Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – June 28th, 2013
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked angling activity on Lake of the Woods, Lake Bronson, and Hayes Lake. He attended a city council meeting in Lake Bronson regarding area ATV activity. Officer Huener also assisted CO Gorecki with boating enforcement at the Northwest Angle.
CO Angela Warren (Thief River Falls) investigated complaints about possible gray wolf depredation of sheep and cattle.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated an overlimit complaint involving double-tripping for panfish and investigated a waters complaint.
CO Demo Regas (Blackduck) checked anglers on Upper Red Lake throughout the week. Anglers reported landing a good number of walleyes. One 9-year-old-angler was the superstar of the week, catching the boat’s first and largest fish of the day – a 29-inch walleye.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports staffing an informational booth and the TIP trailer at the Norman County Fairgrounds in Ada this week. Time also was spent checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) participated in a radio talk show and planned firearm safety classes. Complaints about problem bears in bee hives and geese feeding in the fields were received, while wolf depredation cases were closed out.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked area angling activity, Itasca State Park, and monitored ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Complaints were received about boaters on Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park exceeding the posted speed limit of 10 mph. Several violators were located, and enforcement action was taken. A report about petroleum leaking into the Mississippi River was investigated.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) discussed AIS with a group of low-risk, non-violent offenders for the Department of Corrections, and assisted CO Troy Richards with an overlimit of walleyes.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) continued to work a case of several heifers killed by unknown animals and handled complaints about bears disturbing bird feeders.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators. Complaints were received and investigated involving overlimits of fish and people cutting down trees on WMA. Investigations are ongoing in both cases.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked station lakes this past week for sport fishing and boating activity. A good week of weather kept the area busy. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling with extra lines. Calls regarding carp being dumped both in the city limits and in rural areas continue to come in.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) assisted local authorities with cleanup efforts after severe weather passed through the Osakis area. The south end of Lake Osakis received substantial damage, and many boats, docks, lifts, and residences were damaged.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) received a call from the Pope County Sheriff’s Office about a stranded boater in the river outlet of Gilchrist Lake. CO Baumbarger and Pope County sheriff’s deputy Nelson responded to the area and located the stranded boater approximately two miles downriver from the lake. Using a small duck boat with a Go-devil motor, officers were able to tow the 17-foot bass boat back upstream, into the lake to the access. Upon asking the boater how he ended up in the river, he informed the officers that his 150-hp motor was not running, so he decided to try to use his trolling motor to navigate the river. The boater then told officers that once he realized his trolling motor was not strong enough to get him back upstream, he decided to continue fishing farther down the river. The boater was thankful to be rescued, and officers informed him that if he wanted to fish the river, he should use a canoe and not a 17-foot bass boat.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATV operators during the week. She also spoke at a firearm safety class and assisted with the ATVAM mud nationals event at Quadna Mountain near Hill City.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received calls regarding sow bears with cubs climbing up trees in people’s yards. The animals left on their own, without incident, once they were left alone and activity in the yards quieted down. Officer Sommers also received a call regarding a gill net, which was referred to a Leech Lake CO.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) monitored angling, boating, and ATV activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for no ATV safety certificate, failing to display ATV registration, operating an ATV without a helmet when under 16 years old, and operating an ATV in a road right of way without a valid driver’s license.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. CO Broughten also monitored public accesses for compliance with invasive species laws and fielded calls concerning nuisance bears.
