Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – February 26th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a report regarding a dead elk calf near Lake Bronson. It turned out that it was killed by a collision with a vehicle. A calf that was killed by wolves was investigated near Halma. Anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods. Assistance was given to Ontario officers with several Minnesota commercial fish houses that were on the wrong side of the international border.
CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) checked anglers and snowmobilers on Lake of the Woods and in surrounding areas. Enforcement action was taken for unmarked ice shelters, no ice shelter tag, angling with extra lines, and angling with no license in possession.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working snowmobiling and angling activity on special-regulation lakes throughout the week. CO Regas also transferred a great snowy owl to the Kelliher school for public display and educational purposes; the owl was found deceased and appeared to have passed due to natural causes.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports working primarily angling and snowmobiling enforcement. CO Quittschreiber and CO Vollbrecht patrolled Bemidji-area snowmobile trails during a work detail. A report was taken about several fish houses on Upper Red Lake that were left unlocked and that had equipment missing from them.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking predator hunters. Time also was spent attending a snowmobile safety class in Ada, and talking to a college group about ice safety.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked area snowmobile trails and lakes. Snowmobile trails were in excellent condition during the start of the week and deteriorated with the recent warm weather.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and ATV registrations. Warm weather and moderate rains turned area lakes into a wet mess, with several inches of water and slush on most lakes.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports that with the warm weather many fishermen have begun pulling their houses off the lakes. Lakes were found with water standing on the ice, in some places 6 inches deep or more. A report about a dead eagle in a ditch was taken, but it turned out to be a road-kill turkey.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports calls from the public included a TIP call about an individual cutting down flooded trees on a lake and a call regarding a dead American kestrel. The officer also followed up on deer-registration violations and several instances in which nonresidents were suspected of purchasing resident licenses.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) focused enforcement activity on ice fishing and documenting fish houses on area lakes. Plautz worked with area DNR Trails and Waters personnel on a project and monitored aeration systems.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked ATVers, fishermen, and fish shelters throughout the week. Additional time was spent working predator hunters, working litter complaints, and taking calls about upcoming firearms safety classes.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) watched several fish houses being removed as warm weather made it a mess on area lakes. Angling without licenses and expired snowmobile registration violations were encountered.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ATV activity and ice fishermen. Anderson worked ice-fishing work crews with COs Nelson and Baumbarger this past week. Nearly all fish houses have been removed from area lakes.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) reports activity and enforcement was concentrated on the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Several officers from throughout the state teamed up for high-visibility enforcement during the event. Recreational vehicle operation and fishing violations were prominent throughout the event. Officers issued numerous citations for illegal recreational vehicle use and unattended lines. Officers also focused on impaired driving throughout the event. A tremendous number of arrests were made for operating ATVs and snowmobiles while under the influence of alcohol.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and recreational vehicle activity. A substantial amount of time was spent at the Eelpout Festival in Walker.
CO Chelsey Collette (Remer) spent time on the lakes and trails from Outing to Remer, enforcing fishing and recreational vehicle laws. CO Collette also worked the Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake in Walker.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, ATVing, and snowmobiling activity. Ice conditions continue to vary from lake to lake. CO Broughten worked the annual Eelpout Festival, where excess alcohol consumption continued to cause problems. In one instance, CO Broughten observed an ATV being driven late at night without lights. After making contact, it was found the driver was intoxicated, and it was his fourth DWI arrest.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Ray) worked angling and snowmobiling enforcement throughout the Rainy and Kabetogama Lake areas. Time also was spent completing a deer case from last season and attending an emergency vehicle operations course meeting at Camp Ripley.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week working snowmobiling and angling enforcement. There were some soggy snowmobilers this week during the rain storm. The officer also met with a farmer about wolf concerns in the area and performed equipment maintenance
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, spearing, and snowmobiling enthusiasts and worked fishing and snowmobiling activity on Lake Vermilion. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines and a variety of snowmobiling violations. The extra-line angler tried to pawn his extra line off on his partner who went to use the restroom. However, the partner had not set foot in the fish house at all that day.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked the few anglers seen on Virginia-area lakes. Two such anglers decided to use seven tip-ups. As CO Frericks was walking with them to retrieve their licenses from their vehicle, he detected something else. Once CO Frericks and the two anglers got back to the lake, he asked, “Alright, which one of you guys has the weed?” The two anglers looked at each other, and one of them raised his hand. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A landowner contacted CO Frericks regarding two bred, Angus beef cows that were killed by wolves. Other landowners have contacted CO Frericks regarding snowmobile trespass issues.