Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – August 30th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Bronson and Lake of the Woods. ATV activity in the Beltrami Island State Forest was monitored.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked area experimental-regulation lakes and monitored bear-baiting activity. A complaint about depredation caused by a wolf was investigated.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angling and boating activity on Upper Red Lake and worked a boat and water detail with CO Gorecki. CO Regas also followed up on minnow retailer violations and a trapping case from the spring.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored ATV, littering, AIS, and bear and early goose hunting activities. He responded to a youth operating personal watercraft, WMA/wetland concerns, and assisted tribal conservation officers. A cougar sighting was reported.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked bear baiters, took care of two nuisance-bear complaints, and investigated a bridge obstructing a public waterway.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity on area lakes. A boat and water safety detail was worked with a Beltrami County deputy on Lake Bemidji. An APM violation is under investigation, and CO Vollbrecht worked with other divisions during the week to resolve the issue.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent time working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with other COs.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports answering questions about the new bear bait registration regulations, meeting with the county attorney to discuss an upcoming court case, and reviewing a weed roller-inspection violation. CO Vinton was the guest speaker at a local lake association meeting.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and boaters. He also investigated geese carcasses dumped in a ditch and a dead eagle found in a lake.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working AIS and WCA violations. WCA complaints across districts 1 and 2 were addressed, and several cases were closed out by successful restoration orders.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) handled calls in the Breckenridge station and took care of an injured raptor in Fergus Falls.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) handled calls regarding injured raptors, illegal work in public waters, and people destroying aquatic vegetation without permits.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked an AIS checkpoint in Alexandria with other district officers. Numerous boaters checked throughout the weekend did not have proper PFDs on board their watercraft.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) checked goose hunters, scouting for upcoming hunting season and investigated a report of a possible illegal deer kill. ORV complaint areas were patrolled, and contact was made with several OHMers who were illegally operating on the roadway. Johanson found two men, a vehicle, and several controlled-substance violations at a public access and turned it over to local law enforcement. Johanson also took part in an AIS check station with other D3 officers near the infested Alexandria chain of lakes. Several violations were documented.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on August Canada goose hunters, anglers, and boaters. Calls were fielded regarding an injured hawk, deer season regulations, nuisance beavers, and the August Canada goose season.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked on big-game issues, mainly bear-baiting activity. He also checked a few goose hunters and taught a trapper education class.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, bear baiting, and ATV activity. CO Broughten continues to receive calls related to a goose that was shot with an arrow. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala followed up on an aquatic plant management complaint in Hubbard County. He also investigated a report about an individual placing fill along a shoreline.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time checking bear-baiting activity. Hunters and guides are encouraged to get along, and remember ethics and responsibility. Fishing and boating activity were monitored on Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama, and Namakan Lake. Invasive species monitoring was conducted at the International Falls Bass Championship.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking on bear baiting and fishing activity throughout the week.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports that extreme heat has hampered outdoor activities. A dispute over dock placement was heard, and lakeshore owners should be reminded that nobody “owns” public water. Bear hunters are reporting lack of activity on the baits. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s department regarding several calls.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ATVers, aquatic invasive species enforcement, searched for a missing person, assisted the Chisholm police with a building alarm, and worked the Wall of Shame at the State Fair. The officer assisted CO Jayson Hansen with a fish overlimit case in the Bigfork station. The anglers turned out to be over 100 sunfish over the limit with each person facing nearly $800 in fines and restitution.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) responded to a call from employees of the Eveleth Public Utilities department about a deer that had fallen into an empty wastewater overflow container. At the bottom of the container the deer could run around very easily, but when it would try to run up the sides of the container, the deer would slip and fall down. With the assistance of almost a dozen public utilities employees, the deer was tackled, and after a short struggle, was wrapped up with a tarp and carried out of the overflow container. Once outside the container, the deer was released and ran off, unharmed.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) monitored bear-baiting activity throughout the week. Warm temperatures and large amounts of berries seem to be keeping the bears from responding well to bait.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked ATV and fishing enforcement and spent some time looking for bear baits.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) talked to an 85-year-old man who portaged his canoe a good distance into a couple of remote designated trout lakes. The man told the CO that age was nothing but a number that was by your name. He said he keeps moving and ignores that number. Citations were mailed out for taking a bear without a license in 2011.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked bear bait stations and verified station registrations. Officer Manning also assisted Cook County emergency responders and the State Patrol with an early morning motor vehicle accident near Temperance River State Park.  
