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Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 3rd, 2015

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River, Hayes Lake, and Lake of the Woods. Citations were issued to anglers on Lake of the Woods for angling with extra lines. 

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) took enforcement action for illegal possession of grouse out of season, transporting fish fillets (walleye/sauger/northern) without a patch of skin and transporting uncountable fish fillets. 

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) handled a complaint about a man trading beer for fish at a public access, as the man was suspected of having many more fish than allowed in possession.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked numerous AIS violations in Lake of the Woods County and assisted multiple agencies with everything from DUI arrests to terroristic disturbances.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) spent time with an intern ride-along and investigating a TIP call. A call was handled involving a couple bears that have been entering a garage in search of a homeowner’s garbage.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting other COs with a work detail in Pope County.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and answered nuisance-animal complaints.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent time checking ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest and working Itasca State Park. 

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting USFWS refuge officers.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) conducted follow-up in regards to a complaint about an individual keeping baby raccoons as pets. CO Warren also assisted local AIS inspectors with a complaint about a boater who did not want his boat inspected.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) investigated a public waters complaint in which a person used rocks to create a dam, causing lake levels to rise.

WREO Joe Stattelman gave assistance with a search warrant in District 3. The Lake Detroiters Lake Association annual meeting was attended.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) made final arrangements for an ATV class and assisted with a commercial minnow case. 

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) assisted an area officer with a search warrant, followed up on nuisance-bear and nuisance–beaver complaints. Plautz also worked with the county attorney and with TIP regarding the mounting of an illegally taken muskie.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) spent time handling calls about nuisance beavers, skunks, and raccoons. Radio updates were completed in Detroit Lakes. 

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs, and OHMs. Bait dealer inspections occurred throughout the week.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) contacted numerous paddle-boarders without life jackets on board and gave them reminders to bring one with them next time.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports several calls about injured animals were received this past week.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took enforcement action for angling and boat and water violations, and ATV violations.  

CO Samantha Hunter (Park Rapids) assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department with a fatal ATV crash. CO Hunter also investigated a complaint that ended up in an overlimit of walleyes. 

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked at the Wall of Shame trailer at the Wadena County Fair, fielding questions and inquiries. 

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports angling activity slowed, while boating activity increased with the warm weather. Calls were received about nuisance baby raccoons, nuisance bears, nuisance feral pigs, and a concern about a legally set minnow trap.

CO Colleen Adam (Rec Specialist) worked on several equipment-maintenance issues, assisted with a search warrant, and patrolled area OHV trails. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boating activity were monitored on Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake. Operation Dry Water was worked during weekend, with emphasis on boat and water safety.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent the week focusing on angling and boating activity on Rainy Lake. Many recreational boaters were contacted during Operation Dry Water and seemed to be enjoying their time on the water. Anglers are reporting a slower bite – having to work extremely hard to put fish in the livewell. CO Van Asch also spent time working at the U.S. Customs Port of Entry in International Falls.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) was the first on the scene of a traffic accident in which a wheel came off an SUV and struck a pickup head-on. A state park ranger warned campers twice within four hours that they could not consume alcohol in the park. The officer dealt with them the third time, with enforcement action that ended the problem.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) provided law and advanced bowhunter education for approximately 50 students at the Laurentian Environmental Center.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) focused patrol on boat and water enforcement during the weekend as a part of Operation Dry Water. Activity was very high, and compliance was good overall.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a BWCA patrol by canoe during the week. With the recent rains, he found two different types of campers – the happy campers who had proper tents, and the campers with dampened spirits, clothing, and gear. Inland lake activity is down from past years. As surface temps on Lake Superior begin to rise, salmon are being seen surfacing during the week.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated an incident of theft of services at an area state park and is working with officers in another part of the state to locate the suspects.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports finishing up a gross overlimit investigation resulting in three nonresident anglers with 57 fish over the limit and seizure of their fishing boat.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Many folks were out battling the mosquitoes and flies, trying to catch fish from many inland lakes.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and invasive species enforcement activity during the week.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) patrolled for illegal ATV activity, checked anglers and boaters, and handled nuisance-animal complaints.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers and boating activity, patrolled campgrounds, checked for exotic species, and answered various wildlife-related calls. Violations included no firewood permit, failing to drain water-related equipment, and transporting aquatic macrophytes.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took part in an interview at a local radio station. This coming weekend will be busy for all recreationists; please be safe and have fun.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked anglers and water-sport enthusiasts in the Grand Rapids area during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, operating a watercraft without enough PFDs or throwables, angling without a license, operating a watercraft after sunset without the proper lighting, and failure to register a watercraft.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVers, watercraft operators, and state parks and campgrounds.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishing, boating, and ATVing activity.

