District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. The bite has been slow to fair. Assistance was given in Warroad at a snowmobile safety class.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the Grygla youth snowmobile safety class and responded to a call about an incidentally snared eagle.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing on angling and snowmobiling enforcement this past week. Enforcement action was taken on a walleye overlimit case.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers on area lakes, along with ATV operators. Time also was spent meeting with a county attorney to discuss a pending big-game case.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) conducted aeration inspections and commercial taxidermy inspections and assisted the county and state patrol with a couple of vehicle crashes.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) handled calls about a wolf sighting in a city, wildlife possession permits, and unregistered fur.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring angling, ATVing, and snowmobiling activity in the Pelican Rapids station. Calls from the public included a report about an individual possibly removing a beaver dam, and angler harassment.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time working angling activity, as well as snowmobilers and ATVers. A road-killed wolf was reported and picked up by the officer and brought to DNR Wildlife staff. It generated quite a bit of attention, as it’s rare to see one in the area, especially one hit by a vehicle.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) spent the week checking angling and recreational vehicle activity. Time also was spent working special-regulation lakes. CO Holt also investigated a TIP complaint and assisted local law enforcement with an issue.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice-angling activity and ATV/snowmobile operation. Complaints have been received about possible illegal coyote-hunting activity in the area.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity. CO Broughten worked angling enforcement details on Leech Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent the week working on fishing and snowmobiling enforcement. The vacant Walker and Park Rapids stations were worked, and enforcement action was taken for no shelter tags, snowmobile registration issues, and multiple citations for drug possession.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports recent cold weather has kept most people inside. However, with warmer weather during the weekend more people ventured outside.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports improving ice conditions and a reprieve from the frigid weather. Snowmobile riding, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing activity saw an increase this week. CO Slatinski assisted other officers with the execution of search warrants and evidence collection. He also assisted with freeing a vehicle stuck as a result of slush on Rainy Lake.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) assisted with ongoing investigations and reports. She checked ice-fishing and trapping activity.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked snowmobilers and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag also followed up on a snaring complaint.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked angling activity. Otters and bobcats were registered. A considerable amount of time was spent working with other COs on search warrants in the Hibbing station, related to a trapping case that covered a wide swath of the Arrowhead of Minnesota.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking anglers on area lakes and snowmobilers on area trails. CO Frericks also assisted other COs in serving a search warrant. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted other officers with the execution of search warrants and assisted with a trapping case. Fishermen on local trout lakes were checked.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) traveled into the BWCAW for work details. He and other COs encountered a 100-percent violation rate for the fishing parties contacted one particular day.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) and other officers checked anglers during the opening of the winter trout season. Cold weather usually doesn’t have that much of an effect on the opener outside the BWCAW, but add that to Vikings mania, and many anglers decided to sit it out. Only one father who was fishing with kids was checked by CO Fagerman. When the CO mentioned the man didn’t need a license because of Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, the man stated that he never heard of it and wanted to show his license anyway.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of deer cases, trapping cases. A search warrant was executed for deer-hunting violations, with overlimits of deer being the primary violation.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a frigid trout opener with other officers in the Grand Marais station. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and possessing live minnows on designated trout lake.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers on area lakes. He also checked trappers and snowmobilers who braved the cold. CO Patten worked ongoing cases, handled injured-wildlife complaints, and issued car-kill deer permits.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked snowmobiling and fishing enforcement. Violations included failing to display snowmobile registration, unregistered snowmobiles, failing to transfer ownership, and unattended lines.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked angling activity this week. She also worked snowmobilers, took a call about an accidentally trapped wolf, and followed up with deer season registration issues.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked the trout opener. Enforcement action was taken for not having an angling license and having an unregistered snowmobile. Information was presented at a youth firearms safety class. Follow-up from firearms deer season is still being done.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) spent much of the week following up on a trespass complaint related to snowmobile trails. CO Schmidt also worked a detail on the Gunflint Trail for opening weekend of trout season.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the first part of the week working fishing and snowmobiling enforcement around the Duluth area. CO Duncan also assisted with a fishing enforcement detail along the Gunflint Trail during the winter trout-fishing opener.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked snowmobiling and fishing activity in the area. No violations were found.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a U.S. Coast Guard meeting of the partners working in and around the Duluth-Superior harbor. Opening trout season was worked along the Gunflint Trail.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers and inland trout anglers during the trout opener weekend. Mixed success was found by anglers braving a cold wind. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobiling and angling violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued follow-up on cases from this fall’s deer season. CO McGowan also spent time patrolling for snowmobiling and fishing activity.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled for angling and snowmobiling violations. A complaint about a snowmobiler operating on a grant-in-aid ski trail was investigated. Assistance also was given to the Division of Wildlife on the fur registration of legally harvested bobcats and otters.