Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 14, 2019
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a fire near Badger. Enforcement action taken for an angler using too many lines.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) reminds anglers fishing Lake of the Woods: You may not possess more than your Minnesota limit of fish when fishing the lake regardless if you have an Ontario or Manitoba angling license in addition to your Minnesota license. The fish are all caught within the same body of water.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) patrolled for ATV activity. Enforcement action included no helmet on a juvenile ATV operator, no ATV registration, no OHM registration, no ATV safety training, and operating an ATV on a roadway without a valid driver’s license.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) patrolled the station for RVs, boat and water safety and angling activity.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) encountered a group of nonresident anglers in possession of 32 fish over their limit and with a number of other violations. Enforcement action was taken. Other enforcement action for the week included possession of unmeasurable/uncountable fish fillets, no skin patches and possession of northern pike within the protected slot.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) worked angling, boat and water safety, as well as ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken on ATV, AIS, and angling violations as well as possession of controlled substances.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) focused primarily on angling and boat and water safety enforcement on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods. Mishler assisted the sheriff’s office with various calls, including 911 calls and medicals.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and removed the bottom of a fish house from a local lake.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) assisted a neighboring officer on a complaint of individuals taking too many walleyes. The investigation resulted in citations being issued. Later in the day, Vollbrecht ran into a group reporting a good crappie bite. After visiting with the group more it was determined they were several fish over their legal limit after a week of fishing. Citations were issued.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports investigating several TIPs of possible double-tripping and overlimits of panfish and participating with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office in their open house.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) was spent assisting Becker County with multiple calls including a crash and an assault.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with Academy training and answered questions about nuisance bears.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) responded to a call of a child who had wandered away from a residence. The child was located. Warren assisted Mahnomen County and the White Earth Police Department with a search for a missing individual after his watercraft was found unoccupied.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) reports calls from the public included reports of dead loons and a report of an individual shooting from an ATV.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) issued nuisance beaver permits and took information on goose depredation shooting permits being activated. Information on another boat sinking in the Otter Tail River during night bowfishing also was received.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) met with a local township and nuisance beaver trapper to address a high-water issue causing damage to a township roadway and flooding out several landowners.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) spoke at the Pomme de Terre Lake Association meeting and spent time patrolling Lake Traverse with CO Baumbarger.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports an angler trolling late night in his motorboat was arrested for BWI and taken to the Douglas County Jail.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) received complaints regarding late-night noise from bowfishers and miscellaneous wildlife-related issues.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports a TIP led to two anglers being issued citations after they were found to be 20 walleyes over their limit.
CO Jacqueline Hughes (Longville) investigated a call about a dead goose and assisted with a call about a struggling jet skier.
CO Randy Posner (Staples) checked lake service providers hauling lifts and watercraft with zebra mussels attached. The mussels found were determined to be dead and had attached last year to the equipment. Enforcement action was taken.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) spent time assisting fellow officers in the Grand Rapids and Hill City areas with enforcement at the 2019 Quadna Mud Nationals.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) and CO Kittelson responded to a call around midnight about an individual who was on a local lake and was scared for their safety. The individual was safety brought back to shore and picked up thereafter. Zavodnik and CO Vollbrecht followed up on a litter case involving a bag of trash left at a public landing during the week. The individual fully admitted the garbage was his. He said there’s usually trash cans where he put the bag of garbage, so that’s why he did it. Enforcement action was taken.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) received several calls of people dealing with beavers causing damage to property, with one individual reporting the animals had chewed through his water line for the second time.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) worked with the Division of Forestry on a lands matter.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers reported moderate success on Lake Vermilion.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted this past week at the Quadna Mud Nationals ATV run with a number of other officers. A number of individuals were operating ATVs while drinking, and there were minor consumption violations. Hopkins also assisted local and county agencies with a fight at a saloon in Virginia.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) provided assistance to the Hibbing Police Department in search for a suicidal person, and he stopped a reckless driver wanted by a Virginia Police Department investigator.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports many ATV riders continue to be issued citations for operating their ATVs on area snowmobile trails. In speaking with landowners who own the property the trail runs over, they are considering no longer allowing the snowmobile trail on their property.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended a planning meeting for Academy Game Week. Spent time patrolling in the BWCA.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week at Camp Ripley teaching firearms skills and tactics to the CO Academy.
