District 1 – Baudette area
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked snowmobiling and angling enforcement throughout Warroad and surrounding areas. Several ice-fishing contests were monitored during the weekend.
CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) checked anglers and snowmobilers on and around Lake of the Woods. Snowmobile trails started to see more action with the recent snowfall. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, angling with extra lines, and no angling license in possession.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports numerous complaints have been received about illegal vehicles on state grant-in-aid trails. While working anglers on a lake, CO Prachar made a felony arrest for possession of cocaine.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) performed commercial taxidermist inspections and monitored area snowmobiling activity. A patrol during a local vintage snowmobile ride was conducted.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of Upper Red Lake walleyes, unattended lines, possession of unmeasurable walleyes on Upper Red Lake, possession of fillets with no skin patch, litter, and angling license violations.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, snowmobiling, and trapping activities. Questions continue to be asked about AIS stickers.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers and attended alcohol enforcement training.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht also attended a district meeting and DWI refresher training.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling and recreational vehicle activity during the week. CO Holt also worked the 2015 Eelpout Festival with other officers in Walker.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Angler numbers were reduced due to extremely cold temperatures.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) followed up on a report about individuals taking turkeys out of season. Areas were monitored for predator hunting activity, and CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of youth firearms safety class in Detroit Lakes.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) received a call about a male with several juveniles in a silver Dodge Ram who left 15 crappies on the ice on Big Cormorant Lake. If you have any information, please contact the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093. The officer also conducted several television interviews regarding shelter removal deadlines.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) continues to primarily work ice-fishing activity. Shelters, anglers, and spear fishermen were checked throughout the week.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity on fishermen and shelters throughout the week. Additional time was spent checking predator hunters and a few snowmobilers.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended DWI refresher training in Detroit Lakes. TIP activity books were delivered to an area member of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association for a banquet.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator hunters, ice anglers, and snowmobiling activity. A complaint was received about a large area of open water appearing on Lake Traverse in the vacant Wheaton station.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports several fish houses around the area were broken into lately. Please call the Pope County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked commercial minnow trappers and retailers, and worked trout lakes, snowmobilers, and anglers. Time was spent working the Eelpout Festival in Walker.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers and recreational vehicles during the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Enforcement action was taken for many unsafe recreational vehicle uses and angling violations.
CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) reports several anglers were cited for using extra lines and unattended lines. One man received a summons for burning an entertainment center and couch on Walker Bay, sending clouds of toxic smoke downwind into the crowds participating in Eelpout Festival festivities. CO Shroyer also took enforcement action for controlled substance crimes, including possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) worked the annual Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake, where multiple violations were addressed. CO Broughten arrested an individual for operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol. The individual was shocked he was going to jail for DWI even though he stated he would not operate his car in his current condition.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile traffic in the area has slowed with lower temperatures moving in. A meeting with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers and Minnesota DNR conservation officers was attended in Fort Frances, Ontario.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) attended a roundtable discussion in Ely with CO Williams. The roundtable included amateur naturalists addressing issues concerning endangered, threatened, and species of special concern.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling and snowmobiling activity, worked a snaring complaint, and attended meetings in Duluth and with Ontario COs and Minnesota border COs. The officer also worked a complaint regarding the theft of wood from a log stockpile from a state logging sale.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) saw an increase in snowmobiling activity due to recent snowfalls. Fishing remains slow on most lakes.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports snowmobiling activity was up during the weekend with the area receiving between 4 and 6 inches of new snow. CO Williams and other area officers assisted St. Louis County deputies and Rescue Squad personnel in locating two motorists who had gotten stuck for several hours in a remote area along the Echo Trail.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobilers and fishing throughout the week. Stage reminds snowmobilers using the trails that when they come around a blind corner and end up on the wrong side of the trail, they are going too fast.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a border detail was worked with COs from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources along remote border lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile registration violations during the week.