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MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 17th, 2015

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked walleye and sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River, and assistance was given to CO Prachar with a walleye overlimit. Charges are pending for a deer shot at night and out of season near Badger. Multiple illegal fires were investigated, and enforcement action was taken on an individual who never reported a fire that grew to be 800 acres before fire suppression personnel could stop it. 
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in Oslo, patrolled for ATV violations, and responded to a trapping trespass call. Assistance was given to DNR Forestry on a fire-detection detail this past week. 
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring spring beaver-trapping activity, ATV trail activity, angler and boater AIS compliance, and area streams for fish-run activity. Time was spent investigating a wolf-depredation complaint and teaching firearms safety at the Kelliher school.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on two wildfire-related calls. Time also was spent checking anglers and ATV operators. Spring beaver trappers were checked, and follow-up was done for a public waters violation.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored ice-out, fish-run activity, and fire activity. He assisted other agencies, planned an ATV class, attended a snowmobile club meeting, and spoke about laws and ethics at a snowmobile safety class. Leeching complaints have begun and concerns about feral cats in small towns have been voiced. 
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored closed forest roads and trails in the area. Time was spent inspecting an aquaponics system with area DNR Fisheries staff. 
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) responded to a TIP call about a person shooting a rabbit in a neighboring yard. When CO Vinton contacted the young man, he found that the rabbit was already in the frying pan. The juvenile was warned about seasons, and his father said it won’t happen again. 
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) assisted the sheriff’s office with a dog that had broken through lake ice. 
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) received a report about an injured goose in Moorhead. Upon his arrival, the officer observed it was merely sitting on its nest in the median of the highway. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues working on a background investigation for the upcoming CO academy. Plautz fielded calls about a dock out in the middle of a lake and turkey hunting.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports time was spent handling complaint calls about skunks and beavers. Nelson met with a hydrologist regarding a possible wetland violation.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports court was attended for a waterfowl ticket issued in October. The defendant didn’t show up, a warrant was issued, and the defendant was picked up on the warrant. 
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports dry conditions and high winds led to dangerous elements related to fire potential. One landowner was cited for trying to burn small areas of grass to plant trees when one fire got away from him and burned 2.5 acres before the fire department arrived. 
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on anglers, ATV-related complaints, boating, and AIS law compliance. 

