Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 28, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked AIS, ATV, fire, boat and water safety, and angling enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for the open burning of garbage, burning of prohibited materials, operating an ATV with passengers under the age of 18 without helmets/seatbelts, taking fish without a license, and illegally taking fish during the spring fish run.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended training to be a field sobriety instructor and assisted with the range day at the Warren firearms safety training.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working spring trapping activity, spring fish run activity, and angling activity on special-regulation lakes.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing time on AIS, ATV, and angling enforcement. CO Quittschreiber also checked sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and watercraft operators. Time also was spent checking various fires in the area, as well as commercial leech-trapping activity.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked spring fish run activity and checked anglers attempting to catch suckers. Complaints about individuals keeping walleyes were taken and investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and investigating TIP calls about possible fish overlimits and anglers attempting to catch fish during the closed season. CO Vinton also assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office with the apprehension of a wanted person who fled from deputies. The suspect was arrested without incident during a search of a wooded area.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity. AIS compliance also was worked. The public is reminded to remove plugs from boats while in transport and to drain livewells. CO Warren attended and answered questions at a jobs and career fair for Detroit Lakes High School students.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring the Pelican and Moorhead station for angling, AIS, and boat and water safety violations. A calf depredation was investigated and numerous wildlife-related calls were answered. The officer encountered numerous boat and water safety violations as well as registration violations while checking anglers.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports speaking about laws and ethics to the youth firearms safety students in Fergus Falls. CO Richards also assisted CO Chihak during the South Dakota border opener on Lake Traverse. Complaints about potential overlimits of crappies on various area lakes were taken.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) spent time working area waterways for fish run and fishing activity. CO Nelson also assisted on a work crew for the Minnesota/South Dakota border waters opener on Lake Traverse. AIS enforcement was worked, as were complaints about people keeping walleyes during the closed season.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked anglers, boaters, ATV operators, and turkey hunters.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored fishermen this week both on shore and from boats. Cases were made involving no fishing licenses, expired boat registration, and spearing/bowfishing during the closed season.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on fishing activity, ATV operation, and the border waters opener on Lake Traverse. Calls were fielded this week regarding taking fish out of season, turkey-hunting questions, and fishing license requirements.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) assisted the prosecutor in preparing for an upcoming trial and investigated two separate waters violations. Closed forest roads and ATV trails were monitored. Further investigation regarding a recent big-game case was conducted. Enforcement action was taken for placing fill in public waters without a permit.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports a complaint about people bowfishing and spearing during the closed season was investigated and led to a citation being issued and suckers seized. Complaints about a roadkill eagle, timber theft, and trapping violations were also investigated. A deer possession tag was issued.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling and ATVing activity. Cooler weather limited recreational activity this week.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) checked ATV activity and fishermen, and worked fish run activity. CO Halverson also investigated a public waters violation, and assisted deputies with an assault case and the police with a DWI.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports sturgeon-fishing activity on the Rainy River has increased, with most anglers having some success.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls) monitored the spring fish run and ongoing catch-and-release sturgeon season, fire and burning activities, trapping, and ATVing activities.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) reports river fishing has been steady, and lakeshore owners are getting watercraft secured at the docks. Remember to check all recreational vehicle registration validations.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and followed up on several littering complaints.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week dealing with netting issues on Lake Vermilion. There were a couple of severely injured deer that had to be euthanized. The officer is also investigating illegal angling in a spawning area.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked spring fishing activity, anglers, ATVers and OHMers, invasive species enforcement, and investigated a complaint about a dead deer, tribal netting on Lake Vermilion, and a birch theft complaint. He also assisted Hibbing police with a suspicious person report, and the State Patrol on an ATV DWI and a car crash in the Pengilly station.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) investigated reports about trappers dumping beaver carcasses on public land. Spring fish run activity has picked up, and numerous sucker anglers were checked along the St. Louis River.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports lots of rain throughout the week has caused high water in creeks and soggy conditions around the area. A question was posed about purchasing and releasing turkeys on private land. This is illegal, due to disease and genetic issues.