Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – July 15th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) has received a number of complaints about watercraft operators causing a wake on the Warroad River. Even though “no wake” signs are posted, there is not any law or ordinance that makes the act illegal. Please refer these calls to the sheriff’s department.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) has been monitoring ATVing activity in the Beltrami Island State Forest and working solid waste and litter violations.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) provided assistance to the county with a physical domestic and a driving complaint. CO Quittschreiber was able to locate the vehicle reported in the complaint and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he did not have his driver’s license and appeared nervous. The driver gave the officer his name and date of birth, but was hesitant. After digging further, CO Quittschreiber discovered the name the driver gave the officer was that of his twin brother. The driver was cited for giving a false name, driving while revoked, having no insurance, and speeding. The following day the officer came upon the same individual riding an unregistered dirt bike through town. More enforcement action was taken.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) focused primarily on ATV enforcement. Time was spent at the Kelliher/Waskish Bog Days ATV Mud Run in Waskish. Assistance was also given in dealing with a driver who was revoked. The driver was cited earlier in the day for driving after revocation and was driving, as well as speeding, again.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending this week staffing the TIP trailer at the Polk County Fair.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) received multiple wildlife-related calls and attended a sportsmen’s club meeting.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) investigated a confirmed wolf depredation complaint.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked anglers and ATVing activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling for ATV activity on local trails, contacting anglers, and working TIP calls about possible overlimits and possible protected waters violations.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) conducted remote-area patrols for campers/anglers on state forest and park lands.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) gave assistance to a youth ATV class in Fergus Falls.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) investigated a complaint about a possible overlimit of panfish.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) addressed a report about an injured hawk, and the officer discovered it to be one that had just fallen from a nest. The hawk was placed back into the tree, with the assistance of a kind citizen.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls), along with other local COs, hosted a youth ATV safety class in Fergus Falls during the weekend. A brief safety talk was given prior to a youth fishing derby on Long Lake.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to work fishing and boating activity, as well as AIS enforcement.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) followed up on aquatic plant management cases. Osborne also checked boaters, fishermen, and ATVers throughout the week.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) checked several nonmarried couples angling with husband/wife combination angling licenses.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) received calls about fish being dumped, and complaints about fish overlimits.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports interstate minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued, as well as some equipment maintenance issues handled.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) primarily worked on fishing and boating activities. Investigations from the holiday weekend were completed, and calls about nuisance animals were taken.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) observed several kids wearing life jackets on a pontoon. CO Sullivan provided all children onboard the pontoon with Dairy Queen ice cream coupons for wearing their life jackets. CO Sullivan then checked one a father for an angling license. The father stated he did not have his license with him and identified himself by name to CO Sullivan. During the investigation it was found that the father did not have an angling license and provided a false name to CO Sullivan in front of the children.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked recreational vehicle operators and anglers in the area.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) took enforcement action for no PFDs, no licenses, registration issues, no helmets, highway operation, and illegal fish harvest on Winnibigoshish.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) handled several ATV-related complaints and also investigated trespassing on an aquatic management area.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) responded to a crash in which a motor vehicle hit an ATV head-on.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boating activities on Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama, and the Rainy River continue to be the main work emphasis.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) followed up on a complaint on Lake Vermilion and took calls about AIS issues regarding boat transportation as well as transporting bait.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) closed out a litter case (a truckload dumped on state land) with a citation after catching a break and locating mail in the garbage pile.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) went to a residence with DNR Wildlife personnel on a reported wolverine sighting. The homeowner showed them an image of the animal’s footprint in the mud.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at an advanced hunter education and bowhunter education class at the Laurentian Environmental Center in Britt.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reminds boaters that a “throwable” life-saving device is required on motorboats over 16 feet long. Throwing a wearable PFD to someone else does not work very well, but the “throwable” cushion or ring buoy can be tossed to help someone who is in trouble.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) shares that one person reported a neighborhood bear wandering down Devil Track Road with a bag of garbage in its mouth. Obviously it was looking for some shade to enjoy a picnic lunch.