District 1 – Baudette area
CO Corey Sura (Baudette) spent time on ATV enforcement as well checking anglers on Upper Red Lake, the Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, and at the Northwest Angle. Violations encountered included possession of illegal-length walleyes, youth under the age of 10 not wearing life jackets when required, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and operating a Class II ATV on a state highway.
CO Ryan Brown (Karlstad) assisted county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with a homicide investigation this past week. He also worked fishing and ATVing activity in the surrounding area.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls) conducted patrols for ATVing and angling activity this week. He also handled a nuisance-bear complaint. Additionally, assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies involving a homicide investigation.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck) reports ATVing and boating activity have been the main focuses recently. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV violations and for allowing illegal operation of off-highway motorcycles by juveniles.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and watercraft operators. Time also was spent checking various TIP-related calls.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling area lakes and public accesses for angling, boating, and AIS enforcement. A report of a possible infested water was passed on to the Division of Ecological and Water Resources, and a report about a bald eagle with something wrapped on its leg was fielded. The eagle was trying to carry off a large piece of carrion and flew away when Vinton arrived. Questions were answered about legal dock and lift placement now that lake water levels have fallen due to a lack of rain.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week following up on cases from the busy Fourth of July weekend and patrolling area lakes for the beginning of the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival. Time also was spent responding to nuisance-bear complaints and answering questions about juvenile boat operation.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked ongoing cases and handled new violations of unauthorized aquatic plant removal. He also recovered a dead loon, for examination, to determine cause of death.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling, leeching, and boating activity on area lakes. AIS-compliance checks were performed. Calls were received regarding a juvenile eagle with twine on its leg, an injured raccoon, and a deceased eagle, which hit a power line.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working angling and boat and water safety in the Pelican Rapids station. Time also was spent following up with aquatic vegetation and AIS complaints, and attending the funeral of retired CO Joyce Kuske.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked boat and water, AIS, and fishing enforcement throughout the week and weekend. Plautz also assisted a neighboring officer with an ATV safety class.
CO Shane Osbourne (Evansville) checked boaters, anglers, and ATV riders. The annual meeting for the Red Rock Lakeshore Association was attended and numerous questions were answered. When checking boaters, life jacket violations are still too high. Please have the right number of life jackets on your boat.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored area lakes and rivers this week with recreation levels still high after the holiday weekend. A boat operator was arrested for BWI after being found over the legal limit. After the arrest, his seven passengers were safely escorted back to shore.
CO Hannah Wood (Wheaton) and CO Leeb encountered several collector boats on the Alexandria chain for a boat parade and noticed most of the boats did not have registration displayed. The officers remind boat owners that this type of boat still requires the registration to be displayed while on the water. If the boat was made before 1959, the registration numbers and sticker may be displayed on a detachable board.
CO Emily Douvier (Morris) reports working fishing and boating enforcement throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a fishing license in possession, no throwable flotation device on board a watercraft, and failure to display current registration.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) reports focusing enforcement efforts on angling, boater safety, and ATV activity. Preliminary efforts have begun on several public waters/wetland complaints.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) continued checking angling, boating, and ATVing activity. She also spoke at a firearms safety class.
CO Patrick McGowan (Walker) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for angling and boating activity. McGowan also submitted reports to the county attorney’s office for charging and responded to TIP calls.
