Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 31st, 2014
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked boating and fishing activity in the Warroad and Northwest Angle areas of Lake of the Woods. Assistance was provided to the sheriff’s office in the no-wake zone on the Warroad River.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling, boating, and AIS activities throughout the week. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated, and assistance was given to the State Patrol with a traffic stop in which the driver fled from a trooper.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) and COC Beau Shroyer spent most of this week checking anglers and boaters on area lakes and rivers. Time also was spent checking ATV operators and checking for commercial minnow activity.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued field training this week with COC Nicholas Prachar. Time was spent working boat and water safety on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht and COC Prachar followed up on aquatic plant management APM violations. A citation was issued regarding the use of pesticides to control aquatic vegetation.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked boat and water safety, angling, and AIS during the week. Time also was spent patrolling the Schoolcraft River, checking watercraft and other activity. A complaint was received regarding a possible water appropriation permit violation.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) followed up on a TIP call about individuals taking overlimits of panfish. CO Vinton patrolled area lakes after receiving complaints about boats being operated at night without lights. Public accesses were patrolled to enforce AIS laws.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) and COC Cowden followed up on angling complaints about people taking overlimits, investigated a livestock depredation complaint, checked boaters at a public access, and assisted county and local law enforcement with a local festival.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area lakes. CO Warren received and investigated complaints about the possible transport of aquatic vegetation, illegal operation of weed rollers, a deceased dog left at a public access, and possible illegal sand blankets.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) followed up on a wetland case and checked on a waters violation. Time also was spent checking fishermen and boaters.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVers, and boaters. Reports were completed for ongoing investigations, and commercial audits were conducted.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked fisherman and recreational boaters this past week. Officer Lawler also investigated a reported fish overlimit case.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work primarily fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement. A boat and water safety detail was worked on Pope County lakes during the annual Waterama festival. Additional time was spent working ATV enforcement and investigating a possible wolf depredation involving cattle. Officer Johanson assisted Douglas County deputies in apprehending a person who was threatening others with a knife.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports time was spent checking areas for illegal minnow harvest. Complaints were handled regarding a bullet hole in a garage door in Cyrus, and about a person mowing hay in a road ditch and encroaching onto a WMA.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked trout lakes, anglers, ATV trails, and watercraft operators. Complaints about aquatic plant violations, lakeshore violations, and wildlife issues were addressed.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and recreational boaters. Officer Hunter also worked on complaints about people damaging shoreline, and received various wildlife complaints.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) met with a cattle owner and trapper regarding wolf depredation issues.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received a report about an injured deer on a state highway; it was gone upon the CO’s arrival. He also received a call regarding a nuisance beaver and checked on possible aquatic plant removal without a permit.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily worked fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement. Calls regarding nuisance bears and fishing violations also were received.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV rec) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. A couple riding that was riding an ATV experienced mechanical issues and became stranded in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. They were able to request assistance by utilizing the trail numbering system. They were promptly found and taken back to camp.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports checking fishing activity on Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, and Lake Kabetogama. Enforcement action was taken for no angling licenses in possession.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, ATVers, and state park enforcement. The officer also appeared in court in Virginia regarding a trapping case from last spring.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at an advanced hunter safety course, a bowhunter education course, an ATV safety class, and put on a demonstration for a group of kids about furbearers in northeastern Minnesota, with pelts donated by the Minnesota Trappers Association. Reports about motor boats with loud exhausts on Lake Vermilion were taken and investigated.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked fishing and boating activity during the week. Thunderstorms and strong winds came through the area, causing power outages.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent the week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness around the Gun Lake area. Violations included camping in a non-designated site and failure to display current registration.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked a Lake Superior detail and patrolled the BWCAW in a canoe. Lots of people are in the area due to the blueberry festival. Unregistered canoes continue to come into the area, and people are surprised to find out that the law requires their canoes to be registered in Minnesota.