Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 3, 2018

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATVing, AIS, angling, and boat and water enforcement. The Beltrami Island State Forest has an abundance of blueberries this year. Know that if you are harvesting berries on state land and intend to sell them, you must first obtain a permit to do so. 

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the ATV safety class in Warren, investigated a gray wolf depredation, and monitored ATVing and fishing activity.

CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) checked anglers and boaters on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods. Time also was spent on ATV enforcement, and follow-up was done on ATV complaints in the area.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and watercraft operators. Time also was spent following up on beaver-related complaints.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters. He also investigated a complaint about altering public waters on a local stream.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked angling and boating activity on area lakes. He also patrolled Itasca State Park and surrounding areas. He and other officers assisted county officials with a body recovery from Lake Bemidji.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports following up with AIS and APM complaints, issuing permits for car-killed deer, and continuing to field calls about bear sightings. 

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sportfishing, boat and water safety, and AIS and ATV enforcement. Time also was spent showing an assortment of tanned furs to area youth during Loco Days in Dilworth. 

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time patrolling area trails for ATVing and off-road vehicle activity. Angling and boating activity was worked. 

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Detroit Lakes) reports a busy week with both the Becker County Fair and Frazee’s annual Turkey Day celebrations. Follow up to a trespassing case was completed, and enforcement action was taken. Assistance was also given during a foot pursuit of a fleeing DUI suspect.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working ATV/OHM activity, boat and water safety, checking anglers, and following up with aquatic vegetation violations. Landmark has noticed an increase in illegal ATV and OHM activity in the past week and would like to remind operators and parents that it is their responsibility to know the rules. One pair of OHM operators was stopped while operating on a public roadway. Landmark also found that neither OHM was registered and the owner had failed to transfer ownership on both of the OHMs. Enforcement action was taken.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports checking boaters and anglers. Time also was spent preparing for upcoming firearms safety classes and answering questions about upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked anglers, boaters, ATV riders, and aqua jets. Several of the latter were observed being run on area lakes. They had been in use last year and the operators received citations. Enforcement action was taken again for using them against statute.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time investigating fishing and aquatic plant-removal complaints. Some lakeshore owners have been given some bad information lately regarding clearing emergent vegetation (bulrushes and cattails). Any emergent aquatic plant that is removed must be done so under a valid, DNR-issued permit. Otherwise, it is a violation of state law. 

CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked boat and water safety, angling, and ATVing activity. Time also was spent checking AIS compliance around area lakes. Complaints were received regarding nuisance wildlife. 

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were focused on checking anglers, boaters, and PWC operators, and monitoring AIS law compliance. Baumbarger participated in a couple of work details on Lake Minnewaska for the annual Waterama festival.  

District 4 – Walker area

CO Randy Posner (Staples) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. Boating enforcement and safety occupied most of his time. He also worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Fish Trap and Shamineau lakes, as well as the Crow Wing Lakes River. Complaints about ATVers and pickup operators causing damage on Pillsbury forest roads and road ditches were investigated. 

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers, AIS, and boaters. A complaint about abandoned property on a state trail was investigated. Time was spent preparing materials for presentation during fishing week at the CO Academy. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO John Slatinski (Ray) checked and monitored several areas regarding complaints involving ATV use. He delivered a restoration order to an individual responsible for an unpermitted project involving wetlands, and took care of equipment maintenance issues. Slatinski also fielded several complaints involving wildlife and noted is seems people are becoming less tolerant of sharing “our” environment with wild animals. 

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports wolves and beavers continue to cause problems. Boating activity continues to be monitored. Difficulty understanding “no parking” signs at public access sites continues, as does related ticket writing. 