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked on several calls regarding ATV complaints. Accidentally caught otters were seized from beaver trappers, and a wolf depredation investigation was conducted when wolves killed a calf.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked traps and monitored closed state forests for motor vehicles. CO pilot Lofstuen assisted CO Mathy and other COs with detection of motor vehicle activity in the closed forests during a work detail. 
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATVing, and spring trapping activity. CO Broughten also checked compliance with state forest closures and followed up on a complaint about abandoned property. Lack of moisture has caused high fire danger in the area; people are reminded to check burning restrictions. CO Broughten also assisted with a suspicious-vehicle call and spring fish-run activity.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) patrolled closed forest roads and trails. Enforcement action was taken on people violating the seasonal restrictions. Time was spent checking and re-installing signs where people had removed them in an apparent disagreement with the temporary limitation. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports a busy week of increased activity on the Rainy River, with hundreds of boats and thousands of anglers taking advantage of warmer weather. CO Kittelson along with other COs responded to a forest fire in the Birchdale area. 
CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent time working angling and boating enforcement on the Rainy River. Enforcement action was taken for overlimits of fish, failure to display valid boat registration, an insufficient number of PFDs, and no Type IV PFDs.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week monitoring the spring fish run. The officer also is working on ongoing trespass issues in a state park. 
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) conducted commercial minnow retail inspections and investigated a complaint about a large amount of oil contamination on an area lake. The officer was unable to locate the point of origin, but the incident was turned over to the state Pollution Control Agency.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a firearms safety class in Virginia and spent time patrolling for ATV and OHM traffic. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an OHM by a juvenile and registration violations. 
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked spring beaver trapping and spoke to a few trappers who stated low water and low beaver prices are limiting trapping activity. Fredin also responded for assistance in locating a lost 3-year-old who wandered away from home. Thankfully, the sheriff’s deputy K9 unit located the youth. Time also was spent investigating the theft of decorative birch material from state land. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports warm weather during the weekend quickly melted much of the lake ice in the area. 
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked some ATVers and worked on an old fish house litter case. 
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports there was at least one person who found enough snow to ride his snowmobile during the week. The CO checked remote lakes and lakes along the border during the week. A moose-shed hunter was encountered during the week with a couple of nice trophy antlers found in a faraway, secret spot.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) gave a presentation for Babbitt High School’s environmental science class.  
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) followed up on TIP calls about taking fish out of season.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and trappers, completed commercial inspections of minnow retailers, responded to wildfire calls, and patrolled for illegal ATV activity. 
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked spring trapping activity. CO Hansen also provided an emergency response to a wildfire that threatened structures and caused driving hazards due to smoke. Enforcement action was taken for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked trapping complaints, attended training, monitored OHV activity, and assisted the county with a barricaded suspect. 
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took a complaint about nuisance beavers causing problems with a road. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week handling calls concerning wildlife issues. Calls regarding wolf depredation on dogs and cattle were investigated. A report about a possible wild hog was investigated and DNR Wildlife personnel were informed. Duluth police were assisted with a bear that was climbing a tree in a residential area and came into contact with a power line. 
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported fire danger in the area was very high. The officer responded to several out-of-control fires.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work fishing enforcement along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, off-highway vehicle, and fire enforcement throughout the week.  
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked extra patrols in area state parks. Enforcement action was taken for no vehicle permit and allowing dogs off the leash. A TIP call resulted in charges against two individuals who were shooting at a turkey from the back of their pickup truck off of the road. An individual witnessed the violation and reported it to the TIP line. Assistance was given at detector dog testing in New Ulm, where 84 dogs were tested.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters as they started out the season on the water. Several fires were responded to, some caused by wind and power lines and others by illegal fires. 
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters throughout the week. Check your boat registrations and safety gear before heading out on the water. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including follow-up work on a swan-shooting case from last fall, checking restoration order compliance on an ongoing illegal lake-drainage case, attending department training, and monitoring area creeks for fish-run activity. He also patrolled Crow Wing State Forest, county lands, and complaint areas for trail closure compliance and OHV use. He also handled nuisance-beaver and other wildlife issues, checked beaver trappers, looked into complaints about vandalism to public facilities, worked on the upcoming district volunteer safety instructor appreciation banquet, and checked spring panfish anglers. 
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked small-game trapping and sport-fishing enforcement. A local trapper discovered a trap that had a decayed mink in it, indicating an overdue check. Further investigation revealed that the trap tag displayed information that the trapper was born in 1917, making him 98 years old. Officer Guida also received information on another trap-tampering incident and assisted with a background investigation.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports garbage dumping on public land continues to be one of the most reported complaints. Vehicles on closed roads and trails in the Pillsbury Forest have received some enforcement time.  
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued a background investigation on an applicant for a position as a conservation officer. CO McGowan also worked with CO Kulhanek in the Hastings/Red Wing area. The officers took enforcement action on numerous boating violations, taking walleyes during the closed season, and assisted with a BWI arrest.  
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a call regarding beaver damming in front of a bridge, obstructing watercraft traffic and water flow through the Whitefish chain. Officer Lee continued follow up on an ATV registration and ownership issue that appears to have been a stolen ATV. Information will be turned over to the sheriff’s department for further investigation.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded several calls and questions regarding the new Mille Lacs fishing regulations. Complaints were taken regarding a farmer’s concern about wolves in the area. The officer gave a deposition from an incident that occurred in 2014. Enforcement action was taken for littering and using fireworks at a state public access.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking for ATV and ORV activity in the Solana State Forest. A meeting with tribal wardens was attended to discuss the upcoming netting and spearing season. A call about a party violating state forest rules and ATV rules on state land was investigated. 
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) attended a district meeting and tended to technology needs. Enforcement action is also pending for driving after revocation, no registration, and failing to have a safety certificate.  
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports enforcement action had to be taken for smelt netters who couldn’t resist dropping their trash in a creek. Another smelter was dealt with after his level of intoxication caused the inability to stand upright or walk out of the creek.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) reports time was spent investigating a fire at Carlos Avery WMA. The fire consumed approximately 70 acres before suppression crews contained it. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission began doing adult walleye population assessments on lakes in Morrison and Crow Wing counties. The Mille Lacs band told him of its intent to net on South Long Lake in Crow Wing County. Several otters were seized from trappers who caught them incidentally while beaver trapping. 
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, ATVers, and trappers. A large grass fire was worked south of Albany, started by a fire that a person thought was out. The high winds blew the top ash off the fire, exposing the hot coals. Five fire departments as well as four DNR planes were used to extinguish the fire. Enforcement action was taken. 
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) issued a wetland resource protection notice to a farmer who was filling a wetland with garbage and rocks, and checked into a garbage-burning complaint in which a person was moving out of a house and burning stuff he didn’t want to move. 
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) provided assistance to a local police department with the apprehension of a fleeing suspect. Silgjord located the subject, who was apprehended without incident. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) received a call about a resident who was bitten by a raccoon. The resident was advised to seek medical attention for a possible rabies infection and not to get that close to raccoons anymore.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked several anglers during the week. Several fishing-related TIP calls were investigated. A trapping complaint also was handled. Assistance was given to DNR Forestry with a wildfire south of Mora on Hwy 65. 
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) received a call about a turkey chasing and trying to attack a farmer and his equipment. CO Sladek responded to the location, where he located the turkey. He chased the turkey across the section and away from the farmer’s location. The farmer was appreciative that CO Sladek assisted him. CO Sladek was patrolling through a neighborhood and observed three young men loading wood into a car. He stopped and asked the young men if they had permission to take the wood; they said no. CO Sladek had them return the wood and go and ask the landowner if they could have the wood. Parents were contacted, and appreciated the phone call and said they would take care of the situation when the boys got home.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) took a complaint about people taking bass on Lake Minnetonka. Officer Lee also organized a fishing workshop in the Asian community.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling State Park and Bloomington stations for angling activity. He responded to a 240-acre wildfire in the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. A TIP call in Eagan resulted in an arrest for illegally taking/possession of game fish during the closed season. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he spoke to a firearms safety class at the North St. Paul VFW. He received calls about injured geese, an individual feeding ducks, and an illegal aerator. Oakdale police officers reported deer and geese that had been shot in the city. 
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers around Dakota and Washington counties as well as pools 3 and 4 of the Mississippi River. Enforcement action for the week included fishing and watercraft violations.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spoke at a firearms safety class in Rosemount and provided a ride-along to an individual who was interested in becoming a conservation officer. 
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued working on a deer license case with a Wisconsin warden. 
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week completing inventory of seized equipment from last year, following up on wetland-violation reports, and completing other administrative duties. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall), along with DNR Wildlife, investigated a report of a possible timber wolf sighting by Lamberton. After looking at photos and other information it was confirmed the animal was a coyote. A TIP call was investigated regarding 20-plus snow geese that were dumped in a county ditch near Florence. Anybody with information on this illegal dumping is asked to call the TIP line. 
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working investigations, inspecting commercial facilities, and checking anglers. 
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) continues to receive reports and catch anglers targeting walleyes and northerns out of season. Several calls regarding unpermitted fires and burning prohibited materials were received. A nuisance-deer complaint was investigated and referred to DNR Wildlife.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a deed restriction letter to a landowner regarding a WCA violation. The officer also checked early goose hunters and fishermen. 

