Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 19th, 2013
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River. Questions were answered at the TIP trailer at the Lake of the Woods County Fair.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked boating and angling activity on area rivers, monitored ATV activity, and worked on a complaint about improper appropriation of water.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked angling activity on area experimental-regulation lakes, worked a boat and water safety detail with a neighboring officer, and monitored AIS compliance. A complaint of double-tripping for fish was investigated.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling, boating, AIS compliance, and ATV activities throughout the week.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. Time was spent investigating wolf depredation complaints, nuisance-animal complaints, and staffing the Wall of Shame at the Lake of the Woods County Fair.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) responded to ATV complaints, a medical situation, a car-killed deer, and a depredation in which a coyote killed a calf.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity throughout the week. A complaint about an individual burning a large pile of garbage was investigated with CO Holt. The individual was interviewed, and proper paper work was issued.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) received a complaint about a car-killed deer in a residential area and finished up assisting a local farmer with a wolf complaint.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) patrolled area lakes for boating and angling activity. CO Seefeldt also followed up on complaints about people cutting bogs on Upper Cormorant Lake and kids operating ATVs unlawfully.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and boaters throughout the week. Additional time was spent handling TIP calls and working AIS enforcement at public access sites.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a lakeshore owner was seen by neighbors removing a large stand of bulrushes near his dock. The CO investigated the site, and a pile of pulled rushes was found and photographed. The owner never obtained a permit for the removal and was issued a citation for the offense.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts primarily on fishermen and boaters. Anderson issued a citation to a person who was riding a PWC prior to legal hours (9:30 a.m.) and was operating with an expired registration. A fishing complaint was handled in the vacant Traverse County station. Several minnow transportation permits were issued. A call was received regarding an illegal minnow net in an area pond.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and monitoring AIS law compliance.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers and issued Panda awards to children wearing life vests. He also assisted other departments with a bicycle accident and attempted to locate a suspect who had fled from authorities.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) issued a nuisance beaver permit and assisted the State Patrol with a call about a cow on a road.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received a TIP that led to a cease and desist order issued for a wetland violation.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted the Cass County sheriff with a call regarding Leech Lake and met with the county attorney concerning open cases.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports a possible wetland violation was investigated, along with invasive species enforcement at area boat ramps on Rainy Lake.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the hot weather and frequent storms have slowed the fishing activity. The Forestry Division was assisted with a fire, as well as a complaint of cutting shooting lanes on a state forest spruce plantation.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on some state park issues, worked on a taxidermy case, and helped with a Mille Lacs work detail. CO Starr also gave assistance to a local police department with an intoxicated individual who needed to be removed from a remote boat access property.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports a truck failed to yield at a county road stop sign and the officer had to take evasive action to avoid T-boning the truck at highway speed. Both drivers were shaken up, but were unscathed. Another angler was dealt with who claimed he had an angling license and signed the affidavit that he had one. Two violations instead of the one was the result.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports that after some campers left their campsite, he checked the camp and found garbage, old camping equipment, and towels left behind. The campers were tracked down, brought back to clean up the mess, and issued a litter ticket.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked watercraft and angling activity mostly inside the BWCAW throughout the week.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that he did a patrol of the BWCAW, and checked area walleye lakes and remote designated trout lakes. He also assisted campers with an aggressive bear that wouldn’t allow campers to pack up and leave. Every time they got out of their vehicle to pack up, the bear charged and got on its hind legs to chase the campers back to their vehicle. The CO and a deputy responded to help the men pack up and go to another campground.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked ATVers, boaters, and anglers. Several individuals were caught trying their luck without a fishing license.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked boating and angling activity, as well as some ATVers. CO Manning spent time investigating a wolf depredation complaint in which a young heifer was taken down by a pack.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishing and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for riding an ATV on a highway, and failure to transfer ownership.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) worked several complaint areas on the Mesabi Trail and cited multiple ATVers for illegally operating on and alongside the tarred bike trail.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked angling, ATV, and boating activities, and handled miscellaneous wildlife complaints.