District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Walleye fishing continues to be good on the big lake.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water safety, and angling enforcement. CO Benjamin also investigated an incident that was reported to him by a Border Patrol officer concerning a fawn that was witnessed being chased down and killed by a dog. The dog’s owner was contacted, and the matter was handled.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked anglers and local ATV riders this past week. A district meeting was attended, and nuisance bear and beaver complaints were addressed.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working AIS, boating safety, and angling activity on special-regulation lakes throughout the week. Time also was spent handling reports about nuisance bears, issuing special beaver permits, and attending a township meeting regarding lake access issues. CO Regas assisted the aviation section with a request from the FBI and Red Lake tribal law enforcement for assistance in searching for a possible drowning victim on Upper Red Lake.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and ATV operators. He also received a complaint about a net being used at the Clearwater Lake dam to net fish. It turned out to be juvenile males who had found a piece of snow fence and decided to see what fish were caught in the spillway below the dam, then throw the fish back into the Clearwater River.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) focused on angling and AIS enforcement during the week. Time also was spent working special and experimental regulation lakes.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking in on campers at Maplewood State Park after severe storms brought damaging winds and lots of rain. The campers that CO Vinton spoke with rode out the storm with few problems. The storm caused tree and sign damage at some public accesses and flipped over boats in lifts on some area lakes. Also, an injured bear was dispatched after being hit by a car. The bear was donated to a local sportsmen’s club.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) reports possible zebra mussel violations were investigated. Follow up continued on open leeching violation cases. Calls about dead panfish on shore, illegal use of a public access, a possible injured loon, boat access maintenance issues, special-regulation lakes questions, and golf cart usage questions were received and addressed.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports commercial investigations and calf depredations were investigated.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports strong storms that passed through the area this week slowed fishing.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spoke to an Amish community firearms safety class on rules and regulations. CO Plautz also followed up on complaints and took a call about an injured bald eagle.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and boaters. Several complaints were received and investigated, including three separate complaints about people shooting geese out of season, as well as others about parties using an aqua-thruster to excavate the lake bottom, angler harassment, taking an otter out of season, grass clippings washing up on the shore of an area lake, and a dead animal that washed up on someone’s shoreline.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing, boat and water safety, and AIS enforcement. Miscellaneous wildlife-related calls were handled, and minnow transportation permits were issued.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on fishing activity, ATV enforcement, and boating activity. Unsettled weather this week reduced angling and boating activity on area lakes. CO Anderson also assisted Stevens County officials with an ATV accident and worked PWC complaints on area lakes.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports assistance was given to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office on a civil matter.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity. Poor weather limited recreational activity. CO Broughten investigated a report about a boat that washed up on another property owner’s shore and followed up weed roller violations. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement in locating a lost child.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports fishing and boating activities in full swing on area lakes. Forest roads were patrolled, and public access sites were checked.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted the county with a boat that was floating at will. It was recovered and returned to its owner. A couple of boaters refused to have their boat inspected for AIS at a landing on Lake Vermilion. They were cited for refusing to submit to inspection. The officer and the sheriff’s office deputies conducted a search for two individuals who were reported overdue. The couple were located at a remote backpacking campsite. They were fine. It turns out the day they were supposed to come out was misunderstood.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) concluded a case of a personal watercraft lift that had approximately 6,000 zebra mussels on it. The lift had been transported from an infested metro-area lake to a Hibbing-area lake property. The lift had not made it into the water. Campers were evicted and cited for not paying for 13 days of camping fees on a remote state forest campground.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports cool and rainy weather seem to have improved angler success.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) assisted the sheriff’s office with a call about someone in the BWCAW sending up flares to signal for an emergency after high winds swept through the area. CO Stage also assisted search and rescue officials with another BWCAW call regarding paddlers going through a rapids, capsizing, and losing their canoe.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) checked area anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and inland lakes. The officer also patrolled campgrounds and cleaned up trash left by irresponsible campers.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling, boating, and ATV enforcement throughout the week. One evening, while patrolling on Birch Lake, activity levels were surprisingly low, but the violation rate was 100 percent.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATVing activity during the week. With recent rains have come fresh hatches of biting mosquitoes, making fishing less enjoyable on the calm evenings.