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobiling and fishing enforcement. There has been an increase in snowmobilers running on the roads, which is a violation under most circumstances.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a week of tough sledding, as slush conditions were bad. A cold spell on Sunday made things better.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to get reports about sick or mangy wolves in the Grand Marais and Hovland areas. The officer also checked area lakes and anglers.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of snowmobiling and angling enforcement. Violations encountered included a crappie overlimit, transporting fish without a skin patch, illegal possession of a lake trout, no trout stamp, possession of marijuana, and snowmobile registration violations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and minnow trappers. He also patrolled area snowmobile trails. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing and no fishing license in possession.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked snowmobiler and fishermen this week. He also assisted the sheriff’s office. Three groups were caught trespassing across posted private land to access lakes for ice fishing this week. Entering posted property is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked anglers this past week. She also assisted other local COs with an overlimit case. The CO also attended an appreciation dinner for landowners who have allowed access across their property for snowmobile use on the Taconite State Trail.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked snowmobile and angling enforcement throughout the week. The officer also staffed the DNR Wall of Shame booth at the Duluth sport show.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working a booth at the Duluth Deer Classic. Time was spent displaying the TIP Wall of Shame, answering many questions, and visiting with hundreds of people attending the show.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked angling activity and worked snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. Slush and standing water on lake ice created problems for those who didn’t have shelters blocked up. A reminder that shelters and any materials need to be removed by March 7 from Carlton County-area lakes.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) followed up on a litter case and worked fishing activity in the area this past week. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked shore anglers along the North Shore; the coho salmon have not been showing up, but Kamloops have been getting caught. Slush on inland lakes continues to be an aggravation to anglers and officers alike.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) followed up on TIP calls regarding illegal trapping, dogs chasing deer, and possible fish overlimits. The officer also assisted with a work detail at the annual Eelpout Festival in Walker.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing and snowmobiling enforcement. Officer Guida took enforcement action for shelter violations including no identification, litter, and unlicensed shelters.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers were still out trying their luck. Violations he observed were no license, extra and unattended lines, and litter. He also checked a couple of panfish anglers on the Gull River who inaccurately counted their sunfish.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) testified at a BWI hearing and assisted the sheriff’s department with investigating fish house burglaries.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) checked anglers and worked a busy Eelpout Festival in Walker. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV and snowmobile violations. Numerous people also were arrested for DWI.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time on the ice, checking anglers. She also participated in a kids fishing day on Lake Minnewawa where area fourth-graders got to come out and enjoy a day of fishing.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports patrolling area snowmobile trails, checking fishermen and cross-country skiers, completing inspection of fish houses on area lakes for license and marking requirements, and giving presentations to students in the wildlife forensics science program at a local high school on furbearing animals, job duties of a conservation officer, and natural resource law enforcement forensics.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted other officers working at the Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake this past week. Enforcement actions were taken for registration issues, careless operation, and DWI violations.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports that the recent rain knocked down most of the snow on Mille Lacs and other area lakes. Fishing tournaments in the area had good turnouts. Enforcement action was taken for possession of illegal-length walleyes, extra angling lines, possession of marijuana, and unmeasurable fish on the water.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports a call regarding a dog on the ice was investigated, and a car-kill deer permit was issued. A permit also was issued for a bear carcass that was found. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer on a fishing-related TIP complaint. The CO began marking and checking for fish houses on area lakes and for litter left behind.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) attended training at Camp Ripley and followed up on a fish house case of abandonment. CO Starr also spoke with some citizens concerned about coyote overpopulation issues.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) set up a laser shot system for a Pheasants Forever banquet in Pine City, checked public accesses, and assisted Pine County officers with a traffic stop. CO Wynn also assisted Wisconsin wardens with several cases.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a trespass complaint in which four individuals parked along the highway and ran past several “no trespassing” signs to take a few shotgun shots and hop back into their vehicle and take off. The sign owner speculated they were possibly shooting at turkeys or squirrels.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling activity in the station. Follow up was conducted on APM violations from earlier in the year. With the recent rain and warm weather, snow conditions became rather deplorable over the weekend. On not one, but two occasions, CO Silgjord became stuck in the wet snow with an ATV. On both occasions, area anglers came to assist without hesitation. CO Silgjord would like to thank the individuals for their willingness to assist.