CO John Velsvaag (Northeast Region ATV officer) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes and followed up on a complaint of illegal OHM use on the Mesabi Bike Trail.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) handled and investigated a trapping complaint. An ATV complaint area was worked, and he handled calls regarding nuisance animals. 

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to focus on fishing enforcement around the area, with a concentration on area waters with special regulations. Officer Duncan talked with a group of elementary-age kids about the job of a conservation officer. 

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) received nuisance-wildlife complaints and a nuisance-beaver permit was issued. He also attended a funeral in the Twin Cities.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked kayaks on Island Lake, where an enforcement action was taken for registration issues.

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior on one of the busiest weekends in years. Fine weather, calm winds, and good water temps for salmon prompted a lot of activity and a lot of sunburns. Anglers are reminded to keep their licenses with them when fishing.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) attended tactical boat operations recertification from the Coast Guard.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports enforcement action was taken for seven illegal-length walleyes in one boat and an intoxicated personal watercraft operator. The fish were all released; the personal watercraft operator was not.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked the Whitefish Chain during the weekend, and numerous boaters were out enjoying the warm weather. Enforcement action was taken for no life jackets, no angling license, illegal boat exhaust, registration issues, and slow/no wake violations. One boater was arrested for boating while intoxicated. 

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports numerous contacts were made for miscellaneous boating equipment and registration violations, illegal-length northern pike, and fishing without licenses.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) followed up on a trespass issue, responded to a phone call about a possible abandoned fawn, and investigated a call about a raccoon stuck in a trap on private property.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) made contact with numerous anglers, and safety equipment, licenses, and limits were inspected.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) monitored ATV activity on area trails, as there were a good number of people out. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes, no fire extinguishers on boats, insufficient PFDs on a watercraft, and utilizing a PWC during closed hours.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) conducted patrol on area state and county land for ATV, OHM, and forestry activities. Calls regarding permits for a car-kill deer and a car-kill fox were fielded, and a call about a nuisance bear was investigated. Time also was spent checking fishermen on Lake Mille Lacs, where a few keeper walleyes were seen and some northern pike and smallmouth bass were being caught.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked Operation Dry Water during the weekend. One individual was arrested on a warrant. Other violations encountered throughout the week included failing to extinguish a permitted fire and illegal ATV operation.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing, boating, and ATV activities, with compliance found to be good. One case of driving on a road right of way with an ATV was followed up on, with action taken.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports it was good to see a large number of kids wearing life jackets on the water. Those found wearing a life jacket were awarded certificates for free Dairy Queen treats.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) answered questions regarding nuisance animals and issued nuisance-beaver permits. CO Bret Grundmeier and CO Wynn worked the Pine City Freedom Fest fireworks, with approximately 100 boats on the water.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Lake Mille Lacs. TIP complaints were addressed, along with added patrol for Operation Dry Water.