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked boaters and anglers at lake accesses and on the water. The officer also checked ATV riders and followed up on open cases.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily on maintenance and storage of equipment, managing evidence, preparing for academy instruction, and working AIS and ATVers.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) received several bear-related complaints during the week.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on inland lakes and Lake Superior.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) responded with other officers to a report of a watercraft fire on Lake Superior. Contact was made with the watercraft, and it was found to be a false alarm.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) handled calls about beavers causing damage, responded to calls about injured eagles, and worked on pending cases.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked sportfishing, boating, ATVings, and litter cases.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted the U.S. Forest Service in locating a suspect who fled into the woods. After K9 Si located the suspect about 300 yards from his vehicle, lying in some brush, the officers took him into custody. The suspect said, “You guys sure are persistent,” as he was escorted out of the woods.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVers, state parks, and campgrounds. He also handled several boating-related complaints during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) monitored angling, boating, and ATVing activities throughout the Hill City area.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) assisted railroad workers with an abandoned ATV and personal property left alongside railroad tracks. The officer also assisted CO Duncan on a complaint about someone shooting deer in a yard with a pellet rifle.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes. Other activity included investigating TIP complaints and assisting local first responders after a severe storm caused major damage north of Duluth.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued to work on a wetland investigation.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that nuisance-bear complaints continue to come in with the same advice given to almost all of them: Stop feeding birds and put your garbage away.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted local responders with an ATV crash on a remote gravel road. The 17-year-old operator was found wedged at the base of a forked tree with a badly broken leg and apparent internal and spinal injuries. Excessive speed appeared to play a part in the cause of the crash. Another incident at a state park involved a bicyclist who blew through a stop sign on the trail and hit a post, resulting in a broken arm.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked boating activity, where complaints were fielded regarding loud boats. Several were tested with a decibel meter, and enforcement action was taken. The officer also assisted with remote campers blocked in by downed trees after an area storm.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports an individual from Arkansas was surprised to learn it is illegal to burn a couch in Minnesota.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports that numerous calls about injured animals have come in. Fledgling birds, including bald eagles, are one of the most common wildlife to be mistaken for injured or ill animals. An off-highway motorcyclist was identified illegally operating on an ATV trail. The adult allowing operation was cited, and the parent of the youth operator was notified.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) assisted with training at Camp Ripley for the conservation officer cadet academy.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports investigating TIP calls regarding suspicious fishing activity, and patrolling fishing, boating, and OHVing activity on area lakes and in high-use areas.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on a complaint about loud music coming from campers in the Pillsbury forest.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) staffed the TIP Wall of Shame during “Isle Days.”
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on Lake Mille Lacs throughout the week and weekend.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled the Nemadji State Forest and assisted a group with an ATV that had broken down. Speldrich also followed up in a littering issue where camping items were left at a campsite.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time instructing at Camp Ripley where conservation officer trainees learned about enforcing invasive species and Wetland Conservation Act laws.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Department with the search and recovery of a drowning victim in Banning State Park.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) handled various wildlife-related calls ranging from live-trapped skunks to badger problems. Another caller upgraded the badger sighting to a possible wolverine sighting.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling, watercraft, OHV, and open burning activities.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers, checking for AIS violations, and working boat safety. CO Krauel also assisted another state agency with ATV training.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked an angler fishing from a pontoon who hurriedly put the pole down when the officer approached. CO Kuske asked the angler if he had a license and the angler stated he did not have a fishing license and that you don’t need a fishing license if you’re fishing with a piece of breakfast sausage as bait. Two anglers and one youth without fishing licenses also were checked while shore fishing on the Mississippi River. CO Kuske watched the two anglers and youth fishing before checking them, and when checked, the father of the youth attempted to get the youth to lie for him, asking the child, “Daddy wasn’t fishing, was he?” The second angler ended up arrested on an outstanding warrant.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) heard from a number of citizens with concerns about the high number of bears that are being seen in the area. Reports of sows with twin cubs are common, plus some sightings of triplets and quadruplet cubs. A TIP call was investigated that involved an 85-year-old man who was involving his great grandson in taking overlimits of sunfish.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and boat and water activity. Assistance was provided to a local sheriff’s office with a wanted individual. The suspect, while being tracked by a K9 team, ran right toward the officer’s location and was apprehended shortly thereafter.