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, Wetland Conservation Act, public waters, sportfishing, and boating. A wetland cease and desist order was issued, and aquatic plant management and public waters restoration orders were tracked. CO Arhart also received complaints about an aggressive red fox and nuisance deer and beavers.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled area ATV trails, and spoke to the FFA class from Olivia about natural resources careers.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) investigated a dumping complaint on private property this past week. It is illegal to dump garbage, including animal carcasses, entrails, and other parts on another person’s property without permission.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) issued a restoration order on a public waters violation this past week and investigated another fill violation.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) checked area lakes and rivers. ATV complaint areas were worked. Enforcement action was taken for operating on roadways, registration issues, and violations by youth.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent some time working night boating and fishing enforcement. Many people were contacted, with enforcement action taken for not having required navigation lights. A couple possible water violations were investigated with the help of DNR hydrologists. Officer Duncan followed up on two complaints of possible illegal camping on state forest land. Both violations were investigated, and both resulted in campers moving on to different locations.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and OHV enforcement. CO Humphrey also continued an investigation on a shoreline wetland complaint. AIS enforcement/education was conducted with good compliance by boaters and anglers. A report of a contractor failing to take proper erosion-control measures near a trout stream was also investigated.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked on finishing up older cases in the area. Assistance was given at the Duluth harbor at the bay-front Bob Dylan concert. Time also was spent patrolling Jay Cooke State Park, where complaints about dogs off leashes were received.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) assisted Minnesota Sea Grant folks in staffing an AIS education booth at Two Harbors Heritage Days.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers at access points along Lake Superior. AIS also was worked in conjunction with the checks.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Assistance was given to local agencies with emergency calls.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked enforcing sportfishing and boat and water regulations. Time was spent working with Lake Mille Lacs COs during a weekend detail. An overlimit case was investigated.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) responded to a call about a possible fish overlimit at a local campground, checked anglers and boaters, and assisted with boating safety for the Hay Lake fireworks display, at which one stranded boat had to be towed to shore.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) received a report about zebra mussels from a lakeshore resident on Cross Lake on the Whitefish chain who found them attached to a native clam on his shoreline. DNR Aquatic Invasive Species/Ecological Services confirmed the discovery, and public access points were posted with signs designating the Whitefish chain as infested waters.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports the unusual contact of the week award goes to three teenagers who went for a dip in front of the officer at a public access. They came to the access on an ATV and were trying to get rid of their “itches.” The officer was told they had been wakeboarding in the road ditch behind an ATV and found out one becomes “itchy” when wakeboarding in a road ditch. Their mother was not happy.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) patrolled area lakes with lots of activity being observed. Officer Lee received complaints about beavers causing flooding on forest roads. Officer Lee also received a complaint about a fox hanging around a residence. Upon investigation, a den was located with young pups. Officer Lee assisted with the fireworks display held on Lower Hay Lake, along with towing stranded boaters to an access.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) reports a lot of nonresident vacationers are in the area. Several of them did not familiarize themselves with boating, fishing, and invasive species regulations before getting here.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) hosted a work detail for Mille Lacs. A wide variety of violations were addressed by conservation officers attending the detail. On one occasion, a conservation officer took law enforcement action on a Mille Lacs area resident who was utilizing a canoe without valid registration. Later in the day, COs Tetrault, Heaton, and Williams found that same person fishing and in possession of illegal-length walleyes on Mille Lacs. During further investigation, the person was found with 16 additional illegal walleyes from Mille Lacs. In all, 21 illegal walleyes were seized from anglers on Mille Lacs during the weekend by the detail crew members.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports responding to a call about an injured eagle that was hit by a car. The eagle was transported to the Garrison vet hospital for medical attention.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) assisted the sheriff’s office in locating a vehicle that was involved in a property damage accident and then fled the scene. When the driver was apprehended, it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle had taken it without permission and was intoxicated. The operator was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle, DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and damage to property.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time answering questions about nuisance animals, ATV operation, river levels, and burning regulations. Wynn also spent time on the St. Croix River checking anglers and assisting the National Park Service with finding an abandoned campsite.
