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Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – August 7th, 2015

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports an intoxicated ATV operator was arrested and booked for DWI. A joint patrol of the Red River was worked with an officer from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) reports two separate wolf depredation cases were reported and investigated this past week in Strathcona and Wannaska. Both reports confirmed calves were taken by wolves. 

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) reports a call about a suspicious person at Zippel Bay State Park was taken. The male ended up leaving before officers could make contact. In his hasty exit, he hit another camper’s car and left the scene. Later in the day, CO Cowden and CO Prachar were able to locate and stop the man. Enforcement action was taken.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) patrolled the Mississippi Headwaters water trails and checked ATVing activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time also was spent following up on a complaint regarding the illegal removal of aquatic plants. 

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked AIS enforcement, boat and water safety, and assisted with a vehicle crash that involved injuries. 

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) responded to a call about a coyote chasing an individual on a lawn mower, assisted Buffalo River State Park staff, and investigated trespassing issues in Oakport Township in Moorhead. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) responded to a complaint about illegal burning, worked AIS enforcement, as well as fishing and boating activities throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken regarding two young girls operating an ATV illegally.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports a complaint was received about a PWCer operating at a high speed through a marked swimming area on Eagle Lake. Osborne located the PWCer operating just outside the swim area at a high rate of speed. Contact was made, and a subject was arrested for operating a motorboat while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, operating a motorboat through a marked swim area, operating a PWC at greater than slow-no wake speed within 150 feet of a swimmer, and careless/reckless operation.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATVing, and boating activity. CO Broughten also fielded calls regarding nuisance beavers, AIS decontamination, and destroying aquatic vegetation. 

CO Colleen Adam (Rec Specialist) prepped and instructed at the current academy. She also assisted other agencies with calls. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) responded to a call about a man who had fallen out of his boat. The individual died before he could be rescued. The individual was found a few hours after he had fallen overboard. The officer also responded to an ATV crash with injuries.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) stopped a vehicle near a Hibbing city park for a couple of non-driving violations and found the driver impaired. The officer turned the driver over to Hibbing police, who ended up arresting the subject and found him to have a blood-alcohol content well over twice the legal limit. The CO finished with that case and then assisted Hibbing police with a fight and disturbance call. Alcohol use by a number of juveniles was involved, including one who fled on foot from a police officer. 

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports a local dairy farmer contacted him to inform him that he’d lost six sheep in one night to a timber wolf. A federal trapper was brought in to eliminate the problem wolves. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Marty Stage (Ely) observed the occupant of an oncoming vehicle throw litter out the vehicle’s window, and a stop was made for the violation. CO Stage didn’t say a word, and the passenger hung his head and admitted throwing two beer bottles out his window. He said it was stupid for him to have done it since he was just blocks from home. The occupants went back and searched for the bottles, found them, and traded them for a ticket.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked ATVers and a pair of dirt bike riders who had taken the state highway rather than trailering to get to a place to ride. In addition to having bikes that weren’t street-legal, they lacked motorcycle endorsements.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) took a call about the illegal removal of a beaver dam, which affected lake levels.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHVing activity, responded to injured-wildlife complaints, and assisted in the search for evidence in a stabbing. 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked WCA and aquatic vegetation violations during the week. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports K9 assistance was given to a local police department in searching for evidence in a severe assault case, and K9 assistance also was given to a local CO regarding a complaint of someone shooting geese out of season. It turns out that the person was harassing them because of their unsanitary demeanor, and was not shooting them.

WREO Michael Scott (Northeast Region Water Resource Officer) worked with the local officer on Lake Vermilion regarding the finding of invasive spiny waterfleas. 

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. He also handled a call about an eagle entangled in fishing line. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was found that the eagle had apparently freed itself and was back to flying across the lake. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled public water accesses for AIS violations. A black bear cub was removed from a public roadway. 

