Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — June 2, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water safety, and angling enforcement. Poor weather slowed activities during the Memorial Day weekend.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week on and around Lake of the Woods. CO Prachar worked angling activity, as well as boat and water safety. Enforcement action was taken for insufficient PFDs, possession of walleyes within the protected slot, and no device to make an audible sound on board a boat.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATV and AIS enforcement, and angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the week and the Memorial Day holiday. Time also was spent investigating TIP information of possible walleye overlimits and taking fish by unlawful methods, and completing an investigation from the past trapping season.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports a call about a nuisance bear that would not leave a campground and was stealing people’s snacks was addressed.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending most of this week checking anglers and watercraft operators. Many contacts were made throughout the holiday weekend.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters. He also handled a wolf depredation complaint and answered questions regarding commercial minnow harvest.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked angling and boating activity throughout the week. A TIP complaint was worked regarding a possible walleye overlimit.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked a day on Leech Lake with a neighboring officer and took a nuisance-bear complaint.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and watercraft for safety equipment and AIS compliance. CO Vinton also contacted a group of anglers seining in infested waters. He informed them that they are not allowed to net minnows in infested waters.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time investigating a complaint about multiple leech-trapping violations. Complaints about spearing fish and not utilizing them, a goose with fishing line on its legs, a possible abandoned baby owl, and misuse of a public access were received.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports calls from the public included reports about bears and eagles taking domestic ducks. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer with a public waters violation.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports many resident and nonresident anglers were active during Memorial Day weekend.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked area lakes for illegal transport of invasive species, handled a dead bald eagle, and helped a family launch a large boat at a shallow access. A trespasser discovered on a trail camera has been identified, and enforcement action has been taken. Wetland complaints were investigated.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATVs. CO Osborne also completed investigations on deer taken out of season.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports that complaints were received and investigated regarding potential aquatic vegetation, public waters, and AIS violations.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports complaints were received and investigated regarding fish overlimits on area lakes. COs Anderson and Baumbarger worked on a complaint of taking Canada geese out of season.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked a detail in a vacant neighboring station and spent time on the lakes and on the trails. Enforcement action was taken for numerous watercraft violations, angling license issues, and ATV-related violations.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports a fishing TIP was investigated on Cass Lake. Three separate wetland complaints were investigated.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) observed a high amount of recreational activity. Several ATV accidents were reported in the area, which included people being airlifted to hospitals. CO Broughten continues to get reports about bears in the area. Bears are native to the area. Seeing a bear doesn’t mean the bear intends to cause you harm.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked holiday weekend boaters and fishermen. Bear and beaver complaints keep coming in. Contacts were made for no PFDs, expired watercraft registration, and fishing without a license in possession.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports a busy Memorial Day weekend. Enforcement action for the week included walleye overlimit cases, extra lines, unattended lines, transporting filleted walleyes while on the water, boat registration issues, and no angling license.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) took calls about nuisance bears, fishing violations, and AIS concerns. CO Adam also responded to questions regarding license, registration, and regulation issues.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) focused most of the week on angling and boating enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, illegal transportation of fish, boat plug violations, no watercraft registration, and personal flotation device violations. The officer took a report about a bear attacking a dog. The dog was not severely injured. The officer also investigated a wetland violation.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, and invasive species and state park enforcement. The officer returned a deer fawn to its mother after it decided to hide near the front door of a Chisholm elementary school.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) has started taking nuisance-bear calls from the Virginia area. Homeowners are reminded to remove all food sources. CO Frericks also assisted a neighboring officer in investigating a case in which a landowner dug a large pond and filled in a large portion of a wetland.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he assisted the St. Louis County rescue squad with an emergency call in the BWCAW. A solo hiker had become disoriented and was lost on the trail. CO Williams and rescue squad members hiked nearly 10 miles through the night to locate the hiker, who was not prepared to spend a night outside.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers, canoers, and watercraft operators during the week. The officer also assisted with a domestic disturbance.