Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – July 8th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a report about a mountain lion with a cub near Roseau. Tracks were found that belonged to a large and small dog.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) has received multiple complaints regarding watercraft operators causing wakes in the Warroad River. Please be mindful when traversing the river to and from the lake, as the wakes produced can cause damage to docked boats, make it hard for people to load and unload their watercraft at the access, and interfere with others trying to enjoy their time on the river. It is advised that concerns be directed to the Roseau County Sheriff’s Office.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports enforcement action was taken for angling with no license in possession, children under 10 not wearing PFDs, no fire extinguisher in boat, and failure to register ATVs.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working AIS enforcement, ATVing activity, boating activity, and angling activity on special regulation lakes.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) assisted the State Patrol with two vehicle crashes, one right after the other. Both of the crashes resulted in minor injuries and both involved alcohol. Two individuals were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) spent time teaching at the new CO academy at Camp Ripley.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working an active July 4th holiday. Many people were out boating and fishing on local lakes and rivers.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) took multiple wildlife-related calls and inspected wetland concerns.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) handled several calls regarding nuisance or orphaned animals.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a boating safety detail with CO Quittschreiber on the Cass Lake chain. ATV activity was monitored on area ATV trails. The CO also assisted with trapping scenario day at Camp Ripley for the CO Academy.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) patrolled ATV trails and worked the Cass Chain of Lakes with CO Vollbrecht during the busy 4th of July weekend. Violations encountered included under 18 youth on an ATVs without wearing helmets, illegal-length fish, and AIS, BWI, and watercraft registration violations.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office with a boat crash that resulted in minor injuries to occupants of the boat. The operator of a personal watercraft was attempting to jump the other boat’s wake when the rider misjudged the speed of the boat and collided with it. CO Vinton also assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office with the search for young boy who became lost in a cornfield. The boy was located by helicopter, sleeping in between corn rows.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked boat and water safety and checked anglers and ATV riders. Several wildlife-related calls were handled.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a complaint between cabin owners and a fisherman is being investigated. The cabin owners were playing fetch with their Labs in the water, which upset several fishermen in the area. The fishermen then began casting their lures toward the Labs, causing the dogs to chase the lures farther away from the cabin to the middle of the lake. One of the dogs had to be rescued by the owner when it became tired and disorientated. On a lighter note, while working with CO Landmark, a mother with two children came by on a PWC and the kids thanked the officers for working the holiday weekend.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) received and investigated a complaint about possible illegal shoreline alteration. AIS compliance was worked, with a high rate of compliance noted. A complaint about ramp issues at a public access was received.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Department with an ATV crash involving an intoxicated adult, and also assisted Becker County Water Patrol with an intoxicated individual on Big Detroit Lake.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time at Camp Ripley for emergency vehicle operations course training.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) rescued a father and daughter who had tipped a canoe over while fishing on West Battle Lake. Plautz was able to put both occupants, gear, and canoe in her patrol boat and transport them to their cabin.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) spent time handling complaints about turtles laying eggs in people’s yards, as well as an injured fawn and a great horned owl.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports an assist was given to Traverse County with a stranded boater on Traverse Lake. Anderson and a South Dakota warden rescued a boat’s passengers after it struck a rock and ruined the lower unit. The boat was overloaded, and there were not enough PFDs or registration on the boat.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) spent time investigating complaints about fish being dumped on private property.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received calls about a nuisance bear, lost dogs, and a great blue heron that was tangled in fishing line. CO Hunter also assisted the county regarding the possible abduction of a child. The child was located and had permission to be with the adult who picked her up.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) provided assistance at an ATV crash in a remote area accessible only by ATV.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) received a call from a stranded boater on Lake Winnibigoshish. The subject stated his motor would not start and provided his GPS coordinates to CO Sullivan. CO Sullivan responded, but the wind was blowing hard from the north, which resulted in 4-foot rollers on the south shore. CO Sullivan located the subject and towed the party back to the harbor. CO Sullivan stated he was impressed the stranded boater did not get sick in those conditions. The boater informed CO Sullivan that he did, but was finished by the time CO Sullivan arrived.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports that a tip about two bears found deceased in a remote forest area was found to be nuisance bears doing property damage that were shot and dumped. The bear kills weren’t reported to a conservation officer. A citation was issued for wanton waste, and restitution for the bears was applied.