District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Enforcement action was taken on anglers using too many lines and overlimits of walleyes/sauger.
CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) spent time following up on trapping complaints in and around the Beltrami Island State Forest. Violations included no angling license in possession, angling with extra lines, unattended lines, and possession of both a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license and no license in possession.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked a detail on Lake of the Woods, focusing on angling enforcement. A complaint about the illegal dumping of deer carcasses was investigated, and an incidentally caught fisher was seized. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angling with unattended lines, no valid fishing license, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and possession of dressed fillets on special-regulation waters.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking ice anglers on area lakes. Time also was spent checking ATV operators and predator hunters.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked fishermen on area lakes. Ice conditions continue to improve, and angling activity has increased. Time was spent working on Upper Red Lake with CO Holt. Several limits of walleyes were observed while they were on the lake. A report about a vehicle going partially through the ice was reported on Gull Lake near Bemidji. Anglers are reminded to use caution when traveling on the ice.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling and trapping activities during the week. Time was spent working on Upper Red Lake with CO Vollbrecht. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angling with no license in possession, possession of illegal-length walleyes, expired snowmobile registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked trapping enforcement, anglers, and followed up on pending cases. Two new complaints of illegally taken deer were taken.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked fishermen, worked trapping complaints, and tagged furs for area trappers. An investigation also was opened on an illegally taken deer.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) reminds the public to use caution, as an ATV and rider went through the ice in Otter Tail County. CO Warren followed up the possible killing of a cow by gray wolves.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) monitored pheasant hunting and ice angling activities. The officer also fielded calls from the public regarding trespassing, and dispatched an injured deer. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered ATVs, angling without a license in possession, and failing to display shelter license tags.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked goose hunters during the last week of the season in the northern zone. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl and angling violations.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time working two different trapping complaints. The officer is finding garbage on area lakes. Fishermen are reminded to clean up after themselves. Plautz reports a truck went through the ice on West Leaf Lake, with the occupants all getting out safely before the truck sank in over 40 feet of water. Several violations of improperly marked fish houses and not displaying shelter tags were encountered.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) primarily checked fishermen, shelters, and ATVers. Several questions regarding the new AIS online trailer training and boat registration renewals have been fielded.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and trappers. Several trapping complaints were received and investigated regarding trappers not checking their traps in a timely manner and for not having identification on them as required by law.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked ice-fishing activity this past week, as well as ATV enforcement. Lots of anglers were checked in both Douglas and Pope counties, with several citations issued for numerous fishing and ATV registration violations. Fishing with extra lines and unattended lines seem to be the biggest problems.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) spent time on area waterways monitoring fishing and ATV activity. Pheasant and varmint hunters were checked, and trapping activity was monitored. Follow-up was completed on open deer cases.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) completed a TIP investigation in Traverse County regarding a possible illegally taken deer. An angler harassment complaint was worked in the vacant Wheaton station on Lake Traverse. A trespass call was handled in the Glenwood station, as were calls about coyote hunting and ice fishing.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) focused on ice fishing and trapping. Some accidental trapping catches were handled, and meetings were held with local prosecutors.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked anglers around the area. Ice conditions improved over last week, but some heaved areas are still dangerous. Anglers are reminded that all fishing houses are required to have identification on them. Trapping and small game enforcement activities were monitored.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) dealt with a legally harvested wolf that was not presented for registration.
CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) continued working on trapping cases. A citation was written for failure to tend traps.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on trapping, spearing, and ice-angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, failure to display ATV registration, failure to renew ATV registration, failure to display snowmobile registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) worked on cases from the firearms deer season. CO Adam responded to a report about an ATV and full-size wheel house that went through the ice. Contact with the ATV operator indicated the previous evening after dark he attempted to move his fish house from one side of the lake to another. He was able to self-rescue himself and walk to a nearby lake home.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) continued a follow-up investigation from the deer season and monitored angling activity.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports rain during the week limited outdoor activities, and snowmobile trails are down to dirt, grass, and exposed rocks.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) dealt with an accidentally caught fisher that was caught in a bobcat set. He also responded to a call about an injured wolf.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) investigated a report from a trapper who located several untagged and unchecked snares. After meeting with the trapper and visiting the site, the snares were seized by the CO. The owner of the snares eventually was located and admitted he left the trap tags off some of his snares and did not check them as often as he should. The owner of the snares was issued a citation.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked fishing on area lakes and found a few anglers getting crappies. A complaint was received about possible shining of hayfields. An accidentally caught fisher was handled.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that the long Christmas weekend saw a sharp increase in activity in the Ely area for both fishing and snowmobiling activity.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports the lack of deep snow this winter should be good for deer.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) patrolled remote lakes by snowmobile and prepared for an upcoming work detail for the BWCAW stream and lake trout season for lakes entirely within the BWCAW, which opened Jan.1.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted a Swiss family who tried to drive an unplowed forest road in their car on one of the coldest days this month. The officer located the abandoned vehicle, and then found the family walking about two miles from it. Several folks contacted offered warm vehicles and rides to a nearby dining establishment, and a local logger used his skidder to pull the car out.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy holiday weekend of primarily angling and spearing enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line, no shelter license, no angling/spearing license in possession, unregistered snowmobiles, failure to transfer ownership, and ATV equipment and operation violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked trapping activity and followed up on illegal deer-baiting cases. Questions were answered regarding new wolf regulations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked on preparing small-game and big-game cases for court. He also completed some DNR Enforcement Division training at Camp Ripley during the week.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored spearing activity, worked trapping complaints, and assisted the State Patrol with a search for a person who fled on foot.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took several calls concerning car-kill permits for deer. She also took a call regarding a four-wheeler going through the ice on Pokegama Lake by Stony Point. Please use caution on the lakes. She is currently investigating a trapping complaint.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports many anglers are being seen on area lakes as good ice conditions continue to allow access to most traditional winter fishing spots. Angling without a license in possession, angling without a license, angling with an extra line, spearing without a license, no shelter license, no display of registration, and litter were a few of the violations encountered last week.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to spend time on trapping enforcement. Time also was spent following up on a litter complaint regarding fishermen leaving garbage on the ice.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) responded to deer registration, trespass, OHV, and trapping complaints, and spoke to students at a snowmobile safety class in Cromwell.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports car-kill deer permits were issued, and an incidentally taken fisher was taken to be used for educational purposes. An investigation was done of an area trapper who wasn’t checking traps as required. Also, a report about a deer being poached in the Alborn area was investigated. A deer was shot from the road and was taken off of private property. Anyone that might have information on this case is asked to call TIP (800-652-9093) with the information. An investigation is ongoing regarding deer parts dumped off an area road near Esko. Most of the meat was wasted from this deer. A trap theft near Nickerson is being investigated.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) received a complaint about vehicle operators racing and driving recklessly at the McQuade Road public access.
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) answered several questions about angling and ice conditions on the St. Louis Harbor.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) worked small-game, big-game, angling, and ATV enforcement throughout week.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) continued checking trappers, with some reports of success regarding bobcats as the season wound down.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing enforcement, checking anglers on area lakes. Violations detected were angling with extra lines, no license, no shelter information, and no angling license in possession.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked fishing and trapping enforcement. Incidental fishers were handled, and follow-up on a wolf-depredation incident was completed.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a complaint about wolves injuring cattle on a local farm. Due to the changing status of gray wolves, the information was passed on to USDA Wildlife Services for continued follow-up into the incident. Officer Lee also received a complaint about litter being left on public land from the firearms deer season. The site was located and information led to the location of parties involved, with further investigation continuing.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports numerous fish houses out on lakes were stuck in and frozen in the slush. He worked on trapping issues and reports of accidentally taken fishers. The archery deer hunters’ report was poor.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) reports higher-than-average temperatures and precipitation are causing thin ice around inlets, current, and shoreline exposed to sun.