Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 12th, 2013
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked boaters and anglers on Lake of the Woods during the holiday weekend. Enforcement action was taken for an insufficient number of PFDs and angling without a license. A driver of a vehicle was stopped for transporting a watercraft without first removing the drain plug.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked area experimental regulation lakes, investigated a wolf depredation case, and monitored area ATV trails.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling and boating activity on Upper Red Lake throughout the week and during the 4th of July holiday. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, and boat safety equipment violations.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) had calls about depredation, sick and injured animals, and solid waste issues.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a busy 4th of July holiday and weekend. CO Vollbrecht worked a boat and water detail with CO Holt and CO Mathy on the Cass Lake chain of lakes. Assistance was provided in a BWI arrest.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports concentrating efforts on boating safety and boating enforcement. The busy Independence Day weekend saw lots of boating activity. Questions were taken about how to handle bears in a neighborhood, a porcupine was shot by a resident as it “charged” at some kids, and CO Vinton assisted the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with security around the fireworks launched from Detroit Lake.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office with a PWC crash investigation and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office with a boating accident.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports high activity during the holiday week. An unusually high number of no fishing license violations were found. CO Forsberg assisted Otter Tail County with a diving accident, and a boater whose family ran onto rocks and had to be rescued.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent much time on boating and fishing enforcement during the week. Plautz found numerous violations, including no fishing license in possession, insufficient PFDs on board, no fire extinguisher, failure to display registration on a boat, and operating a PWC within 150 feet of docks at a speed greater than slow-no wake.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports lots of enforcement action taken this week during the 4th of July holiday. This included angling with extra lines, overlimits of fish, no boating navigation lights, expired watercraft registration, and no PFDs in a watercraft. COs Lawler and Johanson were on Lobster Lake when Lawler was flagged down by a woman on shore. Her husband had fallen off a dock and was bleeding profusely from the head. Ambulance services were called and the man was transported to a local hospital for stitches.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) followed up on a TIP, and a subsequent check led to charges against a group of nonresidents for boating safety violations, litter, extra lines, and being over their possession limit of northern pike, bass, and crappies.
COs Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) and Anderson worked a boating lights and late PWC operation detail on Lakes Amelia and Minnewaska during the July 4 weekend.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Larry Francis (Remer) worked fishing, boating, and ATV activity during the holiday week and weekend. He assisted the sheriff’s office on a pursuit that involved parties that had jumped into the Leech River. Officer Francis also encountered several ATV violations, including an 8-year-old allowed to operate an unregistered and too-large ATV on the shoulder of a state highway, without a safety certificate.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. ATV and dirt bike operating violations were abundant. In one instance, officer Broughten stopped an ATV being operated on the highway with a toddler without a helmet as a passenger. The operator stated he thought his child was safer without a helmet because he believed helmets don’t fit well on young children.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) handled four different bear-related complaints and investigated complaints involving illegal activity at a state campground.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a forest fire is being investigated that likely was caused by fireworks. A call about a possible drowning on Lake Vermilion was responded to, which turned out to be unfounded.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports the effort to decrease loud boats on Vermilion continued, with numerous enforcement actions taken. A complaint about a bear was addressed.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, state park enforcement, and the annual Vermilion Lake flotilla. Mixing alcohol and a small inflatable raft in a river with the man’s 12-year-old son on board was not a good idea. Since the dad could not be arrested for BWI, arrangements were made to have someone babysit the extremely intoxicated father and the sober 12-year-old until the dad sobered up.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent a majority of his time checking anglers and boaters on area lakes. With the long 4th of July weekend and cooperative weather, the lakes were busy with boat traffic. Among other boating violations, numerous boaters received citations for insufficient PFDs. Some of those boaters attempted to claim ignorance about the PFD requirement, while others admitted they knew they needed a PFD but just neglected to throw one in the boat.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) has received information about possible deer-baiting areas that will be followed up on this fall. He also received a call from a person who was concerned neighbor boys had captured painted turtles, placed them in open bins outside and weren’t feeding them.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
