Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – July 29th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked angling, and boat and water safety during the week.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) spent time at Camp Ripley assisting with EVOC training. ATV and AIS activity was worked.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) worked three overlimit cases on a special-regulation lake. A nuisance beaver permit was issued.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) gave assistance to the Bemidji Police Department in locating a missing 9-year-old. Enforcement action for the week was taken for an overlimit of sunfish, angling with extra lines, angling with no license in possession, and no trout stamp.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending several days this week at Camp Ripley, assisting with training and instruction for the CO academy. A site inspection involving a past wetland violation case was done.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) received TIP calls about various possible violations ranging from altering the bottom of a lake and pulling wild rice without a permit to fishing violations.
CO William Landmark (Moorhead) spent time at the Perley firearms safety class, where the law and ethics portion of the class was taught to students. Calls from the public were regarding an injured hawk and a car-killed deer.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ATV trails for activity, and a complaint about ATV use in a waterfowl production area was investigated.
CO Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and boaters, and assisted with academy training.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) observed a young boy paddling a kayak without moving anywhere. As the officer approached, she observed the boy trying to pull his grandfather and the grandfather’s kayak out of the bulrushes. The officer then positioned her patrol boat so the grandfather could grab onto the boat and get to shallower water. CO Plautz then helped the grandfather into his kayak, and a handshake was extended to CO Plautz for her assistance.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked an AIS work check station in the Alexandria area, and complaints about a car-hit eagle and ATVers operating on the Central Lakes Trail were handled.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVers and OHMers. Several complaints about floating bogs on area lakes were handled.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) ran into several instances of recreational tubers on the Long Prairie River littering with beer cans and possessing illegal substances. Several citations were issued after violators learned they’d been observed by CO Lawler.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) assisted CO Nelson work the TIP trailer at the Grant County Fair. Complaints were received and investigated regarding juveniles operating dirt bikes in a careless manner in the western part of Stevens County.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) worked with a DNR aquatic plant management specialist on Grove Lake, where quite a few lakeshore owners were found to be in violation of weedroller and lake bed excavation laws.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) followed up on two trespass cases, assisted local authorities with storm damage issues, and worked AIS details.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) investigated a complaint about someone throwing logs and vegetation into Leech Lake. Many forest roads and some public water accesses in the area were blocked by downed trees after recent strong storms. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent time assisting residents and the sheriff’s department with cleanup and road access issues after storms went through the area. Many forest roads and most ATV trails are still closed.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted local law enforcement with welfare checks and medical emergencies. CO Broughten also fielded calls regarding injured animals and nuisance beavers.
CO Colleen Adam (rec specialist) spent time checking for storm damage. Check the DNR website for OHV trail closures and maintenance issues.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boating activities on Rainy Lake continue to make up most of the workload. Most of the severe weather missed the borderland area.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports area forest roads continue to be monitored, as do public access sites. Equipment work is ongoing. Beaver problems continue.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and boaters this past week. CO Velsvaag also helped out with storm damage issues and took several calls related to the storm.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports that while off-duty he observed an individual who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. The suspect got in a vehicle and started to drive. The officer followed until a Breitung Police Department officer could stop the vehicle. The officer assisted in the stop, and it led to the suspect’s arrest for DUI (controlled substance), a warrant, and felony controlled substance. The officer also responded to a call about an eagle with a broken wing. The eagle was transported to Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center, but it did not survive.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, ATVers, and a state park during the week. A trespass complaint along with wildlife complaints were handled.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at an advanced hunter education class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and spent time on a follow-up investigation regarding an ATV fleeing case.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) instructed at the CO academy on small- and big-game laws and night hunting. A bad storm brought many trees down, and portages in the BWCA will take a while to get cleared. Roadkill deer-related complaints were handled. Enforcement action was taken for an unregistered canoe.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) handled badger and bear problems in the area.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports extreme thunderstorms again hit the Ely area, causing several injuries and fatalities in the BWCAW. Thanks to the efforts of the Morse Fall Lake Fire Department, the St. Louis County rescue squad, the U.S. Forest Service, and Canadian Quetico Park staff, rescuers were able to evacuate the victims quickly in spite the terrible blowdown conditions.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) assisted with storm damage patrols in the area after severe weather downed several power lines and trees. Area ATV trails were patrolled, and enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and illegally operating in closed areas.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) had a busy bear week, as three people reported bears breaking into cabins and homes to look for food. One of these bears had to be shot after making frequent consecutive nightly attempts to get inside. The bear was seized and gifted to a family for food.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked remote lakes and the BWCAW this week. Time also was spent checking anglers and boating activity. CO Schottenbauer also dealt with a beaver problem.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) patrolled area ATV trails, checked anglers and boaters, enforced AIS regulations, attended a meeting in Grand Rapids, and worked ongoing cases.
CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. Violations included failing to drain water-related equipment, transporting aquatic macrophytes, fish overlimits, angling with extra lines, illegal ATV operation by a juvenile, and an ATV on the roadway. He also assisted the county in tracking an individual.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) responded to K9-assist calls from other law enforcement agencies.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took action for angling without a license and operating an unregistered ATV.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) attended a district meeting and checked a commercial facility during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports spending the majority of the week assisting at the CO academy with emergency vehicle operation and game week training. COs Fairbanks, Hansen, and Van Asch assisted the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office with an individual who fled on foot.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports returning phone calls, following up on ongoing issues, and working fishing enforcement on local lakes and streams.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted several agencies in the area with the search for a suspect who fled after being involved in a shooting. The subject was taken into custody after several hours of searching. Enforcement contacts were made with several ATV riders after they were found operating in the Nemadji Forest. The forest is closed due to storm damage.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted local law enforcement with various issues that were the result of a widespread storm that hit the Duluth area.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked the Foothills State Forest for damage from the recent storms, patrolled area ATV trails, and checked boaters and anglers.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) assisted with training activities with the new conservation officer cadets at Camp Ripley.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) made some ATVer contacts. One common violation observed was adults operating Class 2 ATVs with passengers under 18 without DOT-approved helmets. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters, and ATVers. CO Hunter received a call about an injured eagle and worked with the Raptor Center to capture and rehabilitate the bird.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports one young couple from Illinois told the officer they were married the day they arrived in Minnesota and were fishing with a husband/wife license. They said the marriage took place at the convenience store when they purchased the license.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) patrolled the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, Crow Wing State Forest, and area lakes, with enforcement contacts made for boating registration and equipment violations, and transporting zebra mussels.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked with Cass County Deputy Travis Collette with the capture of an alligator. The alligator was found in the wild on Hardy Lake near Brainerd. The reptile was captured and brought to the Safari North Wildlife Park south of Brainerd.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports water levels in the area are still high, which has caused bears to move around.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) assisted at the CO Academy with game enforcement week during which new conservation officers learned about enforcement techniques. Time was spent patrolling area lakes, along with Lake Mille Lacs, where boaters and fishermen were enjoying the nice July weather.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted Pine County with a domestic disturbance and Carlton County with a felony assault case.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time instructing game law enforcement during the last week of the CO academy. A firearms safety class was held in the area, and 21 kids successfully obtained their firearms safety certificates.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Department and State Patrol with several weekend calls including a reported shooting and an intoxicated driver in St. Croix State Park. The CO also assisted in locating a driver who was reported to be weaving on I-35 through a construction zone.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) gave assistance to a stranded boater having lower unit problems on Mille Lacs. Time also was spent investigating discarded deer carcasses from last season that were mistaken for a possible poaching case. It was discovered by a dog and dog’s owner who didn’t not know what a leash law was or what “no trespassing” signs are.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) observed many people out kayaking. CO Krauel would like to remind kayakers and paddleboarders that it is necessary to have a wearable life jacket on board when paddling.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) continued to field calls about an uncatchable, injured loon on Rice Lake. Other calls were related to turtle traps and car-killed deer.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling, watercraft, and OHV activities. A WCA restoration order was served.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week. CO Mies gave a law talk at the Kimball firearms safety class, checked boaters, and worked on a litter complaint.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted with the CO academy, teaching big-game enforcement. Help was given to the Albany ATV class for their riding day. Enforcement action for the week included no permit for removal of lake weeds, no PFD, no fire extinguisher, and no angling license in possession.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Several animal-related complaints were handled.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a boat that was sunk in Lake Julia for two weeks, Charges are pending. CO Sladek also responded to a shooting complaint in the Sand Dunes State Forest. He was assisted by Sherburne County deputies. They located the target shooters and will be issuing summonses for careless discharge of a firearm.