Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – September 6th, 2013
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods with CO Gorecki. Goose and bear hunters were checked on opening day.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling and boating activity on the Red Lake River, Thief River, and Lake Bronson. Bear-baiting activity was monitored and an injured eagle call was handled.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) assisted the sheriff’s office at an injury crash and assisted the State Patrol at a fatal motor vehicle crash. Early goose season was worked, along with the opening of bear hunting.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) stopped a boat for a “no wake” violation that subsequently led to the arrest of the operator for BWI.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) handled numerous calls ranging from early goose questions to bear-baiting complaints.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, checked bear hunters, and assisted at EVOC training.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a boat and water safety detail with CO Holt on Lake Bemidji.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports a complaint of a stream being blocked was investigated and it was discovered the lake that feeds the stream was just really low.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) followed up on reports of a deer being shot and assisted the city of Moorhead with an injured red-tailed hawk.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent time following up on weed roller violations, handling complaints of cripple loons, trespass from goose hunters, taking geese during closed season and attended training at Ripley. Very few goose or dove hunters were found out over the weekend with the lack of geese being the biggest complaint from the hunters.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) observed very few hunters for the dove and early goose opener.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) fielded calls regarding injured/sick foxes and geese, and a possible wolf/dog chasing golfers on a golf course.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked primarily fishermen, boaters, and dove and goose hunters this past week.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVers, and goose and dove hunters. The violation rate was high among the early goose hunters, with several unplugged and no federal duck stamp violations.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports the holiday weekend brought good numbers of folks outdoors and good compliance with the rules was observed.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) followed up on open investigations and closed an old snowmobiling case with a citation. Calls were fielded from the public regarding a nuisance beaver and a dead hawk.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) spent time working the September goose/dove opener in the Elbow Lake area with CO Nelson, and checking fishermen with CO Plautz in the vacant Perham station.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) reminds goose hunters that shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, not a half hour after. The limit is five birds unless you are in the intensive area, which is only a small portion of Hubbard County, in which case the limit is 10.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to a litter dump call in which trash was scattered along a road. He identified the violator and enforcement action was taken. Another litter case remains under investigation.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reported primary enforcement efforts this past week focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and OHV activity.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports goose and bear hunters kicked off the fall hunting seasons. Success was mixed, while hunter numbers appeared to be down.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) addressed calls regarding dogs chasing deer, ATV violations, and parties registering bear baits in an area where they did not have a license.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) reports the holiday weekend brought a lot of ATV traffic and also a high violation rate. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on public highway, no ATV safety certificate, failure to display ATV registration, an ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, and unlawful deposit of garbage.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala reports issuing two separate extensions on wetland violation cases in which the landowner is making progress on restoration. He continued to follow up on possible APM violations.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports bear hunting started with some success, but most hunters are reporting little activity at baits.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports extreme heat followed by weekend storms kept outdoor activities to a minimum. Fishing remains poor, and early goose activities were a non-event with no hunters observed. Very little bear-hunting activity was noted due to a reduction in available licenses and hunters in the woods.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) monitored muskie-fishing activity. Wild rice pickers are pleased with moderate harvest days.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the state park, angling, boating, and ATV activity and worked the early goose and bear-hunting openers. Goose hunters who were checked did well, while bear hunters were few and far between with fewer licenses issued. One bear hunter will be visited regarding a number of baiting issues.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley and patrolled area lakes and rivers, checking anglers and boaters. Frericks reports some wild rice harvesters have been seen out as the crop is starting to ripen. ATV and OHM activity remains high.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) located and stopped a vehicle operator who was reported to have been involved in a shoplifting theft. The driver turned out to be revoked, and all three adult occupants had open alcohol containers. The stolen items were recovered.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he took part in a BWCAW work detail and found that anglers were having increased success. Bear-hunting season was off to a drizzly start, and although the area continues to have an above-average berry crop, there was still a fair level of harvest success.