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Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – September 26th, 2014

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) experienced a busy week of waterfowl and small-game hunting activity. Complaints about illegal bear baits were investigated. Dumped deer and goose carcasses also were investigated. A calf depredation was confirmed near Skime as being a wolf kill. 
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted with a car-struck moose in Marshall County.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports checking goose, grouse, bear, and archery deer hunters. Anglers were checked on area lakes, and boater AIS compliance was monitored. 

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted another agency responding to an officer-involved shooting.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked grouse hunters and early season goose hunters throughout the week. CO Vollbrecht also responded to a complaint about a goose hunter shooting an hour after legal hours. The hunter was stopped while he was leaving the hunting area. The individual turned out to be an inexperienced juvenile hunter. Time was taken to go through the waterfowl regulations book and explain several regulations to the hunter. 
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking area WMAs for archery deer hunters and small-game hunting activity. Calls were taken about landowner deer license requirements and dogs chasing deer. Complaints about a local hobby farm owner letting pot-bellied pigs roam free was relayed to the Wildlife Division. A female angler was arrested on a warrant, and CO Vinton assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office with a complaint about bones being dumped near a rural cemetery. The bones were from several years ago, and were from a deer.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted Becker County deputies locate and transport two lost hunters in the Smokey Hills State Forest. He also worked with Park Rapids Forestry on a litter case involving a broken freezer containing rotten meat being dumped. The litter bugs promised to clean up the mess in order to avoid expensive restitution costs. Criminal charges with fines will follow.   
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on open Wetland Conservation Act cases. Public waters restoration sites were visited.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports angler numbers continue to decrease but good fishing remains on a lot of lakes. Richards responded to a public waters violation complaint in Otter Tail County, with enforcement action taken. 
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked archery and goose hunters throughout the week, as well as fall fishermen. 
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVers, boaters, and monitored AIS compliance. 
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused efforts this past week on goose hunting and sport fishing activity. One boater was found leaving a lake with an out-of-season smallmouth bass in the livewell; none of his fellow fishermen were aware the season had closed a week earlier. These fishermen were reminded to always check the regulations book before heading out and keeping fish. Another angler was proud to tell Lawler at the boat access about his early-morning muskie catch. However, it was found that he hadn’t yet purchased a fishing license for this year; enforcement action was taken.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) and a COC focused enforcement efforts on dove and early goose hunters. The officers also worked fire enforcement and encountered several violations, including no burning permit, burning outside of permitted hours, and burning of prohibited materials. One individual was found to be using waste oil as a “fire starter.” He was advised that is not an accepted method to start a fire and received a citation.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check early season goose hunters in the area. Gear was prepared for the upcoming duck season. 
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and grouse hunters. CO Mathy also responded to a report about a trail obstruction and worked AIS enforcement. 
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) attended the ATVAM Fall Rally and Ride in Beltrami Island State Forest. In the same location, officers also had contact with an organized horse ride fund-raiser, so horse passes and ATV passes/registration were checked.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked small-game, deer, and bear hunting activity, trout angling, investigated two public waters violation complaints, and continued following up on open small-game, big-game, and littering violations. One motorcycle-riding hunter had his uncased shotgun slung over his back in town, while one ATV hunter had his gun in the case, but it was fully loaded.  
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) has begun taking calls from landowners and other sportsmen about deer baits that are being found, and some shining activity that has been observed.  
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) wrapped up a case in which a county deputy encountered a bowhunter, identified himself, and asked for the man’s hunting license. The hunter was unable to find a license, so the deputy relayed the information to CO Fredin. A check showed the hunter’s hunting privileges were suspended for an unpaid past trespass charge. Fredin also received a TIP call about possible duck hunters. The hunters were located and seen with duck decoys and a spinning-wing decoy. The officer observed both hunters shoot. They were checked on shore and both stated duck hunting was poor. They had shot at a wood duck swimming and missed. They produced licenses and had a copy of the waterfowl regulations with them. Both were surprised when shown the opener date (Sept. 27).