Stage also spent time working inside the BWCA where many instances of BWCA law violations were detected. No wilderness permit, possession of cans and bottles, and even motorized watercraft in prohibited areas were found, in addition to fishing and boating violations.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports one person encountered was from out of state and didn’t have canoe registration in the BWCA. When it was explained to him that the U.S. Forest Service does a good job in its orientations about the requirement for canoe registration in Minnesota, the man stated that he didn’t pay attention to that stuff. The CO gave him a reason to pay attention in the future. One boat encountered with four people – including two children – didn’t have any life jackets.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking anglers, ATV riders, and boaters during the holiday weekend. The officer worked ATV trails with Officer Manning. Bear-related complaints keep rolling in; people are reminded to keep trash inside.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) issued one Wetland Conservation Act restoration order and one public waters inventory restoration order. Sunfish overlimit complaints were investigated, and transported boat lifts and dock sections were checked for aquatic species.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) worked boating and angling activity, patrolled for illegal ATV operation, investigated a livestock depredation where wolves killed a horse, and assisted with an individual who ran from the Thistledew Correctional Facility and was apprehended.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) assisted with a wolf depredation call and also followed up on a litter case.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) investigated complaints about a car stuck on a designated ATV trail, a nuisance bear shooting, and shoreline alteration/APM violation.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted the State Patrol when a vehicle ran off the road and into two signs. Witnesses stated occupants in the vehicle fled into the woods and came back out after a short time, got into the vehicle, and took off at a high rate of speed. K9 Schody was sent into the wooded area to see where they had gone. About 50 feet back into the woods, the K-9 alerted and retrieved a camera case that contained drugs and paraphernalia. More illegal drugs and paraphernalia were found in the same location where he located the camera case. The case is under investigation by the State Patrol.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) patrolled Lake Superior, Superior Bay, the St. Louis River, and inland lakes for boaters and anglers during the July 4th weekend. He also assisted in advising a camper he had camped too long on state forest property.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) patrolled area lakes this past week with lots of activity observed. Officer Lee assisted the Crosslake Police Department with a call. Officer Lee also assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department with multiple calls on the Whitefish Chain during the holiday weekend. Officer Lee also received a call that a gray fox had been shot with an arrow and wondered into a yard. Further investigation is continuing. While following up on an open case, officer Lee was making contact with parties involved at a residence in Brainerd. Upon arrival at the residence, officer Lee observed a party take off running from the porch of the residence. After a short foot pursuit, officer Lee was able to take the party into custody. The individual was running due to outstanding warrants in Crow Wing County.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports a pontoon operator who was stopped for operating beyond slow-no wake speed in the no-wake zone had no navigation lights more than an hour after sunset. Nobody on the boat was wearing a life jacket, including a child and a crying baby. They were short two life jackets also. Enforcement action was taken.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) found an individual on Lake Mille Lacs fishing with two lines who had an overlimit of walleyes in possession (five walleyes). The walleyes had been filleted on the water and the carcasses dumped into the water; appropriate citations were issued.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports a call about a possible feral pig was investigated and several fishing- and boating-related TIP complaints were worked.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received several nuisance-bear complaints. One included a bear that found its way into an elderly couple’s home. The homeowners were not home at the time. The bear climbed onto a chair on the couple’s deck, then entered the home through a window that was open a few inches. It destroyed the screen and then slid the window all the way open. The owners returned to find their home in disarray, chocolate chips and marshmallows from their Lazy Susan eaten, and knick knacks on the floor. The bear had exited the same way it came in. The couple stated they had seen the bear for several evenings prior to this incident.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) assisted deputies with the arrest of two individuals who stole a couple motor vehicles during the holiday weekend. After partying at a local campground the two suspects stole a golf cart, crashed the golf cart, and then found a van, which they took. The suspects then returned to their campsites, with the stolen property, where one was arrested and one ran and hid in the woods. The mosquitos and bugs eventually forced the runner out of the woods, to a road, where he was arrested.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time working aquatic invasive species enforcement at area accesses. CO Silgjord encountered two watercraft in a row arriving at an area lake access with drain plugs still in installed. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) worked with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office regarding watercraft issues, and stopped a drunk driver in a public access parking lot, as well. Officer Martin arrested a person who was wanted by Minnesota Department of Corrections for parole violations while on patrol.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports a buck deer shot by poachers was found along the Morrison and Stearns county line. Anyone with information on this should call officer Kuske.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) encountered an individual installing an 8-foot-wide sand beach and rock retaining wall along the width of the lakeshore property. When asked if he had a permit, the subject said he didn’t need one because he was improving the lakeshore and then went on to explain he was doing the project to prevent lawn fertilizer from running into the lake. The matter was referred to the county planning and zoning department for follow-up.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked AIS enforcement in Isanti County. Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove boat plugs and transportation of aquatic macrophytes.