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he attended a field sobriety instructor course in the metro area during the week. CO Williams also focused on boating and angling enforcement.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) kept watch over walleye spawning creeks and those fishing for walleyes while pretending to be fishing for panfish.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) completed required online training during the week. He also followed up on wildland fire cases and checked Lake Superior streams.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) helped organize ATV and hunter education classes for students and new instructors. The officer also checked steelhead anglers, Lake Superior fishermen, and ATV operators. CO Manning also began commercial inspections of minnow retailers and minnow dealers and followed up on a wetland enforcement case from last year.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the fish run and OHV enforcement, attended a meeting in Duluth, and was assigned tribal netting duties.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) assisted with a missing hiker where the party was reported late. After CO Schottenbauer arrived and got a physical description, he drove back down a hill and around a corner less than a quarter-mile away and picked up the “missing” person, who was walking on the road. The parties were reunited.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked angling activity this past week. She also followed up with illegal burning activities and took several calls regarding the selling of smelt from Pokegama Lake. There are other regulations regarding taking, possessing, selling, transporting, and the use of smelt, which can be found on the DNR website.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action on one individual for keeping walleyes while “sucker” fishing even though the walleye season doesn’t open for a few weeks. The walleyes were hidden on a stringer down the river bank. They were released and were able to continue their spawning process.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) focused on angling, boating, ATVing, and AIS enforcement throughout the area. CO Van Asch also attended boating enforcement training.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) gave presentations at both a firearms safety class and a private business safety meeting. He continued to work fish run enforcement around the area. Area rivers were monitored for illegal activity involving spawning fish.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols in the Fond du Lac State Forest, which is under continued spring road and trail closures. CO Humphrey assisted EMS with a medical situation in the state forest, assisted other officers with fish run and smelting activity on Lake Superior, and handled calls and complaints regarding wetland permitting, injured deer, nuisance beavers, turkey hunting, trapping, smelting, and burning.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a law enforcement career fair at Fond du Lac College. Off-highway vehicle activity was high in the area this past week. Enforcement action was taken for not having a safety certificate, registration, and operating on closed trails. A wildfire was investigated, and enforcement action was taken for a careless fire. K9 Schody assisted on various searches in the area. Some were for other agencies where people fled on foot, and others were just to show his handler which direction the trout anglers went on the stream so they could be checked.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked river anglers and shore casters during a week with weather that was not angler-friendly. Fish spawning activity was monitored, and smelters were checked late at night.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) attended court for a DWI case from this past winter. CO McGowan also assisted local law enforcement agencies with calls for service. Numerous spring crappie anglers were checked.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked boating, angling, fish run, ATV, and turkey-hunting activity. A TIP call about taking bass out of season was responded to and was unfounded. A turkey hunter is facing charges for taking a bird in the wrong zone. The hunter also was without a license, making it difficult to validate and affix a site tag to the bird.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) reports ATV activity increased this week due to warm weather and trails opening.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked many crappie anglers out trying their luck. He also responded to several unpermitted fires that got away from people, investigated a wetland excavation, and spent time at lake accesses talking to people about aquatic invasive species issues.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing enforcement this week. Crappie harvest has increased with warming water.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATVers and fishermen. CO Hunter also checked on a trespass complaint where fishermen were thought to be accessing the water from a road right of way.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity and their boats. CO Verkuilen also monitored the fish run, checked some turkey hunters, and answered questions from landowners finding beaver damage.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded phone calls regarding turkey hunting and AIS laws. A review of cases that have been finalized was completed. A fishing complaint on Lake Mille Lacs was investigated.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working a trapping case and also working on some commercial enforcement items. The officer also checked area lakes for fishing activity where a few fishermen were out trying for some panfish.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on a littering case. She also patrolled area rivers for anglers looking for suckers.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on illegal fires and assisted local fire departments with an advancing swamp fire. Enforcement action was taken for burning of household garbage.