Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – August 23rd, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods during the week. He took a complaint about a bear hunter pre-empting a bait station location and cutting down trees in a WMA.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) responded to bear-damage complaints and monitored experimental-regulation lakes for double-tripping and boat and water safety issues.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent time checking fishermen in the local state park. A young woman contacted by CO Forsberg stated that she was 16, a Minnesota resident, and did not have a driver’s license or fishing license. About this time, a youth in the boat corrected the angler, stating, “You are not 16, you are 30.” She finally admitted she was 30 and a North Dakota resident. A citation was issued to the woman.
WREO Joe Stattelman reports a camper on a WMA was contacted and several violations were detected. The camper was cited, and arrangements were made to help him move his property off the WMA.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time responding to a complaint of individual spraying aquatic vegetation without a permit and checked anglers throughout the week.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked the TIP “Wall of Shame” display at the Douglas County Fair.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports firearm safety class was conducted in Brandon, and he also spoke with a youth church group that cleaned up the Latoka beach front.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received a call regarding the control of nuisance beavers, which was referred to DNR Wildlife, and a call regarding an injured blue heron.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) followed up on a complaint regarding minnows that resulted in action taken for taking leeches without a license, as well as violations of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa Conservation Code. The information was forwarded to Leech Lake COs.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) investigated a complaint on Long Lake regarding a goose that was shot with an arrow. Anyone with information regarding to this incident is asked to call the TIP line at (800) 652-9093. CO Broughten also completed an investigation into a person dumping a large amount of garbage on state land.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked complaints regarding cattail cutting on area lakes.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala followed up with a site investigation of an APM violation. He also worked the Wall of Shame exhibit at the Douglas County Fair.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports an aquatic plant violation complaint was investigated, with cutting and spraying of aquatic plants without permits discovered. Two resource protection notifications were issued. Enforcement action will be taken. The officer assisted the Hibbing Police Department with several calls. A 26-year-old male and his friend were observed breaking the male’s iPhone with large rocks on a railroad track rail. When asked why he was doing this, he stated he didn’t want his mom calling him anymore.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) followed up on numerous trespass violations reported by area mining companies. Most people who were found on mining property report seeing the “no trespassing” signs, but just choosing to ignore them. CO Frericks also received a TIP call concerning an illegal-length sturgeon. After waiting for the subject to arrive at his residence, CO Frericks met the subject and interviewed him. Eventually the angler produced the sturgeon and it was measured. The sturgeon was almost 5 inches shorter than the slot allowed. The sturgeon was seized, and the angler was cited. Fines and restitution for the sturgeon could total $885.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) responded to an ATV accident in which the operator was thrown after hitting a rock and was reported to have broken her pelvis. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of fishing and ATV enforcement. A litter complaint was investigated, with enforcement action taken. The occupants of a boat were issued eight citations, four of which were for fishing without a license. 
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) issued a permit for beaver trapping, and was in contact with U.S. Forest Service officers regarding problem bears in the BWCAW. The officer also checked area SNAs and found one instance of someone driving a motor vehicle around a closed forestry gate for access. 

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) assisted with the enforcement/information booth at the Minnesota Trappers Association convention.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) assisted an Itasca County Sheriff’s Department deputy with a complaint concerning explosives being used on a local lake. The complaint was investigated, and action was taken. CO Sindelir continues to receive calls about nuisance animals, most of which can be dealt with by removing food sources.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes and rivers for anglers and boaters. An illegal fire is being investigated.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) issued a cease and desist order on a wetland violation in St. Louis County. He also assisted local law enforcement in the search for a suspect’s vehicle in a robbery in Cloquet. 
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports assistance was given to the State Patrol with a vehicle accident on I-35. An area access was worked for AIS compliance. 
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports he was asked many questions about when the regs may be changed to allow the keeping of a steelhead. The Rainbow Trout Management Plan will be up for renewal in another year or two, so anglers need to watch for opportunities to share their thoughts with Fisheries managers. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) followed up on a trapping complaint that resulted in a warning and a trap returned to the owner.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked boating safety issues on area lakes, checked anglers and ATVers, and assisted with an aviation flight as a helicopter camera operator.
CO James Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) reports enforcement action was taken against a group of people camping in a closed area.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) followed up with a TIP call in a neighboring station regarding goose hunters hunting outside the Canada goose intensive harvest area. 

