Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – August 12, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATV/OHM/ORV activity, AIS enforcement, and boating and angling activity on special-regulation lakes. Time also was spent working an ongoing littering problem.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) attended the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators tactical operator course in Superior, Wis. Time also was spent patrolling the Beltrami Island State Forest in response to reports about logging equipment being vandalized.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports working ATV and aquatic invasive species enforcement. The officer attended NASBLA training in Superior, Wis.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a National Night Out event in Ada with other law enforcement personnel. Time also was spent assisting with the Crookston firearms safety range day. Anglers, watercraft operators, and ATV operators were checked.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) concentrated on angling, off-road vehicles, and AIS efforts. He also attended a sportsmen’s club meeting and answered many questions about fall hunting seasons.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated a TIP that a wolf was possibly shot in the Perham area. Evidence was collected and interviews of witnesses and suspects were conducted. Enforcement action was taken. CO Vinton and CO Greg Oldakowski were patrolling on ATVs in the Huntersville State Forest when CO Oldakowski received a call from the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office about an OHM crash on an OHM trail. COs Vinton and Oldakowski responded and were first on the scene. CO Vinton waited for rescue personnel at the trail head while CO Oldakowski followed another rider to the victim and began first aid. CO Vinton then transported EMS to the victim and assisted with first aid. The victim was then loaded onto a backboard and CO Vinton transported him to the waiting ambulance.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on angling and boating activity. The CO also investigated possible public waters and aquatic vegetation violations.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports a commercial minnow investigation was worked, as was a complaint about a weed roller being operated without a permit.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports speaking about laws and ethics at the Underwood firearms safety class. Richards and CO Plautz spoke with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association Woodie campers at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) assisted with Woodie Camp, speaking to more than 35 youth on waterfowl rules and regulations.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports two adults were observed canoeing on the Long Prairie River while consuming alcohol. After one subject finished a beer, CO Lawler watched him throw the can into the cattails. As CO Lawler approached them to talk about the littering, one man tried to step out, causing the canoe to completely tip over. It was only waist-deep water, but a good reminder that drinking and boating don’t mix. A citation for littering was issued after both regained their footing.
CO Steven Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing and AIS enforcement. Additional time was spent conducting wildlife roadside surveys.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and monitoring AIS compliance.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) began fielding questions regarding bear hunting and deer hunting. Anglers and watercraft were checked.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) assisted in an investigation regarding the shooting of a wolf. Assistance was provided to local law enforcement regarding heavy damage due to a storm. Several pontoons on a lake were flipped over.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) attended a tactical watercraft operation course that was hosted by the Wisconsin DNR in Superior, Wis. CO Sullivan also fielded a report about a bear that had entered a cabin on the north side of Leech Lake and was looking out the picture window in the living room. The cabin owner stated the bear came in through a screen door. The cabin owner’s wife opened up the front door and attempted to call the bear out the front door but the bear remembered his entry point and left through the screen door.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers on Vermilion this past week. Boating activity was up with the nice weather.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) patrolled area lakes for fishing and watercraft safety. Time also was spent working ATV patrol and early bear baiters.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) continued field training a COC and worked angling, boating, and recreational vehicle enforcement during the week. The officers were the first on the scene of an injured-person motorcycle crash near Chisholm. An angler thought he could pull one over on the officers by claiming he had a fishing license at home, but proceeded to go to shore to buy a license about 20 minutes after he was checked. He failed to take into account that license sales are date- and time-stamped. Enforcement action was taken.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports another busy recreational boating week. Although many anglers were checked, they were outnumbered by canoes and kayaks.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) did an extended BWCAW patrol with a DNR volunteer. The officer was observing a canoe from a distance when a male got out on a small rock island and posed for pictures being taken by a female who was in the canoe. A stiff breeze caught the canoe, and the obviously inexperienced canoeist was unable to return to the rock, causing a tense moment for those involved. The officer and the volunteer quickly paddled over and pulled the canoe back to the rock, much to the couple’s relief.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and boating activity during the week. Nuisance bear-related calls continue in the area, and the best practice is to remove bear attractants like pet food and trash containers. Fishing success on Lake Superior was better this week.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked boat and water safety, and responded with his K9 partner Si to assist the county in locating multiple suspects who fled into the woods.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) spent the majority of the week attending a boat operator class. Several calls about nuisance animals were fielded and handled.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling and boating activity during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, transporting an invasive aquatic species on the highway, and not having enough life-saving devices on a watercraft.