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked on Lake Superior with CO McGowan. The officers saw numerous lake trout, including three that were taken by an angler without a license. They turned out to be much more expensive for the young man than the license and trout stamp would have been.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and ATV activity. CO Schottenbauer also took a bear-related complaint.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and ATV enforcement during the week. An illegal dumping complaint is being investigated.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled area ATV trails, worked an AIS check station, attended court for a big-game violation, and looked at a possible waters violation.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking boating activity this past week on area lakes, finding some violations regarding PFDs and lights. The CO also took a complaint about multiple lines being used on a lake and caught up with the individuals later.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked an invasive species detail in which boats and water-related equipment were checked for boat plugs, any weeds stuck to trailers, and if they were carrying any lake water.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishermen, boaters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent working AIS enforcement, with enforcement action taken for failing to remove a boat plug.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, ATV, sportfishing, aquatic plant management, and wetland activities. A Wetland Conservation Act restoration order was issued, and a beaver dam wetland breach was investigated.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week working anglers and boaters on inland lakes. ATV complaint areas were worked, and an ATV trespass complaint was investigated.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked with area foresters, documenting newly constructed ATV trails complete with bridges on state land. Responsible parties can be fined for establishing trails and charged for restoration, including the cost of removal of any unpermitted bridges. A group of campers was contacted and reminded that it’s illegal to camp on state lands for longer than two weeks during the summer.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area anglers on shore and on area lakes. Time also was spent investigating a complaint about a Canada goose gosling that had been taken by a local family from an area pond; the goose was released back into the wild.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked OHV activity in the area. Assistance was given to local agencies with an ATVer who fled from several officers. The juvenile subject was taken into custody after the ATV was located in a wooded area, tipped over. Assistance also was given to local agencies in the Moose Lake area regarding serious two-car vehicle crashes involving multiple injuries.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior in the Two Harbors and Silver Bay areas. An ATV detail was worked in Pine County with multiple operation violations located. Assistance was given to neighboring agencies with in-progress calls, and seasonal maintenance items were handled.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports investigating a case regarding a duck taken out of season. CO Peterson also checked anglers on area lakes and monitored ATV activity.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) reports that while pumping gas at an area gas station, he was asked a question about which herbicide works best for getting rid of the “grass” growing in the water around the man’s dock at his newly purchased lake lot. The man’s neighbor had told him it was OK to clear a strip 80 feet wide in front of his lot. After further discussion about the “grass,” it was determined that it was really wild rice, which can’t be removed at all without a permit. By asking the question, the landowner saved himself a costly ticket and lake bed restoration.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. He also checked boaters on area lakes. Expired registration and no throwable PFD violations were found
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) completed advanced firearms training at Camp Ripley. Officer Guida also followed up on numerous nuisance-animal complaints and participated in a ribbon-cutting ride on the Paul Bunyan Trail south of Brainerd. During the ride, an all-terrain vehicle nearly collided with the bike riders. The suspect was positively identified by his DVS photo and will be charged with felony fleeing a police officer, careless operation of an all-terrain vehicle, operating ATV on a state highway, and driving after revocation.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing County lakes for fishing and boating activity. One boater was arrested for boating while intoxicated.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) patrolled the Whitefish chain, with heavy boating traffic observed, and he assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department with various boating calls on the Whitefish chain.
CO James Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety, and trail use and construction site security in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity including PWC complaints (late and early operation). Aquatic vegetation has been getting larger all summer and is harder to keep off of trailers; it’s also easier to see and remove.
CO Scott E. Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continuing field training with COC Chelsie Leuthardt. The officers checked fishermen on Mille Lacs. Aquatic invasive species enforcement was done around the Mille Lacs area. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer regarding a TIP complaint, and the officers gave a law presentation to a firearms safety class at the Long Lake Conservation Center.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) reports assistance was given to the sheriff’s department and State Patrol for two calls of intoxicated males acting disorderly and pedestrians in the lanes of Interstate 35. Officer Speldrich also assisted the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department and Moose Lake police with a serious motor vehicle accident. Officer Speldrich investigated a nuisance-wolf call in which a herd of cattle was run through a fence and into a neighboring farmer’s pastures.