CO Nick Baum (Park Rapids) patrolled for recreational vehicles, watercraft, and fishing activity. Baum also investigated aquatic plant violations on area lakes.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls) reports having a busy week checking anglers on Rainy Lake, the Rainy River, and Lake of the Woods. Boat and water safety checks were conducted as well.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports that despite the extended time with hot weather, angling, boating, and ATVing activity remain high. The CO assisted campground staff with noise and nonpayment complaints as well as a downed telephone line.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports boating and angling activities continue to be monitored. Area forest roads were checked for ATV activity. Fire danger remains extreme as drought conditions persist.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Broughten fielded calls regarding ATV and PWC complaints. He also investigated a public waters violation.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports a burning ban is in affect for the BWCAW after several fires popped up following a thunderstorm on the Fourth of July. Conditions continue to be very dry, and residents and visitors are urged to be extremely careful.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked boaters and anglers this past week. He also took numerous nuisance-animal complaints and followed up on several calls about litter and the fire closures.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended the funeral for retired CO Joyce Kuske. She met with members of the Cook County ATV club and worked ATV enforcement during the week. Manning spent a few days working in the BWCAW, including with U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Belmore. In a first for both, Belmore and Manning took a report about an armed bear in the BWCAW. A camper reported a bear stole a backpack containing his handgun (and several delicious-smelling snacks) from a portage landing and ran off into the woods. They were unable to track and locate the bear or the pack. The officers responded and, after searching the area, located and recovered the partially shredded pack, numerous empty snack wrappers, and the undamaged firearm.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the BWCAW and on other station lakes and ATV trails. One individual was arrested for 3rd degree boating while intoxicated after being found over twice the legal limit.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports heavy OHV patrol throughout the week. One operator was stopped for multiple ATV violations. During the stop, Hill noticed liquid leaking out of a paper bag that was sitting on the floor of the machine. Further investigation found that the operator was drinking a Twisted Tea while on the roadway. When Hill stopped them, they tried to hide the open container by putting it in a bag. They were cited.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Vinny Brown (Northome) enforced angling, ATVing, and boating activities, and continued to address complaints about beavers and bears causing inconveniences for people.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked heavy angling and boating activity during the past week, with many recreators out and about on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for not having enough life jackets on board a watercraft, angling without a license, and operating an ATV on the main portion of a roadway.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) continued to patrol area lakes and ATV trails. Time was spent staffing a booth at the Aitkin County Fair.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw a busy week in the outdoors. The Floodwood area was worked for ATVing activity during the annual Catfish Days events, and area public accesses were monitored for AIS law compliance. A call regarding three intoxicated people in Jay Cooke State Park was also handled and resulted in an arrest for DWI.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent several days on area lakes working fishing and boating enforcement. A common violation included pulling tubes and water-skiing without a mirror or an observer. Another common violation is paddle-boarding without a life jacket.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked a special enforcement detail in Jay Cooke State Park during the week. Humphrey also followed up on a trespass/property boundary complaint in the Kettle River area and a lakeshore dispute near Cloquet.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. Commercial and charter items were handled, and a stolen “No Smelting” sign was recovered.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled area lakes for sportfishing and boating activity. Bear-related complaints continue to be fielded. Aquatic plant management enforcement was done when a lakeshore owner sprayed an illegal herbicide vegetation killer.
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) followed up on a complaint in which an angler decided to launch his boat from his truck by backing over the posts at a carry-in access only. While on the lake, the angler also decided to help himself to some fishing poles that were in another person’s boat parked at their dock. Unfortunately for this angler, several lakeshore owners keep a watchful eye and were able to get good photos for DNR Enforcement to follow up on.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended a kids fishing day at Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter. Area lakes are seeing a tremendous amount of activity. One contact involved educating a young passenger about safe operation of watercraft. After the education was provided, the child asked Sullivan to race. So, Sullivan recapped safe watercraft operation.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) rode the bike trails in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. While he was going downhill, he came upon another biker going the wrong way toward him. Good brakes avoided a head-on crash, and the biker was informed of the importance of following the one-way-only trail signs.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling for fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. She spent a couple of days assisting DNR wildlife managers banding geese.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to spend a lot of time patrolling lakes, which were busy with boating and PWCing. The No. 1 boating complaint during the week included PWCers operating during restricted hours and operating too close to anchored boats, docks, and shore areas. Time also was spent helping homeowners with nuisance-bear problems and helping livestock owners with wolf-depredation issues.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a wolf-depredation call. Three dead 350- to 400-pound calves were located on a property. Several tracks and marks on the calves indicated they were likely killed by wolves.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reports assistance was given to the sheriff’s office on clearing up a hit and run ATV vs. vehicle crash. Fireworks continue to be cause for fire concern because of the current dry conditions.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week following up on an aquatic plant complaint. A complaint regarding damage to a public access site was fielded and is currently under investigation.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) dealt with numerous incidents during the week, including wetland complaints, aquatic plant-cutting complaints, and the cutting down of a tree with an eagle nest in it.