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) attended a snowmobile club meeting and presented one of the members with a framed print in recognition of 30 years as a volunteer snowmobile safety instructor. 
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports a call was taken and responded to regarding a dead eagle on the road that turned out to be a turkey vulture.  
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) picked up a car-kill otter near Stewart. She also checked lakes for spring fishing activity. 
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked ATVing activity on grant-in-aid trails. Enforcement action was taken for several violations. 

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) issued a cease and desist order regarding a possible waters violation. 
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled for fishing activity and checked ATV operators. Additional time was spent responding to a dumping complaint in a waterway and monitoring AIS compliance near area lakes and at local accesses. Officer Ihnen also investigated possible wetlands violations.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers on area lakes and rivers. Boating, ATV, and AIS activities also were monitored. A law and ethics presentation was given at a firearms safety class at Triton High School. A vehicle and illegal drug activity were located at a local WMA.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent most of the week and weekend checking angling activity on the Mississippi River. Time also was spent checking an ATV complaint area and responding to landowner concerns about the upcoming turkey-hunting seasons. 
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) investigated complaints about taking bass out of season and ATV trespass. 
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports spending extra time enforcing invasive species laws. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license and failure to remove boat plugs while transporting boats on roadways.
CO Phil George (Rochester) taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class, spoke at a boat and water safety class and ATV safety class. CO George also took a TIP complaint of too many fish being taken.

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