WREO Robert Haberman trained Carlton County deputies on AIS enforcement and education this week. WREO Haberman also worked AIS enforcement.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week working AIS enforcement and checking anglers. A wetland complaint was investigated, with a cease and desist order being issued. While working an AIS detail, one boater was provided an expensive reminder to conduct a quick inspection of his watercraft trailer when he arrived at an area access with a clump of weeds hanging from a back roller.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with an ATV accident in which a juvenile struck a culvert and rolled his ATV. The juvenile was not wearing a helmet and did not have ATV safety training. The juvenile was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted the sheriff’s department with a call about terroristic threats being made to an angler on the Mississippi River. It was reported a group camping at a DNR watercraft campsite on an island on the river threatened the angler, saying they were going to kill him. The campers were located, and statements were taken. CO Kuske checked an unlucky boater who had a new, large pontoon boat on the river but did not have the registration yet, even though the person had bought the boat last year. The same pontoon boat was seen coming into the access, and when the owner pulled the pontoon onto the trailer he proceeded to rip all the trailer lights off the back end on the boat ramp.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) investigated a wolf-depredation complaint; this time it looks like coyotes were the culprits and not a wolf that killed a calf. CO Pierz Lake residents continue to complain about wakeboard boats operating too close to shore.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He issued summonses for angling with one extra line and returning rough fish to the water while bowfishing.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continued the field training process with COC Eric Benjamin. CO Reller and COC Benjamin were part of an AIS detail that took place on East Rush Lake where boaters were checked and educated both coming on and off the water. Of the 14 contacts made, only three warnings were given.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports ATV complaints were received and problem areas patrolled. CO Langevin also assisted in the setup of a laser shot booth for a local youth day.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) assisted with firearms training at Camp Ripley for most of the week. A possible wetlands violation was reported and investigated.
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked an AIS enforcement detail in Chisago County. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a boat with the plug still in place.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County-area lakes for angling activity. CO Salzer also patrolled for boating activity and assisted with an aquatic invasive species road check in Hennepin County.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boaters and shore fishermen in the metro area. He also investigated an aquatic vegetation removal complaint in Scott County.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) completed an investigation of big-game hunting violation, and enforcement action was taken.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week investigating TIP complaints, checking anglers, doing AIS enforcement, and patrolling WMAs.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended three days of training and continued working on a shoreline violation. She also worked fishing and boating enforcement on Ramsey County lakes and AIS enforcement at area accesses.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports that Franklin’s “Catfish Derby” on the Minnesota River was busy. Higher-than-normal water levels allowed for easy navigation for those who fished from boats.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) received a TIP call regarding an individual harassing and possibly shooting geese out of season. Enforcement action was taken in this case. An investigation continues of a boating complaint reported by the public on Lake Shaokatan.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVers, anglers, and invasive species enforcement.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) responded to an ATV accident with injuries in which a passenger fell off a Class I ATV.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended a site visit with the state Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District on a WCA violation in Renville County.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers on the Minnesota River during the Franklin catfish tournament. She also worked AIS and ATV enforcement during the tournament.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked an AIS detail in Fairmont. Officer Gruhlke also checked fishermen and patrolled for ATV activity.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports TIP calls were followed up on regarding commercial game farm illegal activity. An AIS checkpoint was conducted at the Fairmont chain of lakes. Enforcement action was taken for several AIS violations. One boat owner drove from two hours away to launch in Fairmont, and it was discovered that he had Eurasian watermilfoil attached to his boat trailer.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATV, and boating enforcement this week. The Scheel’s hunting expo also was worked.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, ATV, and boat and water safety during the week. A Wall of Shame TIP trailer was staffed at an event in Mankato.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling and recreational vehicle activity. A few nuisance-wildlife complaints were resolved, and nuisance beaver permits were issued.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Phil George (Rochester 1) worked boating and angling activity throughout the week. Training continues with a COC. Nuisance-animal calls were taken, and questions from the public were handled.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. One angler reported another group netting a trout stream. The group was contacted before leaving the area, and there were multiple violations, besides netting trout.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC James Van Asch worked the Winona area. They did an AIS check in Winona, an AIS checkpoint in Wabasha County, and followed up on AIS inspector complaints.