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) assisted the moose research team in retrieving a moose that was far off the beaten path. It was quite the process to get to the moose and retrieve it so it could be taken to the University of Minnesota for research. It included a long snowmobile ride, riding down railroad tracks, and busting through an alder swamp.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) followed up on a trespass violation that occurred on state land.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and angling activity during the week. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines and snowmobile registration violations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, ATVing, and snowmobiling activity, attended a meeting, and assisted with a case involving the theft of a game camera. Fish houses are being monitored for litter.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, attended K9 training, monitored snowmobiling activity, and assisted the county with a barricaded suspect. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also conducted K9 demonstrations for a local DARE class and at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman winter workshop.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ice anglers and snowmobile enthusiasts during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and failing to have the proper identification on an angling shelter.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishing and snowmobiling activity. The CO also assisted with an ongoing investigation with a subject from Iowa.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) gave a presentation for a local firearms safety class. The officer also helped answer questions at a local sports show, attended a meeting on AIS prevention, and assisted rescue crews with the transport of a patient who had broken his arm while operating a snowmobile.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the week staffing a booth for the Wall of Shame at the Duluth Deer Classic. Time was also was spent checking winter fishing and snowmobile activity.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell), along with CO Hanzal, attended a Wildlife Society meeting with wildlife students and professionals answering questions regarding conservation officer careers and duties. CO Humphrey also took calls and complaints about a deer caught in a fence, a snowmobiler chasing/harassing deer, poultry depredation, a road-killed wolf, and AIS training.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody attended a week-long detection school in the metro, where assistance was given to other new dog handlers and their partners in preparing to become K9 detection teams.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior. Warnings were issued for license violations. Road-kill deer issues were addressed.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior throughout the week and also checked snowmobile trails. The CO also helped out at a snowmobile safety class in Carlton County.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking ice-fishing activity, taking in incidental fishers, and giving presentations on natural resources law enforcement and furbearing animals to high school students studying wildlife forensic science.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received a call from a fish shelter owner stating that he wanted an extension to the removal deadline because his tractor was at a job site for at least another two weeks. The owner was advised of the removal deadline. Officer Guida also assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office in locating a female who had driven her passenger vehicle on a snowmobile trail.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted a fellow officer with a firearms deer violation case in which the parties involved were interviewed regarding numerous violations. Officer Lee was able to close two open shelter-license investigations this past week. One incident involved a shelter tag and shelter ID violation, and the other consisted of a shelter-tag violation, along with a large littering violation. While investigating a shelter-tag violation on an area lake, CO Lee determined that the party originally checked fishing inside the shelter on an earlier date was not the owner of the shelter, but had broken into the shelter on different occasions to fish. All information learned during the investigation was turned over to the sheriff’s department for further investigation and charges.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Upper Red Lake and Leech Lake throughout the week and weekend. CO McGowan also assisted at Leech Lake for the Eelpout Festival.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) served a search warrant for DNA in a case stemming from an armed felon in January. Evidence was submitted to the BCA for analysis. The officer also attended the Mille Lacs Blue Ribbon Panel meeting. The officer also responded to a vehicle rollover on Hwy. 27 just southeast of Isle.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports several fishing-related TIP complaints were followed up on, and the CO attended a Mille Lacs Fisheries meeting. A call about a deer caught in a snare was fielded, and assistance was also given to the sheriff’s office during the week.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted Carlton County with two calls during the weekend. The first was a subject with a firearm in a terroristic threat situation. The second call was a domestic. Trails were patrolled for snowmobiling activity.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked late-season trapping activity and investigated a complaint of tampering with traps. Most of the week was spent working on area lakes and Mille Lacs, checking anglers. Several fishing tournaments were being held throughout the area.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week checking on anglers and monitoring fishing shelters in violation of identification and licensing requirements.
WREO Rob Haberman checked anglers on local lakes and rivers. WREO Haberman also conducted snowmobile trail enforcement on trails and lakes.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking angling activity. An aeration complaint was handled, and an incidental fisher was picked up from an area trapper.