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, judged K9 trials, and assisted the county with a suspect who fled into the woods. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si were asked to locate a set of keys thrown in the woods by a fleeing suspect. K9 Si was able to find the keys in thick brush.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) worked fishing activity and responded to complaints about fishing violations. She also assisted the sheriff’s department with a recreational trespass complaint.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked anglers during the past week. Enforcement action was taken for not having enough life-saving devices aboard a watercraft and angling without a license.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Nick Prachar (Brookston) spent time on the St. Louis River checking angling activity and boating safety with CO Matt Miller. Time also was spent working ATV activity throughout the area.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working fishing and boating enforcement around Duluth. Some time was spent working ATV enforcement and following up on calls for service.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a complaint about animal carcasses being dumped on state land is being investigated. One aquatic plant violation was investigated in which a person removed lily pads without a permit. A party was stopped after found stopped in the middle of the road. He was found to be in possession of alcohol and was under the age of 21. He also had a loaded shotgun in his truck. When asked about the shotgun, he said he just left it in the truck from last fall and never took it out.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers at the Duluth-Superior harbor and Lake Superior and shore anglers were also checked on lakes north of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Unit) checked anglers and boaters for AIS compliance. A steady lake trout bite near the surface near Duluth has continued. Anglers on the St. Louis River continue to have success fishing for walleyes.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled area lakes for angling and boating violations. A couple of paddleboard operators were talked to about having current registration and also having a personal floatation device on board while operating.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) attended court for a past DWI case. CO McGowan also patrolled area lakes for angling and boating activity and followed up on several TIP complaints.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. Some of the violations he observed were no license and unattended lines. He also worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake. The CO checked campers at Rock Lake and issued warnings for uncertified wood and public urination.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) did a site inspection of a property where a bear had been in a cattle pen, resulting in the death of a cow.
CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) continues to answer calls about nuisance bears and beavers. The officer attended a court case on a case of burning prohibited materials, followed up on AIS violations received from landing inspectors, monitored ATVing activity, and investigated a call about a possible illegal dam built on a public stream.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked angling activity on Leech Lake and area ATVing activity. CO Sullivan also trained a local police department on recreational vehicle enforcement.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity. Nuisance-animal complaints were addressed, as beavers and bears are causing more problems than usual.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) took several calls regarding nuisance bears. It is recommended that if you live in bear country and they begin to show up, remove food sources in the area.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working fishermen and boaters throughout the week. The officer also ran the Laser Shot system at the Aitkin Rivers and Lakes Fair. Patrol was done for AIS enforcement, and state and county land was patrolled for ATVing activity.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received complaints about nuisance bears and one sick coyote. CO Speldrich also followed up on public waters violations and ongoing investigations.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing activities. A record muskie was rumored to have been found dead on Mille Lacs. A wolf depredation report was investigated, along with some bear concerns.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent a lot of time on area lakes that were busy with fishing and boating activity. Some boaters were found without life jackets in their boats, and an angler was caught trying to catch pike by leaving out unattended lines.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering calls about nuisance animals and following up on ATV-related complaints. He also checked anglers and boaters in the Pine City area and spent time checking areas of the Chengwatana State Forest.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. Assistance was provided at an ATV safety class.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) handled calls about injured animals, beaver complaints, and nuisance foxes. Time also was spent checking anglers and boaters.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked a complaint about dogs chasing deer, with photos of the dogs showing up on landowners’ game cameras. The dogs were located, and the dog owners were educated about keeping their dogs locked up when they are not at home. Numerous nuisance-bear complaint calls are coming in, and quite a few youth illegally operating ATVs without an adult present are being found. CO Kuske assisted the sheriff’s department with the apprehension of three individuals in possession of a stolen car. The car had been stolen in Brainerd, and the owner happened to see it drive by him in Little Falls. The owner followed the car (in another vehicle) and called the police. CO Kuske detained the driver, then located the two passengers who had fled on foot.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on a possible illegal wetlands fill and waters violation. Several calls were handled related to last weekend’s storms, which left several boats adrift in lakes and damage to boat lifts.