Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 26th, 2013
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River, Lake of the Woods, Hayes Lake, and Lake Bronson. Multiple boating violations were encountered.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) reports complaints about fish overlimits were received.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. ATV activity has increased in the area, and riders are reminded to be aware of other oncoming riders on trails. CO Gorecki also assisted with the Wall of Shame trailer at the Pennington County Fair and investigated a possible wolf depredation complaint.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending most of this week working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, checking boaters and anglers on remote lakes.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity throughout the week. Time also was spent patrolling area trails and roads for ATV activity.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent time investigating an ATV complaint and a complaint about a possible public waters violation. Area angling activity was monitored, as were ATVers in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. CO Holt also assisted a local law enforcement agency in attempting to locate a wanted person who fled from deputies on foot into the woods.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) attended a meeting for the EVOC instructors at Camp Ripley. CO Vinton also investigated a TIP regarding anglers keeping slot fish on Big Pine Lake. The anglers were observed fishing, and when contacted were found to have five walleyes out of eight in the protected slot.
WREO Stattelman spent time focusing efforts on AIS and WCA issues in Otter Tail, Becker, Mahnomen, and Clearwater counties.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports complaints about aquatic vegetation removal were received, with enforcement action taken for some unpermitted activities.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity primarily on fishermen and boaters. AIS enforcement was worked at public access sites. A TIP complaint regarding litter also was investigated.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked on fish overlimit investigations. Several questions have been received regarding the new August goose season.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent most of the week on the water, checking boaters as well as fishermen. Enforcement action was taken this week for operating an unpermitted weed roller, angling with extra lines, angling without a license, expired watercraft registration, and careless PWC operation.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports time was spent checking fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators, and investigating complaints about ORV operation in wetlands. Officer Baumbarger assisted the Pope County Sheriff’s Office with an incident involving a capsized sail boat on Lake Minnewaska. All occupants were shaken up, but unharmed and were wearing their PFDs.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked boaters and anglers and assisted a local police department with an unruly person. Officer Parthun also followed up on a wetland violation and managed equipment issues.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATV operators during the week. She also checked on an animal harassment complaint and attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) issued a nuisance-beaver permit and contacted a trapper to resolve the issue. Officer Oldakowski also assisted a motorist with a flat tire.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, and ATV activity. CO Broughten fielded calls concerning injured loons, car-injured deer, ATV complaints, and dirt bike complaints. CO Broughten also assisted with the youth fishing derby at the Federal Dam Recreation Area.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) was called to a campground to address a noise/alcohol complaint. Officer Halverson also handled many calls regarding wild animals.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer – Park Rapids) patrolled area forest roads and trails during the week.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) followed up on two complaints about illegal destruction of aquatic plants.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports checking fishing and boating activity on Rainy River and Rainy Lake. Fi
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports ongoing monitoring of area forest roads and lakes. Biting insects reports are frequent.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, an OHV trespass complaint, and the state park. Upset lake users called in a complaint regarding illegal buoys placed in a lake, which turned out to be a 300-yard navigational-hazard water-skiing slalom course. The installer was tracked down and directed to remove the extensive setup. A wetland violation and a wetland and public waters combination, resulted in resource protection notifications being issued.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked fishing and boating on some of the smaller, more secluded lakes and found compliance was good.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked boaters and anglers on inland lakes. Officer Wahlstrom also responded to complaints about wolves, bears, and beavers. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, licenses not in possession, expired ATV registration, and angling without a license.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) met with Parks and Trails staffers to check out progress on the GIA ATV trail near Hovland. The officer also followed up on a wolf depredation case from last week and assisted CO Wahlstrom on a wolf depredation case near Lutsen.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishermen and ATVers during the week. The unusually warm weather brought lots of people to the shores of Lake Superior to cool off by the lake. Officer Murray assisted with a car vs. deer collision that set off both airbags in the driver’s vehicle.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a detail in the BWCAW with CO Williams and also worked anglers, boaters, and ATVers. Assistance was provided to St Louis County Sheriff’s Office in locating and aiding an angler on Birch Lake who had fallen out of his boat and was unable to get back in when it filled with water. He was exhausted, but otherwise OK.