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports that while off-duty and driving home one night, he passed a truck in a ditch and saw a faint flicker of light in the woods. The officer stopped to see if there was trouble or possibly a deer had been hit, but was surprised to be told, “Everything is fine, get out of here,” and “Get off my land.” Neighboring officers and a deputy were called, and the intoxicated man was found to have shot a bear after hours, did not register the bear bait (among other things), and even had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The bear was seized, and the man was transported to jail.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) reports bear opening weekend success rates seemed a little down from previous years, but the warm, windy weather and abundant natural food in the woods probably didn’t work in the hunters’ favor.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports one individual encountered said he had a fishing license and signed the warning affidavit, swearing he had a license. Upon checking ELS, CO Bermel discovered the individual purchased a fishing license 26 minutes after the check. Citations were issued for fishing without a license and signing a false affidavit.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended Emergency Vehicle Operation training at Camp Ripley and armored the division’s new M4 rifles with several other armorers. Officers Wahlstrom and Schettler responded to a TIP call that led to the prevention of an individual transporting a large amount of infested water.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) handled a nuisance-bear complaint at a local campground and a car-killed deer call in the Two Harbors station.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked the bear opener, monitored ricing activity, checked goose hunters, and assisted the county with a pursuit.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked protected waters and Wetland Conservation Act cases. Strong winds spilled much of the area’s ripe rice into the marsh.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVers, state parks, and campgrounds.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) assisted another CO with an ATV DUI arrest.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked bear-hunting activity, patrolled for ATVers, and patrolled campgrounds.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) reports enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a closed Forest Service trail.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent most of the week at Camp Ripley as part of the EVOC instructor group. Bear baits were worked in the area. CO Schmidt also worked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and St Louis River. Assistance was given to Marine Unit officers in removing a large cabin cruiser from a sand bar.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked alongside several other district officers at an invasive species road check. A few violations were discovered, including some live zebra mussels that were found attached to a boat lift as it was being transported to an uninfested area lake. The boat lift was decontaminated and the owner educated regarding the potential seriousness of what could have happened to his lake. Several juvenile ATV operators were stopped during the holiday weekend for illegal operation, and their parents were cited for allowing illegal operation by the minor.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work on a TIP call that involved seizure of a 46-inch muskellunge, a search warrant application, a visit to a taxidermist, and many interviews.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) received multiple complaints about livestock depredation where calves were missing, injured, or killed. USDA Wildlife Services was called in to assist in the investigations. Bear hunters and goose hunters kicked off the season Sept. 1. Far fewer hunters were observed in the field due to reduced bear permits and goose numbers in the area.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports several complaints about wolves were investigated in which wolves had been determined to have killed livestock on area farms. There was lots of off-highway vehicle activity in the area during the holiday weekend. One ATV operator flipped his ATV in a remote area and was not sure of his location. He was uninjured and was located and brought out of the woods after hours of searching in the dark. Assistance was given to the Esko Police Department regarding a vehicle operator who ran into a tree off of an area road in someone’s yard. The driver was determined to have been intoxicated. It later was determined that he was in his own yard. He was taken to the hospital and faces charges for DWI.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Officers responded to a call regarding a watercraft that had run aground in the St. Louis Harbor When they arrived, officers found a 23-foot fiberglass boat that went outside the marked channel and was sitting on a sandbar in 8 inches of water. With some assistance from other COs and the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel was freed from the sand and sent on its way.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reported that activity last week included checking fishing, boating, bear-hunting, goose-hunting, ATV, and wild rice-harvesting activity.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) patrolled the Whitefish Chain of Lakes this past weekend with enforcement action taken for riding on gunwales, operating a PWC within 150 feet of the shoreline, and various other boating violations.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a BWCA work detail. Bear baits and bear hunters were checked throughout the week, as well. The officer found numerous boats being transported with their drain plugs in place.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports a case of possible bear guiding without a license was investigated. Fitzgerald also assisted a neighboring officer in checking people who were ricing. A possible wetland violation was investigated.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) investigated a bear hunter trespass issue and a hunter harassment call. A wolf depredation case also was investigated. The livestock owner has had other wolf depredation issues in the past month and has lost several calves. It was determined that the latest losses were also due to wolves. Heaton also worked a detail with Mille Lacs area COs in Garrison.