the search for a neighbor who had walked into the woods and was eight hours overdue. The snow in the woods was deep, up to a person’s waist in many places, and this proved exhausting for the overdue man and the searchers on foot. There was a frightening bit of urgency as it was just before dark, the ice on the river had been eroding, and the blizzard, with strong winds and 17 to 22 inches of snow, was setting in. All tracks quickly disappeared due to the blowing snow. Remarkably and fortunately, the man was found and safely recovered with only minor frostbite. The family and community had quickly launched the search effort that certainly saved his life.
CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) checked snowmobilers following the recent heavy snows. Enforcement action was taken for an unregistered snowmobile. Johnson also issued a possession permit for a road-killed bobcat.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked a few anglers while working the North Shore near Lake Superior tributaries. Reports were taken regarding road-killed deer and of snowmobilers using a closed trail to access border lakes.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time at Camp Ripley instructing officers in “use of force.” The officer also armored several division-issued shotguns with various malfunctions.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and ATV activity after the Friday winter storm dumped over 20 inches of fresh snow in the area.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored ATV activity, and attended K-9 training. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and snowmobile registration issues.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent some time checking commercial activity at minnow retailer stores in her station. She also checked anglers at the few locations where panfish can be caught. She received a complaint about snowmobilers operating on cross-country ski trails in the Sugar Hills area.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) attended an ATV Trail Ambassador meeting in Brainerd. CO Velsvaag also attended a couple days of training at Camp Ripley and took calls about road-killed deer, coyotes with mange, and the spring beaver season.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVers, snowmobilers, and spring trappers. He also handled trespass and litter complaints during the week.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ice anglers during the past week. The ice in the area is still holding strong.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) checked the North Shore for shore anglers. Area lakes and rivers are difficult to travel due heavy snow and slush.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported an injured deer was dispatched after it had apparently been attacked by a bobcat. Assistance was given to local law enforcement in the apprehension of two suspects who were shooting road signs from their vehicle.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley where training was received in defensive tactics, CPR, and firearms. Some assistance was given to the State Patrol with vehicles that were in the ditch during the most recent snowstorm. More K-9 training was done with K-9 Schody, focusing on game and fish detection. K-9 assistance was given to another CO in locating items lost during a search for a missing person. K-9 Schody was able to locate the items through a foot of new snow.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers along Lake Superior. Kamloops rainbows seem to be staging in front of rivers, but without much runoff, anglers are restricted to casting from shore.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. He also checked anglers along Lake Superior, along with a few snowmobiles still around.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) followed up on a deer case from last fall and weed-roller issues before they arise. 
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with in-service training held at Camp Ripley. Conservation Officers from all over the state come to Camp Ripley to complete mandatory training that’s required by the Minnesota POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) Board.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) fielded an all-terrain vehicle complaint in which a couple of neighborhood youth were observed riding wheelies down the street. Officer Guida also issued a car-killed deer permit.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) took calls about people driving over barricades set up for seasonal state forest closures. He also checked on injured deer and trucks blocking a public access at a lake. A truck operator venturing onto a lake broke through in shallow water and had to be pulled out.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored angling and ATV activity and enforced temporary road and trail closures in the state recreation area and completed annual firearms and tactics training. 

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked ice anglers still bringing in some crappies. Full-size vehicles were still seen driving on area lakes. 
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) found a high amount of snowmobiling activity throughout the week with the heavy snowfall. Numerous violations were addressed,including failure to display valid registration, failure to give notice of snowmobile transfer, and operating unregistered snowmobiles. Beaver trappers reported stolen traps; some of the traps were recovered and enforcement action was taken. The officer seized a turkey that was possessed illegally, with the assistance of CO Arntzen.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) helped other area law enforcement with tracking down some burglars and assisted with vehicle accidents during the recent spring snowstorm. Spring beaver trapping activity was monitored, and the season’s first turkey hunters were checked. 
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls about nuisance animals and answered questions about trapping. He spent time following up on ATV complaints and monitored state forests in the area for road and trail closures. CO Wynn also assisted in transferring evidence to Wisconsin wardens. 