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded a nuisance-wolf call. Anglers were checked on area lakes.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) closed a deer season case. The suspect finally was tracked down, interviewed, and confessed to taking a deer without a license. Citations were issued for the violation. Speldrich investigated a trespass call in a neighboring station where a landowner located a blood trail, drag marks, and a gut pile on his land. The drag marks left the person’s land, went down the road, and stopped at a neighbor’s garage. No one was home at the time, so the call was transferred to the officer for that area.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) continued a trespass investigation and issued road-kill deer permits. A reminder to spear fishermen that only one hooked line is allowed when spearing.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw an increase in archery hunting during the warm weather during the Christmas holiday. The increase in hunting activity brought with it an increase in trespassing complaints.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishermen on area lakes and Mille Lacs. A few northern pike were seen around spear houses, but the vast majority of fish caught throughout the week and weekend were perch and tullibees.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) started the week by assisting the Shop with a Cop program in Sauk Centre. CO Silgjord accompanied a youth who got to pick out a special gift for Christmas from an area store. Assistance was provided to the county with a warrant arrest on an area lake. Anglers were checked and ATV activity was monitored. Upon approaching one fish shelter, CO Silgjord could hear the occupants talking about “how good their weed was.” After the CO made contact with the anglers, they admitted to using marijuana. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) assisted other departments in St. Cloud with the search for a suicidal individual.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports many shelters being removed from area lakes.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) last week checked anglers, worked a trapping case, and checked aeration systems.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated fill dumped in a wetland to create a road and picked up an accidentally caught fisher from a local trapper. An investigation of a muzzleloader hunter turned up the most violations CO Kuske has had with one individual: a deer overlimit, an unregistered deer, lend/borrow deer license violations, an illegal scope on a muzzleloader, and false application for a husband/wife combination license.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) conducted checks of home taxidermy businesses, which resulted in discovering record-keeping violations and leading to further investigations regarding the illegal taking of deer from this past season.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers/spearing houses, small-game hunters, snowmobilers, and archery hunters. Cases were made for trapping with exposed bait, deer-hunting violations, tampering with traps, and unchecked snares. Officer Londgren also responded to calls about shooting from a motor vehicle, trespassing, a dog in a trap, a sunken fish shelter, and injured deer.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) continued to investigate complaints and captured an injured swan for a wildlife rehabilitator. Violations included failing to transfer snowmobile title, failing to display snowmobile registration, and no snowmobile safety certificate.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked ice-fishing and snowmobiling activity in Scott County.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) investigated a TIP call and spent time doing follow-up on a case from the deer season.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) reports working anglers, small-game hunters, archery hunters, and trappers. He spent time patrolling ATV activity with the sheriff’s office. Calls about injured deer were handled.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working investigations, coyote hunters, and ice anglers. Deer and fish cases are being investigated. He reports 2014 was a banner year for transporting loaded firearms. A complaint about pheasant hunters shooting a house and breaking a window was investigated. Replacement of the window was mediated.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) continues to be amazed by the amount of litter being left at public accesses. A complaint about shooting from the roadway was investigated.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) monitored aeration systems that are having issues with keeping “thin ice” signage up to standards due to warm weather. He checked small-game hunters and trappers for compliance. One trapper reported leg-hold traps being stolen.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked pheasant hunters, trapping activity, coyote hunters, and anglers.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and spear fishermen throughout the week. She also answered questions about crossbows and investigated a baiting complaint.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a trespass complaint involving an off-highway motorcycle.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) completed an investigation on a trapping violation. Assistance was given to a local state park regarding a theft violation.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking anglers. Ice conditions remain highly variable, so most anglers are choosing to travel on foot.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked angling, trapping, and small-game hunting activity this week. ATV and snowmobile riders were monitored, with more snowmobilers getting out with the recent snowfall.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) investigated a dumping complaint at a public water access.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working trapping activity and completing cases from the deer-hunting season.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking ice anglers and working on cases related to deer license issues.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) found coyote hunters had some success this past week. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and no life jacket.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) spent time checking goose hunters in the Rochester area. Hemker also took several injured-animal complaints and had a job shadow ride-along.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working ice fishermen and late goose-hunting enforcement as well as checking several archery deer hunters. Goose hunters were having some success during the snow events, and success is improving with the snow cover. Enforcement action revolved around license and equipment violations.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports fresh snow has brought out coyote hunters. Archery hunters also have been out mostly doing deer drives and having some success. CO Boyum has been registering otters for trappers and checking a few snowmobilers. Time also was spent looking into invalid license cases.