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) worked the lake during part of the holiday weekend and observed lots of boating activity, with multiple complaints about PWCers operating too fast near shore and other boaters.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) took a complaint about individuals trying to kill a snapping turtle. The officer also focused on loud boats on Lake Vermilion, with enforcement action taken.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) investigated a large amount (nearly a pickup load) of litter from the previous year’s fireworks on state land and dealt with a call about an intoxicated pedestrian on a four-lane highway.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports that by a wide margin, the most common violation encountered was insufficient PFDs.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) was working with CO Williams, sorting out some unregistered kayaks just outside the BWCAW, when they watched a motor boat race by and then out of sight, into the BWCAW. When the boat come back, the operator explained to the officers that a kayaker had told them they weren’t supposed to be in the BWCAW and their U.S. Forest Service permit was for an entry point lake 20 miles away. The officers then contacted the nearest group and found them to have no watercraft registration and no life jackets. Then they saw the kayaker that had kicked out the motor boater, because he was waving the officers down to report what he’d seen. However, he was using a pedal kayak, which also is illegal in the BWCAW.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) gave assistance at Magney Park to a family with a member who was experiencing medical distress. The woman was able to walk out of the park on her own.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) encountered lots of boating safety violations, with a couple people in disbelief that they would be cited for not having a life jacket or for not having navigational lights on after dark.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) reports enforcement action was taken for firearms, angling, boating, and ATV violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) reports many fishermen were out enjoying the calm conditions on Lake Superior and catching a few salmon.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) assisted the sheriff’s office with the recovery of a stolen vehicle that was submerged in a river.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action when one group of anglers took too many bluegills and ended up 19 over their limit.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports working angling, boating, and ATV activity.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports that lack of navigational lights was a common boating violation.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) assisted with two calls about lost or missing persons and an ATV crash in neighboring stations. CO Humphrey also assisted with an AIS detail in Pine County.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) received several complaints about nuisance bears. In one incident a bear was shot by the homeowner because of the extensive damage it had done and because it was showing no fear of people in the area. K9 assistance was provided to a local police department after a suspect fled the scene of a theft. The suspect was quickly apprehended, but not all of the evidence had been recovered. K9 Schody assisted in locating the rest of the evidence, and the suspect was taken to jail on felony theft charges.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to numerous issues including illegal activities in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, conservation easement land use, injured and nuisance wildlife of all sorts, and reports about illegal ATV and boat operation, and suspicious fishing activity.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) reports an angler started to throw fish out of a boat’s livewell when he recognized the officer approaching. The angler was stopped, and a count showed he was 14 fish over the legal limit. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports a juvenile observed operating a dirt bike in a ditch was addressed, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, and ATV enforcement, and addressed AIS issues.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to a grass fire cause by fireworks, and also issued animal possession tags.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports a kayaker was found after being lost on a remote river for the better part of a day.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) has been getting numerous bear-related complaints. A majority of these complaints are bears tearing down bird feeders and or getting into garbage.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) took calls about illegal ATV and personal watercraft activity.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports that follow-up continues with an individual mowing a wildlife management area for hay. The officer also turned over an individual with a warrant who was fishing on an area lake.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) stopped one parent with two kids on her ATV and a youth on another ATV where there were six violations.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) stopped a watercraft operator because there was no registration displayed. The operator begged to differ and pointed to the registration. It was hard for the CO to see the license, as it was affixed below the water line. A parent was told that his kid needed a PFD when using a paddle board. The parent told the CO that the law says you don’t need a PFD unless you are over water that is more than 10 feet deep. He was corrected about his misinformation. Two people were ticketed for drinking beer at a public access site.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) stopped a PWCer for operating past the legal hours. When the operator failed to stop after seeing the red and blue lights on the patrol boat he stated he thought the boat operator was “just really patriotic.” The operator was advised that activated emergency lights mean to stop, and enforcement action was taken for the violation.