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO John Velsvaag cited multiple ATVers for illegally operating on the Mesabi bike trail. No motor vehicles are allowed on or alongside the trail. CO Velsvaag also patrolled in northern Pine County and cited several ATVers for operating in closed areas and for registration violations.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators, ATVers, state parks users and campground visitors. He also worked a special boating project during the week.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, handled injured animal complaints, and assisted the local police department with a “shots fired” call.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, sport fishing, boating, wetland filling, and ATV activities. Enforcement action was taken for angling license, boat registration, wetland filling, and public waters violations.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, and investigated complaints regarding littering and ATVers tearing up roads.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) conducted an investigation regarding someone altering the cross section of a waterway.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked ATV complaint areas. Complaints about wildlife continue, and three wolf depredations were investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) assisted with a wolf depredation case. The majority of the week was spent working fishing enforcement on area lakes and Lake Superior.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, and OHV enforcement. CO Humphrey also patrolled in the Fond du Lac State Forest and the Sawyer Wildlife Management area. An investigation of a shoreline wetland complaint on Big Lake resulted in a cease and desist order being issued. AIS enforcement/education was conducted, with good compliance from boaters and anglers. A complaint about public land being posted with “no trespassing” signs is under investigation. CO Humphrey presented Moose Lake firearm safety instructor Carl Boehmer with a 40-year volunteer instructor award.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports a new patrol boat was received and tested. It will make officers more capable and safe in their duties. A small plane crash was responded to in the St. Louis Harbor. The pilot escaped with only minor bumps, but the plane sustained heavy damage.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) patrolled area lakes this past week with boaters enjoying the warm weather. Officer Lee attended a meeting at Camp Ripley for the upcoming EVOC training given to officers in August. Officer Lee also received calls regarding the discovery of zebra mussels in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake. Plugs in boats, water in livewells, and aquatic vegetation on trailers were found. He also worked on a report about loud music from campers in the Pillsbury forest. The music was found and the problem corrected.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) had calls about boaters transporting aquatic vegetation on public roads, loud boats, and someone burning a large amount of prohibited materials. Anglers on area lakes were checked, and the ATV trails in the Foothills State Forest were monitored. The officer also took part in a telephone hearing with an administrative law judge and an individual who was not happy about being the subject of enforcement action for failing to remove his livewell plug and transporting water from a lake infested with zebra mussels.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports a shoreline violation was checked. Officer Guida also conducted a site visit with a DNR habitat specialist regarding a land-use trespass case where state-owned property was mowed, and the violator was requested by the court to replace the area impacted with native plants.
CO James Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored angling, boating, and recreational activity in and around the SRA, Pelican Beach, and Greer Lake campground in the Crow Wing State Forest. He also assisted the Crosby police with a traffic detail associated with a triathlon in the Cuyuna Lakes area.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) gave a presentation at the Pelican Lake Conservation Club. Officer Shoutz also followed on a shoreline complaint and checked boaters and anglers.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) investigated another gross overlimit of walleyes during the week. The officer found two Lake Mille Lacs area resident anglers fishing with an extra line. During further investigation, the officer found that the anglers were in possession of 49 Mille Lacs walleyes.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working fishermen and boaters on Mille Lacs. Reports of illegal personal watercraft activity and illegally dumped fish were investigated. The officer gave a firearm safety law presentation at the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club’s field day and helped with an AIS checkpoint near Mille Lacs Lake. Officer Fitzgerald also assisted the state Board of Animal Health with an incident in which three elk escaped from an elk farm. It was found a tree had fallen on a fence and the three escaped. The elk were recaptured within a couple days. Officer Fitzgerald, along with neighboring officers and the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department, put on a boat and water safety class at Big Sandy Lake. Assistance was given to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department and the Aitkin Police Department with an assault call.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) patrolled the General Andrews State Forest for off-road vehicle violations. A lot of illegal activity has been seen in areas closed to motorized vehicles and in non-designated areas. Officer Heaton also received calls regarding nuisance bears and injured fawns. She investigated a potential wetland violation and completed a resource protection notification.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) worked ATV complaints during the week. He also took calls regarding digging ponds, questions about nuisance bears, and checked activity in the Chengwatana State Forest.