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, OHVers, AIS, and state park enforcement. He also assisted the Hibbing Police Department with a person who had a warrant, fled from the police, and was holed up in a house. He was arrested. Bozovsky worked on a case in which a boat was purposely driven through numerous geese on a lake. He also spent considerable time dealing with an eviction process on state land. A motorist who failed to yield at a stop sign to the officer in his squad, as well as a bicyclist, was also seen holding her phone near the steering wheel right after she committed the violation. The phone distraction is not unusual, but nearly hitting the squad and bicyclist is, and she was educated about paying attention while driving.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended the funeral of corrections officer Joseph Gomm as a member of the DNR Honor Guard. Area lakes were patrolled, with many anglers and boaters being checked. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and insufficient PFDs. An ATVer was stopped after Frericks observed him operating his ATV with three juvenile passengers, none of whom were wearing helmets. A citation was issued. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent time patrolling for ATVing activity in Ely. Heavy use was observed during the Blueberry/Arts Festival weekend, and with it came a high violation rate. 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted with firearms training at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Manning also answered questions regarding BWCAW camping and regulations, handled a report about an injured hawk, and conducted patrols in an area of ATV complaints.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily lakes inside and outside of the BWCAW. Bermel watched a group of four anglers in two boats. All were fishing with extra lines. Upon approach, they all tried to quickly reel in their extra lines. A citation was issued to each. 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATVing and fishing activity during the week. Murray also took calls about nuisance wildlife and followed up on state campground violations.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) patrolled area ATV trails, checked anglers and boaters, issued nuisance-beaver permits, and worked on a complaint about the possible illegal posting of a right of way. He also completed paperwork for wolf depredations on cattle and handled several injured-wildlife matters.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) reports working ATVing, boating, AIS, and sportfishing enforcement. Van Asch also spent time completing an ongoing fire investigation. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no angling license in possession, operating an ATV on a state highway, youth passengers under 18 without a helmet, careless or negligent acts resulting in a fire, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possessing small amounts of marijuana.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) patrolled area lakes for angling activity, with enforcement action taken for angling with extra lines and not possessing an angling license. He also attended multiple firearms safety classes at which area youth were taught about firearms safety and game and fish laws. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) reports a complaint about a wetland being filled in was fielded, and the investigation was started. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, no fire extinguisher onboard a watercraft, failure to display registration, and violating a no wake zone. 

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) worked anglers and boaters on area lakes. A waters complaint was handled, along with follow-up on a wetland restoration order. ATV complaint areas were worked, and numerous complaints about wildlife were handled. 

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked fishing, OHVing, and AIS enforcement during the week. Humphrey also attended funeral services for corrections officer Joseph Gomm on July 26 as part of the DNR Enforcement’s Honor Guard. Humphrey received a call about a livestock depredation complaint in the Kettle River area, and patrols were conducted on area lakes and trails. 

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time working with the area hydrologist on a waters complaint on Sand Lake near Moose Lake where someone believes there are people tampering with the outlet and blocking flow so the lake stays at a high level. This investigation is ongoing. A large amount of litter was dumped in the Blackhoof Wildlife Management Area. The garbage was searched for clues leading to a suspect, but no evidence was located. People are asked to call in with any information on this case. A grass fire was reported near Barnum along the Munger Trail. The fire is believed to be started by arson. An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call. Extra patrol was conducted in area state parks with enforcement action taken for consuming alcoholic beverages in a state park, no vehicle permit, illegal campfire and being in the park after hours. Fishing activity is slow in the area. One angler was found angling without a license. He admitted to the officer that he was fishing every month or so and did not have a license since 2013. He took his ticket and stated that he thought the fine balanced itself out for the times that he never purchased one. He did say he would buy a license from now on. 

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the upper shore of Lake Superior in the Grand Marais area. Olson also worked area lakes north of Duluth with a focus on boating safety enforcement and PWC hours of operation in the evenings. He also followed up on a complaint about a bear that has been causing a ruckus since the spring, and assisted the sheriff’s office with calls for service during the week.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers around Silver Bay and Grand Marais. Questions were answered about upcoming fishing and hunting seasons. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked with DNR CO Academy staff and fellow use of force instructors training conservation officer candidates in firearms use. Guida also handled a car-killed bear and fielded a complaint of a drone being used to harass an eagle at its nest.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked ATV and OHM activity in the Foot Hill State Forest. Sullivan observed areas where illegal operation was occurring in wetlands, and the issues were addressed. Sullivan also assisted with a welfare check of a young child who was reported to be camping in unsafe conditions.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked aquatic vegetation and cases of altering lake beds. ATV and OHM complaints also were handled.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports patrolling for AIS violations and also for ATV and OHM activity. A lot of outdoor-related questions were fielded throughout the week.

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing and ATVing enforcement. A presentation was given to the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, along with Crow Wing County Boat and Water. Subjects covered pertained to boating safely and high water. Boaters are reminded that they are responsible for their wake and to avoid doing damage to others’ property during high-water times.  