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training and spent time checking anglers, bear baits, and ATVers.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked bear baits and attended an armoring class.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked bear baiting and fishing activity during the week. Upcoming bear season questions were answered.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, bear baiting, angling, boating, ATVing, ricing, aquatic plant cutting, and Wetland Conservation Act activities. A significant public waters impact case was investigated in Itasca County.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators, ATVers, bear baiters, and state park users. He also handled complaints regarding trespass, littering, and illegal ATV operation.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV and bear-baiting activity. 
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling, bear baiting, and ATV activity during the past week. CO Sutherland investigated unregistered bear baits and illegal ATV use.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored bear baiting, worked OHV activity, and investigated an animal attack in an area campground.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes and rivers. Wolf complaints were investigated. Officer Schmidt also assisted with a firearm safety class.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) returned several calls and emails. A couple beaver permits were issued due to property damage caused by the beavers. A lake level complaint was taken from concerned residents regarding an area lake due to a dam that was failing. Information was passed on to the proper DNR division for a resolution.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) investigated a wolf depredation complaint in which two llamas were killed on an area cattle farm. A call about a dead wolf found dumped in a creek in the Cromwell area is being investigated. The wolf was illegally taken, and anyone with information is asked to call TIP. K9 Schody assisted the Cloquet Police Department by locating a key piece of evidence in an armed robbery that occurred last week.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) worked with area fisheries staff and local conservation officers to close out several Aquatic Plant Management violations. Site visits showed vegetation returning to affected areas. A training seminar regarding violence in community schools and the workplace was attended.
 Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time checking recreational boaters in the Duluth-Two Harbors area. Olson received a call from the crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard station regarding a boating accident involving a 38-foot motor vessel. The lone operator’s craft was boarded by the Coast Guard and was found to be operating while impaired. The operator was booked into jail. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports an unhappy kayaker argued about getting a citation for her unregistered kayak, even though she was standing near a sign explaining the requirement.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked boat and watercraft enforcement. Officer Guida also arrested an intoxicated boater on the Whitefish chain. The suspect spent the night in the Crow Wing County jail.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received complaints regarding bears damaging bird feeders and garbage cans. Reporting parties were advised of options, along with allowing valid bear hunters to hunt areas during the upcoming season.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS, ATV, and bear-baiting activity during the week. The officer also made attempts to contact an individual who appears to be using state land as a junkyard.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. He also worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake and the Mississippi River. A complaint about ATVers causing damage to a road ditch near Baxter also was investigated. 
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working ATVers and bear baiting in the Solana State Forest. A follow up on a TIP from last year on illegal ATV trails in the state forest also was worked. Please remember that the big-game exemption does not apply to cross-country travel in the state forest for baiting bears. A case of someone placing “no trespassing” signs on state land also was investigated.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) checked bear baits throughout the week. Issues with baits included no bait signs and off-trail ATV travel in state forests. Heaton received a call about a bear shot and dumped. The call was investigated, and it was discovered that the bear was actually a dog.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) completed a couple wolf-depredation investigations and monitored bear-baiting activity.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked area state forest land for bear-baiting activity. Time also was spent patrolling the Nemadji State Forest during the annual Enduro race.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the week working boat and water, angling, and early goose-hunting enforcement.  
