Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 17, 2018
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) helped instruct new cadets at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. He also assisted CO Benjamin regarding a state forest trail trespass case on Oak Island.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked AIS, ATVing, angling, and boat and water enforcement. A possible wolf depredation, an ATV trespass, and a state land use trespass were investigated.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports the hot weather has kept some walleye anglers off Lake of the Woods, but the determined anglers are still having varying degrees of success.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spent the week instructing at the CO Academy. Calls about two possible gray wolf depredations were handled.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) spent the week focusing on ATVing enforcement and following up on ATV-related complaints. Time also was spent looking for AIS violations and showing the conservation officer cadets at the CO Academy what being a K9 handler is about.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked boaters and anglers on area lakes. He also patrolled at Itasca State Park and worked the TIP booth at the Beltrami County Fair. He also responded to a personal-injury accident and assisted until EMS arrived on the scene.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) patrolled area lakes for boating and fishing activity. Fishing-related TIP calls were investigated. The investigations continue. Vinton took a call from a concerned motorist who had discovered a turtle that had been struck by a car and had a broken shell.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked on complaints regarding vehicle trespass, nuisance animals, and other ongoing cases.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) reports AIS inspections were performed for regulation compliance. Trails were worked for off-road vehicle activity.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Detroit Lakes) reports time was spent checking for early bear-baiting activity, checking boaters on several area lakes, and assisting the county with a domestic assault case.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) conducted compliance checks of weed rollers and hydro sweeps with the local aquatic plant manager and worked boat and water safety activity with CO Hutchins. While on patrol, Landmark observed emergent vegetation piled on a dock. Upon further inspection, he found the homeowner had removed wild rice from the lake without a permit because the weeds made him feel like he lived on a swamp. Enforcement action was taken for removal of wild rice without a permit.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) gave a presentation at the Minnesota Waterfowl Association’s Woodie Camp, which is an annual youth camp for kids around the state who are excited to learn about waterfowl.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked with the area hydrologist on aqua thrusters being used to alter the bed of an area lake. Osborne also responded to calls from neighboring stations about nuisance animals.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) monitored angling and ATVing activity during the week. Time also was spent following up on complaints related to fish overlimits and illegal hunting.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were focused on checking anglers and boaters and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent on weed roller compliance inspections.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and boaters. Reports about aquatic plant destruction, sewage dumping, nuisance beavers, wolf depredation, slow/no wake boating violations, and a dead mammal found in a gill net on Cass Lake were received and investigated. The net and animal in the net were never located. Time also was spent working on a background investigation for a CO applicant.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports fishing and boating were popular activities in the area the past week. Slatinski participated in National Night Out activities in International Falls, which had a good turnout.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities on area lakes. Wild rice beds were monitored.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring ATVing, boating, and angling activity. Broughten also investigated a complaint about people storing property at a public access.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) investigated a trespassing complaint. He also spent time at the St. Louis County Fair and Game Fair, answering questions from the public.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, state parks and invasive species enforcement, and a state property trespass issue. He also dealt with a weed roller complaint. CO Bozovsky also manned the DNR booth at the North St. Louis County Fair, taught a firearms safety class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center, and attended a National Night Out event in Hibbing.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) assisted with security during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Duluth, and spoke at a firearms safety class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center in Britt.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted with a security detail in Duluth for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit. While patrolling, Fredin came upon two individuals pulling with a truck large boulders from a U.S. Forest Service barricade that is in place to keep out motor vehicles. Enforcement action was taken, and they were required to put the boulders back but. They found the task much harder, having to pull boulders uphill to replace them.