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity consisting of a lot of water recreation and nonresident vacationers. Boat landings were checked for invasive species.  

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Office with a water emergency on the St. Croix River. The victims were rescued and unharmed after their canoe overturned in a rapids. 

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked boating, fishing, ATVing, and camping activities. Numerous calls were fielded regarding nuisance animals and injured animals. Assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies on various items. 

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports wolf depredation problems continued, with more complaints about calves being taken by wolves.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked area wild rice crops, which are in poor condition due to heavy rains. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. Time also was spent assisting with firearms and active shooter training at the CO Academy.  

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports investigating public waters and aquatic vegetation complaints. A case involving a person harassing geese on a personal watercraft also was investigated, with enforcement action taken. 

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent most of the week checking anglers and boaters. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, an overlimit of crappies, and aquatic plant violations. A wetland violation was investigated, with a cease and desist order issued for filling the wetland.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) encountered two people fishing along the Mississippi River. One said he was 15 years old and did not need a license. Seamans did not believe him, as he appeared older than 15 and had car keys attached to his belt. The other individual provided a false name. After further questioning, the individuals provided their real names and were cited for fishing without licenses. Both poles used to violate the law were seized. The violators were spoken to about providing false information to law enforcement.  

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) patrolled the Wright County area, checking anglers, boaters, and ATVing activity. Several TIP complaints were investigated this week. 

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports a boater was arrested for operating a PWC while intoxicated on Lake Waconia. 

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) reports working boating enforcement and commercial activity during the week. He also assisted district officers with a taxidermy inspection that resulted in enforcement action for failure to keep records and conducting taxidermy without a license. The officer also worked boating enforcement at a concert on Lake Minnetonka during the weekend. 

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and following up on complaints. Grewe met with the local hydrologist regarding the filling of a wetland, and assisted the Hennepin County Water Patrol with security for the Tim McGraw concert on Lake Minnetonka. 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) spent time patrolling for angling, boating, and state trails usage. He also met and discussed outreach efforts to diverse communities with a representative from DNR Parks and Trails.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and boaters in the metro area. He also took a TIP complaint about dead rabbits in Edina and a TIP complaint about dead bats in Bloomington. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports investigating several complaints regarding removal of aquatic vegetation without a permit. Arntzen also taught the law and ethics portion to a firearms safety class at the Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Association. 

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week working anglers and boaters on the river. He also investigated multiple wetland and public waters complaints. 

CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) instructed at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley for firearms and defensive tactics. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, boating, and OHVing activity during the week. Side-imaging sonar training was attended in St. Peter with multiple agencies from Minnesota. 

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent time working boat and water details with CO Klehr for Franklin’s Catfish Derby Days on the Minnesota River. 

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working angling and boating enforcement. An AIS detail was worked on Lac qui Parle and Big Stone lakes with CO Miska. 

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave presentations at two firearms safety classes. He also received sonar training. 

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time over the weekend on the Minnesota River, between Redwood and Renville counties, working the Franklin Catfish Days. Other time was spent working angling and ATV enforcement around Meeker County. Klehr also assisted pontoon occupants on Lake Stella. They were having motor issues and no one else was on the lake to assist them as they floated across the lake.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked boaters and anglers. AIS prevention remains a top priority and concern. Public accesses were patrolled. Litter by shore anglers remains high.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on ATVing and angling activity. VanThuyne also checked boaters for AIS compliance and followed up on public waters violations.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused on angling and boating enforcement this week. He encountered an individual with a suspended fishing license. Henke continued enforcing litter regulations for shore anglers who choose to leave garbage on the banks. TIP calls were investigated.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time assisting with the training of new officers at Camp Ripley. Sonar training was attended and focused on the recovery of drowning victims. 

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) took several complaints and calls, with assistance given. Some transportation, license, and registration issues were addressed.

CO Phil George (Rochester) checked anglers and watercraft users on area waters. He also transported and set up a TIP booth at the Olmsted County Fair.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports preparing for “Game Week” at the CO Academy. Boyum also spent time checking state grant-in-aid ATV trails.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports completing yearly equipment maintenance and following up with outdoor-related questions from the public. Hill also assisted in the capture and successful release of a juvenile fox snake that decided to make its home in the laundry room of a residence. Assistance was given to a local agency in investigating a suspicious person. Hill is happy to report that all anglers checked during the week were in compliance.

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