CO Robert Haberman (WREO) worked on water-appropriation issues in Cass County with other DNR staff.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports enforcement action was taken on taken for an overlimit of fish and no-wake violations.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking anglers and working boat and water safety. One angler was found with an illegal-length northern on an area lake. The fish was released, and enforcement action was taken. While conducting boat and water safety checks, CO Silgjord noticed a PWCer jumping wake behind a larger watercraft. The operator was stopped, and information regarding PWC laws and safety was provided.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls regarding a sick crow, an injured eagle, and questions on getting licensed to raise game-farm pheasants. At a public access, CO Kuske encountered an individual who had locked his keys in his truck while parked in a no-parking area of the access. Upon further investigation, the person was found to have a revoked driver’s license, as well. Officer Kuske, assisted by area wildlife personnel, reports that an escaped game-farm deer from the Bowlus area, after being on the loose for almost a month, was shot and disposed of this past week, with CWD test results pending.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted the county sheriff’s office with a foot pursuit in Freeport.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received court dispositions for several cases and turned in confiscated equipment for auction. A shoreline impact zone violation was found on an area river and was reported to county planning and zoning officials.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) focused on boating safety during the week. Time was spent on area lakes, checking anglers and boaters.
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked AIS enforcement in Isanti County. CO Muyres also investigated a dumping complaint in Cambridge.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) talked to two firearm safety classes. He also did boating and AIS enforcement in Dakota County.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked Prior Lake with CO Block during the Lakefront Music Festival.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding invasive species and injured wildlife. He also represented the DNR pistol team at MPPOA pistol matches.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) responded to a couple complaints of possible wetland violations. He also provided a ride-along to a law enforcement student and returned phone calls regarding nuisance animals and firearm safety classes.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) attended active shooter training at Hennepin Technical College. He also investigated TIP complaints, fielded calls about nuisance animals, and set up firearm safety classes.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) received a TIP call about illegal spearing on Crooked Lake. Enforcement action was taken for illegal spearing and no fishing license. CO Johnson also transported an injured loon from White Bear Lake to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) did shoreline inspections on White Bear Lake with the area hydrologist and aquatic plant management specialist.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) patrolled for angling and boating activity on the St. Croix River and around metro lakes. He also spent some time checking boats and trailers for AIS.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports that while working the Minnesota River with CO Nordseth, a boating-equipment inspection resulted in the discovery of a felony warrant for one of the boaters. The party was taken into custody, and citations were issued for insufficient PFDs, giving a false name to a police officer, and obstructing legal process.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports a fish kill on Johns Lake was found and reported to Ortonville fisheries. CO Lage also assisted South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks with an investigation.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) worked angling, boating, and OHV activity throughout the week. A boating enforcement detail with CO Picht was worked on Big Stone Lake, with many violations encountered.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a WCA restoration order in Lincoln County. A site visit was performed on a public waters violation in Brown County.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted McLeod County with a “shots fired” call at the Swan Lake access. Officer Mueller also received a call about a woman in possession of nongame migratory birds. The birds were taken to a rehabilitation facility, with the hope to release them back into the wild, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) patrolled area lakes, enforcing watercraft rules and regulations. Individuals were reminded to watch out for blue-green algae this time of year, which can be fatal to dogs.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling and boating activity this week. CO Howe also began investigation of an aquatic plant management violation.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also monitored AIS compliance, and participated in a state pistol shoot.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) handled a complaint regarding an individual who brought a fawn home after finding it in a hole.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring sportfishing and ATV activity. A ride-along opportunity was provided for an individual interested in a career as a conservation officer.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Phil George (Rochester 1) worked anglers and watercraft operators on area lakes and reservoirs.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking fishing activity. Some fishing violations were detected.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) investigated a complaint regarding illegal work being done in a trout stream.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports attending a trapping meeting regarding the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Time also was spent checking anglers.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked on a public waters and nuisance-wildlife complaints, and spoke at two firearm safety classes.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked complaint ATV areas and made a number of contacts.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing work on several outstanding investigations.