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted the St. Louis County Rescue Squad in locating a missing camper on Crooked Lake in the BWCAW. The missing person had not returned the night before after leaving the campsite on foot to fish. COs Williams and Velsvaag took a U.S. Forest Service aircraft along with Rescue Squad team members to the campsite near the Canadian border where the subject was last seen. While setting up equipment and discussing the search method, Forest Service aircraft personnel saw the lost camper several miles from the campsite. The pilot was able to land and pick up the victim. When he was returned to the campsite, the subject said he’d taken a different route back to the campsite and had gotten disoriented when he came to the other side of the lake. He continued to walk along the shoreline, trying to find his campsite.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated a wolf depredation call and a possible trespass issue. Manning also worked boat and water patrols, including a detail in the Duluth Harbor. One boat operator opted to endanger his entire family by running his boat without required lighting so he could show his grandkids the lake. Officers provided education and sent the boater back to the dock.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) assisted with big- and small-game enforcement scenarios at the CO Academy. Time also was spent patrolling lakes in the Alexandria station with CO Lawler.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and ATV riders and responded to wildlife-related complaints.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and fishing activity during the week. Fishing was good on Lake Superior, with both salmon and lake trout being caught. Murray also investigated a waters complaint and followed up on camping violations in a state campground.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled area ATV trails, issued permits for nuisance beavers and road-kill deer, and handled bear-related complaints.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked AIS, checked anglers, taught at the CO Academy, and handled nuisance-animal complaints. Enforcement action was taken for license issues and transporting aquatic vegetation.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity, with many out-of-state outdoorsmen and women in the area on vacation. Sutherland also worked trespassing issues, possible overlimit cases, and operating a PWC too close to another watercraft. A National Night Out event was attended in Grand Rapids.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) fielded TIP calls and participated in two safety classes. He also instructed at a firearms safety class in Floodwood.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) followed up on a complaint near Strand Lake with DNR Waters. Time also was spent working ATV complaint areas and trespassing issues. Nuisance-wildlife complaints were handled, and questions regarding bear baiting were received.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) assisted local law enforcement with a security detail involving Vice President Pence. Several days were spent working fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes and accesses.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked fishing, OHVing, and AIS enforcement during the week. Patrols were conducted on area lakes and trails, including the Fond du Lac State Forest, Sawyer Wildlife Management Area, and Moose Lake State Park.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody attended National Night Out in Cloquet. A talk and a demonstration were given to newly hired officers at the CO Academy. A complaint about a raft being a navigational hazard on a local river is currently under investigation.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked a special detail in the Duluth-Superior Harbor during the middle of the week in association with Vice President Pence’s visit to Duluth. Olson also worked Bayfront Blues Festival water traffic in and around the Duluth Harbor.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. A call about a nuisance marten was received, with steps taken to try to relocate the animal.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked boating and watercraft safety during the week. Numerous boaters were out trying to cool off during the hot weather. An increase in bow-riding above the stern and riding on the gunwales was detected. Enforcement action was taken. One boater was advised to replace his Type IV PFD as it had become tattered, worn, and was unserviceable.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked recreational vehicle activity in the Foot Hills State Forest. Most common violations were expired ATV registration and OHM registration. Sullivan also investigated boaters harassing loons and illegal-length fish in possession. He attended National Night Out in Pequot Lakes.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) investigated an illegal-use-of-state-forest-property complaint. Aquatic plant management investigations continue. Enforcement action was taken during the week for no licenses, stern/transom/bow riding, and illegal-length pike.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) investigated TIP calls and completed follow-up of public waters violations. McGowan also spent time patrolling for ATVing and angling activity.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports assisting at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley for big-game week. He also patrolled the SRA for fishing and boating activity, and time was spent preparing for upcoming firearms safety classes. Fitzgerald also helped at a boat and water safety class at Big Sandy Lake where kids learned safe operation of motorboats and laws regarding that operation.