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent the majority of the week on foot patrol inside the BWCAW along with CO Tetrault. Several bear and grouse hunters were checked.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports he was pleasantly surprised at the number of grouse he saw during the second weekend of the grouse season after a disappointing opener. Bear and grouse hunters also were out in numbers. One fellow learned the hard way, and in front of his young son, that it is not a good idea to carry a loaded shotgun on an ATV.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked grouse hunters and continued to work bear hunters. Vandalism that has plagued the county has moved into the woods, with two apparent hunters on ATVs damaging signs and gates on the Boyd Road ATV Trail. An ATV club member nearly caught them, and any information about the incident would be appreciated.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) was involved in an operation that took place in the BWCAW with area officers. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.  

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored small-game hunting activity, worked early goose-hunting complaints and attended a K-9 unit meeting and training at Camp Ripley. CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner “Si” also assisted the county in locating a robbery suspect. 
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking on a possible aquatic plant violation. She also spent time investigating possible wolf depredation on a cattle farm in the Cohasset area. 
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked small-game and archery hunters during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV in a closed area, and operating an ATV with an individual under 18 without a helmet.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) checked bear hunting and OHV activity throughout the week. Time also was spent working grouse and archery deer hunting. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) continued training with a COC. Time was spent checking small-game hunters in the area and assisting the State Patrol when a watercraft hit a bridge overpass. 
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week investigating a couple deer-hunting violations that resulted in citations for hunting over bait, illegal take, and licensing violations. 
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) spent time investigating several livestock depredation complaints and returning phone calls. Small-game hunters were checked on the Sawyer WMA and Carlton County lands.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked litter cases, and deer- and bear-hunting activity this past week. One case under investigation is almost done, with possible charges for trespassing and baiting. This case was from last fall. A talk was given at the local MDHA banquet in Carlton, where attendance was more than 400 people.
WREO Mike Scott conducted two site visits regarding potential WCA violations. 
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior. Seasonal maintenance was completed on patrol boats, and evidence was processed from old cases. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored angling, trail use, and small- and big-game hunting activity in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and Pillsbury State Forest.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for hunting activity. CO McGowan also spent time following up on TIP calls, and patrolled for ATV activity.  
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked early goose, grouse, archery deer, and bear hunters. Angling contacts included one shore fisherman who found out it is not OK to throw a sucker against a tree prior to returning it to the water.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on complaints of shooting in residential areas at night and a complaint about a bear damaging property northeast of Brainerd. He also worked with WREO Haberman on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in boats while being transported, as well as water and live fish in boats.  
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) continued working with area farmers who reported damage from wolves and turkeys.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received additional deer-baiting complaints. Trespassing complaints also were received. 

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted with a patrol in the BWCAW with the Ely officer. Enforcement action was taken for leaving non-biodegradable items at a bear bait site.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports investigating a wolf-depredation complaint and fielding several calls about wolf-related problems. The officer also investigated a call about an illegal ATV trail in the Solana State Forest. A TIP call about someone hunting ducks out of season also was investigated. 
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received calls about wolf depredation, possible illegal bear hunting, and questions regarding archery deer and firearms deer-hunting permit areas.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) continued training with a COC. A couple of illegal fires were dealt with, and enforcement action was taken. Local anglers were checked, and one overlimit of crappies was found. A beaver doing damage was addressed, and non-lethal methods are being implemented.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw a lot of grouse-hunting activity throughout the week. Time was spent assisting local law enforcement with a search warrant that resulted in finding marijuana plants and other drugs.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week following up on complaints about ATVers in prohibited areas, tearing up county and township roads and operating in WMAs. CO Wynn checked hunters and anglers throughout the week, as well. 
WREO Rob Haberman investigated a TIP complaint about ORVers operating in a wetland in Cass County. Law enforcement action was taken, and a cease and desist order was issued for the violation. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area
 