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) took enforcement action regarding a goose hunter shooting a protected species.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers, goose hunters, and aquatic invasive species enforcement during the week. Assistance was given to a man who dislocated his knee while on Big Watab Lake. The man was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) worked the TIP Wall of Shame at the State Fair and spent time on equipment maintenance, as well.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several complaints about goose hunters, ranging from trespass to wanton waste to littering.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He also followed up on a big-game case, with charges pending. He took a nuisance-bear call in the Zimmerman area.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) received a TIP call about a group of people asking Wild River State Park employees about taking mussels out of the St. Croix River. CO Langevin searched the area but the group was not located.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked goose hunters all week. One group of hunters shot 10 geese, but most hunters did not even see any.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked an AIS road check at the public access on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, resulting in citations for drain plug violations.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked AIS at several public accesses in the Osseo station. He also assisted the East Metro district with a search warrant detail.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and enforcing boat and water laws. CO Grewe also spoke to two separate firearm safety classes and participated in an AIS detail at a Hennepin County lake access.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) assisted in executing a search warrant for an overlimit of fish and worked an AIS detail with neighboring officers in Plymouth. 
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week mainly working AIS activity. The officer also spoke to a firearm safety class in Shakopee.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled a call about a 5-foot boa constrictor on a residential deck in Stillwater. The snake had wound its way through the lattice of the deck and it took two herpetologists to get it out. If you know of anyone that has “misplaced” their pet snake, please contact CO Kruse. She also assisted with a search warrant in St. Paul and did numerous shoreline inspections on White Bear Lake with the aquatic plant management specialist.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling and boating activity around area lakes and rivers. He also spent some time checking watercrafts for aquatic invasive species at some of the metro lake boat accesses.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports checking goose hunters, fishermen, and ATV riders. Complaints were received about goose hunters driving on wildlife management areas.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVers and boat safety checks. Deer and waterfowl questions are increasing as the hunting seasons near.  
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked angling, boating, and goose-hunting activity. Recent warm weather has hampered the goose harvest during the August season.  
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) worked AIS issues in several counties around the area. Officer Hanson also followed up and closed out several public waters and WCA cases and followed up on several ongoing cases. A meeting with the Redwood County attorney and the local SWCD was attended for a WCA restoration order violation.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) displayed the TIP trailer and spoke at Gopher Campfire Youth Conservation Day. She also responded to two TIP calls in Meeker County dealing with trespass issues and hunting over a baited area. She spoke at 3M during its safety lunch, focusing on boating, ATV, and snowmobile safety. CO Mueller also assisted Redwood County and Franklin police in the search for a stolen ATV in the Minnesota River.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) did follow up on a taxidermy case. Oberg also attended shotgun-armoring training.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent time on sport-fishing and watercraft enforcement. High temperatures made outdoor recreation difficult.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers, boat and water safety, ATVers, and AIS this week. He also completed his radio program, discussing topics including early goose season, dove season, and bear season. Gruhlke also visited with some wild grape pickers at Kilen Woods State Park.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked recreational boating, PWC, and angling activity on area lakes. WMAs were patrolled for illegal activity. Individuals are reminded that trap shooting is illegal in these areas. AIS inspections and education are constant. Enforcement action was taken for disorderly conduct while in a public place.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) patrolled problem areas regarding ATVs. A trapping complaint is being investigated. The officer also assisted in the no-wake area of the Stillwater Bridge project.
CO Luke Belgard (Albert Lea) focused on angling, boating, and ATV enforcement. Angling activity has picked up in recent days as anglers are experiencing success.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling and boating activity. CO Howe also presented the Wall of Shame at an outdoor event in the area.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) attended the 47th annual Basil Irwin Memorial game warden pistol match.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) staffed the information booth and Wall of Shame display at the Minnesota State Fair.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a boat and water detail on the Root River with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. Compliance was high, and few violations were encountered. Anglers were also checked. Two subjects were found to be angling without licenses and trout stamps. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking anglers, boaters, small-game activity, and ATVers.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports an ongoing commercial fishing investigation was worked. 
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports a bear has been seen around the Money Creek area.

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