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found quite a bit of fishing activity as lake and river temperatures increased. While the CO monitored river anglers, an individual was caught targeting sturgeon during the closed season and was cited for the violation. Spring weather also brought out an increase in ATV activity and ATV complaints. One young ATV rider was found on a busy highway with no helmet, no license, no required safety training, and riding an ATV with no brakes and no lights. After escorting the youngster home and finding out the parents were fully aware what their child was doing, everyone received a refresher on ATV laws, and the parents received a citation for allowing the illegal operation.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle pursuit in which the suspect was successfully apprehended after he got stuck in a farm field.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked road closures and patrolled WMAs for illegal ATV use. CO Croatt checked turkey hunters and also took a call about multiple dumped deer carcasses in a county gravel pit which turned out to be dumping station for road-killed deer.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring angling and boating activity. CO Silgjord also spoke with a county attorney regarding an ongoing bear case. A couple local bowfishermen were checked coming off the water and reported limited success.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked trapping, turkey hunting, fishing, and bowfishing activity this week. The officer took calls concerning bowfishing from shore and bridges.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and turkey-hunting activity. Time also was spent helping with the upcoming firearms auction. A smelt run detail was worked on Lake Superior.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a firearms safety class in Rockford this week. The crappie bite has been going strong in the area, and several overlimit citations were issued.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a big-game investigation for the Sherburne County Attorney’s Office. He also investigated a dumping complaint in the Sand Dunes State Forest and picked up a truck load of garbage.

CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent time investigating a deer shot out of season and had the opportunity to speak to a firearms safety class.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities on the metro area lakes. He also investigated a complaint about tree harvesting in Minneapolis and a TIP complaint regarding a fishing violation at Weaver Lake in Maple Grove.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) worked with Carver County’s dive team on the recovery of a fish house that had broken through the ice on Lower Prior Lake.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) reports working angling activity, boat and water safety, ATV activity, AIS, and spring turkey hunting. Enforcement action was taken for registration violations and angling without an angling license.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling activity. CO Salzer also received several complaints about anglers taking several different species of fish out of season on different bodies of water. Citations were issued to several individuals.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week working anglers throughout the area. He also spent some time becoming a certified trainer in the seated battery of field sobriety tests.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling, AIS, and watercraft enforcement throughout the week. He also investigated a TIP complaint regarding taking fish during the closed season.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked many anglers in boats and on shore during a busy walleye opener on Big Stone Lake.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted with patrolling Big Stone Lake for the fishing opener. Overall, good compliance was noted regarding boats being pulled on roadways with the plug pulled

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports working boating, angling, and turkey-hunting activity. The officer also investigated a report of prohibited materials being burned and a trespass complaint.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked complaints about people bowfishing from shore during the closed season, with reports of them shooting northern pike and walleyes in creeks. Other anglers who were taking walleyes during the closed season were contacted, with enforcement action taken.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave presentations at two local firearms safety training classes and continued to work trespassing complaints.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports investigations were conducted regarding wetlands and public waters excavation sites.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and ATVing activity this week. Many boaters had their boats out for the first time this year and are reminded to make sure all required safety equipment is on board before going on the water.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent time working fishing enforcement this week. Many individuals were out trying their luck and having some success. CO Henke found several people targeting northern pike, which are not in season, so enforcement action was taken.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports assisting with a youth turkey hunt at Chester Woods Park near Rochester. Eleven youths participated in the hunt, with four lucky kids tagging turkeys.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week and weekend of fishing enforcement. Time also was spent checking turkey hunters and investigating some waters and waterfowl-related complaints.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports an individual was cited for operating an ATV while allowing a juvenile to not wear a helmet. The driver, who was given a verbal warning for the same violation last fall by the officer, told CO Hill that he thought it was only a “suggestion” that his 3-year-old had to wear a helmet while riding as a passenger on the ATV.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the majority of the week checking fishermen on the Mississippi River. Time also was spent checking turkey hunters as the A season closed, and the B season opened.

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