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Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – July 14, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled the Roseau River, Lake Bronson, and Lake of the Woods for angling and boating activity. Enforcement contacts included possessing illegal-length walleyes and no license in possession. Enforcement action also was taken when a boater put the registration for one boat on a different boat.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked the 4th of July holiday on Lake of the Woods with CO Benjamin. Violations included boating registration violations and overlimits of walleyes. The State Patrol was assisted on a traffic stop in which a runaway juvenile was found and the driver was arrested for driving after cancellation.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing enforcement on ATVing, angling, and AIS this past week. Several anglers were checked on Upper Red Lake as well as other area lakes.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a lake association meeting this week. Time also was spent working on various lakes and rivers in the Crookston station. Numerous watercraft violations were encountered.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht also worked boating enforcement during the annual Jaycees Fireworks display on Lake Bemidji. A TIP complaint was investigated regarding an overlimit of sunfish. Assistance was provided to the sheriff’s office regarding an individual suffering from alcohol poisoning on an area lake.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling, boat and water safety, and minnow trapping. CO Holt also assisted a neighboring officer with a TIP complaint and continued working on an ongoing investigation.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) had contact with several groups of anglers on an area lake who were fishing in costume during an informal family reunion fishing tournament.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked boating safety over the holiday. One boater was arrested for DWI. CO Peterson also responded to boaters harassing loons, checked anglers, and one lakeshore owner using outboard motors to clear mud from the lake bottom. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked boating and angling activity. She also assisted with fireworks security on Little Detroit Lake for the Detroit Lakes 4th of July display. A complaint about weed harvester equipment leaking fuel was investigated.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATVing, angling, AIS, and boat and water safety in the Moorhead and Pelican Lake stations. In one incident, the officer approached two anglers on a pontoon boat and upon recognizing the officer, they immediately set their rods down. The anglers initially said they were only parked there to go for a swim, but eventually they admitted to angling without licenses. The anglers also were operating a pontoon with expired registration, no adult life jackets, and no Type IV throwable.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to receive multiple bear sightings and complaints. CO Plautz checked boaters and fishermen, and AIS enforcement was worked as well. A complaint about multiple dead birds was handled and turned over to DNR non-game folks.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, and ATVers, and monitored AIS compliance. A call was received on Sunday afternoon about a great blue heron stuck in a stringer that a person left on shore. The caller asked the CO to come and remove the stringer from the heron so he could shore fish. CO Osborne responded, removed the stringer, and the heron flew away.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria), while working near the Long Prairie River, observed a group of adults smoking marijuana while floating. He stopped the group at the next bridge but before coming to shore, a suspect dumped the illegal items into the river and denied ever smoking. As a deputy sheriff arrived, and knowing the items were there, CO Lawler entered the river and after a few minutes of searching found the illegal items on the river bottom. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports a potential turkey-hunting violation was followed up on, and assistance was provided to local law enforcement agencies with calls for service.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing, boat and water safety, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Time also was spent assisting a neighboring officer with an ATV safety class in Fergus Falls.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent assisting the Glenwood Police Department with a search warrant and taking calls about nuisance animals.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked aquatic invasive species enforcement, wetland and shoreline violations, and addressed complaints in a vacant neighboring station.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the 4th of July week on the water. Contacts were made for failure to display boat registration, no observer while skiing, and no fishing license. CO Halverson has been called about two different loons with fishing lures stuck to them. Make sure to attend to your lines and watch for aggressive loons while casting. Loons will attack spinnerbaits.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) responded to calls from the public regarding fish limits and fish slot restrictions, camping complaints, and dock issues. CO Adam assisted Voyager National Park staff with a floating bog that was blocking navigation.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports public access sites were monitored. Complaints regarding camping and littering at public access sites were dealt with.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and boaters this past week. CO Velsvaag also worked some AIS enforcement and took several questions on wildlife-related matters.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked boaters, anglers, and ATVers, and issued a wetland cease and desist order. A number of littering complaints – with photographs of the culprits in action – were worked.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Marth Stage (Ely) worked fishing and boating enforcement in the Ely area and found fishing to be relatively good for a lot of fishermen.