Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – June 14th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports a complaint was taken on a reckless watercraft operator.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) reports an investigation is ongoing in regards to illegal taking of small game and motor vehicles on snowmobile trails.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) reports enforcement action for the week included over limit of fish and illegal length fish.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling activity on Upper Red Lake.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) instructed at a Firearms Safety field day. Enforcement action taken during the week included fishing and boating violations.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) handled several spring beaver complaints.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) had complaints of problem bear, beaver, and geese. A fawn was returned to the wild and a pontoon was recovered.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) investigated complaints of double tripping and over limits. An internship with a local college student continues.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) took a complaint of a fawn in somebody’s yard. After advising the complainant to let it be, it was gone the next day.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports calls were taken about what the requirements are for moving water-related equipment – many dealing with the selling of boat lifts.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) followed up on reports of leech trapping violations. He also responded to several reports of injured wildlife.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) received calls about nuisance bears getting into bird feeders.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent AIS time on Red Lake. Several AIS violations were detected and several slot fish violations were addressed on Red Lake.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked boaters and anglers. Questions were answered for special goose shooting permits and nuisance beaver complaints.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) fielded several nuisance turkey and sandhill crane complaints of crop depredation.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and boaters, and worked public waters/WCA violations this past week.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen, and ATV operators. AIS checks were done at area public accesses.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a local lake service provider was cited for transporting aquatic invasive species after a DNR watercraft inspector found the violation.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work primarily fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Anglers are reminded that there are special regulations on some lakes and that fish need to be measured accurately while on these waters. One boat was found to be in possession of six undersize walleyes taken on Lake Osakis, which has a 15-inch walleye minimum.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) and Nelson worked anglers in the vacant Traverse County station. Additional time was spent issuing intra-state minnow transportation permits and a call about a cougar sighting was referred to Glenwood DNR Wildlife officials.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) and Anderson worked in the Morris area checking fishermen this past weekend.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) assisted three young men from England, who are raising money for disabled veterans by kayaking the entire length of the Mississippi River. Follow their progress at www. Mississippichallenge2013.weebly.com
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. CO Hunter spoke at a youth ATV safety class and took reports of abandoned wild animals.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked anglers and late-night watercraft. An ATV for law enforcement class was taught to a local sheriff’s office.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, and ATVs. Two walleye overlimit TIP calls came in and one resulted in an angler with 37 walleyes over limit.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked angling activity; crappies were still the fish to catch. Nuisance bear calls and other wildlife nuisance complaints were handled.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec. Officer) checked fishing activity on rivers and lakes. Nuisance bear complaints and orphan fawn issues were handled.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala enforced AIS laws over the weekend. A presentation on AIS laws was given to a citizen group.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored lakes and public access sites, continued maintenance on watercraft, monitored forest roads, and spent time on administrative tasks and computer problems.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking anglers and boaters on Lake Vermilion and area rivers were checked for anglers. It seems the river anglers were having quite a bit better success than the lake anglers.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) heard a concerning theme by numerous fishermen, in that they are feeding neighborhoods with gifted fish so they won’t be over limit. While this type of activity is legal, it puts a huge strain on the resource. A change of target species, or perhaps a change of lakes, might be the challenge some fishermen need. CO Starr worked on two separate cases of wanton waste of fish at Bearhead Lake State Park; both cases will result in charges for throwing whole fish away. A litter case was also worked on.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) stopped an ATV on a non-motorized bike trail, after driving on the street with an unregistered ATV and with a canceled driver’s license. The driver had a warrant for failing to pay fines for unregistered ATV and driving after cancelation from the last time the officer ticketed him three months prior. He was taken to jail on the warrant, only to find drug paraphernalia and a drug scale on him. The officer received good information from CO Starr of anglers taking too many fish and in the slot on Vermilion Lake. The officer observed the anglers taking numerous walleyes and walleyes in the protected slot. After stopping them on the lake, a visit to the anglers’ cabin revealed more walleye; however, they had called ahead for the neighbor to conceal the excess fish. The plot was foiled. Two slot walleyes, several walleyes over the limit and no navigation light violations were the result.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports trespassing issues between neighbors are being dealt with and one neighbor was advised to post their property as a start.  