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Wetland violations were located and investigated. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) took several calls about baby animals such as abandoned fawns. A trespass call was investigated.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) fielded several nuisance-bear calls.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent some time at Camp Ripley with the K9 program.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) patrolled the Luce Line State Trail where she came upon two juveniles riding small motorcycles on the trail. They thought they were allowed to operate on the horse trail and were riding from one friend’s house to another. Enforcement action was taken for a resident using the Luce Line to transport brush to a city dumping area.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) attended the Prior Lake Safety Camp and brought several youngsters on a boat ride around Prior Lake.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boat enforcement with a neighboring officer at Lake Waconia and responded to animal-related complaints in the Bloomington station.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) followed up on a report of zebra mussels being transported.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) responded to TIP calls, and spent time checking anglers and boaters, and patrolling the wildlife management areas. Enforcement action was taken for removing aquatic vegetation without a permit and target shooting in a wildlife management area.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) responded to calls and followed up with a TIP complaint.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) assisted with training at the ongoing academy at Camp Ripley and attended court for a BWI case.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) worked ATV activity and shore anglers throughout the area.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) spoke at the Sacred Heart firearms safety class.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports a busy weekend with Franklin Catfish Derby Days. A 41-pound flathead catfish took first place in the derby. With the assistance of CO Mueller, officers also rescued a boat with four individuals stranded on the Minnesota River. The boat was reported to have been completely submerged and the operators were somehow able to get it floating again. Once they realized the motor wouldn’t start, they called for help. Officers safely towed the boat back to the landing.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) provided assistance to Montevideo Police Department and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a search warrant.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked Franklin’s Catfish Derby during the weekend on the Minnesota River with the heat being a big topic of conversation. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, extra lines, no navigational lights, and license violations.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) gave assistance at the CO academy during the final full week of instruction.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) received calls from the public regarding concerns about wild animals in the area.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time with an injured bald eagle, and handled a deer-related complaint, beaver damage questions, and commercial minnow dealer inspections.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time at Camp Ripley helping out at the academy. Over the weekend CO Klehr was on the St. Croix River by Stillwater working the no-wake zone through the construction area.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) along with CO Dirks responded to stranded group on the Minnesota River downstream from Franklin.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports working a very hot Franklin Catfish Derby this past week. One group of anglers decided to make a “cool tub” to beat the heat and lined a pickup bed with a tarp and filled it with water. The tub later was occupied by a large flathead catfish, but that did not stop it from being used as intended.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) answered questions regarding animal concerns.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) made contact with three particular anglers from South Dakota who informed the officer they were able to fish all 50 states since they had purchased only a South Dakota angling license. The officer informed the anglers of the Minnesota angling laws. He also informed them that they might want to purchase valid South Dakota angling licenses as theirs all expired in 2014. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) assisted the Martin County Sheriff’s Office with enforcement of a slow/no-wake ordinance set forth on all county bodies of water.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled area public accesses, monitoring AIS compliance.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) spent time monitoring public access sites for AIS violations.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) followed up on public waters violations.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reminds anglers to clean up after themselves and remove all garbage and fishing line from the shore when they leave.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. AIS activity was monitored on local lakes and rivers.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week on the big river where fishing pressure was down a little with the high water.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) responded to a watercraft incident at the Ponderosa access on Lake Zumbro.
CO Phil George (Rochester) assisted with a watercraft accident investigation. Enforcement action was taken for various watercraft-related issues.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) did follow-up work on cases, performed equipment maintenance, and spoke to a firearms safety class in Millville.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) investigated complaints related to trapping and burning, and checked waters and wetlands.