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boat and water patrol. He issued written warnings and summonses for illegal-sized smallmouth bass, angling with extra lines, life jacket violations, expired boat registration, illegal operation of a personal watercraft, and no mirror or observer while towing tubers and skiers.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked boat and water safety enforcement on local lakes and the Mississippi River. Officer Londgren also worked and AIS detail with other officers, and patrolled the Rum River State Forest. Enforcement action was taken on: failure to pull plug on watercraft, registration, PFDs, fire extinguishers, illegal length fish, no wake area, and no angling license.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked two boat and water safety details on Lake Minnetonka during the 4th of July weekend. He also patrolled district area lakes for AIS activity.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked Lake Minnetonka during the holiday week. Numerous violations were encountered, including BUIs, no PFDs, transom riding, no boat safety equipment, no watercraft registration, and excessive wake. She also assisted the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office with medical assistance on the water and lost/stolen watercraft.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) took complaints regarding an abandoned vehicle, boating violations, and nuisance animals.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) responded to complaints about animals in Hennepin County and investigated someone using chemicals to kill vegetation.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft users on area lakes. CO Arntzen worked boat and water safety details with a neighboring officer on Forest Lake, the Mississippi River, and the St. Croix River. He also handled TIP complaints and questions about boating, trespassing, and littering.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) reports a busy 4th of July week and weekend in the Hastings area. Hundreds of boats were observed on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, careless wake violations, insufficient PFDs, no navigation lights after sunset, riding on the gunwales of boats, illegal boat exhaust, and operation of a watercraft while intoxicated.
CO Adam Block (Metro WREO) reports enforcement action was taken for AIS violations and numerous boating violations including boating while under the influence of alcohol.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he responded to a call about a trumpeter swan stranded in a yard in Oak Grove. The swan was captured and transported to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) and CO Neitzke checked a couple of kayakers and arrested one of them for an outstanding warrant.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled TIP calls, nuisance-animal calls, and worked fishing and ATV enforcement.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) reports that despite windy conditions at the start of the weekend, area lakes were busy with boating activities. One group of nine young adults was on Lake Benton with no life jackets. The CO also assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with a boat and water safety detail.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted CO Miska with boat and water work crews on Big Stone Lake during the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for boat and water and angling issues.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports assistance was given on both Lake Yankton and Cottonwood Lake with city festivities on those lakes. Along with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, CO Loftness conducted security around a pyro-technic raft used to launch fireworks from Cottonwood Lake.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports assistance was given to local authorities regarding a call involving shots fired.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) worked several areas for AIS and boat and water Safety. Wetland and public waters cases were investigated, with more restoration orders being completed.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) assisted the State Patrol in stopping a wrong-way driver who was arrested for DUI. CO Denz also continued to check boaters for compliance with AIS laws, in addition to taking enforcement action regarding a number of unpermitted weed rollers.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) reports a follow-up investigation was done regarding a solid waste case.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled Kilen Woods State Park and area public accesses and WMAs. Tubing and canoeing activity was observed on the Des Moines River. Gruhlke noted some nice catfish being caught on Round Lake from shore.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked boating enforcement activity on area lakes. Good weather brought out a lot of recreational boaters and PWCers.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent much of the week on boating-related enforcement. Additional time was spent on DNR education programs, and assisting a local agency.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) focused primarily on boating enforcement. Officer Ihnen also monitored AIS violations as well as responded to a number of calls from the public regarding public waters, ATV operation, and trespassing.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports a complaint about bow fishermen leaving litter behind was handled.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports a tug boat went through a roller gate in Lock and Dam 7. Two out of three crew members survived. Riverfest in LaCrosse contributed to high boating activity.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked boaters and anglers during the holiday weekend. Heyn worked boaters with other officers along the river; numerous violations were detected.
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked angling and boating activity throughout the Holiday week. A few boaters were observed traveling with their plugs still in the boat.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) assisted the local search and rescue team with a recovery from a commercial boat. While on water patrol, CO Hemker had a boater stop him to explain his registration. Hemker checked a fisherman in his boat that was 96 years old and was having good day of fishing with his two sons.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports some snake complaints are starting to come in along with several bear sightings being reported.