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports a complaint of a dog chasing deer and possibly killing a fawn is under investigation.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) spent time checking canoeists in the BWCAW.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports violations include illegal operation of an off-highway motorcycle, and operate an unregistered watercraft.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted in extinguishing a suspicious grass fire in a county road ditch. CO Manning also assisted Cook County in a successful search for a missing backpacker. The officer also followed up on calls about a moose calf sleeping on the Gunflint Trail roadway, nuisance beaver and illegal fishing activity.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week in the BWCAW on a work detail with Officer Schottenbauer.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a joint patrol with an 1854 Treaty officer over the weekend. Murray responded to a grass fire that quickly spread but was extinguished by the Two Harbors FD before any property was damaged.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO John Velsvaag (Region II ATV officer)  checked on illegal ATV use on ski trails and observed that signs had been removed.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) responded to protected waters and to Wetland Conservation Act investigations.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) reports enforcement action taken for transporting watercraft with plugs in and failure to remove fish house by deadline.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) took a call about a nuisance bear feeding in a dumpster. Reminder if bears don’t have access to food, they generally are not a problem.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) investigated the illegal taking and possession of a fawn.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action for leaving a plug in a boat while on a public highway, failing to leave a skin patch on walleyes in transportation, walleyes over limit and for numerous northern pike over limit.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) cited an individual for texting while driving.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked ATV trails and complaint areas.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports several wildlife calls were fielded during the week which included injured deer, reports of fawns without mothers, and even reports of a bird that hasn’t been seen in the Duluth area for many years. 
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked a  report of a person unlawfully camping on state land. Violations for miscellaneous boating equipment, registration, and angling without licenses in possession were encountered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended more training with K9 Schody. He was also taken to the vet for an annual exam. He is ready for another year.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE MN) received a report of a person with a bulldozer moving sand around on Park Point. Another person was using the motor on their boat to power wash a channel to open water from their dock to open water.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended the U.S. Coast Guard changing of command ceremony for the Commander of the Port. He checked anglers on the St. Louis River.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked for AIS violations, returned some property, did some equipment maintenance, and worked on reports.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) gave a fur presentation to an area senior center.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) assisted in rescuing a stranded boater on the Mississippi River who was experiencing mechanical problems.
CO James Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) worked with park staff and volunteers during the 3rd Annual Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival held in Crosby/Ironton and the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area. He responded to a personal injury accident on the mountain bike trails in the SRA that occurred during a race held in conjunction with the Mountain Bike Festival.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) finished working on a walleye over limit. A litter case and miscellaneous wildlife calls were handled during the week. Angling, watercraft and aquatic invasive checks were also done.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) had a large number of nuisance animal complaints throughout the week. Black bears have been very active, making it best for property owners to lock up garbage containers and put away birdfeeders when bears have been hanging around.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took several calls with questions regarding nuisance bears, baby fawns and baby otters.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) investigated several calls of nets in Lake Mille Lacs. It was found that they were the DNR’s test nets for the recapture study on the lake. A call of an orphaned wild bunny rabbit was taken. The rabbit was transported to the Wild and Free organization at the Garrison Animal Hospital. 
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded phone calls revolving around Lake Mille Lacs fishing regulations, ATV regulations and nuisance bears.
WREO Rob Haberman worked on wetland violations around the Onamia area.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) staffed the TIP trailer on display at Kathio State Park’s Youth Activity Day.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received more complaints about people letting their dogs roam the countryside. Unaccountability of these pets resulted in the death of a fawn and other wildlife being chased or harassed.