WREO Keith Bertram spent time this week at the Morrison County Waterfest. Approximately 350 sixth-graders and school staff were educated on AIS laws and shown samples of aquatic invasives. Citations were written to parties that did not comply with public waters restoration orders in Isanti County.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to a dispute between lakeshore owners over a drainage ditch that runs between the properties. Both want the water to drain from their soggy lawns, but are reluctant to be neighborly and come to an equitable solution. CO Kuske and county Soil and Water Conservation District officials provided some mediation. 
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) watched two hunters come out of the woods and quickly place a plastic bag of something in the back. Kuske proceeded to check the hunters, and they had all necessary licenses and three squirrels in a backpack. CO Kuske questioned the hunters about what was in the bag in the back of the vehicle. The hunters pulled the bag out, which was a bag of garbage they had collected on the WMA from previous littering hunters. CO Kuske thanked them for picking up all the trash. 
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) states two reports about moose sightings were taken in back-to-back mornings. The first report was north of New Munich, and the second south of St. Johns.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) had the privilege of watching a group of young goose hunters take a few birds. The hunters were appreciative of the fact that CO Silgjord held off on his compliance check and took cover while the birds attempted to land in their decoy spread.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked the DNR auction in Zimmerman and checked anglers, boaters, and hunters. Officer Londgren also assisted with a multi-vehicle accident that involved several turkeys, causing a hazard in the roadway.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked anglers and small-game hunters. Reller also checked on a possible big-game violation and a possible wetlands fill complaint. 

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked the St. Croix River bridge security detail with CO Vang Lee. AIS violations found by watercraft inspectors were followed up on all week. 
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) responded to a complaint about a dumpster left at the Spring Lake boat launch parking lot. He also followed up on zebra mussel violations.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week investigating trespassing issues, late-shooting complaints, and TIP calls. 
WREO Adam Block (Metro) continued work on AIS activity, as well as following up on shoreline complaints. A possible wetland violation was investigated in Hennepin County. A meeting was attended with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in St. Paul.    
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued training a COC. They finished up on a case in which a 12-point buck was shot over bait by a person with a crossbow. They also talked to two law enforcement classes at Century College and assisted with a stolen gun that was confiscated during a big-game case. They met with State Patrol dispatchers in Roseville, did equipment maintenance, and worked fishing, boating and AIS enforcement on area lakes and streams. 
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) investigated several deer-baiting complaints. He also checked a shoreline complaint on the Mississippi River in Ramsey and responded to an injured deer in Ramsey. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working anglers and early goose hunters. Calls regarding various injured wild animals continue to be handled. 
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) received a call about a bowhunter trespassing on posted land. Officer Picht searched the posted land and found the hunter lying down under a tree. 
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports an eagle flew into a power line and was picked up in Lincoln County. 
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked angling, archery deer hunting, boating, and ATVing activity during the week. Minnow transportation permits were issued. The officer continues to pick up trash left behind by shore anglers. 
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports assistance was given to DNR Wildlife with a few issues on WMAs. 

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up with trespass and archery hunting complaints. He also monitored public areas for deer stands left overnight. 
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports cease and desist orders were filed on a public waters violation. ATV activity was monitored. 
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) gave another firearms safety talk at Gopher Campfire. Officer Oberg also spent time getting equipment ready for the waterfowl opener.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked goose hunters during the week. A report about apples dumped at a WMA was taken. 
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave presentations at two firearms safety training classes. He also received calls regarding trapping and hunting access questions. CO Nelson worked primarily deer, waterfowl, angling, and ATV enforcement.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked archery deer, small-game, and waterfowl hunters. CO Howe also gave a laws and ethics presentation at an all-day field and range day for a firearms safety class near Minnesota Lake. A ginseng digger was found harvesting ginseng from a wildlife management area without a permit.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) attended a use of force meeting at Camp Ripley. The officer also investigated a public waters violation. Anglers and archery hunters were checked.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, small-game hunting, and migratory waterfowling activity during the week. Several calls were received regarding migratory waterfowl questions and complaints about animals.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked anglers, archery deer hunters, and goose hunters. A law and ethics presentation was given to a firearms safety class in Faribault.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) reports nuisance-wildlife complaints were addressed. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking hunters, anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also took part in a safety fair held at a local elementary school. Possible public waters and wetland violations were investigated.
WREO Julie Siems reports conducting a K9 detection demonstration, and wetland cases were investigated.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters and anglers during the week. Heyn also checked into trespass complaints and several other deer hunting-related complaints.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports a bowhunter shot a mature doe that had a fully developed fawn. She must have been bred last March. Several bucks harvested were still in velvet. The CO also charged a ginseng digger for trespassing and seized the illegally dug roots. 
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating trespass complaints. Time also was spent checking small-game hunters and a few trout fisherman. A few shining complaints have been received.

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