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports an investigation into illegal walleyes was conducted; four walleyes were seized. Charges were filed with Mille Lacs County regarding a gross overlimit of walleyes from Lake Mille Lacs last month. A wolf depredation case was investigated.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) assisted the county in handling an ATV accident that included minor injuries.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) assisted the sheriff’s department with information on possibly stolen ATVs.
WREO Rob Haberman assisted District 9 officers with ATV traffic near Brainerd. One individual was found driving a Class 2 ATV while under the influence of alcohol.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports calls were taken concerning nuisance beavers and a cougar sighting.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended a mock search and rescue scenario put on by a local fire department and mounted reserve unit. A TIP complaint was fielded regarding the taking of geese from a motorboat being operated in open water. The parties were located on an area lake, with the assistance of a sheriff’s deputy. The subjects were found to be in violation of multiple state and federal laws. Enforcement action was taken, and seven illegally taken geese were seized. Two unlicensed, nonresident anglers found themselves in a predicament after one provided the officer with a false name and date of birth. The individual believed he did not need a fishing license at age 16. After unraveling the pair’s elaborate story, CO Silgjord found out the individual was actually 18. For their trouble the pair will get to make a return to Minnesota to make a court date for angling without a license, providing a false name to a peace officer, and obstructing a CO.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He followed up on a big-game case with charges pending.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Time also was spent patrolling the Snake River State Forest.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) reports a complaint about goose hunters shooting geese in the closed zone was taken, but it turned out to be guys shooting barn pigeons.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) organized and spoke about park rules and regulations as a naturalist conducted a nature walk program for a nonprofit group in St. Paul. 
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding fish overlimits, using game fish as bait, and various calls regarding nuisance and injured animals. He also gave a firearms safety training presentation.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spoke at a firearm safety class in Inver Grove Heights and worked at the “Kids and Family Funfest” in Woodbury.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week working AIS, wetland, and shoreline-related activity. A cease and desist order was issued in Washington County related to a public water. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports that AIS details were worked, and with area lakes becoming very weedy, several contacts were made.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that roadside wildlife counts were conducted. He also attended the Minnesota Trappers Association convention in Litchfield.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the majority of the week working August goose hunters, anglers, boaters and ATVers. Success for geese continues to be low.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent time on ATV and sport-fishing enforcement. Beckmann also taught the ethics and laws portion of a firearm safety class in Mountain Lake. The Wall of Shame TIP trailer was worked at the Cottonwood County Fair.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked periodically through the week at the Martin County Fair, answering a variety of questions from the public. Sites were inspected for possible WCA and public waters violations.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling, boating, and ATV activity. Additional tasks included a Uniform Committee meeting and assisting a municipality with a beaver problem.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time on the rivers in the area. Boat and water enforcement resulted in a BWI.
CO Luke Belgard (Albert Lea) reports a crappie overlimit case was worked and TIP calls were handled. He also gave a presentation on fishing and hunting laws for the Albert Lea Kiwanis Club.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports heavy tournament fishing on the river in the area. He focused on AIS, with many contacts made, including a person that drove off from an AIS inspector. CO Hemker was able to locate a person that had been observed fishing without a license by a water patrol deputy.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working security on a western fire in Montana. Time also was spent on a detail in Stillwater.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent time working the bridge project on the St. Croix River. Some fishing and boating violations were detected.
CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft operators. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and for not having any personal floatation devices in a watercraft.

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