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) talked to a few turkey hunters and saw few birds mostly because of weather conditions. A complaint about a dog chasing a deer was investigated.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week updating wetland cases, and checking turkey hunters and beaver trappers. WREO Bertram also assisted neighboring officers with overlimit cases.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) received calls concerning dogs chasing deer, possible sand blanket violations, and questions regarding turkey hunting. 
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a call about an injured deer and checked into a complaint about someone keeping a protected bird. 
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) reports a garbage-burning incident was located when the CO drove past a residence and noticed a fire emitting dark smoke. A further inspection of the fire revealed plastic items, clothing, and tin cans. Enforcement action for open burning of garbage was taken. 
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked turkey hunters, anglers, snowmobilers, and TIP complaints. A litter investigation led to a citation when the suspect dumped a truck load of garbage along a 500-yard stretch of a township road. A TIP report was investigated that led to three overlimit citations for a large number of sunfish.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on the Mississippi River. He issued summonses for taking fish by snagging.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports a turkey-hunting trespassing call was investigated and during the on-scene investigation, three turkey hunters were located. They said they chose to hunt that property because, “We saw birds here,” and, “People have trespassed on our land.” The case will be referred to the county attorney’s office for review.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to approximately 80 students at a firearm safety class in Monticello.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) assisted with annual in-service training and patrolled for fishermen.
CO Jackie Glaser (Metro Water Resource Enforcement Officer) worked at a career booth at the Law Enforcement Opportunities Career Fair in Brooklyn Park.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) returned calls regarding game and fish laws. He also assisted firearms instructors with firearm safety class and answered questions of students who took the online course.
CO Brent Grewe (Osseo) spent the majority of the week dealing with nuisance turkeys and a possible wetland violation. He followed up with questions regarding feeding turkeys in business districts and beavers causing damage on an area lake.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) reports a late-season ice angler was seen gaining access to an area lake via an extension ladder, in order to hurdle the open water. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution on area lakes, as conditions are changing quickly.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) reports responding to several calls about injured geese. One call came in regarding a hen goose that was on her nest in an apartment complex parking lot. The goose was not injured, but was determined to defend her nest from passing pedestrians and vehicles. Residents were educated, and it appears the goose will be allowed to use the space. CO Peterson also investigated a wetland violation in which a driver drove a Jeep drove through a wetland. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) investigated a deer carcass that was dumped in a county park, which resulted in enforcement action.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended two days of in-service at Camp Ripley. She set up firearm safety classes, handled nuisance-animal calls and talked to numerous individuals at the Law Enforcement Opportunities Career Fair in Brooklyn Park.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked the Big Stone fishing opener. Officers checked people fishing through ice instead of anglers in boats or along the shoreline. Ice conditions were poor near shore, but anglers found 24 to 30 inches of ice on the lake.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports assistance was given to a county agency at a disturbance call.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) states that after a weather delay, DNR Fisheries was finally able to stock designated trout stream areas on the Redwood River by Camden State Park and Redwood Falls.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) followed up on several WCA and public waters violations and restoration orders. A restoration order was issued in Lincoln County.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) reports multiple commercial inspections were completed, and a past inspection case was closed with enforcement action taken for incomplete records and illegal possession of a pine marten.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) checked a number of trout anglers – many with limits. A number of snowmobile violations were encountered. After the last snowstorm, several songbirds were found severely weakened or dead, including a small flock of hermit thrushes.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked angling and turkey and waterfowl seasons, and patrolled Kilen Woods State Park, WMAs, and WPAs.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked fishermen and ATV operators. CO Ihnen also checked turkey hunters and responded to TIP calls and other complaints from the public.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) instructed at division in-service training. Concrete canoe races were attended at a local lake.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports a cease and desist order and a restoration order were issued in separate wetlands cases.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring trout angling and the spring turkey hunting season. Chihak also assisted with a taxidermy inspection.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success on the trout streams and the river has been slow with the cold wet weather. 
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) checked turkey hunters and trout fishermen. Turkey hunters are doing fair despite the uncooperative weather. CO Boyum also assisted with a youth turkey hunt at Chester Woods Park in Olmsted County.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports turkey hunting has been good for hunters able to hunt when the weather was good. Hemker checked a person fishing without a license that also was found to have several warrants. The CO continues to investigate possible fish overlimits.

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