Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – June 21th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and on Lake of the Woods. CO Huener also assisted CO Gorecki with a fish overlimit case, which included several people. Enforcement action also was taken for a number of illegal-length walleyes that were encountered throughout the week.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked activity on area experimental-regulation lakes.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling and boating activity on Upper Red Lake throughout the week. A stranded boater on Upper Red Lake was given assistance and was towed back to the access after a mechanical failure.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending most of the past week checking anglers and watercraft operators on area lakes. Time also was spent checking ATV operators.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity in the area. Overlimit complaints were taken and investigated. Formal complaints were signed at the county attorney’s office regarding Operation Square Hook.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent time working boat and water safety, angling activity on area lakes, and AIS. A complaint was received about a nuisance beaver, and a TIP call was investigated. CO Holt assisted the local sheriff’s office with a medical emergency, helping to transport a patient from an island.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports a canoe marked as stolen was reunited with its owner. It had drifted away and a neighbor recovered it.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) received complaints about leech trappers tampering with competing leech traps. He also followed up on complaints about a ditch cleanout that resulted in a dirt spoil pile being placed on a WMA.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked ATV enforcement and boat and water safety, and assisted the sheriff’s office with a vehicle pursuit and separate vehicle crash. CO Peterson also investigated a calf kill; the cause of death is still being investigated.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on open WCA case cleanup and AIS activity. A meeting in Detroit Lakes was attended in which AIS was discussed and the new AIS detection dogs were introduced to the public.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time checking anglers, bow fishermen, and boaters. The weather has improved and folks are taking advantage of some great days on the water.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports a complaint was handled regarding an individual who called about zebra mussels attached to a dock he purchased.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work primarily fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement. Several fishing-related TIP calls were investigated and responded to, and time was spent monitoring a walleye-fishing tournament on Lake Osakis.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on anglers and boating safety enforcement. CO Anderson, assisted by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer, investigated a complaint about a person from Morris who was selling ducklings on the internet. The incident is under investigation.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) received a complaint about dumped garbage, monitored river accesses and shorelines, and checked anglers on local trout lakes. Water permits were checked, and ATV operators were monitored. State trails were monitored, and CO Parthun came upon on a medical incident involving a skate boarder who crashed. CO Parthun was able to provide immediate medical assistance. 
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Boaters are reminded to have a wearable PFD for each person on board.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. CO Broughten would like to remind off-highway motorcycle riders to check regulations specific to OHMs, as ATV and OHM laws differ.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV rec officer) checked fishing activity on rivers and lakes and responded to nuisance-bear complaints. CO Adam monitored OHV use in state forests and on roads and trails. Officer Adam also met with Boy Scout Camp officials about youth training opportunities, and assisted at firearm safety training.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala spent time enforcing AIS laws and checking anglers during the past week. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports 25 area youth completed the ATV safety riding component of the ATV safety class. A work detail at U.S. Customs in International Falls with CO Bermel and CO Wichmann resulted in overlimit cases and illegal transportation of fish from Ontario to Minnesota. CO Kittelson also responded to boat fire on Rainy Lake, which resulted in a complete loss of a boat, but only minor injuries to one individual. Thanks go to Camp Kooch staff for assistance in extinguishing the fire.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) had a busy week with fishing pressure high. Violations included no fishing license, illegal-length walleyes, angling with extra lines, unattended lines, and boat registration issues. CO Starr wrapped up the second case of wanton waste this year, with whole fish being left unutilized. A visiting nonresident vacationer approached CO Starr regarding removal of a road-killed deer that was in a ditch in a remote area. The gentleman appeared upset when he found out the dead deer will be utilized by Mother Nature, and the CO had no reason to move it.   
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, and state park users, and investigated a report of an oil slick on an area stream and lake. An individual was arrested on a warrant from a neighboring county.  