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) patrolled forest roads and inland lakes. The officer checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Lack of safety equipment on boats continues to be the most frequent violation encountered.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity. Time also was spent checking area roads and accesses for AIS compliance.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. The officer also investigated complaints, and enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing, boating, and invasive species enforcement efforts during the holiday weekend. The CO received several calls about reported orphaned fawns that were not orphaned.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) helped with a firearms safety class in Northome, assisted other agencies with several calls, checked anglers and boaters, enforced AIS laws, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, and responded to a call about an aggressive bear that wouldn’t leave a residence.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked ATV activity, boating, AIS, and sportfishing. He also patrolled state park areas and state forests, answered questions, and took complaints regarding various wildlife issues, including bears, orphaned eagles and fawns, and checked public water accesses.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHVing activity, attended K9 training, and responded to K9 requests. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si assisted a police department in locating a stabbing suspect at a residence, and assisted a neighboring county sheriff’s office in locating evidence thrown from a vehicle during a pursuit.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) worked on follow-up from a fire investigation this past week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked angling, boating, ATVing, and AIS activities. The holiday weekend brought many anglers, boaters, and ATVers to area lakes and trails, despite periodic rain and hail showers.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) worked area lakes and rivers for angling activity. Lakes were busy, and most anglers were reporting quality fishing. ATV complaint areas also were worked, and a trespassing complaint was investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes. CO Duncan also assisted the local sheriff’s department with a variety of calls.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a nuisance-beaver permit was issued for beavers that were damaging trees on private property. Several contacts were made for ATV violations. Some anglers fishing from shore were surprised when the officer showed up to check their angling licenses while they were smoking marijuana. Drugs and paraphernalia were seized, and citations issued for possession of paraphernalia and angling without a license. K9 assistance was given to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office involving a high-speed pursuit.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior in the Duluth-to-Two Harbors area. CO Olson also worked an area AIS detail and fielded multiple questions on the new carbon dioxide detector law for motorboats.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked many anglers and ATVers during the week and weekend. TIP calls about fishing in a closed area and possible illegal excavation in a lake were investigated. The officer also assisted a neighboring officer with the laws presentation portion of an ATV safety class and responded to a call from an aquatic invasive inspector at a boat landing where a boater refused to talk to the inspector and proceeded to launch the boat after requests to stop.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement during the week. A dredging complaint is being investigated.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATVers. CO Hunter observed a man walking in the ditch, bleeding from his head. The party had gone off the road with his ATV and crashed. The ATV ended up upside down after sheering off a large pine tree.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week included responding to issues of nuisance bears and beavers, stolen beaver traps, miscellaneous issues with young wildlife, and wolf depredation on cattle.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled Foothills State Forest for ATV activity and sportfishing activity. CO Sullivan also patrolled the Gull Lake chain. CO Sullivan made contact with a group of individuals operating their motorboat recklessly. All subjects aboard the motorboat were under the age of 21 and consuming alcohol. Enforcement action was taken for minor consumption.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports assisting with the Governor’s Bass Opener during the holiday weekend.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked boat and water activity, AIS enforcement, and anglers. CO Speldrich also worked ATVers and OHMers, finding several equipment violations, no registration, OHMers operating on a public road, and no safety certificates. Several wildlife-related calls were taken. One included a fawn brought into a yard by a family dog. The deer was unharmed. The dog owner was advised to put the fawn back in the area where it likely came from and tie up the dog. Another call was from a young man who thought he was doing the right thing when he located a fledgling great horned owl while kayaking on a local river. He brought the owl back to town in the kayak and turned it over to CO Speldrich. Needless to say, the young kayaker took another trip up and down the river to return the owl to where it was found. Officer Speldrich also assisted the county with a search warrant in which many marijuana plants were seized.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) took calls about beaver-related issues, stranded boaters, and possible trespassing issues. A feral hog was reported in a neighboring station to the south.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports a lot of patrol time was spent dealing with a high volume of ATVing activity and numerous ATV-related complaints. One ATVer was dealt with after speeding around a blind corner, in the middle of the road, and almost colliding with CO Grundmeier’s squad. The operator commented that he chose a poor time to see what his new ATV “could do.” Later the same day, while the CO approached two adult anglers who were fishing from shore and drinking beer at a remote state forest area lake, the two anglers tossed their beer cans in the lake. They said they panicked because they thought it was illegal to drink beer in the state forest. They were informed having a beer was OK, but throwing garbage into the lake was a bit of a problem.