Minnesota Cuffs & Collars, April 15th, 2016

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a dead cow to see if it had been killed by wolves, but the animal had died and was fed on by wolves or coyotes later. A dead trumpeter swan was found near Lake Bronson. Assistance was given to a police department with a DARE class.  

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling, small game, ATV, and boat and water safety enforcement this week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, operating an ATV without a safety certificate, operating an ATV on a public road right of way without a valid driver’s license, and illegal operation of an OHM.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports investigating trap-tampering complaints, burning violations, completing department safety training, and assisting with instruction and giving the laws and regulations presentation at the Blackduck firearms safety class. 

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) participated in planning a firearms safety class, and took complaints about a dead swan and wolf-killed cattle. Assistance was given to other agencies in recovering property and with three burglary suspects taken into custody.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) conducted follow-up investigations on cases stemming from a taxidermy inspection. Individuals were contacted regarding leaving ice shelters at public accesses, and a complaint was taken involving an individual driving on a closed forest road. 

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked trapping and recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. 

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working fishermen and ATVing activity. 

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity, checking shore anglers and a few boaters who made it onto area lakes. AIS compliance checks have started with more boats being transported in the area. 

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) completed an investigation of an ATV being operated in the state park. Calls from the public included questions about firearms safety training and vehicle trespass on private property. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) assisted with a firearms safety class field day, followed up on TIP complaints, and monitored fish run activity. An injured loon was captured and analyzed, then released into a larger body of water, as loons need 30 yards to a quarter-mile of open water for flight takeoff.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and ATVers. An accidentally trapper otter was picked up from a local trapper, and a ride-along was performed with a law enforcement student. Osborne assisted the Pope County Sheriff’s Office in its attempt to locate a male individual who was threatening to assault his brother.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) checked fishermen and boaters, and monitored AIS compliance. Additional time was spent monitoring the fish run and assisting the Pope County Sheriff’s Office.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) monitored closed forest roads, checked spring trappers, and followed up on a public access violation.  

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) assisted with a public waters violation on Leech Lake. CO Sullivan also worked a garbage-dumping investigation on public land near Walker and responded to a dead eagle located west of Walker. 

CO Colleen Adam (rec specialist) investigated a report of early bowfishing activity and checked creeks and rivers. She also patrolled areas of closed forest roads and trails.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received a call about an injured eagle that may have hit a power line. CO Hunter also took a call about a bear in a person’s yard. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Ray) continued to monitor angling, boating safety, and AIS activities on the Rainy River. CO Van Asch also spent time giving a law and ethics presentation to a firearms safety class in Littlefork.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a firearms safety class in Mountain Iron and spent time following up on open cases. Reports about trespass on posted property are being investigated. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted officers on the Rainy River near Baudette for the last weekend of the border waters walleye season. Fishing success was limited. Violations included taking fish with an extra line and failure to display valid watercraft registration.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked on a gross misdemeanor trespass issue and attended work meetings. 

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports winter is in full swing in the Arrowhead. He did a remote snowmobile patrol during the week, checking anglers along the border and snowmobilers getting in their last rides of the season. 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked remote forest roads and trails. The officer also checked anglers and patrolled state parks and forest campgrounds. Forest road conditions are extremely varied and warm weather will likely mean fast deterioration, so drivers are advised to use caution when exploring the backroads so they do not become stranded in remote areas. 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked on a wetland violation case, took calls about sick, injured, and deceased animals, and checked a few snowmobilers.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked spring beaver trappers and recreational vehicle activity. Time also was spent following up on past angling investigations. 

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked trappers and anglers, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, handled reports about injured animals, and worked ongoing cases. Time also was spent on bear committee issues.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking angling and ATVing activity this past week. She also followed up on a litter complaint and continues to work on that investigation. 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ATV activity in the area with some riders out and about. Enforcement action was taken this past week for multiple littering violations.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked ATVers, fishermen, and trappers. He also worked on firearms safety classes and equipment maintenance during the week.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) followed up on out-of-state license fraud issues, working with a neighboring state CO. 

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) patrolled the Sawyer WMA and in the Fond du Lac State Forest with road/trail closures currently in place. CO Humphrey also attended court on a contested illegal-burning violation, which resulted in a guilty plea and conviction. 

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked extra enforcement in area state parks after complaints about vandalism and other illegal activities were reported. An investigation into a theft from the campground is under way. 

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking North Shore rivers and shore anglers. Shipping has resumed on Lake Superior, signaling spring. 

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked steelhead anglers along area rivers. Seasonal maintenance issues were handled, and a meeting was attended at Camp Ripley. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports garbage dumping on public land was investigated. Vehicles operating on closed roads in the Pillsbury forest continue to be a problem. Vehicle operators were removing and knocking over closed road signs.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) monitored creeks during the start of the spring fish run, and checked lake service providers as the dock/lift installation process gets under way.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked trapping and ATV complaint areas. One individual who took a ride on a soft county forest road is looking at a tow bill and fines of nearly $700. Assistance also was given to the sheriff’s department, and an incidental otter was handled.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) monitored sportfishing and illegal all-terrain vehicle use. Local closed trails were monitored. Bears have been reported knocking down bird feeders and causing damage.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with planning and preparing for CO Academy 17 at Camp Ripley. Officer Lee also followed up on a burning complaint that included burning prohibited material and burning with no permit. Officer Lee spoke to a few parties this past week in regards to complaints he had received about bears damaging bird feeders, garbage cans, and just hanging around. Property owners were advised to removed bird feeders, garbage, dog food, and any other attractants.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted another CO with a search warrant stemming from violations from the fall of 2015. ATVing activity began to increase in the area. The officer picked up an incidental otter that was caught by a beaver trapper. 

