Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 18h, 2014

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked angling activity and monitored area ATV and OHM activity. An AIS check station was worked in the Baudette area. Assistance was provided at the Warroad Port of Entry with an overlimit violation.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports multiple violations were found for no angling license, no watercraft registration, no bait dealer placard on vehicle, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports time was spent investigating reports of leech trap thefts and monitoring commercial leech-trapping activity.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a local lake association meeting about invasive species and boating-related laws.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports wildlife-related complaints continue with beavers killing yard trees, bears in beehives, and chipmunks in a garage and eating off a vehicle gas line, causing hundreds of dollars in damages and a towing bill.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) assisted a local law enforcement agency with a DWI arrest at a public access.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting CO Troy Richards in Fergus Falls with a youth ATV safety class and helping another CO with a possible theft of services investigation. Area lakes were patrolled for boating safety, AIS, and to inform area boaters that Otter Tail County had issued a “no-wake advisory” for all lakes in Otter Tail County. 
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a complaint about dogs chasing baby loons and ducklings was investigated, and a minnow dealer inspection was completed. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) focused efforts on angling, AIS, ATV, and boating safety. Richards also held an ATV safety class in Fergus Falls and was assisted by surrounding COs.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) received a number of complaints regarding boaters harassing loons.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) investigated complaints about people shooting at pelicans, and handled complaints from fishermen about bad roads entering public access sites.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports complaints were handled regarding PWCers running late, farmers mowing ditches, and illegal ATV operation.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a citation was issued to an individual for cutting a wide swath of cattails along a shore without first obtaining a permit.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) spent time enforcing burning regulations, issuing minnow transportation permits, and handling calls from the public regarding a fox and turkey in someone’s yard.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters, and ATVers. Officer Hunter received a call about a PWC and pontoon that had run over and possibly killed a young loon. CO Hunter also received a call about kids throwing rocks at goslings from a bridge. 
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received an anonymous request to check on a public access that was blocked by traffic cones. The area in question is not a state-run public access and is most likely a township road right of way.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV recreation) attended a monthly OHV-monitoring meeting and patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. The officer also responded to calls about ATVers on a closed trail, investigated trail damage, assisted with a wildlife-harassment call, and assisted the county with a medical incident.
WREO Shane Siltala performed a site investigation of a wetland violation with local SWCD staff. The wetland was within the shoreland-protection zone and the landowner will be required to remove illegal fill.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports angling and boating activities were monitored. Public access sites were checked.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports attending a work detail in a vacant station. Area lakes were patrolled for fishing and boating activity. 
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, invasive species enforcement, state park enforcement, and a hunting complaint on Lake Vermilion. The officer also worked an invasive species enforcement check point in Tower with other district officers. Enforcement action for the week was taken on a number of boating, PWC, ATV and invasive species violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) worked a road check point for aquatic invasive species in Tower with other COs. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic plants and failure to remove drain plugs. CO Frericks checked high numbers of anglers and boaters during a busy weekend. Numerous citations were issued for operating unregistered watercraft and failure to display watercraft registration decals. On one particular lake, some parents who didn’t take into account the weather allowed their two 8-year-olds and 12 year old children to take an unregistered canoe onto a lake in windy conditions. The increasing winds easily blew the inexperienced paddlers to the opposite shoreline, where CO Frericks met them. The kids were brought back to their parents, who were advised to be more selective as to when they allow their kids to go out onto the lake.  
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a report about a small fishing boat washed up on rocks on the Pike River, with fishing equipment inside the boat. Boat registration was expired, and incorrect markings made locating the owner difficult, but he later was located and stated the boat floated away from his shoreline because of high water. He was advised to correct the registration, and in the future to notify law enforcement under these circumstances because it was unknown if someone was in the river, requiring a recovery.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted in an investigation with Lake County and the U.S. Forest Service after receiving a report from a solo kayaker that half of his equipment was stolen from his campsite in the BWCAW.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked in Duluth and Grand Marais, checking boaters and fishermen. Nonresidents with unregistered canoes and kayaks were encountered, and those folks from other states should research the laws in the states or provinces that they visit since they might be different from their home state’s requirements.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the sand flies, gnats, black flies, and mosquitoes are now all competing for airspace, as the masses of black flies showed up a little later than normal. The bugs aren’t bad at all once you get onto the water bodies. The problem bears are on the move, as calls are becoming more frequent regarding people leaving stuff out for them to eat, then complaining when the bears show up to eat what was left out.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports working a special Lake Superior detail during the weekend in Grand Marais. Time also was spent on angling, boating, and ATV enforcement, and attending a review of the recent Basswood Lake rescue.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) tended to nuisance wolf complaints in the Silver Bay station and assisted with a big-game investigation relating to registration violations.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement and ATV activity, and patrolled campgrounds and recreation areas. 
