District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a report about a dead gray wolf that had been dumped off a bridge.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) assisted CO Brice Vollbrecht with conducting mock interviews for criminal justice students at Bemidji State University. While at BSU, Vollbrecht and Prachar came upon a couple of construction workers smoking marijuana on the campus. The drugs were seized, and citations were issued.
CO Traci Hanson (Thief River Falls) investigated the suspicious death of two bull elk in the Grygla area. The public is urged to contact Turn-In-Poachers at 1-800-652-9093 or Lt. Znajda with any information about the two dead elk or with any information about the suspicious death of a bull elk in the Grygla area during the fall of 2013.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) received a call stating that a man’s wife, while cleaning up the yard after their dog, found a dead hawk or falcon that must have hit the window of their house. It turned out to be a ruffed grouse.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ice-angling activity and monitored fish house usage on area waters. CO Warren also followed up on calls about dead owl and deer carcasses being dumped in ditches.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked ice fishermen and ATVers. Assistance was given to CO Lawler on a littering case and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with a burning complaint. The complaint involved an individual burning a trailer house near Kensington.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports an investigation into a box full of thawed-out venison packages thrown into a road ditch led to a suspect who lived nearby. The man admitted his freezer recently broke, and instead of disposing of the spoiled, packaged meat in his garbage can, he threw them and the box into the ditch. He was handed a citation and told to clean up the mess.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) investigated fish overlimit complaints, where citations were issued and fish were seized.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked a trapping case that led to illegal animals being seized, with numerous charges pending.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling activity. Ice conditions are deteriorating and are hazardous. Officer Broughten received reports about vehicles and ATVs going through the ice.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked a trapping case involving leaving traps out and failure to check traps. A mule deer was observed near Staples.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports spring fishing on the Rainy River has started, but limited success has been seen by fishermen.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the fish house removal deadline and the associated litter left on the ice. The officer also issued a Wetland Conservation Act resource protection notification for a wetland fill violation. CO Bozovsky also changed hats for a cowboy hat as he came upon a woman who was bucked off of her horse. The horse last was seen a couple miles from where he decided he wanted to break free.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked on a couple fish house litter cases and dealt with some late-season snowmobile-related complaints.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area trapping complaints. Much of the week was spent at Camp Ripley working on the division’s 1,187 shotguns, and training on a new computer system.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, angling, and littering complaints during the week. Many folks have taken to the woods for the annual harvest of maple syrup.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) responded to grass fire-related calls and assisted local police in searching for a suspect who has multiple warrants and fled from detox. In one incident, CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner Si investigated an overlimit of fish. K-9 Si was able to locate a bucket of fish that were “somehow forgotten about” in a trailer. Enforcement action was taken for the overlimit of crappies, angling without a license, and improper display of OHV registration.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) took a call about a wolf that was possibly shot that is still under investigation.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a recommendation for additional signage was made to a landowner who is having trouble with trespassers on ATVs. The officer also received a few calls from people wanting to report bears in their neighborhood.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a report about a wildfire resulted in enforcement action against the landowner for failing to keep a campfire from spreading and burning prohibited materials. One complaint about a dog chasing a deer was received and checked. The owner of the dog is still being sought.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) completed a commercial inspection resulting in an expired-license violation.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked some open-water shore anglers. A dumping complaint was checked, with easy identification made of the person responsible.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received calls from parties in a localized area about red foxes in the area appearing sickly. One of the foxes had to be dispatched, and all information was turned over to the DNR Wildlife Division.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on litter complaints. He also continued with investigations of blocks of wood and garbage left on the ice by anglers after they removed their fish houses.
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) investigated a call about a wetland violation in which a contractor was digging out a wetland. Upon investigation, it was a large operation and violation. CO Peterson also responded to a call about an injured eagle on the ice of Big Sandy Lake. She was able to capture the eagle and bring it to an animal hospital for treatment.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about nuisance animals, ice conditions, and burning permits. He also spent time checking the few anglers who continue to venture out.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forests and investigated a litter complaint on Lake Mille Lacs. Several trees were cut out of the ice, along with other blocking that was picked up. Time was spent investigating a possible crappie overlimit in a neighboring station.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted the sheriff’s department with a shooting complaint within the city limits. The suspects were located, but were found to be outside the city limits and legally target practicing in a field. A call about a shot swan was investigated, with it found dead under a power line. It was found that the swan had not been shot, but had struck the power line.
WREO Keith Bertram spent the week updating wetland cases and checking fishermen. An investigation was completed in which a trapper had several sets operating that he hadn’t checked in months.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports a litter complaint was fielded where someone dumped insulation into the Snake River in the northern part of the county. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIP line.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) received calls about vehicles going through the ice, and dogs chasing deer.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent time on the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, checking anglers and taking enforcement action for angling with extra lines and failure to display valid boat registration.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers in the Bloomington station and Mississippi River (Fort Snelling State Park). He responded to a car-killed bald eagle, but it turned out to be a Canada goose.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers in Dakota County and Pool 2 of the Mississippi River. Anglers are reminded that trout season is closed in Dakota County, and it is illegal to fish for any species on a designated trout stream during the closed season.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he responded to a dock-related complaint on Lake Josephine. He also spoke to a firearms safety class at the Oakdale Gun Club and picked up a new patrol boat for the St. Croix River. He also received a complaint about a dead squirrel left in a live trap in St. Paul.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored spring light goose hunting and OHV activity. Commercial minnow dealer inspections were completed.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week planning firearms training and conducting several investigations regarding snow geese being dumped and wasted by hunters. The dumped geese have resulted in some angry landowners.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took calls about injured raccoons and an injured deer stuck in a fence.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) followed up on a trapping case in which enforcement action was taken for trapping without a license.
District 17 – Mankato area
WREO Julie Siems taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class. A restoration order was served on a Wetland Conservation Act violation, and unpermitted lake service providers were contacted.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Phil George (Rochester) assisted with a complaint about ATVs stuck in the river; enforcement action was taken. Officer George took a couple unusual animal-related calls, first one being a 6-foot-plus non-native snake crawling alongside a roadway, and a road-killed fisher on an Olmsted County road.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports several citations were issued for fishermen fishing within the 150 foot restricted area below Lock and Dam 7. They were angling in the same area where five drownings have occurred in the past seven years.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports an ice angler attempted to get in some last-minute ice fishing by using his plane to land on the last lake in the area with ice on it. He was able to land successfully, but in his attempt to take off, his plane broke through the ice and he had to have it removed by a towing company. No one was injured in the incident.