CO Leah Kampa (Annandale) reports a new lake home owner was observed operating an ATV in the lake with a drag. He was educated about disturbing the lake bottom and illegally operating an ATV in public waters.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and working on boating enforcement. Arrests were made for possession of methamphetamine and violation of a domestic abuse/no contact order.
CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent the week working boaters and anglers. Time also was spent responding to public water issues and complaints.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) patrolled for anglers and boating safety. Additional time was spent following up on wetland and public waters cases.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boating and fishing activities on metro-area lakes and rivers. He returned calls from the Asian community on youth firearms safety classes and fishing regulations.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) patrolled the station for angling activity. Many anglers were approached about the new special regulations on panfish. Nearly every angler voiced their support for the changes and even suggested more lakes have similar regulations.
CO Mike Lerchen (Bloomington) spent time checking anglers and recreational boaters. Lerchen also issued possession permits and handled various wildlife-related calls.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers, monitoring boating activity, and following up on complaints. Grewe followed up on abandoned-boat complaints, and a nuisance-turkey complaint.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring boaters and anglers on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. He also did targeted ATV patrols in the southern part of the county.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week doing AIS enforcement and checking anglers and watercraft users. He handled several calls regarding nuisance animals, answered questions about ATVs, and looked into a wetlands issue.
CO Ryan Hanna (White Bear Lake) was informed that an angler accidentally caught a snapping turtle and needed help removing the turtle from the line. Hanna responded and was able to successfully remove the hook and the turtle was released.
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) reports time was spent dealing with continued complaints regarding deer feeding.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) finished an investigation involving several ATV violations. Enforcement action was taken.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Derek Daniels (Lake Benton) spent the week working angling, ATVing, and boat and water enforcement. A nuisance-animal complaint was handled.
CO Stephen Westby (Madison) worked area lakes and ATV riders, and conducted wetland investigations. Recreational activity remains high on area lakes, while fishing activity has slowed with the recent heat.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports a kids fishing event was attended that was put on by a new organization in Tracy called ROYO (Retuning Our Youth Outdoors). More than 75 kids participated, with plenty of fish being caught.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Cassie Block (Willmar) spent time this week checking anglers on area lakes and working aquatic invasive species enforcement.
CO Brett Wiltrout (Hutchinson) spent time this week working AIS and shore angling. Additional activities included answering questions on out-of-state watercraft registration, nuisance animals, and transporting lake water.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked ATV, angling, boat and water safety, and aquatic invasive species enforcement. The area received some much-needed rain, but more is needed to affect the river and area lakes.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. He monitored AIS activity and patrolled wildlife management areas, state parks, public water access sites, and waterfowl production areas.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked some commercial trapping activity in the area. Anglers were checked along the Minnesota River. Time also was spent on area lakes checking boating and AIS activity. He also attended an ATV safety class.
CO Meng Moua (Spring Valley) focused on ATV, fishing, and boating enforcement. Time also was spent canoeing the Root River, checking anglers and working litter enforcement.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station this week for fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Ihnen also patrolled for AIS violations.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Ramaker (La Crescent) patrolled the Mississippi River for boating and angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for registration and equipment violations. The funeral service for recently-retired CO Joyce Kuske was attended.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports heavy fishing pressure with several contests during the weekend. One angler had a 30-inch walleye in the boat. He advised Hemker that he had not caught a 30-inch walleye in his life until this year, and that this one was his third of the summer.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for area boating and angling activity. Time also was spent following up on various trespass and public waters violations.
CO Derek Schneider (Zumbrota) reports that anglers continue to be found without licenses and using extra lines.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing, boating, and ATVing enforcement. He also investigated a protected waters and wetland complaint and dealt with a feeding ban issue.