WREO Keith Bertram observed one angler having trouble keeping up to the fish biting on his three lines. After receiving a citation, the angler found it easier to keep up using only one line.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked AIS enforcement, anglers and boaters. Boaters traveling with their drain plug not removed still seems to be an issue. Reminder: never travel on a road with your boat plug in.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) was approached by one angler who requested assistance with a treble hook that was buried in the palm of his hand. The officer provided assistance with the removal of the hook and some first aid afterwards. The angler was grateful for the help.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) received a complaint of dumped fish including game fish. Investigation found the fish dumped in a popular fishing spot; no sign of puncture holes from archer shooters were found in the dozen suckers or three pike. The officer found several carp shooters out with poor compliance on regulations.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) spent time checking anglers on the Mississippi River. Bow fishermen are having some success with the carp.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) received a call from a concerned citizen stating that she pulled into a driveway and reported seeing an injured deer lying near a brush pile, and was sure that there was some sort of poaching activity going on at the residence. When Londgren arrived on the scene she identified the deer which ended up being the homeowner’s apparently very life-like 3-D archery target.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) finished up on an investigation of a number of dumped rough fish and 11 snapping turtles shot by night bow fishermen; charges will be filed.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports two nuisance beavers were turned over and donated to the wildlife center to feed their captive bears.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports one angler who was angling with two lines advised that he was not using two lines; he was just seeing what they were biting on.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) monitored fishing activity on Lake Minnetonka and was in contact with several muskie fishermen who were having a fair amount of success.
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked AIS enforcement on area lakes.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) spoke at Crossroad Elementary and a Saint Paul Public School about the role of a conservation officer.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received numerous reports on nuisance/injured/orphaned wildlife.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) followed up on a TIP call about an individual shooting geese.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) patrolled state parks, state trails, and participated in an event at Powderhorn Park.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) followed up on a case of dumping in a WMA with enforcement action taken. 
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) worked a security detail for the new Stillwater bridge project on the St. Croix River.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) responded to animal calls and a couple of TIP complaints and spent some time on equipment maintenance.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) investigated a complaint of illegal runoff water at a business in East Bethel.
CO Adam Block (Metro WREO) spent the week responding to wetland complaints in Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) had a ride-along that is interested in being a CO and she worked on a wetland complaint in Anoka County.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that poor weather conditions for the annual Windsurfing Regatta in Worthington resulted in light crowds and fewer racers.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) assisted with a fatal boating accident in Lac qui Parle County.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working ATVs.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reported an investigation of camping on a WMA is underway. What looks like an airplane wing was recovered in Shaokatan Lake.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports assisted local authorities at a boating accident that resulted in a double drowning.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) checked a WCA violation and two public water violations in Kandiyohi County.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) was on a local radio show and spoke about invasive species laws.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) reports a call regarding a possible over limit of northern pike was received and investigated. Issues with juveniles driving ATVs were also addressed.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a commercial enforcement case.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) completed his radio program discussing topics including area activity, boat and water safety.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) inspected commercial bait dealers.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) gave an interview to KEYC-TV regarding weather, license sales, and AIS-related topics
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) attended a kids fishing event in Waseca.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) investigated calls of illegal burning.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) attended a new wildlife management area dedication.
CO Luke Belgard (Albert Lea) handled calls for an abandoned fawn and a nuisance woodchuck.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) focused enforcement efforts for the week on sport fishing, ATV activity, and horse pass compliance on state park trails.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) responded to a complaint of rough fish being dumped in a rural roadway.
CO Phil George (Rochester) took a TIP call of overlimit. That case was unfounded but he found a group of six people angling at a public fishing pier and interfering with others trying to enjoy their Sunday afternoon. No one in the group had an angling license, their fish were seized, citations were issued and one was taken to jail on a warrant. The other families could now enjoy the rest of “Take a Kid Fishing” weekend.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating reports of over-limits on bass and sunfish. Other reports of subjects illegally fishing on a special regulation trout stream were received.
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) responded to a call where a boater beached his boat. The operator was administrated field sobriety tests and cited for invalid boat registration.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement along with continuing several investigations and attending some training.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) assisted at watercraft training for DNR employees.

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