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, handled calls about injured birds, dealt with a road-kill moose, and attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession and failing to have valid registration on a watercraft. 
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV and fishing activities. Enforcement action was taken for boat registration and failure to have fishing licenses in possession. 
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked angling, boating, and aquatic invasive species activities. CO Arhart also issued a protected waters restoration order for a St. Louis County violation. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) participated in a roadside invasive species check station. Compliance with invasive species rules and regulations was good, but there were a few reminders given out. A very large black bear that was struck by a vehicle was recovered and given to the Fond du Lac Tribe for distribution to its members.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted in teaching trapping enforcement to the new officers at Camp Ripley. K9 assistance was given to the sheriff’s department regarding a bank robbery that occurred in Barnum. K9 Schody was able to track where the suspect had fled and found a crucial piece of evidence from the crime.
WREO Mike Scott spent a day staffing an information booth in Brooklyn Center, talking with Minnesota military veterans about careers in the DNR and assisting them with resumes, information, and best avenues to pursue a job with the DNR.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) worked an AIS checkpoint with fellow District 8 officers. He also assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office with traffic stops and a burglary alarm.
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) reports group members launching small paper-and-bamboo balloons over Lake Superior were asked what their plan was to retrieve the balloons. When they said they were not going to do so, they were reminded that litter is litter, whether it is dropped out of a moving vehicle or launched for fun over a lake.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports investigating shoreline and aquatic plant violations, as well as working ATV enforcement. 
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports contact was made with the owner of a burned-up snowmobile left along a trail in late winter. The individual said he figured the snowmobile club would take care of it and contact him.
CO Jim Guida (Nisswa) worked the lakes area and assisted with CO Academy training this week. CO candidates were trained in use of force and physical fitness. Officer Guida also assisted an individual in obtaining a custody/seizure tag for a road-killed otter for taxidermy purposes, and worked with an Idaho conservation officer on a fraud license investigation.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a call about beavers causing significant tree damage. The damage was confirmed, and a trapper was called to help with the situation.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing County lakes for angling and boating enforcement. CO McGowan also attended a meeting a Camp Ripley in preparation for field training for the new CO recruits. 
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) reports several anglers fishing without licenses were surprised to see the officer working from a personal watercraft and didn’t get their lines retrieved in time to avoid tickets. The officer also checked ATVers in the Foothills State Forest.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) monitored mushroom pickers in the Pillsbury State Forest and investigated complaints about litter ending up in the lake from fireworks set off from an offshore barge.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling activity, including an over-bagging complaint, and assisted on Lake Superior.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) staffed the Wall of Shame trailer sponsored by Turn In Poachers at Isle Days. The officer also received a call regarding a dam that was removed on private property by a neighbor; the situation will be resolved without conflict. CO Tetrault also responded to a car accident in Garrison that resulted in one person being airlifted to a medical facility.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled General Andrews State Forest for off-highway vehicle use. Vandalism to signs and kiosks was investigated.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) assisted with a boat that had filled with water while the operator was driving it. The boat was towed to shore, and it was found that the plug was out.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) had several property owners call about black bears hanging around and getting into garbage, dog food, and bird feeders. Nuisance bears also have been looking for a free meal by wandering through the city limits of some area towns.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls about nuisance bears and baby animals. He spent time working AIS enforcement, ATV complaints, and checked anglers and boaters in the Pine City area.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time working boat accesses for aquatic invasive species. One access check resulted in a 50-percent violation rate: eight boats and four violations.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, boating, and turtle trapping in the area. The officer continues to follow up on carp-dumping complaints. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of catfish, boating, and PWC violations.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted a neighboring officer with a minnow retailer conducting business without having a state bait dealer license. Calls were handled about deer eating people’s gardens, an injured bear, and a bobcat getting into a person’s chicken coop and killing one of his chickens. 
