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Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 26, 2018

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Violations for the week included possessing filleted fish on the ice and possession of over-limits of walleyes and sauger.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling and snowmobiling enforcement. CO Benjamin, along with CO Prachar and the sheriff’s office, responded to a TIP call on Lake of the Woods that resulted in an arrest and the seizure of illegal fillets, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports time was spent completing an applicant background investigation, attending the division annual meeting/training, and recruitment of ATV and snowmobile safety instructors.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) hosted a detail with several other COs on Upper Red Lake. The officers checked a group of anglers and found them to be using more than the allowed number of lines. The following day the same group of anglers was checked again and was again found to be using extra lines. Enforcement action was taken during both contacts.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting the Perham Police Department with a minor traffic accident that was blocking the road. No one was injured. CO Vinton also assisted a motorist with a flat tire.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week checking ice fishing and snowmobiling activity. He also investigated TIP calls and worked an ice-fishing detail with neighboring officers.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) watched as a 45-inch sturgeon was caught on a jigging rod after a 50-minute battle. Complaints about gravel and sand poured on a public access and ice was investigated.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time at Camp Ripley and checked ice fishing-related activities. CO Richards also spent time looking for trapping activity.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) monitored ice-fishing activity on area lakes. Additional time was spent training at Camp Ripley. CO Osborne also issued several minnow-transport permits.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports heavy fishing pressure on area lakes as warm weather took over. Several cases were made this week, resulting in citations for angling with extra lines and expired registration on ATVs. A vehicle went through the ice on Lobster Lake this week, reminding everyone that ice is never 100 percent safe.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts were concentrated on checking fishermen, ATV operators, and coyote hunters. Additional time was spent investigating litter complaints and following up on deer season complaints. CO Baumbarger also attended training at Camp Ripley and set up safety classes.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and snowmobilers. Snowmobile trails are in relatively poor shape after recent warm weather. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Several calls were taken regarding injured deer, deer feeding, truck use on a snowmobile trail, wolf depredation, and ATV use in a closed area. Enforcement action was taken for using a motor vehicle on a snowmobile trail, angling without a license, and unregistered snowmobiles.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports primary activities included angling, snowmobiling, and trapping. Enforcement action was taken for registration and license issues.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) reports warmer weather and a good trail base made for many snowmobilers enjoying the lakes and trails this week. Fishing activity has been moderate, with a decent morning bite.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) reports slush conditions have gotten bad in some areas. Several people called about snowmobile trail conditions.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers, snowmobilers, and ATVers, and attended training at Camp Ripley. A vintage snowmobile run was worked, with more than 100 sledders attending the ride. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession, angling with more than one line on a designated trout lake, disposing bait into state waters, operating an ATV on a GIA snowmobile trail, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, and several snowmobile violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual awards and training events at Camp Ripley. CO Frericks located several tip-ups on a lake with no one around. After following tracks back to a nearby cabin, he learned that the tip-ups belonged to some friends of the cabin owner. CO Frericks later met up with the two inexperienced anglers who told him they thought it would be OK to leave their tip-ups on the lake while they went to Gilbert to eat. The anglers were advised of the reason for the law and issued a citation.

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile activity in area has picked up with warmer weather. Ice-fishing activity on Rainy Lake has also picked up.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he attended a work detail on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods. Violations included angling with an extra line, taking fish with an unattended line, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) patrolled snowmobile trails, which are getting thin due to light snowfall and warm weather. The officer attended the annual awards and safety training at Camp Ripley, responded to a report of a road-kill moose, and issued a permit for a road-kill deer.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked trout anglers, worked snowmobile enforcement, finished up a formal complaint for violations resulting from a big-game search warrant, and attended training at Camp Ripley. Slush is appearing all over now, with some trout lakes having nearly a foot of slush in heavily fished areas.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and snowmobilers. A presentation was given to the wildlife biology class at the Cook County High School.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers on numerous lakes. He also patrolled area snowmobile trails for recreational riders and investigated a trespass complaint.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked snowmobiling and fishing enforcement. He also dealt with wildlife-related calls. Wild animals may not be picked up unless permitted to do so by a conservation officer or other agent of the state.

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked angling and snowmobiling activity this past week. She also attended division training.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked trout anglers in the area with multiple individuals having success and even multiple limits coming off of some area trout lakes.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked details on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods with local officers. Enforcement action was taken for various angling violations.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) attended training and checked anglers this week. Anglers were out in force with the warmer weather and found success. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) spent much of the week working ice anglers in the area. Snowmobile trails are in need of snow, and nuisance-animal complaints were handled.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended the division safety training and awards conference at Camp Ripley. CO Duncan also worked several lakes for winter fishing activity, where many people were checked and several ice shelters also were checked for identification and licenses.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked ice-angling activity on area lakes and worked snowmobiling enforcement.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) taught a snowmobile law class to area law enforcement officers and patrolled area trails. Because of recent warm weather, trails are now in poor condition. Assistance was given to the State Patrol for a vehicle that was found to have gone off of the highway. Assistance also was given to the sheriff’s office after a report of a dirt bike accident. Activities were shut down in this area when it was found to be an organized event that did not have proper permits.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended division training at Camp Ripley and reports snowmobile traffic around the Duluth area is starting to increase.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers. Shore casters are having some luck, but ice anglers are seeing less ice each day. I

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for angling activity. CO McGowan also attended division training at Camp Ripley. Numerous angling and snowmobiling violations were detected throughout the week.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, fishing without a license, unattended lines, no shelter licenses, possession of marijuana, and expired snowmobile registration.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) attended division training at Camp Ripley. CO Guida also patrolled for angling and snowmobiling violations. Expired registration violations were addressed on snowmobiles.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports numerous enforcement contacts were made for violations that included no fishing license or trout stamps, possession of live minnows on designated trout waters, unattended lines, and possession of alcohol in a state recreational area.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking trout fishermen. Most were having some luck in catching a few trout. Lots of outdoor and park law-related questions were fielded. The CO attended the division’s winter in-service at Camp Ripley, and a fishing-related TIP violation call also was taken. Snowmobile activity was monitored, and a call about a vehicle stuck in the middle of a snowmobile trail was investigated. Assistance was given to local agencies with several calls for service, as well as a call about an injured swan. The swan was captured and brought to the Garrison vet clinic.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) contacted snowmobilers and anglers this past week. Increased activity on area lakes was observed due to warmer weather. One angler started fishing with two angling lines in front of CO Sullivan, and an angling license check indicated the subject did not have an angling license.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked fishing enforcement this past week. Violations observed were no license and extra lines. Reports of fish house damage and burglaries on Gull Lake were investigated. The CO also checked skiers in the Pillsbury forest. Complaints of unlicensed anglers and deer feeding were reported and investigated.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked ice-angling activity. Warmer weather made it easier to drive ATV’ on the ice. That’s where issues arose with a lack of registration, training, and helmets. CO Verkuilen also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail at Lake of the Woods with several officers. The officer fielded phone calls regarding Lake Mille Lacs fishing regulations. Enforcement action was taking for angling without a license, angling with extra lines, and possession of marijuana.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled area lakes for anglers and trails for snowmobiling activity. While patrolling one lake on snowmobile, she came upon a portable ice shelter with two anglers inside. The door was open and she immediately smelled the odor of marijuana. After the CO explained the citations for possession of paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana, one of the anglers said, “Wow, you just came out of nowhere on that thing,” even though it was broad daylight on a wide-open lake.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) attended division training and answered calls about license possession issues. A snowmobile safety class was conducted.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked anglers on area lakes. While checking one portable fish house on a local lake and after announcing, “Conservation officer, I’d like to check fishing licenses,” CO Grundmeier heard the “kerplunk” of items being dropped into the water. Upon the CO entering the shelter, two anglers denied any wrongdoing. They changed their mind after CO Grundmeier pointed out the two fishing poles that could be seen at the bottom of the lake through the clear, 6-foot-deep water. Further questioning determined the anglers thought they were on designated trout waters, where only one fishing line was allowed, and they didn’t want to get cited for using extra lines. The two then worked on fishing their rods back out of the lake after being informed they were not on designated trout waters and that using two lines was legal.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishermen on Lake Mille Lacs and area lakes. With warmer weather comes ice heaves, so use caution and travel during daylight hours and stick to ice roads. Snowmobile trails are still in need of more snow. Conditions still remain rough.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) finished an investigation of a person doing taxidermy work without a license. The CO also issued a wetland restoration order in which a landowner went too far with digging ditches with his backhoe. TIP calls were handled about litter by fish houses, a person seen fishing every day for three weeks, and a landowner feeding deer in the CWD deer-feeding ban area.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, snowmobilers, and ATVers. Time also was spent attending division training at Camp Ripley. TIP calls were investigated. CO Thesing worked with neighboring officers focusing on snowmobiling and angling activity.

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking fishermen. Enforcement action was taken for no snowmobile registration, no ATV registration, license violations, unattended lines, and an illegal-length pike. CO Bertram also spoke at the Staples/Motley area youth snowmobile safety class.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) attended training at Camp Ripley. CO Krauel also assisted DNR Wildlife staff with the report of an injured deer, and also spent time handling injured-wildlife calls and questions about fish limits and coyote hunting.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers on various lakes. Ice conditions remain good and stable.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on a case related to the past deer season. Training was attended this week at Camp Ripley.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers, ATVers, and snowmobilers. Animal-related complaints were received and car/deer permits were issued. Follow-up was done on big-game cases.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week patrolling snowmobile trails, checking fishermen, and following up on complaints. CO Grewe also attended training at Camp Ripley and continued training with K9 Shelby.

CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) educated several drivers on area lakes about reckless driving on the ice. Drivers were traveling at high rates of speed near ice shelters and people on the ice.

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) primarily focused on ice-fishing activity in his station. Training was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) turned in a background investigation packet. A complaint was received about someone camping in a WMA in Scott County.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) attended training at Camp Ripley. Time also was spent on area lakes, working ATV, snowmobile, and angling enforcement.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked ATVing and fishing activities on the metro-area lakes. He also attended an annual award and training event at Camp Ripley and took a phone call from Colorado game and fish officer regarding a deer case.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) checked ice anglers this past week. An extremely frequent violation continues to be no license in possession, significantly increasing the amount of time it takes to finish a routine check.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers throughout the area. He also assisted neighboring officers with investigations and responded to TIP calls.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) spent the weekend on area lakes. The officer encountered many families on the ice on Saturday, and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports an ice-fishing enforcement detail was worked on Big Stone Lake with conservation officers from South Dakota. Angling violations were encountered.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports a fishing tournament was worked on Wood Lake with a great turnout thanks in part to temperatures in the mid-40s.

CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) reports an enforcement detail was worked on Upper Red Lake during the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unattended lines, possessing dressed fish on a special-regulation lake, and possession of marijuana.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that complaints about coyote hunters chasing coyotes across pastures were received from livestock farmers.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on big-game and commercial investigations. Time also was spent on deer-hunting complaints and ice-fishing complaints, and issuing deer possession tags.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) talked to a snowmobile safety class in Watkins about the rules and regulations for snowmobiling. CO Klehr also worked with RTO Mueller, checking anglers at night. Many violations were encountered, from no license in possession to extra lines, underage drinking, and drug possession.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received two calls requesting information on fish identification.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports deer-hunting investigations continue to be ongoing.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked ice anglers and shelters. A couple aeration systems are up and running, and inspections were completed.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked trappers, anglers, and small-game hunters this past week. Anglers continue to take advantage of the good ice conditions and are finding success on many lakes. Many trappers were found picking up trap sets in anticipation of the snowfall.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) attended division training at Camp Ripley. CO Henke also worked an enforcement detail on Upper Red Lake. Numerous violations were encountered.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports another vehicle went through the ice on Lake Washington in Le Sueur County this week.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports some predator hunters were contacted with enforcement issues discovered.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports assistance was given to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office with placing “Thin Ice” signs in an area where two vehicles broken through.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports checking taxidermists and game farms this week. He continues to investigate a deer case from the fall involving multiple deer taken at night by multiple people.

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