Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — May 12, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored ATV and OHM activity in the Roseau area. Riders are reminded to stay off the recently finished dikes of the flood diversion project.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked fire, ATV, boat/water safety, and angling enforcement. An injured American bald eagle that was recovered last week just north of Skime on County Road 9 and sent to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota has been euthanized because of its injuries. The eagle had high levels of lead in its blood, and upon further inspection it was noted that it also had sustained a shotgun wound. Information leading to the responsible party for the death of this eagle is subject to a TIP reward. If you have information that may be of use in this investigation, please call CO Benjamin at (218) 308-0798 or the TIP Line at 1-800-652-9093.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) followed up on a deer stand left on state land and spent a great amount of time working angling activity.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports a TIP call about an individual shooting from a vehicle and onto private property was investigated. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) continued training with K9 partner, Storm. Time also was spent checking anglers on the Rainy River and ATVers in the Grygla area.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked stream trout anglers, a few turkey hunters, and helped with a spring firearms qualification shoot.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked angling activity on area rivers and creeks. Complaints were taken about individuals angling in closed spawning areas.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked minnow trapping and angling activity during the week. Time also was spent working recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked commercial leech and minnow trappers and anglers, and handled a report about a person killing red-winged blackbirds for target practice.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling, boating, bowfishing, and spearing activity. Rough fish should not be left on shore or at public accesses.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) received and investigated a report of a dead swan, and it was determined that the swan died of natural causes. A report of a dead fox pup was investigated near Dunvilla, and it was found that the pup had been shot with a high-powered pellet rifle. If anyone has any information regarding the dead fox pup, please call the TIP line at (800) 652-9093.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) handled numerous nuisance-bear complaints this week. She also checked turkey hunters and fishermen, and monitored wildlife management units. A car-killed pheasant permit was issued for a taxidermy mount.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVers, OHMers, and turkey hunters. A littering complaint was investigated and a high-water complaint was received and forwarded to DNR Fisheries.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports lots of anglers were out this week. COs Lawler and Jeff Johanson taught firearms safety to hundreds of fifth-graders at the annual Safety Day Camp in Alexandria.
CO Johanson (Osakis) reports a turkey-hunting complaint was received and investigated, and follow-up was completed on a public waters case.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on public waters violations, angling, and ATVing activity. Time was spent working out a disputed dock placement between two neighbors on Pomme de Terre Lake. The CO also spoke at the Hancock firearms safety class.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling and ATVing activity. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with an ATV complaint.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) investigated three calf kills – coyotes have been to blame. CO Halverson also has been checking fishermen, and he investigated trespass on state land, fill being placed in a wetland, and ATVers destroying ditches and driveway approaches.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports several animal-related complaints were handled throughout the week, and firearms training was attended.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports time was spent monitoring a local sturgeon contest. Time was spent completing annual training and providing assistance to the National Park Service with some of its annual training.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports selling confiscated furs to a fur buyer, monitoring public access sites, meeting with DNR Forestry on road issues, and continuing to work on station watercraft.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted with a shoreline dispute this week. The officer also investigated ATVers tearing up wetlands, with enforcement action taken.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports a subject was arrested on an arrest warrant after the officer recognized the individual from a warrant list photo website. The subject gave a false name and denied being the individual with the warrant. All the officers assisting saw the arrest booking photograph and agreed he was a match. The subject was arrested on the warrant and for giving a false name, and subsequently assaulted a deputy as he was being placed in a squad car. At the jail the man was positively identified by his tattoos.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual firearms qualification and training in Hibbing.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) continues to focus on ATVing activity in the Ely area. CO Williams fielded questions from many residents about sucker harvest, and would like to remind people that spawning areas marked “closed to angling” include the practices of sucker spearing, archery, and netting.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports lots of canoes are starting to show up in town with no canoe registrations on them. Remember to get those boats registered and to load safety equipment such as PFDs and fire extinguishers.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) patrolled area forest roads and trails, checking ATV operators and road conditions.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended firearms training, worked angling enforcement, and spent time in the BWCAW. The officer received a call about a deer stuck in a fence. The deer got wrapped up in a heavy metal gate.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) assisted with instructing firearms qualification in Hibbing. Steelhead anglers were checked, nuisance-wildlife calls were handled, and watercraft was prepared for the upcoming opener.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling, boating, and invasive species enforcement during the week. Boaters are reminded to take the time to ensure all required safety equipment is ready for the open-water season. CO Murray also attended division training and fielded calls related to turkey-hunting regulations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