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He also attended an emergency response meeting at the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked AIS inspections at public accesses, checked anglers and boaters, and responded to ATV-related complaints.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV riders during the week. Calls about nuisance animals, including skunks and deer, were taken, with advice given.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked AIS, fishing, boating, and ATV enforcement. Assistance was provided to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office regarding a disturbance call along the St. Croix River.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent the 4th of July holiday on Lake Minnetonka. She assisted on medical calls as well as took enforcement action for minor consumption of alcohol. TIP calls were received about an unattended fire and a construction company filling in a wetland. An ongoing issue is being dealt with at a residence on a lake in Chanhassen.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked angling and boating activities in Waconia and Fort Snelling State Park stations. He took enforcement action for failing to display valid boat registration, riding on a transom, and riding on a gunwale.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling and boating activity. CO Salzer also patrolled Carlos Avery WMA for any after-hours activity.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports investigating TIP calls, answering questions about nuisance animals, and doing equipment maintenance.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around metro lakes and rivers. He worked boating enforcement on the 4th of July with a neighboring conservation officer on the St. Croix River, and assisted an area hydrologist on a site visit for a possible wetland violation. CO Pril also spent some time on equipment maintenance and responded to miscellaneous animal-related calls and other calls during the week.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. Boaters are reminded that lights are required at sunset. A report of illegally dumped lake weeds at a public access was investigated. Angling license, boating, burning, and littering violations were encountered during the week.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted state park personnel with camper-related issues. Warm weather has slowed most fishing around Lac qui Parle. Several blue-green algal blooms were seen on area lakes after recent rains washed in nutrients.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports normal summer outdoor recreational activity continued to be worked during the week. Most of the boating safety violations encountered dealt with insufficient life jackets or life jackets not being worn by those required. Assistance was given with city events on Cottonwood Lake during the weekend. ATV operators are reminded that the ag zone ditch restrictions are in place until Aug. 1.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused on checking anglers, boaters, and ATVers for compliance. He has been noticing signs of ATV traffic within the boundaries of state-owned land, including wildlife management areas and scientific and natural areas, which are closed to ATV traffic unless there is a designated trail open to motor vehicles. Dirks asks that if anyone witnesses this activity to report it.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on boat safety enforcement on the 4th of July on and around Green Lake. He also worked area lakes for angling activity, spent time on a beaver-damage complaint, and worked with an intern from the Westby internship program.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports time was spent following up on a complaint regarding a person cutting cattails. Klehr also checked boaters for AIS compliance as they were getting ready for the Litchfield Watercade Fishing Tournament.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers, boaters, and PWC operators during the week. She also assisted Renville County with a call about baby raccoons that kept returning to a residence.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports assisting the Brown County Sheriff’s Office this week in the search and recovery of a drowning victim in the Mound Creek beach area. Numerous contacts were made during the 4th of July, with violations related to PFDs, fire extinguishers, and PWC issues. A complaint was signed for charges related to the taking of multiple deer out of season. Further follow-up continues regarding the taking of big game out of season, and numerous littering cases.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted inspections on boating and angling activity. Public accesses were patrolled, and individuals were reminded that accesses are not picnic areas and to treat them as such. Assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies in locating a suicidal male in a vehicle. The outcome was positive, with no one hurt.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, PWCers, and ATV operators. CO Ihnen also responded to trespassing and burning complaints. In addition, public water accesses were patrolled for AIS compliance.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on commercial operations, boating, fishing, and ATVing activity. VanThuyne also is investigating a possible WMA violation and made an arrest with CO Jeremy Henke that started with a TIP complaint.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) continued focusing enforcement efforts on fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Enforcement action this week ranged from license violations and littering to providing a false name to a police officer and lending/borrowing a license.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working anglers, recreational boaters, and canoers on the Root River. Violations encountered were no PFDs, no registration, and failing to display valid registration. Time also was spent assisting local police in locating a stolen canoe.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week on both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Heyn also did case follow-up on boating while intoxicated cases from the July 4 weekend.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sportfishing and boat and water safety enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a valid license in possession, failing to have adequate personal flotation devices, and littering.
CO Phil George (Rochester) checked watercraft operators, ATV operators, and anglers.