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) fielded several nuisance-bear complaints over the week, most of which involved bird feeders or outdoor grills.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) handled nuisance-bear complaints and took a TIP call of fishing in a closed area.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a call of a nuisance beaver causing road flooding.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling activity this past week. Time was spent checking boaters on the water and at accesses.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a remote designated trout lake patrol.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) reports enforcement action taken for operating an ATV on a public highway and anglers possessing overlimits of fish.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) and his K9 partner Si also provided a K9 demonstration at the Bark for Life event.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) worked the Quadna Mud Nationals for ATV activity.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked heavy ATV activity in the area with the warm weather.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) assisted neighboring officers with the 2019 High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals ATV event in Hill City. Enforcement action was taken for various ATV violations.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) worked along with several other area conservation officers at the High Lifter Mud Nationals ATV event. The overwhelming majority of violations involved ATVs operating on a state highway or in other prohibited areas.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) participated in teaching at a firearms safety field day in the Moose Lake/Kettle River area.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) attended a district field day for youth firearms safety certification in Moose Lake.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) checked anglers on area tributaries catching stream trout and monitored ATV activity in past complaint locations.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports an area youth firearms safety field day was conducted in the Moose Lake/Kettle River area by Duluth district officers with the aid of retired firearms safety instructor Carl Boehmer.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked complaints of fishing violations on the St Louis River and enforcement action was taken for taking overlimits of walleyes. K9 Schody assisted local law enforcement with the search for a firearm that was believed thrown in the woods and also for searching for a person who fled from police on foot.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded to a report of a spotted fawn north of Duluth and fielded several other wildlife-related calls during the week.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports complaints of overlimits and long hours of observation led to multiple citations for taking an overlimit of walleyes and confiscation of the fish.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) transported an injured loon to the Garrison Animal Hospital.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked lakes in Cass and Crow Wing counties.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) issued a car-killed deer permit, and assistance was given to local agencies on calls for service.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking fishing and boating activity on area lakes, patrolling of the Crow Wing State Forest and Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, and working a boating and fishing enforcement detail on Upper Red Lake.
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) followed up on TIP calls where enforcement action was taken for overlimits of fish.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) received calls regarding an injured swan and possible draining of wetlands.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) assisted in Academy firearms training at Camp Ripley.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Ben Karon (Isle) spent the past week checking anglers and boaters. Time was spent doing invasive species checks, too.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time working at the Turn In Poachers trailer at Father Hennepin State Park, assisting the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office on events, and following a nuisance-bear complaint.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received information of a person camping in a state forest campground longer than 14 days. The person was advised of the camping rules. A report of inappropriate conduct was taken. An investigation is ongoing.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked the closed harvest season on Lake Mille Lacs.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports that property owners were reporting adult bears and their cubs exploring decks, lawns, garages, and getting into garbage cans, dog food bowls and bird feeders. One homeowner reported waking up to a bear standing on the deck, bellied up to the gas grill, and licking up the grease from past cook outs.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Annette Kyllo (Pierz) spent time on area lakes checking angling activity and patrolling the local ATV trails.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week patrolling station lakes for angling and boating activity.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports a bald eagle hit by a car was picked up but later died from its injuries.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports a TIP call involving an illegal method of taking fish was investigated.
CO Leah Kampa (Annandale) spent teaching at a firearms safety field day in Paynesville and investigating littering complaints.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent most of the week working anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Enforcement action was taken for license and safety violations.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers and ATV riders, spoke at a local 4H club meeting, and attended the Hoffman WMA dedication.
CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) responded to a motorcycle crash, and medical aid was provided alongside other local law enforcement officers and first responders.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) reports enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of crappies and angling with extra lines.
CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent time answering wildlife-related calls and responding to nuisance-animal complaints.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent time attending training related to the nuclear power plant in Monticello.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week working angling activity and boat and water safety. Time was also spent patrolling for ATV activity.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Mike Lerchen (Bloomington) spent time working a “Get Outdoors” event in Minneapolis.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) patrolled the Gateway Trail and responded to a complaint of a dead bald eagle on the Mendota Bridge on Highway 55. Lee responded to a TIP complaint at Rice Creek in Mounds View where a citation was issued for an overlimit of sunfish.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked with CO Kpachavi on Upper Red Lake, where the main focus was boat and water safety enforcement.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) responded to a report of abandoned or stolen boats found on a property on Lake Minnetonka. The boat owners were located and the boats returned.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) attended a planning meeting at Camp Ripley to prepare for upcoming Academy training.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) and K9 Shelby spent time at public accesses checking boats for AIS.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) spent time monitoring shore angling activity and following up on numerous TIP complaints including one where an individual was shooting goslings with a pellet gun.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (White Bear Lake) reports action for unattended lines, no license and discarding bait/minnows.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) continued monitoring river shore anglers with anglers finding success for freshwater drum.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) handled several calls about nuisance animals and investigated a wetlands complaint.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) spoke at a boat and water safety class at East Ridge High School. Tetrault also patrolled his station for invasive species compliance.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) continues to field complaints about anglers at local dams. While these areas are being worked, please be mindful that some people do keep and eat bass. Bass are legal to keep at this time and in most places.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) spent the week instructing firearms at the Academy at Camp Ripley.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) educated anglers about the protected length slot specific to northern pike.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) answered calls from the public about fawns, road right of ways, and nuisance animals.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted with the recovery of a stolen canoe.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) continues to receive numerous calls each day in regards to “abandoned” yearling wildlife. A small-game case continues to be worked with another state wildlife agency.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) attended a 2nd District American Legion family outing held at Eastside Acres Campground on Round Lake. Residents of the Minnesota Veterans Home were in attendance and had an opportunity to fish, relax, or take a pontoon ride. At the lunch, Gruhlke poured beer for them – root beer, that is.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) Howe and CO Wiebusch worked the Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Maple rivers over the weekend. Dozens of canoes and kayaks were checked, with overall good compliance.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) patrolled state parks, wildlife management areas, and waterfowl production areas.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato #2) went to Camp Ripley to help with Academy training.
CO Tony Flerlage (Spring Valley) spent time at Camp Ripley and New Ulm for meetings.
CO Tyler Lusignan (Faribault) reports multiple boating violations were detected with enforcement action taken.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports continued enforcement of anglers snagging fish at the Fountain Lake Dam. Henke helped with the Fountain Lake Sportsman’s Club Take a Kid Fishing Day. The event had a record turnout of kids.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) received multiple calls about fawns. Time was also spent checking anglers and boaters along the Mississippi River.
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester #2) reports reservoirs in the area continue to be a refuge for anglers not interested in dealing with the high water on the Mississippi River. One angler was observed attempting to conceal an overlimit of largemouth bass by throwing one back into the reservoir as Fitzgerald approached. The long-dead bass had been retrieved from a bucket and floated on the surface two feet from the shoreline. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Tyler Ramaker (La Crescent) worked on an ongoing deer investigation. A hunter was found to have killed an overlimit of bucks during the 2018 season and also to be hunting without a license. Other violations included failure to register, lending/borrowing a license and failure to tag.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) attended meetings and worked on upcoming Academy training materials.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working mainly fishing enforcement on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Enforcement action this past week involved license and extra-line issues.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota), along with CO Kulhanek, worked in conjunction with the Goodhue PD in making sure recreational vehicles remained law-abiding. The most common violation seen was operating ATVs in the lane of traffic.