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) gave out lots of awards to kids under 18 who were wearing their life jackets in boats. One woman in a kayak, however, was not impressed with the officer offering an award to her children that contained processed sugar. After the CO got a brief scolding, he went on his way. He was able to get back on track with his day as the kids in the very next boat were more than happy to take their award from Dairy Queen.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) took a report of angler harassment on an area trout stream. Landowners are reminded that they may not restrict anglers or others using state waters they have lawfully accessed.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports assistance was provided at an injury crash on Hwy. 135 and to Babbitt police with a search warrant.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) checked an angler coming off Lake Superior, but the angler didn’t want to show the officer his fish. CO Schottenbauer asked why not, and the angler said he was afraid he would be forced to tell the CO where he caught it – his secret spot. CO Schottenbauer insisted, and the angler produced a large eelpout. CO Schottenbauer chose not to press the man regarding his secret spot.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

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 about various wildlife issues.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, handled nuisance-animal complaints, worked boat and water safety, investigated fish overlimit TIPs, and assisted county officers with a motor vehicle accident. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si assisted in locating evidence thrown from a vehicle during a pursuit.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked area angler. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, failing to have enough life jackets, and failing to have a throwable PFD on a watercraft.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Nick Prachar (Brookston) spent time working boating and ATVing activity during the holiday week. Enforcement action was taken for alcohol violations and safety considerations.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working boating and fishing enforcement. Several boating violations were encountered, and enforcement action was taken. CO Duncan also continued follow-up on possible public waters rule violations.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted the State Patrol with a car accident on I-35 near Cloquet, where one person went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Assistance also was given to the local police department in searching for a woman who was reportedly breaking windows out of cars that were parked on a street. The woman was not located, but another person in the area was found to have an outstanding warrant and was arrested. A complaint of a wetland violation in which some fill was reportedly put into a wetland without a permit is under investigation.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week on the water both on Lake Superior and inland lakes north of Duluth. Compliance with AIS requirements have improved as a result of extra enforcement focus as of late.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports the owner of one unregistered boat blamed the violation first on the body shop that repaired the boat, then on her insurance agent, and then on her son. After being confronted with the fact that the boat was still registered to an address at which she no longer lives, she continued to look for other places to place the responsibility. Enforcement action was taken.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) monitored boating and angling activity, worked with a lake association on a permit to remove a beaver dam causing high water on a lake, and spent time at area accesses monitoring AIS issues. Assistance was given to Crow Wing County’s boat and water patrol in tracking down a pontoon full of intoxicated individuals who were reported to have nearly run over a child in the water.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to miscellaneous nuisance-wildlife issues, and issued cease and desist orders on a major illegal shoreline alteration. Enforcement contacts were made for no fishing license, failing to remove drain plugs, state recreational area use violations, and miscellaneous boating equipment operation and registration violations.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports complaints about ATVers in ditches and doing damage were investigated. He also worked on AIS prevention on Gull Lake and the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports staying busy on the water, checking boaters and anglers as well as working area ATV trails. She also received information about someone dumping trash at a state campground.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked ATV activity around Spider Lake and fishing and boating safety on area lakes. One angler stated that he did not think he needed a fishing license to fish from his dock.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) took questions at the Aitkin County Fair and worked outdoor summer recreational activities. One of five infants encountered on watercraft were wearing life jackets. Security was worked for the Gov. Mark Dayton’s fishing event on Lake Mille Lacs.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports angling and watercraft safety patrols were conducted on area lakes. Assistance was given to various law enforcement agencies with a vehicle crash and a burglary.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working fishing and boating activity throughout the week and weekend. ATVing activity was monitored. Assistance was given at a fishing event on Lake Mille Lacs and a nuisance-bear complaint was taken.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) reports complaints were taken regarding ATVers speeding through towns and operating on the Munger bike trail. CO Speldrich observed two OHMers operating on the roadway, which is not allowed. The lead rider decided to do a “wheelie” in front of a crowded gas station parking lot. One of the people watching in the parking lot was CO Speldrich. A traffic stop was made. Nuisance raccoons were reported at a local campground, hanging around on the beach and getting too close to people. When the caller was advised that a nuisance trapper could be hired, the person decided hanging signs to deter campers from feeding the critters was a better solution.