CO Shane Siltala (WREO) met with area SWCD personnel, as well as area hydrologists, to discuss ongoing work activities. He also gave a presentation at a lake association meeting regarding fishing and AIS regulations.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports enforcement action was taken for illegal-length fish, no angling license in possession, and fish overlimits.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working boating, angling, and ATVs activity this week. A couple loons that were in distress were dealt with thanks to some concerned lakeshore residents.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, and ATVers, investigated a wetland violation complaint, and dealt with a number of wildlife-related calls. Two interesting wildlife complaints came in and included what was described as a “possum hawk” chasing a dog and a person worried about woodchucks attacking. Advice was provided to quell the fears. The violation of the week was angling without a license, with multiple anglers involved. Another angler who said he left his license at home turned out to be revoked from fishing and hunting. Appropriate enforcement action was taken, and included seizing his fishing rod.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports time was spent working fishing and boating enforcement. There seems to be a misunderstanding by a surprising number of people that the fish possession limit is twice the daily limit. This is not the case; the daily and possession limit for walleyes is six. That means never more than six walleyes per person, whether they are in the cabin freezer, at home, in a cooler, or about to be dinner.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports a trespass complaint was taken and is under investigation. CO Bermel went through evidence in preparation for disposal and through old tickets, finding several with current arrest warrants.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on inland lakes, Lake Superior, and in the BWCAW. ATV complaints were handled, with multiple violations found. Nuisance-bear complaints are rolling in. People are reminded not to leave trash or bird feeders or any other food outside. The majority of the complaints have included trash left out.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) helped teach a boat and water safety class on Pokegama Lake. She also received a complaint about coyotes becoming a nuisance along the snowmobile trail between Cohasset and Grand Rapids.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) investigated a livestock-depredation complaint, checked anglers, and worked an ATV detail in Hill City.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked AIS enforcement, assisted with a boating safety class, and worked an OHV detail in the Hill City station.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked anglers and assisted with an ATV rally near Hill City.
WREO Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked anglers, boaters, and bait-harvesting activities on infested and other area lakes. CO Arhart also helped with boater training at Pokegama Lake.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) assisted with a youth class at the Duluth Heritage Center related to boating and angling.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked on a few possible waters violations, and some complaints about wetland violations were reported. Follow-up with the area hydrologist will be needed. ATV violations have been common, with operating on the road and no registration being the most common violations. Officers Duncan and Schmidt gave a safety and fishing law talk with a group of several kids during their summer camp.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) checked wetland and waters complaints in the area. Most are unfounded or are under investigation. Received several nuisance-bear complaints were reported. Other animal-related complaints were received that consisted of woodchucks in a yard and a dead loon. A complaint of a possible gun-shot loon was investigated and was unfounded.
WREO Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) worked with residents at Park Point in Duluth regarding issues with sand removal and intrusions on protected areas of the beach.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on inland lakes around Duluth, assisted Duluth police with a warrant arrest in Canal Park, fielded calls about deer fawns in the city of Duluth, and checked an angler fishing from a float plane on Island Lake.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. An ATV detail was worked in the Hill City.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted with teaching a boat and water safety class at Breezy Point.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week included fishing, boating, and invasives enforcement on area lakes, patrol of the Crow Wing State Forest, and response to miscellaneous wildlife issues.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) assisted paramedics with a cardiac arrest patient and also searched for a suicidal male who had been missing for three days. A complaint about illegal burning was received, and the reporting party plans to call when the suspects light it up again.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a complaint about litter being dumped on Crow Wing County and State Forest land. While checking through the debris, names of parties were located, with follow-up investigation continuing. Officer Lee also received a complaint about a vehicle being operated on a closed snowmobile trail, and the vehicle got stuck in a wetland. While checking the area, officer Lee observed damaged snowmobile trail signs along with litter being dumped, and damage to the wetland. A follow-up investigation is continuing.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked boaters getting in some recreational activity on area lakes. Reports about bears hanging around residences, looking for food, were taken, and the large amount of rain prompted several calls regarding beaver-related flooding issues. While driving down a local highway, the officer noticed a truck pulling a camper at a high rate of speed on the adjacent non-motorized bike trail. When stopped, the driver said he had been drinking way too much and he was driving on the bike trail because there was a lot less traffic there. It earned him a night in jail and pending DWI charges.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on Mille Lacs Lake throughout the week. Officer Fitzgerald also worked an ATV detail in the Hill City area for an ATV event. A fishing-related TIP complaint was investigated on a local lake, and a nuisance-beaver permit was issued.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) assisted with a recreational vehicle detail in Hill City. Officer Heaton also investigated a call about someone excavating in a wetland. The excavation was determined to be a non-violation. Officer Heaton investigated a complaint regarding a private dock placed adjacent to a public access. It was obstructing the loading and unloading of boats. This also was determined to be a non-violation.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time investigating TIP calls that involved fishing without a license and illegal possession of fish. Officer Grundmeier also helped out landowners with nuisance bears and responded to a couple car versus bear vehicle accidents. A public waters complaint was taken that involved the dumping of boulders and cement blocks into an area lake.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up on TIP complaints about angling without licenses, as well as ATV complaints, throughout the week. He also spent time checking local state forests for activity, checked anglers around the Pine City area, and assisted Pine County with several emergency calls. One of those calls involved kids who overturned canoes on the St. Croix River. All the kids were wearing life jackets, and several of them floated downstream and were stranded on the river in several different groups. CO Wynn, along with Pine County deputy Tom Meier, were able to find all the individuals and return them safely to shore. Life jackets helped avoid a tragedy in this situation. The group only lost a few camping items, backpacks, and possibly one canoe, which was wrapped around a log in an area of rapids.