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) took complaints about carp dumped on roads.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) checked an angler who stated she forgot her license. While looking up the angling license, information came back that the individual had a warrant for her arrest. The individual was arrested, and a citation was issued for no angling license.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) responded to an eagle hanging from a tall pine tree near Rush Lake. Many volunteers assisted in recovering the eagle to safety. The eagle was turned over to the Raptor Center.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) handled animal complaints, and an arrest was made for a warrant.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) issued summonses and written warnings to a number of ATVers and assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s Department with a possible missing person case.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked with other agencies, investigating wetland violation complaints.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) directed time to ATV patrol. Enforcement action was taken for leaving a boat on a WMA.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley. Anglers and boaters were checked in the Wright County area.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) worked a very busy 4th of July weekend in a multiple-agency effort on Lake Minnetonka.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) reports hydrojets have become an increasing problem on Lake Minnetonka and have been handled with enforcement action.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) assisted neighboring DNR officers and Hennepin County Water Patrol on Lake Minnetonka during the busy weekend and also patrolled lakes in Scott County. Most boaters were practicing safe boating.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) assisted district officers working boating enforcement on Lake Minnetonka during the holiday weekend.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) patrolled wildlife management areas, investigated a shoreline violation, and handled TIP calls.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) assisted neighboring officers with enforcement activities in their stations as well.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports fishing success has slowed, as the water temperatures have climbed. Most of the walleyes that are being caught are small.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) asks that if anyone observes someone leaving their garbage along a lake that they obtain a license plate number and report it.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) assisted CO Picht with a fish overlimit case.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. Angling license violations were encountered.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) assisted Upper Sioux State Park personnel with a problem campsite that involved multiple violations with enforcement action being taken.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and educated lake users about AIS laws.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) assisted Kandiyohi County with a vehicle fire and completed follow-up on a wanton waste complaint.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports that on his way home from Camp Ripley, he witnessed a vehicle rollover accident on Hwy. 15 and was able to notify the State Patrol before the vehicle had finished rolling. Klehr made sure everyone was OK, and waited for a trooper to arrive.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent time at Camp Ripley assisting with academy training.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports enforcement action was taken for ATV and commercial violations.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) rescued a deer from a well pit and assisted the sheriff’s office in attempting to locate a fleeing suspect.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a large amount of garbage was located at a popular fishing location. An investigation into that was started.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that the Des Moines River was busy with tubers, kayakers, and canoeists.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) assisted two local sheriff’s offices with perimeter security on the water for area fireworks displays. COs Howe and VanThuyne recovered a canoe after the canoe swamped and was swept downriver approximately two miles without its occupants.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports an extremely high violation rate for AIS-related infractions was detected. CO Henke reminds people to do their part to keep invasive species out of our lakes.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) is investigating complaints about dead geese and a WMA violation.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) spent time working an AIS check station with other district officers and watercraft inspectors.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused primarily on angling, boating, and AIS activity.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) reports busy fishing and boating activity this week with the July 4th holiday.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) assisted the Winona County rescue team with an early morning search for a person who had fallen out of a boat and could not be located. The person eventually was found and was safe.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent a busy July 4th weekend assisting fellow officers in their stations.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy weekend on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Some boating issues were found, with subject hitting wingdams and mechanical problems with motors that required tows and assistance.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked details and with other officers on the Mississippi River at La Crescent.
CO Phil George (Rochester) picked up a dead eagle.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) assisted with a search for a missing tuber on the Root River. She later was found intoxicated, lost, and had wandered through a patch of poison ivy. Citations were issued for minor consumption and drug paraphernalia.