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) conducted an investigation that resulted in a resort owner being charged with selling minnows without a license. Three more wolf-depredation complaints were handled this past week. Several calves were found killed on two farms, and control trapping has begun; loss of livestock compensation requests have been submitted. While on patrol CO Kuske encountered several ATV violations, including parents allowing illegal operation and more passengers than allowed, but the most common violation was juveniles not wearing helmets. Summer is a nice time for a campfire; one family’s backyard fire pit included tires, car seats, and a sofa. CO Kuske explained to the father how toxic and illegal it is to burn these items, and a citation was issued.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) investigated a wetland complaint in Chisago County and worked boating and AIS enforcement. 
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Violations were found for angling with no license. Follow up was done on a turtle trapping case and illegally taking bait from infested water. Time was spent working aquatic invasive species at local accesses.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked AIS enforcement during the weekend, checked anglers, boaters, and ATVers, issued car-kill tags, and responded to a depredation call where it was determined coyotes killed a newborn calf.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on a license fraud case with assistance from a North Dakota warden.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) assisted with a kids fishing event on Lake Waconia. Boaters and anglers were checked, and AIS inspections were done in Scott, Carver, and Hennepin counties. Enforcement action was taken for angling without licenses in possession, angling without first procuring a license, angling with extra lines, watercraft transporting zebra mussels on roadways, aquatic vegetation, and failure to remove drain plugs.
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) dealt with a boater who was entering a boat access with invasive species. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing, AIS, and boating enforcement in the metro area. He also worked with neighboring officers on AIS and ATV enforcement in Scott County and responded to a fishing violation complaint. Questions about state park regulations and firearm safety were answered at the Hmong community center. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spent time checking boats and trailers for aquatic invasive species at several metro lake and river accesses.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled calls regarding floating bogs on area lakes and attended a field training officer meeting at Camp Ripley. She finished a bear case, did equipment maintenance, and worked AIS enforcement at local accesses. CO Kruse had a ride-along from a records management company, handled an overlimit of sunfish case on an Anoka County lake, and handled TIP calls.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week working AIS activity near public water access sites across the metro area. He also assisted with a media event that was held in Fridley. 
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) worked area lakes and the St. Croix River, checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement. Along with the local sheriff’s office, he worked security on Cottonwood Lake during a fireworks display. Assistance was given regarding an AIS detail near Lake Benton.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs and invasive species enforcement. A report about an invasive terrestrial plant was investigated.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) worked angling, boating, and OHV activity during the week. An AIS detail was worked in the Big Stone Lake area with CO Picht, with good compliance.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) assisted with a compliance check station at Lake Benton. AIS work was completed at Fort Snelling in St. Paul. A public waters complaint was investigated in Murray County, and a WCA violation was investigated in Renville County with a restoration order forthcoming.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked turtle-trapping activity in addition to taking calls about injured owls and loons. Denz also checked anglers and boaters.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked a report about a deer and a pheasant taken out of season. She also worked AIS, boating, and fishing during the week. Assistance was given regarding two red-tailed hawks that fell out of a tree during the last windstorm. 
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted the sheriff’s office by stopping a suspect on a driving complaint. The vehicle was four cars ahead of CO Nelson when the report was aired, and he observed unsafe driving due to Internet use on a cell phone.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked boating and fishing enforcement. Blue-green algae are prevalent on one lake, and recreationists were informed of the possible risks, including to their pets.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling and boating activity. “No-wake” restrictions are off most area lakes.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Ihnen also responded to a complaint at a local state park.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked AIS activity this past weekend. ATV activity was monitored in the station.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, AIS, ATV, and boat and water activity during the week. A presentation was given to young children about boating and water safety.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) conducted a site visit on WCA violation, worked AIS enforcement, and responded to media requests.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) met with the Sheldon Sportsmen Club regarding renewal of its lease on state forest lands. He also worked with Wisconsin wardens on joint cases involving border issues.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking angling activity and working on a deer case. 
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports assisting at the CO Academy, speaking about trapping laws and regulations. Violations encountered included taking minnows from infested waters.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) received a call about someone finding a Canada goose with straws taped to its wings. What he found was a Canada goose that was going through the molting process and was growing new feathers.

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