No report available.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued working fishing enforcement along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Several nights were spent monitoring smelting activity.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked OHVing, boating, and fire enforcement during the weekend. Numerous boat owners were out getting boats prepped and ready for next week’s fishing opener. CO Humphrey also assisted other officers with fish run and smelting activity on Lake Superior.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended annual firearms and use of force training in Hibbing. Time also was spent getting equipment ready for the 2017 fishing opener.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended division training in Hibbing, and worked North Shore tributary and shore anglers. CO Olson also fielded questions about the upcoming fishing opener.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, turkey hunters, boaters, and ATVers. Turkey hunters reported limited success. CO Hunter also received a report about a dead eagle.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, AIS, and turkey-hunting activity. Litter and nuisance-beaver calls also were handled.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) reports anglers were enjoying the nice weather and having success catching panfish. During one contact, CO Sullivan observed an angler’s rod bouncing back and forth and informed the angler something was going on with his rod. The subject grabbed his rod and a battle ensued with a nice northern pike. The fish was landed, and the release was successful.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for ATV and angling activity throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for overlimits of fish and keeping bass out of season.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing and use of force training this week.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week included investigating reports of double-tripping and overlimits of crappies, fishing on closed designated trout lakes, illegal motor vehicle operation on closed trails, and stolen DNR signs.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity as more boats, docks, and rafts are hitting the water. Problem areas were monitored as rough fish season and ATVers generated trespassing complaints. CO Verkuilen also patrolled for turkey hunters, answered fishing-opener questions, and checked burning permits as conditions intensified, including a red flag warning day this week.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking ATVing activity around the Malmo station on state and county land. Tribal harvest was monitored on Lake Mille Lacs, and AIS watercraft inspector training was attended. AIS enforcement was done around the Mille Lacs area with more boats being seen out and about.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on pending cases and handled a seized-property issue. A suicidal person was assisted in getting proper help. CO Starr also worked ATV activity and turkey-hunting activity. Boating activity was worked, with personal flotation device violations found.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent quite a bit of time patrolling area lakes. Nice weather and warming water brought out quite a few boaters in search of crappies and sunfish. Calls also started to come in from frustrated landowners who were finding their bird feeders destroyed by hungry black bears looking for an easy meal. Time was spent teaching firearms safety students about DNR laws and how to use firearms and treestands safely. Burning complaints also were taken, and citations were issued for burning prohibited materials and burning without a permits.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers and boaters in the Pine City area. He also checked trappers and local state forests, and spent time monitoring ATV complaint areas. The weekend brought some dry weather, with complaints about burning violations. COs responded to several fires where landowners had failed to get permits.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked turkey hunters during the week and weekend. Several calls were taken in reference to beavers causing damage and flooding roads. Time also was spent handling a shooting complaint, and bears damaging property.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring shore-angling spots and conducting angling inspections. Warm weather has brought panfish into the shallows on area lakes. A law and ethics presentation was provided to a youth firearms safety class. At the same class, CO Silgjord also had the privilege to present not one, but two 30-year appreciation awards to instructors at the Padua Community Center.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) helped another officer assist stranded occupants of an uncooperative watercraft. A solid waste complaint was handled.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers, turkey hunters, and bowfishermen. He also handled nuisance complaints regarding beavers and coyotes.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls about fishermen targeting bass out of season, homeowners with mattresses on their brush piles to burn, crappie overlimits, nuisance beaver complaints, and car kill deer. One angler was found at a local public access fishing without a license and illegally consuming alcohol.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He also attended a firearms safety class in Becker and presented a law talk to approximately 40 kids. The CO also followed up on a big-game case with the Sherburne County Attorney’s Office, checked on a wetland violation in Otsego, and helped coordinate the TIP trailer delivery to Monticello.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) focused patrol on angling, boating, and AIS. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, taking bass out of season, angling with extra lines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no PFD on board a watercraft.
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) followed up on reports of litter in a WMA. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling violations.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) had the opportunity to assist three novice turkey hunters. Turkey-hunting tactics and techniques were shared with the hunters. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, taking fish during a closed season, operating an ATV in a state park, and possession of marijuana.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe spent the week checking anglers, boats, and following up with complaints. CO Grewe and K9 Shelby participated in a media event in Prior Lake (see Page 6).
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) monitored the conservation officer written exam at Metro State University.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) has continued to monitor fishing activity closely as the opener approaches. Assistance was given to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office with a reported gun-pointing incident.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) investigated a trapping violation and assisted with the investigation of an illegally taken turkey.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) received information about several individuals who possessed an illegal-length, untagged sturgeon. The officer made contact with those individuals, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) reports a wetland violation is being investigated in Chaska.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling, AIS, and watercraft enforcement throughout the week. He also responded to TIP complaints of taking fish during a closed season and responded to other miscellaneous animal-related calls. The CO also assisted Lt. Lisa Kruse with a complaint about an oil spill and an unoccupied boat on the St. Croix River.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) fielded multiple calls this week and checked anglers. Minnesota and Wisconsin anglers on border waters are reminded that they need to have a resident license of the state in which they reside.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling activity. CO Salzer also investigated the illegal taking of a turkey.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers in the area. Much time was spent in the Mississippi River backwaters, where some anglers were finding a good panfish bite.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers. Eight inches of snow stopped most panfish bites.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working angling activity, boat and water safety, and AIS compliance checks. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines and failure to have a PFD on board watercraft.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) monitored ATV, fishing, turkey hunting, and boating activity throughout the week. CO Dirks also assisted with the Redwood Falls firearms safety training field day.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio interview with KLOH Radio in Pipestone. Most of the week was spent working fishing, spring turkey hunting, ATVing, invasive species, and spring fish run enforcement. Assistance was given with a firearm safety class held in Balaton.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports warmer weather has turned the fish bite on, with numerous limits of crappies observed. Assistance was given to the ATV class in Montevideo.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a litter complaint, spoke at a firearms safety class sponsored by the local Pheasants Forever chapter, and checked anglers.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked ATV activity, with enforcement action taken for multiple ATV violations. Assistance was given to the county with a possible break-in at a residence where CO Klehr was the closest responding officer. Other time during the week was spent checking anglers.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received a complaint of someone keeping a fox kit as a pet and a complaint of trapping during the closed season.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) had the pleasure of presenting the 2016 ATV Instructor of the Year Award to Jayd Soderholm, of Windom, at an ATV safety class.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended annual training in Marshall. Anglers and boaters were checked. One PWC was seen out and about on an area lake.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports guidance was given to a lakeshore owner who had questions about a rip-rap project. CO Howe also dealt with dock issues on an area lake.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the majority of the week checking fishermen and turkey hunters.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) encountered individuals targeting bass in the closed season, and individuals angling without a license.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) investigated a public waters violation and litter complaint.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking anglers on the Mississippi River. A law and ethics talk was given to the local Red Wing firearms safety class.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports the nice weather brought out numerous boats for their first trips of the year, along with several tournament fishermen.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) took a call about a dead deer which the caller believed was suspicious. Upon inspecting the deer, it was found to have died from hitting a pasture fence.
CO Boyum (Rushford) reports working trout anglers and turkey hunters. Fly fishing has been good, as numerous hatches are occurring.