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) investigated an ATV trail located on a wildlife management area where ATVs are not permitted. CO Peterson also assisted with academy training at Camp Ripley.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) has observed more pounds of vegetation than fish coming out of local lakes. A high majority of boaters were observed cleaning off boats and trailers. 

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports several calls regarding nuisance beavers were fielded, and permits were issued. The officer also attended court for a hunting-related case from last fall. A call about a party being harassed was investigated. 

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) assisted the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department with a barricaded subject who had felony warrants and had made violent threats earlier in the evening. Starr also worked a case in the Princeton station in which golfers had chased a flock of geese with golf carts and subsequently killed a juvenile goose. This type of behavior by humans is unacceptable, and charges are forthcoming. 

WREO Rob Haberman worked AIS enforcement throughout his assigned work area. WREO Haberman also met with county attorney staff about AIS laws and inspections of watercraft. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) attended training in St. Paul. The officer also traveled to the metro for equipment exchange. A roadside survey was conducted.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked anglers, watercraft, and OHV activities. Nuisance-animal complaints were addressed. 

WREO Keith Bertram reports follow-up was conducted on several aquatic plant restoration orders. Time also was spent at the Stearns County Fair, answering questions regarding AIS laws and upcoming hunting seasons. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Several bear-related complaints were received. 

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) checked many boats for aquatic invasive species and related issues. 

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a wetland and public waters case. He also assisted local agencies on a number of calls and answered question about the upcoming goose season.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked public access sites checking for AIS violations. 

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) reports questions were answered regarding surface water use on Prior Lake, the early August goose hunt, and ATV use in Scott County. 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) returned calls regarding waterfowl that were dying in Richfield; the matter was referred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also received a call about the illegal possession of snakes in Minneapolis. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he worked an AIS enforcement crew in Anoka County as part of the “Think Zero” Weekend. He also transported an injured broad-winged hawk from Lino Lakes to the Raptor Center. 

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) investigated delinquent ginseng dealers and helped fellow officers with an AIS detail in Anoka County. 

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked mostly boating and fishing enforcement around metro-area lakes and rivers. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked AIS, angling, boating, and OHVing activity during the week. Time also was spent patrolling several state parks.  

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) assisted DNR Eco-Waters with a site visit in Murray County with a possible public waters violation.  

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) taught the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class in Wood Lake. With the release of the 2015 hunting regulations handbook, questions were answered dealing with the upcoming fall hunting and trapping seasons.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports assistance was given to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Department at a crime scene.  

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time teaching use of force at the CO Academy. 

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding nuisance wildlife and a public waters violation. He investigated deer-hunting and trapping cases and taught at a firearms safety field and range day. 

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted license checks on anglers, safety checks on boaters, and AIS compliance checks on all of them. 

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports an angler was observed fishing from a dock. When CO Klehr asked to check the angler’s fishing license, the angler said he thought you only needed an angling license if you went fishing in a boat. 

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked boaters on area lakes this past week. The officer also assisted in training new officers at Camp Ripley. 

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ATVing activity. 

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and recreational vehicle activities. Time also was spent monitoring public access sites for AIS violations, and issues were addressed regarding wildlife management areas and nuisance-animal complaints.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled for fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Additional time was spent patrolling for AIS compliance. 

WREO Julie Siems reports following up on several restoration orders regarding Wetland Conservation Act violations. 

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and recreational vehicles during the week. Several people were contacted for illegally operating on the roadway. 

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) investigated fishing, littering, and ATV-related complaints. Hemker had a person on a bicycle approach him to tell him that while he was riding on the bike path he had hit and killed a duck. He said he took it home and buried it. He wanted CO Hemker’s card just in case it happened again, but hoped it would not, because he planned to get his brakes fixed. 

CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking anglers, watercraft users, and ATV operators. Officer George also took a TIP call regarding an overlimit of trout and a complaint from a homeowner about a wild turkey that flew through a window into her office area. She chased it into a bathroom and locked the door, where it expired from its injuries.

CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) spent extra time at boat landings working invasive species enforcement. 

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