WREO Rob Haberman followed up on an ATVs-in-a-wetland call received from the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Four people were cited for operating in a wetland. The violation is still being investigated, with more charges to be filed for other individuals who also were partaking in the illegal activity.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) took a couple different calls from passing motorists about an injured eagle along the side of a road. CO Kuske checked the eagle to find out it was a juvenile bald eagle that couldn’t yet fly. The eagle was still being taken care of by its parents as they had dropped it a chicken and a squirrel. The nearby homeowner also was feeding the eagle.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) came upon a group of parents at a gas station. They joked with the officer: “Don’t come to our lake.” Later, CO Kuske did go to “their” lake and found one of “their” kids illegally operating a personal watercraft. Enforcement action taken for allowing illegal juvenile operation and expired registration. While on patrol, CO Kuske reports a person was cited for having three young kids as passengers on a Class 2 ATV, none of which were wearing helmets or seatbelts.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring boating and angling activity in the station.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports phone calls concerning carp being dumped that were shot by bow fishermen were handled again.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted the Albany ATV class on their riding day. Assistance was given to DNR Wildlife, and nuisance-beaver issues were addressed.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) assisted a neighboring officer with an investigation. CO Mies also worked on waters complaints.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) completed EVOC recertification in Rochester. 

WREO Keith Bertram assisted a neighboring officer with search warrants.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) assisted the sheriff’s office with the recovery of a stolen watercraft.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports state parks in the area were packed with campers, hikers, and horse riders. Violations included no PFD, no fishing license, no state park vehicle permit, and no license in possession.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) spoke at a firearms safety class and patrolled local wildlife management areas.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a litter complaint in the Sand Dunes State Forest. He followed up on a TIP about a person possessing a gray fox without a permit, with charges pending.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked angling and boating activity in the Wright County area. Numerous animal-related complaints were taken regarding raccoons, foxes, and coyotes.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes and rivers. Access sites were worked for AIS violations. Several nuisance-animal complaints were handled.

CO Brent Grewe (Osseo) attended a Cops N’ Kids fishing event in Brooklyn Park and participated in Operation Dry Water.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) assisted fellow COs and the Hennepin County Water Patrol with a victim of alcohol poisoning and other incidents.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked shore fishermen at King’s Plant and educated anglers on Asian carp and others fishing regulations.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to calls for taking/possessing an overlimit of fish, netting fish, and a wild animal that appeared to be lost in the urban area. He also completed a case that involved the transport of zebra mussels, with three more cases pending.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) handled TIP calls.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around Metro lakes and rivers and spent some time on AIS enforcement.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) responded to a complaint about an illegal fish trap on Tanners Lake. CO Johnson also investigated a complaint about an individual hazing Canada geese by throwing smoke bombs at them.

WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent time closing out open wetland case files and performing equipment maintenance.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked various TIP calls, including one that resulted in three individuals with 111 sunfish (51 fish over their limits) and a snapping turtle out of season.

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Forest Lake for boating activity. Several violations were detected, and enforcement action was taken.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) responded to multiple TIP calls.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports boating enforcement was a priority this past weekend with Operation Dry Water. Problems addressed were with PWCs too close to other boaters and shorelines.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked AIS, angling, boating, and OHV activity.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on concerns about wetland and aquatic vegetation violations.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted a site visit at the request of the Division of Waters for an irrigation system.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) completed equipment maintenance, as well as a weekly radio program discussing area activity, PWC laws, and the youth PFD laws.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked boating, angling, AIS, public waters, and ATV enforcement.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) took a report about a mallard nest in a road ditch that had been mowed over. Three of the ducklings were rescued, along with four eggs. The eggs hatched overnight with the help of a heat lamp. All the ducklings were brought to a rehabilitation facility. The DNR recommends waiting to mow ditch areas until after Aug. 1 to allow for nesting habitat.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) took a call about an injured barred owl. CO Klehr responded and picked up the juvenile barred owl and it was taken to the Raptor Center.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) did a TV interview regarding Operation Dry Water. CO Howe also assisted with the “Cops ‘n Bobbers” youth fishing program.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports anglers are doing well on area waters.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) monitored wildlife management area activities, along with ATV activity.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and rec vehicle enforcement.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) returned public requests seeking information. 

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) took enforcement action for watercraft violations. 

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent time assisting a Wisconsin warden with a ginseng case, as well as completing some online training. Some nuisance-bear complaints were handled.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) attended rattlesnake response training for new responders. There were some rattlesnake-related calls in the area, but two of the three calls did not actually involve rattlesnakes.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. 

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the big river, with this past weekend being one of the busiest so far this summer. Enforcement action was taken for undersized bass and walleyes, as well as license, registration, and equipment violations.

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