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) reports checking anglers and boaters in the Pine City area. He assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Department with several calls during the week. Those calls included a search warrant, traffic stops, and a perimeter for a foot pursuit.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) reports a waters complaint was investigated, along with an vegetation-cutting violation on area waters.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports that while working boat and water enforcement on the Mississippi River, she encountered a dad on a water bike with his 8-year-old daughter standing and hanging on, neither wearing a life jacket. The dad didn’t understand why they needed life jackets as they both knew how to swim.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) reports that a TIP call regarding wanton waste was received after a community member located a pile of dead sunfish near Chisago Lake. The fish were not filleted and were wasted. The violator was tracked down and cited for wanton waste. In addition to the fine, the violator was charged restitution for the fish. The violator stated he didn’t know what to do with the fish after he caught them.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) had several calls about possible shoreline violations and wetland fill violations that will require follow-up investigation.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a wetland complaint in Otsego, with charges pending. He also assisted the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office on a fireworks show on Briggs Lake.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) assisted a neighboring officer with a complaint at Orchard Lake in Lakeville and took a complaint regarding a turkey in Eden Prairie.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week on Lake Minnetonka during the busy 4th of July holiday. CO Grewe responded to medical calls on the lake and also assisted Hennepin County Water Patrol with an intoxicated party who ran from them.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked boating and water safety enforcement on area lakes and rivers during the 4th of July weekend and holiday. He continued to check watercraft for aquatic invasive species.

CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) saw a male ride away from the shore on a PWC without a life jacket on, then pull up to a motorized inflatable boat with three juveniles on board. The male operator took a PFD from this boat then went for a ride around the lake. When he returned to shore, the CO found that the PFD he took had left the kids in the boat short one – and he wasn’t wearing it properly. Enforcement action was taken.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, angling, and boating activity during the week. Angling violations were encountered.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) continues to check for AIS violations around Lac qui Parle Lake and the Minnesota River. Angling without a license was the main violation observed. Litter enforcement continues on shore anglers who leave their trash.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) focused on boat and water safety and OHV enforcement. Enforcement action included OHM registration violations and no fishing license in possession.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on goose depredation complaints. He also checked anglers and boaters during a busy holiday week.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) continued work with AIS violations and talking with local lakeshore owners about boat decontamination.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) is working with DNR Fisheries staff regarding reports of a fish kill on a local lake.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) assisted in the search for a missing special needs 10-year-old. The child was located unharmed.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) responded to a TIP call of an angler using two lines. The angler was located, issued a citation for the violation, and northern pike were seized and returned to the water.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) assisted CO VanThuyne and area law enforcement with security during a fireworks display on Independence Day.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) assisted a Winona County deputy with a complaint of a dazed person pacing in a driveway. The person had parked his car in the middle of the roadway and said he was impaired by illegal drugs he had taken. While sitting in the police car, the person requested to speak with CO Hemker. The person wanted to tell CO Hemker about illegal deer-hunting activities he had been involved with.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) assisted the state patrol with a motorcycle crash in Brownsville. After assisting the State Patrol, CO Fogarty witnessed a vehicle’s passenger throw a beer can out the window. CO Fogarty stopped the vehicle, and, along with citing the passenger for littering, the driver was arrested for DWI.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports a St. Croix River bridge detail was worked and assistance was given to the Minnesota State Patrol with a suspect who fled the scene of a traffic stop. A call was handled at Frontenac State Park where a hiker and her dog had become stuck on a steep bluff area. With the help of park staff and the Lake City Fire Department, the hiker and her dog were pulled to safety.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports a parent was issued a citation for knowingly allowing his juvenile to angle with two lines. A subject was cited for fishing with three lines. The officer cited the same angler last July. The offense? Fishing with five lines.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a boat and water detail with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office. Numerous contacts were made and compliance was high. Violations encountered were no PFD, unregistered watercraft, and failure to display valid registration. Time also was spent checking anglers. Cases were made for an overlimit of trout and no fishing license. Citations were issued for unregistered ATVs and illegal ATV operation.

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