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring angling and boating activity in the station. Time also was spent patrolling area access sites and monitoring watercraft for AIS violations. CO Silgjord found that an area angler was not only fishing without a license, but also had several felony warrants. The angler was arrested without incident.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls about a road-kill bear, road-kill bobcat, a nuisance hognose snake, and wolf depredation of a calf. She’s also investigating a garbage dumping that was found on a minimum maintenance road. One boater who received a citation didn’t understand why he was getting a ticket, even though he had four boating violations total. Another boater didn’t think kids under 10 years old needed to wear life jackets in the boat if they knew how to swim.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent the week checking anglers and working ATV-related complaints. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana, no life jackets on a watercraft, no angling license, and no registration.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Violations were found for fishing without a license and unattended lines.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) completed his organized K9 training this week with his K9 partner, Shelby. CO Grewe also patrolled fishermen and monitored boating activity over the weekend.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) had a busy and productive week following up on TIP complaints, zebra mussel inspector checks, and a variety of other calls. CO Leuthardt also spent time checking anglers and boaters at various lakes in Scott County.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling State Park for vehicle permits, trails closed (due to flooding on Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers), and dogs off leashes. He took enforcement action for no angling license, angling with extra lines, and failure to remove the drain plug on a watercraft.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) continued investigating several wetland and public waters complaints. Time also was spent checking boating and angling activity on area lakes and rivers.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) reports three boaters were given a lift back to their vehicle after they tipped their canoe in 61-degree water. All of them were wearing their life jackets.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling and boating enforcement on area lakes and rivers. He also spent time on AIS enforcement.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) reports Dakota County officials were assisted with an explosion on a 36-foot boat on the Mississippi River. The boat was a total loss, but nobody was hurt.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent a busy holiday weekend working boating enforcement throughout the area. He also responded to calls regarding a boat explosion while fueling, a capsized vessel, and a medical incident on the Mississippi River.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement. The law and ethics portion of a firearm safety class was taught in Ivanhoe.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time checking boaters, anglers, and ATVers, and monitoring activity at Upper Sioux State Park.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) focused activity on boating safety and ATV enforcement during the holiday weekend. Enforcement action included boating safety violations, ATV registration violations, angling without a license, and failure to obtain a burning permit.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking anglers and working AIS enforcement. CO Klehr also checked anglers and found a few anglers without fishing licenses.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) talked with an individual who had the most detailed fishing records the officer has ever seen. The individual had records going back more than a decade and including every northern pike he had speared, including length, weight, whether the fish was male or female, and the corresponding weather for that day.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports turkey hunters were checked as the final season winds down. The success rates have begun to drop.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and AIS activity this week. The officer also assisted local law enforcement in the search for stranded kayakers. They were found unharmed.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused primarily on AIS and boating activity this week. CO VanThuyne also assisted local agencies on several calls and encountered youth violations on ATVs.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) found several people transporting boats with plugs in. CO Henke reports one boat had been on Leech Lake (infested water) a day earlier and was transporting several inches of water in the livewell.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. CO Ihnen also checked late-season turkey hunters.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports a busy weekend on lakes and rivers. Several contacts were made where personal flotation devices were not on board.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) cited two individuals for fishing without a license after they both admitted that they knew they needed a license to fish. CO Hill observed the same two anglers fishing again at a different location roughly an hour after the first contact. When asked, the anglers stated that they still did not buy fishing licenses because they didn’t think the DNR took that law very seriously. The anglers were subsequently cited again.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) continues to see flood-stage water levels on the Mississippi River. Boaters should be alert for no wake/wash areas of the river during flood-stage water conditions.
CO Phil George (Rochester) assisted the State Patrol with a person who fled from a traffic stop. The CO also assisted Olmsted County with a kayaker who overturned his craft on the Zumbro River.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports that while he checked ATVers in a state forest, a fisherman walked by while smoking marijuana.