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) spent much of the week working water-related complaints regarding shoreline construction. ATV complaint areas were worked, and time was spent in the Nemadji forest. Nuisance animal-related complaints were handled, and an injured fisher was delivered to Wildwoods rehab center.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) focused on AIS and fishing enforcement, on Lake Superior and in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Bear-related complaints within the city limits were checked.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and COC Tim Maass checked boaters and anglers around Grand Marais. A firearms safety presentation was given in Silver Bay, and assistance given at a boating enforcement class in the St. Louis Harbor.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) dealt with nuisance beaver problems, a complaint about a dog chasing deer, checked anglers and boaters, and answered many questions at the DNR booth at the county fair.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATVers, boaters, and fishermen. CO Hunter also received a call about ATVers on a non-motorized bike trail. CO Hunter responded to a motor vehicle accident in which a party had been ejected from the vehicle.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports working on fishing enforcement this past week. He also assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Office with storm damage assessment and traffic-related issues.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) conducted equipment maintenance. Invasive species checks were conducted with parties traveling to area lakes at public water accesses.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen and boaters on area lakes. The public is reminded there are several lakes still under the “no-wake” restriction in Aitkin County. A call regarding a dead owl and calls regarding boating violations were fielded throughout the week and weekend.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) dealt with several issues regarding people leaving campers and other items unattended in a state forest.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports callers expressed their frustration with black bears tearing up gardens and flower beds, harassing chickens and damaging doors and windows.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) reminds Pine County residents that a Pine County ordinance was passed allowing ATVers to operate on the shoulders of county roads.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) encountered a number of people illegally digging (using shovels and trowels) at Blanchard Dam, and a popular public access in the area continues to have problems with users unable to read the signs that say no parking and no alcohol consumption.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) took a call of two girls, 7 and 10 years old, who were stranded at a gas station because their ATV wouldn’t start. The mom of one of the girls had allowed them to go there to buy candy. The ATV lacked registration. The mother said she got the ATV, which turned out to be stolen, from her brother. Multiple charges and further investigation are pending.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) arrested an individual after finding out the individual had multiple warrants for her arrest, was in possession of a controlled substance, and had given CO Krauel the name of another person to hide her arrest warrants.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) aided a boater on an area lake. His motor had stalled. Although he had a paddle, the wind was too strong and was blowing away from the public access. Most of the lake is undeveloped. He appreciated the tow to the access.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) attended training on Lake Superior. Several calls were fielded regarding the upcoming waterfowl, bear, and deer-hunting seasons.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) witnessed black smoke in the distance and upon further investigation found that the violator threw his ink printer into the fire. Enforcement action was taken.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent the week following up on phone calls regarding hydraulic jets on Lake Minnetonka, a wounded goose, a loon caught in fishing net, and zebra mussel violations.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and following up on shoreline complaints. CO Grewe also spoke at a firearms safety class and did some equipment maintenance.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports doing site inspections regarding wetland violations and public water violations.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling, boat and water safety, and AIS enforcement. He spoke at two firearms safety classes on hunting laws and CO duties and responsibilities.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) received a TIP call about a snapping turtle that was found caught on someone’s discarded fishing line in the water. The turtle was released from the line and swam away. A substantial amount of litter has been seen on the lake shores, and in the water.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. CO Miska and members of the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Ortonville Police Department visited with residents of Ortonville during the National Night Out community-police event.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ATV, boating, fishing, AIS, and state park enforcement. With the recent release of the new hunting and waterfowl regulations, most of the questions during the week dealt with the waterfowl opener and doe permit numbers.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) conducted roadside wildlife counts for the Wildlife Division during the week. More ATVs are being spotted out and about now that people can drive in the ditches again.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) presented the laws and ethics portion to an ATV class in St. James. Assistance was given to a separate DNR division in a public waters investigation. A group of anglers were checked and the CO discovered them to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on trespassing complaints. He also attended court and checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports responding to a call about raw sewage in Beaver Lake. Approximately 5,000 gallons were released into the lake. The investigation is ongoing, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is in the process of cleanup.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked an ATV safety class hosted by the Rice County Sheriff’s Department
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for boat/water safety and sportfishing enforcement.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) assisted officers on the Root River in the Lanesboro area with extra patrol for littering. He also helped the Wildlife Division with duck work and tended to several nuisance animal calls.