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week focused on the winter trout season opener on the mine pit lakes in and around the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area. Officers checked numerous anglers who were having good luck catching trout despite double-digit sub-zero temperatures. Enforcement contacts included no trout stamp, licenses and stamps not in possession, extra lines, and failing to display shelter licenses. Other activity included assisting local police in tracking a snowmobiler who operated illegally on a grant-in-aid cross-country ski trail in a careless and reckless manner. The snowmobiler was operating near skiers, taunting skiers and coaches, and damaging the trail, while about 100 kids from the school ski team were having practice there.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. Violations observed were no license in possession and no fish house licenses. Ice pressure ridges continue to grow on area lakes. The CO also worked on complaints about careless snowmobilers trespassing onto agricultural land.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers on Mille Lacs Lake and found mixed angling reports. The inconsistent weather seems to have the fish confused.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked snowmobilers and ice anglers. She also received questions about youth safety classes in the area, collector snowmobile registration, and youth snowmobile operation. CO Speldrich also spent time completing a background investigation.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked the trout opener and found quite a few anglers out despite the 27-below-zero temperature on opening morning.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls this week about injured deer, car-hit deer, and questions about ATV operation. He spent time checking anglers and followed up on a complaint about motor vehicles being operated in closed areas.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a vehicle left in an area state forest for several months. The owner was contacted, and arrangements were made to have it removed.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) took calls about crappies dumped near a person’s fish house, deer carcasses dumped in a road ditch, and vehicles being driven too close to fish houses. A call about new construction of a permanent deer stand on an area wildlife management area was handled. CO Kuske talked to a hunter from last deer season who shot a deer in a hunter choice permit area and then shot a second deer illegally in another hunter choice permit area. The second deer that was shot ended up costing the shooter more than he’d planned on.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, ATVing activity, and snowmobilers. Time was spent doing aeration inspections on lakes and following up on deer-season cases. A case was investigated in which a man with no license trapped an otter. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked ice fishing and snowmobiling activity. Time was spent working on the Whitefish Chain and Lake of Woods.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, snowmobilers/ATVers, and trappers, and assisted with furbearer registration. CO Londgren continued work on a background investigation, took complaints about litter, and blocking the road right of way.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on a deer overlimit investigation, with enforcement action taken. A presentation was given at a snowmobile safety class in Rockford. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling with extra lines, no fish house license, and possession of marijuana.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent the week checking ice anglers. Additional time was spent conducting a taxidermy inspection. CO Seamans recovered an unattended tip-up from Eagle Lake. If it was yours, and you would like it back, please call the DNR Info Center at 1-888-646-6367 or the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093. A complaint about someone spreading manure on an area lake also was investigated. The manure turned out to be a large amount of swan droppings.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) finished up work on a background investigation. CO Fogarty also spent time checking angling licenses on area lakes.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) assisted the local sheriff’s office with two different incidents in which ATV riders had partially broken through the ice while trying to cross pressure ridges on Lake Minnetonka.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports assistance was given to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic violence call that ended up in the arrest of a person with a felony warrant. While checking fish houses, CO Birdsall discovered a group of underage anglers consuming alcoholic beverages. Enforcement action was taken. Hours later, CO Birdsall returned to the house to return property that had been left in his squad, only to find the anglers again in possession of alcoholic beverages that a recently arrived angler had brought along. That resulted in further enforcement action.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports checking anglers, trappers, snowmobilers, and ATV users. He also spent time investigating a big-game violation and responding to TIP calls.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week checking ice anglers and snowmobiling activity. He also responded to TIP complaints and worked a shift at the boat show. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing and no license in possession.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports that during the weekend, several anglers complained about motor vehicles being driven recklessly on the ice near fish houses at night.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working angling activity and continuing to follow up on investigations.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked anglers and fielded questions about hunting the Lac qui Parle refuge. Several fish houses were found parked on public landings, with enforcement action taken. Several litter investigations are under way, as garbage is starting to show up on the ice.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) assisted the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office in finding where a vehicle went through the ice on Lake Washington. Lots of people have been making comments to CO Klehr that with the low temps all the ice is good and they can drive anywhere on the lakes. However, this was a good reminder that no ice is ever 100 percent safe. All the occupants in the vehicle made it out of the vehicle safely.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a deer-related investigation resulted in enforcement action being taken for an overlimit of deer, numerous lend/borrow violations, and transportation of illegally taken deer. Multiple deer and hunting equipment were seized as a result of the investigation.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) checked activity relating to fishing and ATV operation. He also completed his radio program.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers, fishing shelters, and ATVers. Ice conditions have improved.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling his station for fishing, ATV, and snowmobiling activity. Additional time was spent checking small-game, trapping, and predator-hunting activity. Issues with litter discarded on area lakes continues to be addressed.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) completed aeration inspections and answered numerous calls from the public.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers and small-game hunters during the week.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking area ice anglers. Station aeration inspections also were completed. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking deer hunters during the DPA 603 late deer hunt. Success was limited, as the frigid weather made hunting tough. Coyote hunters have been out and having success.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working ice fishermen on the backwaters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Fishing has been hit or miss. Coyote hunters were also out, and some success was observed.