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking for ATVing activity in the Solana State Forest and surrounding county land. The CO also monitored tribal harvest and issued some nuisance-beaver permits. An investigation into party burning prohibited materials was completed.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated wolf depredation regarding a calf. It was determined the loss was likely caused by wolves. This farm had a confirmed depredation two weeks ago. USDA trappers were contacted and responded to the area. Speldrich also conducted a presentation for a group of MinnAqua interns.  

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) patrolled state forest ATV trail areas and dealt with multiple violations of ATVers and off-highway motorcycle riders operating in restricted areas. Some late-night, public access violations were dealt with that included littering, drinking, and illegal burning. One group was found at a remote DNR access burning a pile of debris the size of a small car. The individuals agreed to clean the area up instead of getting cited by officers. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and ATVing activity. Time also was spent following up on big-game and public waters cases. A ride-along was provided to a Central Lakes College student. 

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers, patrolling for ATV activity, and taking nuisance-animal complaints. CO Krauel also handled a roadkill otter that was found. 

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a call about a possible poached deer that had been shot. The deer was checked and it was a road-hit deer that had been shot to be put down. Enforcement action was taken on a landowner who was burning a brush pile (no burning permit) during a day during burning restrictions.  

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports an uncontrolled permit burn is under investigation. A deer depredation complaint was received, and a possible WCA violation was reported.  

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports time was spent at a court trial for a baiting case from the deer season. A guilty plea was accepted. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen in the area. He picked up an accidentally trapped otter and followed up on a number of dumping issues in the Sand Dunes State Forest. He also answered a number of questions about the upcoming turkey season. He assisted Sherburne County and Zimmerman Forestry on a grass fire in Becker Township. The suspect will possibly be issued a summons for burning prohibited materials and burning without a burn permit. 

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. A damaged gate in the Rum River State forest was investigated. Anyone with knowledge regarding damage to any gates is encouraged to call the TIP line. 

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) presented 30-year and 40-year service awards to two dedicated volunteer firearms safety instructors at the Chisago Sportsman Club firearms safety class.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the majority of the week at K9 training with his partner Rocky. CO Grewe also checked fishermen and followed up with complaints received. 

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) investigated two trespass cases on the Luce Line State Trail. Enforcement action was taken. 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled the Waconia station and Fort Snelling State Park for angling, boating, trail usage, and invasive species enforcement. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling activity. CO Salzer also responded to a wetland complaint. Enforcement action was taken on the wetland violation.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) delivered a wetland restoration order to an individual in White Bear Lake. She also handled a call about a dead bald eagle, did required online training, and attended a site inspection regarding a waters complaint in Arden Hills. CO Kruse also handled a complaint about an individual pumping water from a pond in Chisago City.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers throughout the area. A reminder that the Vermillion River is not part of the early catch-and-release trout season. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and conducting investigations. A rancher was contacted about his placement of cattle panels across a public creek. 

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spoke at a Kiwanis Club meeting at the VFW in Madison. The CO also assisted Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s Office with a land dispute issue.  

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) sent time checking fishermen and monitoring ATVing activity. The TIP Wall of Shame was brought to the Minnesota State Archery Association tournament in Redwood Falls.  

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and monitored fish run activity. He spoke at a firearms safety class. Denz also followed up on TIP calls.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received complaints regarding walleyes taken during the closed season, crappie overlimits, and orphaned owls. He spent time working mainly fishing, invasive species, and commercial enforcement. 

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a call was fielded regarding 10 whitetail buck heads that were found cut off, with the antlers sawed off. The heads were located in Pat’s Grove County Park. The case is being investigated. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the officer.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) found an illegal dumping situation in which a poacher threw numerous dead raccoons and one dead coyote in the road ditch. 

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the majority of the week checking anglers and ATV operators. CO Ihnen also investigated a number of other calls from the public involving trespass and burning complaints.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling and ATVing activity. CO Howe also assisted other officers with a boat and water safety class in Waseca.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) was a guest speaker at the Owatonna Dive Club spring banquet. 

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) assisted local law enforcement agencies with several calls. One call involved a fish house that broke free from a vehicle, came to rest on its nose, and was partially blocking a lane of traffic.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking fishing activity on the Mississippi River. Time also was spent talking at a youth firearms safety class in Goodhue and checking ATV activity in complaint areas. 

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked anglers and watercraft operators, and took calls about injured eagles, hawks, and deer. 

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports looking into reports of dogs chasing deer. One dog owner was contacted and will correct the issue. Time also was spent checking numerous anglers along the Root River. Compliance was high, but one subject failed to purchase an angling license. Enforcement action was taken.  

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