WREO Rob Haberman worked with Eco staff during the week on zebra mussel issues in the Brainerd area. WREO Haberman also investigated water appropriation issues in Cass County involving high-volume irrigation pumps interfering with domestic wells.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
WREO Keith Bertram spent most of the week checking anglers and boaters in Stearns, Todd, and Wright counties. Enforcement action was taken for no registration, no license, overlimits, and AIS violations. WREO Bertram also served wetland restoration orders in Stearns and Chisago counties. Minnow and turtle trappers were checked.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports litter from shore anglers is becoming a larger problem.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted county officials with a serious ATV accident in which the driver had to be airlifted to a hospital. The driver was not wearing a helmet.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports a nuisance bear was shot by a homeowner after repeated attempts to get the bear to leave the yard failed and the person felt threatened by it.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) dropped off a car-killed deer with an elderly female who was so happy to get it she had tears in her eyes. She said she had just eaten her last package of meat that week and didn’t know what she was going to do. An unusual call came in from a citizen who reported there was a python on the highway. A deputy responded, and lo and behold, a 7-foot python was found that the sheriff’s office had to dispatch.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) investigated two possible wetland violations in Isanti County.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked boaters and anglers on area lakes, and some time was spent checking ATV operators.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) is still receiving numerous bear complaints in the area.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He issued summonses and written warnings for a number of violations.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked an AIS detail on Lake Waconia and a boat and water safety detail on Prior Lake with CO Thephong Le. He assisted Waconia High School with a fishing event on Lake Waconia for special-needs students. State trails and parks were patrolled, finding a lot of storm damage. Enforcement action was taken for no angling licenses in possession, transporting zebra mussels, no personal flotation devices, unregistered and failure to display watercraft registration, riding on a transom and gunwale of watercraft, operating a PWC after hours, operating a PWC within 150 feet of shore at a high rate of speed, and no lights on a watercraft after sunset.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) assisted with an overlimit catfish case in Minneapolis.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) did boating and AIS enforcement in Dakota County. He also checked fishermen in Dakota and Hennepin counties.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s Department in locating a reported lost hiker within a national wildlife refuge.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) responded to couple of TIP complaints in Maple Grove regarding people cutting trees and 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 and the St. Croix River.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) patrolled Lake Minnetonka for fishing and boating activity. She followed up on several aquatic vegetation-removal complaints.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) met with a hydrologist and homeowner regarding a shoreline violation on Spring Lake. CO Kruse received a call from a White Bear Lake resident who had found an African leopard tortoise in his backyard. CO Kruse picked up the healthy tortoise and knocked on neighbors’ doors to see if anyone was missing a tortoise, but with no luck. CO Kruse was going to meet up with a herpetologist the next day to give the tortoise, then thought to search Craigslist and found a week-old ad that somebody had lost a tortoise. The owner was excited to get her 10-year-old tortoise back, and estimated it had traveled almost a mile in White Bear Lake, crossing major roads and numerous backyards.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) investigated a case in which people entered a walk-in area and caused damaged to property. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) attended an all-day youth outdoor event in Graceville. The Wall of Shame trailer from TIP was presented to 150-plus kids and adults.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports enforcement for the week included PFD infractions and failure to remove drain plugs from boats.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a WCA restoration order in Chippewa County, and a second WCA violation is being worked in Lincoln County with a restoration order to follow.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to follow up on unpermitted weed rollers in addition to checking boaters and following up on TIP calls. He assisted the county sheriff’s department with a burglary arrest.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) investigated a complaint of lake shore weeds dumped in a county ditch.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked boating enforcement on the St. Croix River next to the Stillwater bridge project.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and PWC operators. Officer Ihnen also assisted with an AIS road check with other area officers.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, boat and water, and ATV activity during the week. An AIS check station was also worked with fellow district officers and WREO.
WREO Julie Siems reports a demo was conducted with K9 Brady. A mute swan complaint also was investigated.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV activity. Some of the smaller rivers in the area experienced flash flooding with the heavy rains.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating complaints about illegal burning. Time also was spent inspecting a new falconer’s equipment. Complaints about ATVers operating on the Whitewater WMA near the South Branch were received.