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Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – September 5th, 2014

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored bear-baiting activity and checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal-length walleye.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored bear-baiting activity, worked special boating safety projects, and monitored angler activity on Upper Red Lakes and special regulation lakes throughout the week.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) checked a complaint regarding two swans that were found dead.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports some anglers thought it was too late into the summer to buy fishing licenses so they would save money by just not purchasing one. They were wrong.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports dove opener saw little pressure. Enforcement action was taken for failing to report ginseng dealer reports, unplugged shotgun, and no angling license in possession.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) responded to a report about two dead bucks on a minimum-maintenance forest road. The bucks appeared to have been run over by a vehicle. Suspects are unknown at this time, and information is welcome.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on several waters cases with a DNR hydrologist. An individual was cited for transporting his boat with aquatic vegetation wrapped up in the motor’s prop.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports one angler was contacted with a muskie in his livewell. The only problem was that it measured 17 inches too short to keep. Lawler cited this same person in June for illegally selling minnows he had trapped.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received a call about a woman and her son getting hit with BBs from their neighbors, who were shooting trap.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) and a COC received a tip from a concerned citizen about a possible deer-poaching incident and followed up on it. An issue of selling walleyes was discovered; an investigation followed.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) stopped several ATVs being operated illegally by young girls. The officer asked the girls if there was an adult who could pick them up. Their reply was, “No, they’re all drunk.”

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) spent significant time checking compliance with bear baiting and the bear hunting opener.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked out a bear cub that was found dead in the woods. It is believed the cause of death was due to being hit on the road.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Marty Stage (Ely) found one group operating their pontoon boat without lights, not enough PFDs, and five people with fishing license issues. One person had a lifetime license that he had not updated, but no one else had their licenses with them. The contact took well over an hour to sort out.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) received reports about two misbehaving woodchucks. The CO himself has had a family of woodchucks living in his woodshed all summer, and he reports that no wood is missing. The CO believes that this proves that woodchucks really don’t chuck wood.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports an individual with a felony warrant was arrested and also issued citations for fishing without a license from an unregistered canoe.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome)  checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, and looked at bear baits for compliance.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took a complaint about an injured owl and injured raccoon, unrelated to each other.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports that during a traffic stop enforcement action was taken for hunting bears without a license and failing to register a bear bait. A rifle also was seized in conjunction with the case of bear hunting without a license.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) reports area mushroom hunters encountered who were successful, harvesting many summer mushrooms in the great weather. Bear hunters had less success.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) handled nuisance-animal complaints including skunks, raccoons, and injured animals.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a case in which a group of individuals decided to blow up a beaver lodge is being investigated.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that while patrolling the Nemadji State Forest, a horse rider and her daughter were given assistance after the mother fell off her horse and broke her arm. Her husband had left to get the vehicle so he could transport her to the hospital. K9 Schody and Officer Staples helped pass the time by doing some tricks for the daughter until they were able to get her mother out of the forest and on her way to the hospital.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) worked a boat and water detail on Lake Superior. Lake trout are becoming more common as they move shallower for the fall. An individual was found burning a coffee table and cabinets, yet complained about other people burning garbage and other refuse.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) forwarded nuisance-wildlife complaints to DNR Wildlife staff that included a sea gull die-off and an immature bald eagle visiting cabins and unable to fly.
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) met with a local landowner about some trespass questions regarding the upcoming deer season.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) handled a call regarding a fox that wouldn’t come out of a storage shed.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) reports an ATV accident occurred in the Nemadji State Forest when an operator was loading his ATV into the back of a pickup truck. The aluminum ramps gave way and caused the operator to fall. The operator was transported by ambulance with a severe head injury.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) monitored bear-baiting activities and investigated a sweet corn patch that was torn up by bear and raccoon. The owners of the corn patch indicated they put a radio out at night to prevent the animals from eating the corn. It was found that country music did not work, while rock and roll did help keep them away.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) responded to a wolf depredation complaint in which a small pony was killed. Several wolf tracks around the carcass confirmed the event.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) completed commercial ginseng inspections.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received one complaint involving a person allowing his dog to pursue loons on an area lake. The issue was resolved by some conscientious citizens.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked boat and water safety during the holiday weekend on local lakes and rivers, checked ATVers, patrolled state and federal lands, and attended the district shoot at Camp Ripley.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a possible falconry violation.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a TIP call about poachers shooting ducks south of Belle Plaine.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) issued a beaver permit and responded to an animal complaint in Edina. Officer Lee also talked to a group of Asians at Keller Park about hunting and fishing regulations.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) did inspections of ginseng dealers, assisted a neighboring officer on a trespassing complaint, and worked several TIP calls.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) assisted a Wisconsin CO with the investigation of a possible big-game violation in St. Paul.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) issued a summons to an individual who was trespassing in the Carlos Avery WMA sanctuary.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) gave assistance to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office with a firearm incident involving a dove hunter.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) completed a game farm inspection, and minnow transportation permits were issued.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) assisted with a K-9 demo at the Minnesota State Fair.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) conducted commercial inspections and followed up on TIP calls.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on a TIP report of angling with extra lines and a report of a Canada goose in a dog kennel.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) completed a radio program discussing boat and water safety, upcoming openers and area activity.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reminds boaters to bring life jackets and make sure they are the correct type for the boater. One boater with five adult occupants had four PFDs, with two of them being for youth.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) attended use-of-force training at Camp Ripley. The officer patrolled the Minnesota River for angling and boating activity.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) wrote several citations for boaters transporting their watercraft on public roads with the drain plug in place. The “drain plug law” went into effect in 2010, so 2014 is the fifth summer that it’s been in effect. Many boaters still seem “unaware” of the law, despite intense publicity efforts.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATV, AIS, and boat and water enforcement.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) returned requests from the public seeking information about hunting and trapping regulations.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) reports a number of people were out scouting the river for the upcoming hunting seasons. 
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) spent time speaking with ginseng dealers and diggers regarding the rules and regulations. One subject was cited for harvesting ginseng out of season.

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