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked rice harvest and fishermen on Mille Lacs. While working an invasive species detail Croatt reports a party threw his garbage out the window, and it landed near three officers. The vehicle was stopped. The individual stated he was upset and tossed it out the window. Enforcement action was taken for littering.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) rounded up cattle that were blocking a county road.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) worked early goose season and found violations for unplugged shotguns and the use of toxic shot, as well as a late shooting complaint. Enforcement action was taken for three hunters who forgot to look at the calendar and started the early goose season on Saturday, Aug. 31. A parent was cited for allowing a juvenile to illegally operate an ATV. The 15-year-old, who had not taken the ATV safety course, was found driving on county roads several miles from the campground at which the family was staying.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, goose hunters, and aquatic invasive species enforcement.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked on complaints regarding docks on a local lake, bears destroying crops, target shooting, and nuisance beavers.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted in Kanabec County, checking ATVers and bear hunters.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports time was spent in the Snake River State Forest, Rum River State Forest, and several area WMAs.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) came upon a person at a public access who was having engine issues, and helped him get his boat started. Four hours later, CO Grewe came upon that same party, who was stopped and arrested on suspicion of BWI.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) provided medical assistance to a juvenile who was injured in a tubing accident on Lake Minnetonka. The juvenile’s father later was arrested for BUI.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked early goose hunters and patrolled state parks and state trails.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) patrolled the St Croix and Mississippi rivers for boating activity. Numerous goose and dove hunters also were checked during the weekend.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week monitoring ATV use in Carlos Avery, and checking anglers, boaters, and waterfowl hunters.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he worked the last two days of the State Fair at the DNR information booth.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked on aquatic vegetation cases in Ramsey County, handled nuisance-animal calls, and checked goose and dove hunters. CO Kruse also worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes and AIS enforcement at area accesses.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked mourning dove and goose hunters. He observed more hunters out for dove opener then in years past. CO Picht found nonresident anglers in possession of 50 catfish over the limit.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) says a fish kill was reported on Lake Benton, and DNR Fisheries will be investigating the incident.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked boating, fishing, invasive species, and checked local state parks during the holiday weekend. Assistance was given to a stranded boater on Wood Lake.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports investigating complaints about dogs chasing deer.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked area lakes and the Minnesota River for fishing and AIS activity. Violations included angling with an extra line and failure to remove the drain plug.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) says a fish kill was reported and confirmed by DNR Fisheries on the Des Moines River near the Talcot Dam. Beckmann encountered few goose hunters, but dove hunters were numerous and had good success.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked anglers, boat and water safety, and dove and goose hunters.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended continuing education training at Camp Ripley. Assistance was given to northwest Minnesota COs with bear-hunting investigations and checks. ATV activity was monitored.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked hunting, fishing, boating, ATV, and AIS activity. Goose and dove hunting activity was light. Violations were documented in several activities.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. In addition, Officer Ihnen assisted in armoring division rifles, and worked at the information booth at the State Fair.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked the early goose, dove, and ginseng openers this past week. Time was spent on the rivers in the area. ATV activity was monitored in high use areas. The officer also answered many questions about the upcoming hunting seasons and attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports two overlimit cases were encountered, as well as other violations.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring trout fishing and area ATV activity. A trespass complaint was investigated, as was an ATV complaint. C
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports investigating a headless buck in the Sheldon area. He investigated two out-of-season ginseng diggers, which resulted in citations.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking anglers, boaters, and early goose-hunting activity this past week and weekend. Some fishing violations were detected.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working complaints regarding special-regulation trout waters. Specifically, using bait where artificial lures only may be used.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports the Mississippi River was extremely busy. The early goose hunters and dove hunters also had some success, with a few limits being checked. Violations detected included license and stamp issues, as well as toxic shot.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and goose hunters during the week. Goose-hunting success was mixed, with limits seen taken, as well as hunters who hadn’t shot any birds.