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of angling, boating, and commercial enforcement. A sizeable walleye overlimit was seized from a group coming out of the BWCAW. COs Bermel, Wichmann, and Kittelson worked the border crossing in International Falls, with fish seizures for overlimits, no skin patch, and no license. The Birch Lake walleye tournament went well, with many fish and some big ones caught.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled ATV trails and checked area lakes. CO Manning assisted Cook County with a resort fire and assisted volunteer instructors with the field day for firearm safety class. Several mute swans have been seen in Cook County and Officer Manning spent some time attempting to locate the aggressive, invasive birds. The officer also took complaints about personal watercraft being operated after sunset and anglers behaving badly. 
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) responded to nuisance bears and mute swan complaints, as well as ATV complaints.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) reports fielding several calls concerning a collared bear in the Bigfork and Marcel areas. People have been seeing this bear on roads, and sometimes near their homes. Wildlife researchers are aware of this bear, and have been studying her for 32 years. She was collared in 1981 at 7 years old. She is currently 39 years old and in good health other than the ailments of age. 
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled ATV trails, handled nuisance-animal complaints, and salvaged a road-kill moose. 
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) attended a planning meeting with the city of Grand Rapids about the deer population within the city. 
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) responded to a call concerning a fawn in a road this past week. The fawn looked new and was still trying to find its legs. Due to safety concerns for the public and the fawn, the officer moved the fawn to the woods, where the doe had been seen. 
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) monitored angling and boating activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length fish, no personal floatation devices, and possession of marijuana. 
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species enforcement at Winnibigoshish, Rainy, and other area lakes and streams. Compliance was good. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent several days working fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes. Several violations were handled. Officer Schmidt also assisted neighboring officers with possible waters violations and a TIP report about people catching and keeping undersized rainbow trout from area tributaries and Lake Superior. Officer Schmidt put on an ATV training course for local law enforcement agencies. 
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time checking on a possible waters violation and working invasive species law compliance at area accesses. Assistance was given to the State Patrol with a one-vehicle accident on the freeway in which the driver of the vehicle was injured and taken to a hospital. 
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) worked with DNR hydrologists on an issue in Duluth on Park Point, where complaints were received about people moving sand around on the Lake Superior side of their property and driving on the beach with Bobcats and bulldozers. Investigations revealed that several folks were issued permits from the city for cleaning up sand that had blown into their yards. Talking with several of the homeowners, officers learned that they were depositing the sand back on the beach from where they stated it came. One homeowner removed more sand with some protected beach grass, causing several local homeowners on Park Point to call the DNR. With assistance from the local DNR hydrologist, the areas in question were looked at and further clarification on what can be done is forthcoming as officials work closely with the city of Duluth.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore and the St. Louis River. A reminder that all rainbow trout caught in Lake Superior must be a minimum of 16 inches in length. TIP reports have been coming in about anglers keeping undersized fish. Officer Olson also assisted Duluth police with a call about teenagers displaying handguns in a residential neighborhood.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Several license violations were found when the CO checked anglers in an area recently stocked with fish. Assistance was given to the local sheriff’s office with a juvenile party along the Knife River waterfront. Enforcement action was taken for angling, ATV, OHM, and alcohol violations.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, and aquatic invasive species enforcement throughout the week. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement. A couple of TIP calls were fielded involving illegal excavation of a lakebed/shoreline and an overlimit of crappies. The overlimit of crappies turned out to be some largemouth bass. An angler was found in possession of a nice walleye, but he did not have an angling license. The angler indicated that he had fished three times before without an angling license. 
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports a complaint about a truck stuck in the mud on a snowmobile trail was passed on to CO Lee. The violator posted the photos on his Facebook page.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this last week. He also worked on complaints regarding shoreline violations including a complaint about a track hoe in the lake used in an attempt to repair an ice ridge, a complaint about an illegal channel draining water from Sylvan Lake, and a complaint about an illegal sand blanket. All of the reports are still under investigation.  

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

WREO Rob Haberman investigated a public waters complaint on Gull Lake in Fairview Township. WREO Haberman also worked AIS enforcement throughout the Brainerd and Mille Lacs area throughout the week.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers and boaters in the Pine City area. He also took calls regarding nuisance animals and questions about weed growth on area lakes. 
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) seized seven illegal-length walleyes from six different parties on Lake Mille Lacs; additional violations are being investigated.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) investigated a call about an injured loon and illegal camping on state forest land. ATV activity was monitored around the Malmo station. The officer also assisted the area WREO with a possible Wetland Conservation Act violation. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) cited an angler who became upset when he received a ticket for fishing without a license. The angler believed that it was a trivial issue, and CO Kuske should have “bigger fish to fry.” CO Kuske received complaints about rough fish being dumped in ditches. One complainant watched a bow fisherman fill a cooler with carp and then, before leaving, dump the cooler of dead fish back into the lake. CO Kuske also investigated a number of potential lake shore violations.
WREO Keith Bertram served two restoration orders to individuals who excavated the lake bed on South Stanchfield Lake in Isanti County.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled three different calls about deer with broken legs and also numerous calls about nuisance bears in people’s yards, looking for an easy snack, usually from a bird feeder. CO Kuske also assisted a person in his 80s in putting out a prohibited-materials fire that he had started.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the week monitoring fishing and boating activity. A waters appropriation complaint was handled, and reports of a carp die-off on a local lake were investigated. Photographs and information were provided to Fisheries staff.  