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) conducted a game farm inspection. Also, an interview was done regarding a possible WCA violation.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and trapping activity in the area. The officer observed anglers wisely removing shelters, with the warmup making questionable ice even more unsafe.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) checked anglers and ATVers, and handled calls about nuisance animals. Ice conditions started to go downhill this week.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent time following up on a deer that was taken out of season, following up on ATV-related complaints, following up on deer-hunting cases, and checking anglers.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and predator-hunting activities this week. Many anglers began removing their fish houses from area lakes due to the rain and warm weather.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) instructed a snowmobile laws and regulations training class for other local law enforcement agencies.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes. He also followed up on a number of dead swans on the Mississippi River, along with a possible poached deer.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) explored a possible wanton waste case. After interviews, it was determined an angler’s daughter hid fish from her father by creating a “dance line” of fish in the snowbank outside of a neighboring fish house. Weyandt also looked into a possible fawn deer being kept as a pet. The investigation is ongoing.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ice conditions. CO Grewe also assisted with a security detail at Fort Snelling while Vice President Joe Biden visited the Twin Cities.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) monitored angling and ATVing activity in Scott County. Leuthardt also attended the Polar Plunge event held on Prior Lake.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and did an inspection of an aeration system in the Bloomington station. He also patrolled state parks and state trails, and answered questions from the Asian community regarding firearms safety classes.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers in Carver County. He also assisted district officers in providing security during a recent VIP visit to Minnesota.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling activity. Ice conditions continue to deteriorate, and CO Salzer continues to suggest to shelter owners that the ice conditions need to be evaluated daily and shelters removed before the ice becomes too bad.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked fishing and ATVing enforcement on area lakes. She also did aeration system inspections, handled calls regarding nuisance and injured animals, and did equipment maintenance.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) worked a trespassing complaint, issued a car-kill deer permit, and scheduled firearms safety classes.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he spoke to a firearms safety class at Roseville City Hall. He also completed aeration inspections and checked anglers during the week.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ice-fishing and coyote-hunting enforcement. Most permanent fish houses have been taken off the ice due to the recent warm weather, melting snow, and high winds. A report was received of an SUV that dropped the rear axle through the ice at the public access on the west side of Lake Sarah in Murray County.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) investigated multiple reports about hunters using illegal methods to take coyotes.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) investigated a complaint of shooting from a motor vehicle. Assistance was provided to the Appleton Police Department with a motor vehicle crash.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) received two reports about injured bald eagles along the Minnesota River, and with the help of several other law enforcement agencies and volunteers, the eagles were caught and taken to the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) focused enforcement efforts on ice angling, snowmobiling, and trapping. Vernier also worked on area taxidermy inspections.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) continued to investigate a Wetlands Conservation Act/public waters violation.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) located a fish house that had been left unattended for several days on a local lake. A check on this house resulted in the CO being able to determine there were multiple lines left set for angling with nobody present in the house. The suspected angler was contacted, and told the CO he thought it was sufficient to go out and check the lines every day or two. Enforcement action was taken.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent the week focusing on ice-angling activity and predator-hunting activity in the Albert Lea and Austin areas. Complaints about trespass continue to be received and investigated regarding predator hunters on private property.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) responded to a number of calls concerning garbage left on the ice after the removal of shelters. He encourages everyone to be respectful of our lakes and not leave garbage behind.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports working angling activity. Most hard-sided shelters are off the lakes.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports that on Friday, high winds blew a portable fish house across the bay in Red Wing and into the open water, where the house proceeded to sink. By the end of the day on Saturday, almost all permanent ice houses in the area had been removed from the ice.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) testified at a hearing regarding some unlawful baiting activity from the deer season.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports boats are showing up on the river, while ice fishing continues on the backwaters. Hemker attended a local kids fishing event.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked coyote hunters who were out before the snow was gone. Heyn also assisted at the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Lots of people were contacted, and numerous DWI arrests were made.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) patrolled for sportfishing enforcement. CO Seamans also assisted the DNR’s Wildlife Division with a nongame animal-related complaint.