WREO Keith Bertram and CO Thesing completed another deer-hunting investigation this week. Possible charges include lending and borrowing a license, taking several deer over the limit, and illegal transport of deer.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, checked on fish houses for removal issues and garbage, and worked on commercial checks. Thesing also attended a DNR volunteer instructor meeting in St. Cloud.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls), while checking fish houses, came upon one house with two anglers in it using five lines. When asked how many lines they were fishing with, one of the anglers said four, and that the fifth line wasn’t really all the way down. When checked, it was found that the fifth line was 10 feet down. CO Kuske informed the angler that 10 feet down was considered “fishing.” Enforcement action was taken for fishing with an extra line.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity. The officer also received limited information about spear fishermen spearing walleyes. Anyone with more detailed information should contact the TIP line.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received notification from the county Soil and Water Conservation District about an approved permit for a person to place several large poles in a wetland for the purpose of building a zip line to the individual’s deer stand. It was by far the most unusual permit request ever received. Shelter houses on lakes were inspected as the removal deadline draws near.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a slower week on area lakes due to the cold weather. CO Langevin also handled several animal-related complaints.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers during the week. Two deer were caught in snares. One deer was released from the snare; the other was unable to be released.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, fishing tournaments, snowmobile races, snowmobilers, and provided a ride-along to a college student. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of crappies.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) documented fish houses on area lakes for proper identification and litter. A call was responded to regarding a possible moose sighting, but after tracking the animal for several hours, it turned out to be a black Angus bull.
CO Brent Grewe (Osseo) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring fish houses as the removal date approaches. CO Grewe also followed up on a deer case and spoke at a firearms safety class in Plymouth.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent the week checking anglers and conducting fish house compliance checks. The CO also received her first complaint about a potential wetland violation that will be investigated in the spring.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) assisted another CO in a West Metro district on an investigation regarding a possible big-game violation.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked ice fishing and snowmobiling activity in the Mound station. He also took a call about a dead deer in Chanhassen and investigated a stolen deer camera in Brooklyn Park.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he participated in a seminar on urban coyotes hosted by the Roseville Police Department. He also assisted CO Pril with a game farm complaint.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time patrolling wildlife management areas, doing ATV enforcement, and checking ice anglers. CO Arntzen also handled calls about nuisance animals, responded to a trapping complaint, and scheduled firearms safety classes.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) reports a possible shoreline violation was investigated in Scott County, and lake service provider training was attended in Carver County.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) assisted with an investigation from Iowa.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked the end of the walleye/northern pike fishing season. Aeration system inspections were completed, with some lakes still seeing open water past “thin ice” signs. Poor ice conditions continue to be a topic of conversation.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working investigations and ice anglers. Complaints about coyote hunters using trucks were worked.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on deer cases, in addition to a shining and trespass complaint. He also checked anglers and monitored fish house removal for litter issues.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took a complaint about stray dogs chasing deer. One of the dogs was caught, and she worked with a landowner and the Heart of Minnesota animal shelter to get the dog to the shelter. CO Mueller also continued her monthly aeration inspections on Lake Marion.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls reporting a possible fish overlimit and an ATV through the ice on Clear Lake. He also spent time working angling, snowmobiling, and WMA activities, as well. Lake ice thickness remains variable and has deteriorated in areas recently despite low temperatures. Two vehicles have gone through the ice in the past week. Vehicle traffic on Brown County lakes is not advised.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports a complaint regarding shooting from a motor vehicle is being investigated.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) reports time was spent checking fishing shelters on area lakes for reflective material compliance, and investigating complaints about individuals operating vehicles too close to shelters and at unsafe speeds.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused primarily on angling and coyote-hunting enforcement. Some litter issues are being dealt with, and anglers are reminded to pick up after themselves when leaving the ice.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) reports an illegal dumping complaint and trespass complaint are being investigated. A fishing tournament in Lanesboro was attended.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers during the week. Heyn also assisted at the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Lots of recreational violations were detected, including several DWIs.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked taxidermists and is following up with other states on information learned. He also investigated a dumping complaint in which trash, including furniture, was dumped onto a frozen creek; he found the responsible party.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating multiple dumping complaints. Calls about the spring turkey season are being taken.