CO Robert Haberman (WREO) conducted a wetland site visit in the Onamia area to determine the size of a violation that occurred.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call about a fisherman keeping illegal-length largemouth bass. The fisherman was found with two over-length bass and also had an illegal resident Minnesota fishing license. The fisherman happened to be fishing right next to a sign that read that all largemouth bass 12 inches to 20 inches must be released. The person said he had read the sign but didn’t have any way to measure the fish.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) had a county planning and zoning official ride along on a boat patrol of an area lake in order to view lakeshore properties for shoreline violations.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) dealt with one group of OHM riders that resulted in multiple citations being issued.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports dumped carp with holes in them were found in a popular fishing and bowfishing spot.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) worked a public waters complaint in which someone had dumped a load of field rock in the outlet area of a small lake to raise the level of the lake. The landowner (who wants the water level to stabilize, not rise) is now responsible for the removal of the rock.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several TIP calls related to bow fishermen leaving fish along shorelines, which were followed up with enforcement action.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) took complaints about nuisance bears, beavers, and injured animals.
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) met with the area hydrologist regarding potential waters violations. CO Muyres also followed up on an ATV call in East Bethel that led to several violations for an operator trespassing on private lands.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked the St. Croix River Bridge Project and assisted with a media event on the river. She also attended a district meeting at Fort Snelling State Park. Several TIP calls were received about bow fishing and nuisances.
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a boat and water detail on Lake Minnetonka with officer Vang Lee. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession, angling with extra lines, riding on the transom of a watercraft, no personable flotation devices onboard a watercraft, and unregistered watercraft.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) took calls regarding taking protected birds, crappie overlimits, and livestock depredation.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the majority of the week checking anglers. CO Grewe also attended a BWI refresher class this week.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft users. He also attended a safety camp in Forest Lake and spoke to kids about firearm safety.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled a shoreline complaint in Blaine and is working on a wetland complaint in Columbus.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) reports a busy week and weekend on the St. Croix River. Numerous boaters and anglers were out. CO McGowan also attended court regarding a trespass case from last winter.
CO Adam Block (Metro WREO) spoke at a firearms safety class held in Prior Lake and also responded to a water emergency on Prior Lake.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he coordinated a CO work detail at Carlos Avery WMA. Officers were checking for mud trucks that have been operated illegally in the area.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, state park, and ATV enforcement. Emergency assistance was given in spotting for severe storms, one of which produced a tornado near the town of Amiret. There also were localized flooding issues with these storms. CO Loftness assisted CO Lage with storm coverage in the Lake Benton area, as well. The shoreline campsites along the Minnesota River at Upper Sioux State Park are closed due to flooding.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. Most boaters are doing a good job of removing drain plugs. However, it seems to be a banner year for no angling licenses.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports assistance was given regarding widespread damage from winds in the Benson area, two days in a row.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on complaints regarding aquatic vegetation removal and nuisance beavers.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office with an ATV rollover accident with injuries.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports assistance was provided with the search for a missing kayaker on the Minnesota River.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) returned calls concerning nuisance beaver complaints and questions about snapping turtles.
District 17 – Mankato area
C.O. Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling and boat and water activities. The officer also assisted other DNR conservation officers, three sheriffs’ offices, and several fire departments with a search on the Minnesota River near Courtland.
CO Luke Belgard (Albert Lea) worked angling enforcement on several area lakes this week. A nuisance-beaver complaint was handled.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports the river is on the rise again. All streams are high and muddy.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked fishermen and found a person fishing illegally. The person tried to convince the officer that he did not know about the rule. Officer Hemker later found the same person was found violating the same rule at the same location less than one year ago.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) taught and reviewed ATV laws with local deputies and police officers.
CO Boyum (Rushford) reports assisting the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department with flood issues in and around Lanesboro.