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes, issued nuisance-beaver permits, and handled a road-kill bear. He also responded to a call about naked PWCers circling pontoons full of people. The officer contacted the PWCers and the boat being operate4d dangerously with them. Multiple charges are pending.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked boating activity, which was busy, likely due to the heat. Trailers were checked, as some landings are choked with vegetation. Verkuilen also investigated a suspicious structure in a waterway and assisted a stuck boater at a landing.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted with training at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. She also received complaints regarding working below the ordinary high-water mark in public waters.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took care of a call regarding bears damaging corn, assisted in the recovery of Pine City fishing piers, and checked ATV complaint areas.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked anglers on area lakes and Lake Mille Lacs. An incident occurred in which an angler was backing his trailer into the Mississippi River. The man’s foot slipped off the brake pedal while he was half in the vehicle, sending him falling as the vehicle moved backward. He rolled out of the way while his pickup backed into the river and became submerged. A diver was called, and the vehicle was removed.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended an armorer’s meeting at Camp Ripley and prepared for upcoming in-service training. Silgjord also attended the Sauk Centre Night to Unite, where he spoke with community members regarding the duties of a conservation officer. A TIP complaint regarding an overlimit of crappies was investigated on an area lake.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking anglers, returning calls about nuisance beavers, and following up on complaints involving the illegal removal of aquatic vegetation.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent the week patrolling for sportfishing and ATVing enforcement. Additional time was spent conducting a falconry inspection and preparing for an upcoming firearms safety class.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) participated in National Night Out at the Braham and Cambridge locations with other local law enforcement and fire agencies. Site inspections were conducted on wetland and public waters violations, anglers and boaters were checked, and complaints were taken regarding nuisance animals.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and boating activity. Time also was spent helping at the CO Academy. Enforcement action was taken for a sunfish overlimit.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) participated in the Scott County Sheriff’s Office youth fishing event at Cedar Lake. More than 1,000 fish were caught by the young anglers. Fogarty also assisted with CO Academy training at Camp Ripley. He also checked anglers on area lakes and rivers. Fogarty also took a report about dumping at the Mahoney Wildlife Management Area. Large piles of rock and yard waste were located at the parking lot.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) attended the National Night Out Event in Maple Grove and gave a law and ethics talk at a firearms safety class. Time also was spent investigating a trapping complaint and multiple wetland violation complaints. Enforcement action was taken for littering and angling without a license.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers, training with K9 Shelby, and following up on complaints.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) followed up on invasive species reports from local lakes. A report about a landowner altering the course of a stream was taken.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) reports focusing on angling and boating enforcement. The CO also fielded calls about nuisance and injured animals.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and boaters on metro-area lakes and rivers. He also answered questions from the Asian community on bear-hunting regulations.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and boaters and patrolling wildlife management areas. Arntzen also helped out with training at Camp Ripley with the CO Academy and is working on a trespassing complaint.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) checked anglers throughout the week. Tetrault attended National Night Out with the Blaine Police Department.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers on the St. Croix River. He also attended a firearms safety class as well as National Night Out in St. Paul Park. Enforcement action was taken for no-wake violations and fishing with an extra line.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) checked anglers, watercraft, and ATVs throughout the week. Dirks also attended the Worthington Police Department’s National Night Out event.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time this past week working angling enforcement and following up on ongoing investigations.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Time also was spent working the DNR booth at Farmfest in Redwood County. A National Night Out event was attended in Tracy.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and followed up on TIP calls. He also educated anglers about AIS laws and attended training.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted a sheriff’s office with two assault calls. Nelson also worked fishing, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time up at the CO Academy as the cadets are finishing up their time there before they move onto field training. Other time was spent finishing up roadside surveys and following up on TIP calls along with wetland violations.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on angling and boating activity. He also issued a wildlife possession permit and followed up on a dumping complaint.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Henke also investigated reported overlimits of fish as well as AIS and access violations.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports angling activity on the rivers in the area has picked up considerably with the water levels dropping. Time was spent patrolling for ATV and OHM activity. A trespassing complaint is being investigated.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. Public access sites also were monitored for AIS violations. Wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas were patrolled for activity.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking anglers on the Mississippi River.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports good fishing and heavy boat traffic on the river. Rattlesnakes continue to be found in people’s yards.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports finishing up ongoing small-game and big-game cases. A lake service provider was contacted after it was found that some of its staff was working without the required AIS training. Enforcement action was also taken against the provider for failing to provide its customers with life jackets. Assistance was given to a local law enforcement agency with an intoxicated person. The subject’s alcohol content at the scene was 41⁄2 times the legal driving limit.