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing, boating, and ORVing activity throughout the week. An interview about boat safety was conducted for a local TV station. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length bass on Chisago Lake, fishing without a license, and watercraft registration violation.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He also assisted with giving an individual a tour of the state scientific and natural area islands on the Mississippi River for a DNR research project.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe and K9 partner Shelby checked boats at public accesses for zebra mussels and also followed up with complaints.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) continued investigating a wetland violation. Time also was spent handling several wildlife-related complaints.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent most of her week patrolling on Lake Minnetonka. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, expired registration on a watercraft, and dredging without a permit. CO Weyandt also taught water safety at a safety camp in Brooklyn Park and attended a Hope for Kids event on Big Island.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) investigated another call about a citizen taking and keeping a raccoon for a pet. She wants to inform the public to leave baby animals alone.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) took enforcement action for state park use during closed hours, a dog off-leash while in a state park, riding on a transom, failing to display valid boat registration, no PWC decal, and no fire extinguisher.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports assistance was given to the St. Paul Police Department with a crash that CO Birdsall came upon; medical assistance was given until paramedics arrived.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers on area lakes and the Minnesota River. CO Pril also checked on a complaint about a possible weed roller permit violation.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) spent a large portion of this week on the water. Overall compliance was good. CO Willis also spoke at a boating safety class in Woodbury.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and watercraft users on area lakes. He also conducted follow-up investigations on zebra mussel violations and issued several nuisance-beaver permits. Violations for the week included insufficient PFDs, fishing without a license, no license in possession, registration issues, and jumping the wake of another watercraft within 150 feet.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling activity. CO Salzer also patrolled Washington County for boating activity and assisted with a wildlife-related call in North Branch.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and enforcing invasive species laws. Enforcement action was taken for taking snapping turtles out of season and license/registration number violations.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) assisted with multiple AIS saturations in the area. Time also was spent conducting various investigations. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, transporting aquatic macrophytes, and failing to remove a drain plug.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working boating, personal watercraft, and fishing enforcement. Personal watercraft operators are reminded to review the regulations before operating. Assistance was given with a stranded boater on the Minnesota River.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, ATVing, and boating activity during the week. Several AIS details were worked with fellow officers from the district. Many educational contacts were made, and good compliance was seen. Minnow dealer and retailer inspections were completed. CO Miska also was a featured guest on the MinnDak Outdoors radio show on KDIO Radio in Ortonville.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted in several AIS saturations on Big Stone and Lac qui Parle lakes. Public K-9 demonstrations were held at area resorts by CO Hanson and his K-9 partner Reggie to demonstrate how zebra mussels are located.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports numerous ATV violations were encountered during the week. CO Dirks also taught an ATV laws overview course for local law enforcement and attended the Wood Lake Sportsmen’s Club meeting.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) issued a permit for taking nuisance beavers, followed up on bowfishing concerns, and spent time on commercial activity.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on area lakes, checking angling activity. He continued to follow up on AIS inspector violation submissions.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked ATVers and anglers during the week and returned calls regarding nuisance beavers.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, and a TIP call also was handled.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement efforts on boating safety enforcement and sportfishing. Enforcement action was taken for fishing while game and fish privileges were revoked, PWC violations, failure to display valid boat registration, and navigation light use violations. A BWI arrest was made.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. Activity also was monitored at state wildlife management areas, state parks, and waterfowl production areas.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato ) worked areas for AIS activity. Time also was spent patrolling the Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur rivers.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports monitoring invasive species and fishing activity throughout the station. One angler was found to be catfishing with four lines, all of which were unattended. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports a call was received regarding a hen mallard and her ducklings trying to cross Hwy. 61 during a heavy traffic period. The officer, along with help from CO Kylan Hill, was able to round up the ducklings in a box and walk across Hwy. 61 with hen mallard following them. The hen and ducklings were reunited at the river’s edge.
CO Mitch Boyum, (Rushford) reports investigating a dumping complaint where bags of trash were thrown onto private property.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing and boat/water safety. Additional time was spent assisting with a trout-fishing event and handling miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints.