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Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 2, 2018

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and for operating an unregistered Bombardier for commercial uses.

CO Nick Prachar (Baudette) reports spotty fishing success on Lake of the Woods. Litter violations and failing to register fish houses were investigated with Lt. Znajda on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, possession of marijuana, and an overlimit of walleyes and sauger.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to two calls about injured deer, investigated swine at large, and looked into a coyote causing damage in the city of Thief River Falls. While working a detail on Lake of the Woods, it was noted through an open window that an unoccupied ice house had lines still in the water. A few minutes later, the occupants of the house returned and stated that they had gone on a short errand and had left their lines down. The short errand turned out to be a trip to the local convenience store, 22 miles away. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) spent time checking anglers and snowmobilers. Assistance was provided at a snowmobile safety class.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking anglers. Time was further spent contacting snowmobile operators on area grant-in-aid snowmobile trails and rivers. Predator hunters also were contacted.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Snowmobile trails were patrolled, and time was spent working Leech Lake with CO McGowan. A complaint about cattails being cut was taken.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week checking ice anglers and coyote hunters, and monitoring snowmobiling activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity in the Moorhead station. Anglers, especially spear fishermen, were having good luck this week. A report about an incidental fisher was taken, and the fisher was seized. The officer also assisted a neighboring officer with game violation interviews.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent the week checking anglers and snowmobilers. Snowmobile trails are in poor condition. Fish houses with no identification or shelter tags are being investigated.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVers, and snowmobilers. A trespassing complaint was received and is being investigated. Several minnow transportation permits have been issued.

CO Brian Holt (Osakis) continued to check angling and recreational vehicle activity on area lakes. CO Holt focused primarily on experimental and special-regulation lakes.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent the week on fishing and snowmobiling enforcement. CO Best also traveled to the Brainerd area to work the Jaycees Extravaganza tournament. A case is under investigation regarding an individual who operated a highway-licensed vehicle on a groomed snowmobile trail.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) reports that during an investigation of a fish overlimit, the angler also was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The angler was charged with an overlimit of northern pike and was booked into jail on his warrant. Drugs in fish houses continues to be a common occurrence when anglers are checked.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, illegal-length walleyes, possessing walleye fillets without carcasses on special-regulation lakes, and recreational vehicle violations.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports lots of snowmobiling activity on area trails. Ice fishing on Rainy Lake has been slow.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports snowmobiling activity in the area has picked up a bit. Time also was spent checking into reports of unauthorized trail use.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) saw decent weather bring a fair number of snowmobilers to the area. Fishing success has been mixed. Shelter license and identification continue to be issues.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and snowmobile trails. Snowmobiling violations were encountered and dealt with. Public access sites and area forest roads continue to be checked.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) spent the last week checking snowmobilers as trail conditions deteriorated.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers, snowmobilers, ATVers, and a fishing tournament with a large turnout. Snowmobile speed violations in excess of over 80 mph were dealt with.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) assisted officers in serving a search warrant related to trapping violations. Many area lakes were checked for anglers, but few were encountered. One snowmobiler who was riding a sled that had registration expiring in 2013 was surprised he was receiving a citation for the violation.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he and area officers attended the annual Ely Snowmobile Fun Run. Snow, wind, and lake slush made for some tough conditions.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) traveled into the BWCAW and found every party contacted that day to be in violation of some sort of fishing or litter law. But on another day, while checking a lone fish house on an Ely lake, the officer found two 15-year-old boys fishing. When the officer remarked that it was unusual and refreshing to see them doing so, one young man volunteered that he had just sold his “Xbox” to pay for the new fish locator they were using.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent a large amount of time on a trapping investigation culminating in a search warrant.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time also was spent working area snowmobile trails.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers with CO Osborne during a work detail. Complaints of an underage drinking party were handled, and a trespass complaint was investigated. An arrest was made for felony drug possession.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, patrolled area snowmobile trails, investigated a deer taken out of season, and helped with a snowmobile safety class.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked snowmobiling and fishing enforcement. He also responded to miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints and assisted local law enforcement with various calls.

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked snowmobiling activity. She also took a call regarding a dead eagle and attended a snowmobile safety class.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobiling and angling activity. Warmer weather has had a detrimental effect on the area trails. Enforcement action was taken for having an unregistered snowmobile, failing to transfer a snowmobile title, and not having an angling license in possession.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) worked anglers on area lakes and rivers and checked shore anglers along Lake Superior. Time also was spent following up on trespassing complaints, snowmobile trail issues, and nuisance/injured animals.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked several lakes for winter fishing. Several complaints were investigated.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked ice-angling activity on area lakes and worked snowmobile and OHV enforcement. CO Humphrey also assisted the sheriff’s department with a vehicle rollover incident. A report about a snared deer is under investigation.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers in the Duluth Harbor. Catches of sturgeon have been showing up during the evening bite. During the week, CO Olson also attended the United Northern Sportsmen 65th annual ice-fishing contest on Island Lake.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Training items for the upcoming academy were worked on, and wildlife-related questions were answered.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) spent time patrolling for angling and snowmobiling activity. CO McGowan also spent time patrolling on Leech Lake and at the Gull Lake fishing tournament. .

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing enforcement. Some anglers were contacted while they used extra lines, had unattended lines, littered, and illegally consumed marijuana while also in violation of a limited driver’s license. CO Guida also worked recreational vehicle alcohol enforcement on the ice with area officers during the Gull Lake Ice Fishing Extravaganza.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports working with the Minnesota Nordic Ski Association, the Brainerd High School ski team, and DNR Central Office Enforcement staff to produce an enforcement and education social media video promoting the Minnesota Ski Pass and cross country ski trails.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working trout-fishing activity. A TIP regarding illegal burning and a snowmobile complaint were fielded. Assistance was given to a local agency on a call for service, and lots of outdoor-related law questions were fielded.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports patrolling local lakes for ice anglers and snowmobiling activity. CO Ladd made several contacts with anglers, educating about the fish house license rules. She also followed up on two reports of residents feeding deer.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) focused on area lakes this past week. The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza brought another large crowd to the Brainerd lakes area.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement. He also worked on a trespass complaint by coyote hunters and addressed extra lines, no licenses, and litter violations.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked ice angler activity – fish have entered the midwinter pattern of being tough biters.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) visited the Isle Public School Early Childhood Family Education class to discuss firearms safety. The talk included how to be safe with firearms around children as well as safely storing firearms where children are. An incidental bobcat was received from a local trapper.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received complaints from anglers about litter left on the ice by other anglers. COs can and will follow up on these littering complaints when they are called in, if helpful information such as license plates, shelter IDs, names, or other information is given.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing and snowmobiling activities. A meeting with local snowmobile clubs and MNUSA was attended and plans were made for an upcoming snowmobiling event. CO Starr is investigating several cases of snowmobile owners failing to transfer ownership.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) completed some commercial inspections of area taxidermy businesses and minnow retailers. Several trespass complaints were handled that included anglers and snowmobilers crossing private property without permission.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked state forest logging permits in order to detect fuel wood theft.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring angling activity and conducting ice shelter inspections. Time also was spent working on a background investigation. A law and ethics presentation was given to a youth snowmobile safety class.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked ATVers, anglers, and snowmobilers. CO Thesing also spoke at the DNR snowmobile safety class in St. Martin. Car-kill deer permits were issued. Deer cases were investigated that dealt with trespass and illegal party hunting.

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) reports a fisherman was found to have an outstanding warrant for domestic assault. CO Bertram arrested the subject in his fish house, transported him off the lake, and turned him over to the sheriff’s department.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) worked in neighboring stations that had good snow cover for snowmobiling activity.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers, ATVers, and snowmobilers. Violations were found for extra lines and no registration.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, snowmobilers, ATVers, and trappers, and spoke at a snowmobile safety class. A complaint was taken about dogs caught in snares at state wildlife management areas.

CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent the majority of the week checking ice anglers. Additional time was spent investigating a turtle nest disturbance complaint and issuing wildlife possession permits. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with an extra line, fishing without a license, and failing to display ATV registration.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers on various lakes. Most snowmobile trails have deteriorated due to the warm weekend.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports a TIP call was received about an angler driving a Class 2 ATV down the Luce Line Trail with a fish house in tow. The party had the only Class 2 ATV and fish house on a local lake, so enforcement action was taken.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week patrolling fishermen and snowmobile trails. CO Grewe also assisted with a big-game case and spent some time at the Snowball Open on Long Lake.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) investigated a trespassing complaint involving public water access, and attended the Minnesota Trappers Association’s District 6 meeting.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobiling and fishing activities in the metro area. CO Lee assisted and talked to a group of Asian youth ice fishing on Lake Owasso.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) saw a significant increase in ATVing and snowmobiling activity. Registration issues came up during easily half of the contacts made.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (White Bear Lake) reports a busy week checking anglers and enforcing snowmobiling laws. CO Leuthardt conducted several interviews on suspects involved in a deer-hunting TIP complaint. She also worked with Ely COs Williams and Stage during the annual Ely Snowmobile Fun Run.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports spending time checking anglers and doing recreational vehicle enforcement. He also assisted a neighboring officer on a big-game investigation and assisted at a snowmobile accident with injuries.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers. CO Pril also responded to calls for a ride-along opportunities.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked angling and ATVing activity during the week. Investigations were followed up with and completed. Assistance was given in teaching a snowmobile safety class in Ortonville. Littering issues continue on local lakes.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working angling, coyote-hunting activity, and littering enforcement. CO Gutzwiller has received numerous complaints about litter in the area.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) worked coyote hunting and angling activity. Lack of snow in the area made seeing animals difficult, and the groups of coyote hunters contacted by the officer appeared to have limited success.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports assistance was given to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with a pickup that went through the ice on Lake Benton. The truck was pulling a fish house when it went through while passing over an ice heave.

CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) reports time was spent checking anglers and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines and license violations.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) received numerous reports about littering. CO Picht is recording house locations on area lakes so that enforcement action can be taken after the fact, when people leave their trash on the ice.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on commercial investigations. Time also was spent completing aeration inspections.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time with ice angling and ATVing activity. He talked with anglers about ice safety and caution around ice heaves. CO Vernier also issued a wildlife possession permit, spoke with coyote hunters, and worked area trapping.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) has picked up some fishers that were trapped in the area. A large cattail grass fire was checked on Friday as it was right along a highway and the county dispatch took multiple calls about it. The fire was determined to be a permitted fire.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked a local ice-fishing contest and investigated trapping and trespassing complaints.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement efforts on angling and snowmobiling activity. Trapping activity and coyote hunters continue to be worked because of complaints about trespass that continue to funnel in.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area, checking fishing, ATVing, and snowmobiling activity. A few lake accesses in the county are in poor condition due to warm weather and slush.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and shelters on area lakes. Snowmobiling activity was monitored, too.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent most of his time working snowmobile enforcement. Numerous registration and illegal operation violations were encountered. CO Henke also checked ice anglers.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked anglers and snowmobilers. A warm spell melted much of the snow in the area.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continued to check anglers. Snowmobiling activity was worked because of the recent snow in the region.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking fishermen, ATVers, and snowmobile operators. Additional time was spent checking predator hunters and patrolling area lakes for litter violations. CO Ihnen also continued to work ongoing wetland violations.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports ice fishing in backwater areas has picked up.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports heavy ice-fishing pressure. He investigated a trout fishing trespass complaint in which a fisherman ran from a landowner. CO Hemker also assisted the sheriff’s office in locating and arresting a person who fled on a snowmobile.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports making multiple ice-fishing contacts on area lakes. Disgruntled anglers who were checked at the beginning of the week ended up taking a few meals home as the fishing bite became tolerable in some areas. A few anglers took advantage of the better crappie bite and were found with overlimits. Enforcement action was taken. CO Hill also captured an injured eagle and helped in transporting the bird to animal rehab. He also conducted a commercial inspection of an area minnow retailer.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking coyote hunters throughout the area. Success has varied. CO Boyum also spent time on a deer case from last fall as well as a wanton waste case.

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