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked anglers, boaters, and compliance with AIS laws. Officer Londgren also continues to follow up on wetland and public waters violations.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) issued summonses and written warnings to a number of night bow fishermen for illegally taking snapping turtles and walleyes, and litter of rough fish on public accesses and state forest land.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended a kids fishing clinic in Buffalo with the TIP trailer. Reller also followed up on a TIP call about a possible overlimit of fish, with enforcement action taken.  
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) investigated a possible shoreline violation near Grandy. CO Muyres also responded to a TIP violation of a possible fish overlimit. 

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a Stillwater Bridge detail. Several reports about injured animal and orphaned animals were handled.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) responded to a call regarding a hen mallard nesting in a flower pot at a home in Plymouth.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Minnetonka. Numerous violations were found, including no watercraft registration, gunwale riding, no PFD, extra lines, and no fishing license.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked shore anglers at metro-area lakes and rivers. He also did a presentation on hunting, fishing, and state park regulations at a community event in St. Paul. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the St Croix River for angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, and numerous boating violations. 
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he attended the Fishing for Life Fair at the Anoka County Fairgrounds. He also checked on a possible wetlands violation in Oak Grove. CO Johnson investigated a dumping complaint in Carlos Avery WMA and received a call about a black bear damaging bird feeders in Ham Lake.
CO Adam Block (Metro WREO) responded to a watercraft accident in Scott County and worked at the site of the new Stillwater bridge project.   

District 15 – Marshall area

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued WCA extensions in Pipestone, Waseca, and Faribault counties. An AIS demonstration during the Lake Detroiters Association meeting in Detroit Lakes was completed, along with boat checks at lake accesses.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked anglers and boaters. He also assisted in setting up a boat and water booth for Montevideo Fiesta Days and patrolled the river for the kayak races. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused on angling and boating activity throughout the week. Several nuisance-beaver complaints were taken. 

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) reports complaints continue regarding rough fish dumped in public accesses and in public fishing areas.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on complaint regarding property left within the Luce Line Trail right of way. A high-use ATV area was worked during the week, with enforcement action taken on ATV riders for driving on a county road and operating an unregistered ATV.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports checking limits of northern pike on area lakes this week. Oberg also handled calls regarding fawns and eagles.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) reports assistance was given to the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to locate a possibly suicidal person.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers this past week. Gruhlke also completed his radio program, discussing topics including area activity, orphaned and injured wildlife, and Take a Kid Fishing Day with local law enforcement.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity. CO Howe also assisted other D17 officers with a case, and presented a laws and ethics course to a youth ATV safety-training class.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators. Time also was spent monitoring AIS compliance at area accesses. In addition, Officer Ihnen worked with ongoing wetland and public waters violations.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to check a large volume of anglers in the area. River levels are high, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to utilize their kayaks and canoes.
CO Luke Belgard (Albert Lea) worked angling, ATV, and AIS enforcement. Enforcement action was taken on a sunfish overlimit, extra line violation, boat plug violations, and multiple ATV violations.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) reports time was spent wrangling two horses that escaped their confines and decided to browse along Hwy. 56 east of LeRoy.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft operators. Calls regarding injured animals were taken.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked ATVers in the area and spent time checking boats for AIS violations at accesses. 
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports bass fishermen were doing well. One group was observed and later contacted for unlawfully taking fish by snagging, with enforcement action taken.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports receiving a complaint about some trout fishermen who had too many trout. CO Chihak and CO Boyum followed the subjects to their campsite, which revealed overlimits of trout. Citations were issued. Time also was spent checking on ATV complaint areas, which included state forest land north of Mabel.

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