Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 6, 2021
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and ATV riders around Warroad. Anglers had mixed results fishing for walleyes, and the operator of a boat was cited for having no life jackets in his boat for himself and his two children. Another boater was cited for not having children under the age of 10 wear their life jackets during particularly dangerous conditions on Lake of the Woods. Warnings were issued to the parents of juvenile ATV operators for allowing the illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.
CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked primarily angling and ATV enforcement. Larson spent time checking anglers on the west side of Lake of the Woods. Anglers seemed to have success catching good eater-size fish, along with many small ones as well. Violations included failure to have PFDs while boating, operating an ATV on a highway, failure to have ATV registration and failure to transfer ATV title.
CO Corey Sura (Baudette East) handled a complaint of a nuisance bear getting into a chicken coop, worked an AIS detail on Upper Red Lake and checked anglers on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods.
CO Ryan Brown (Karlstad) reports spending most of his time on ATV and angling enforcement this past week. Local anglers around Lake Bronson report very little fishing success and low water levels are making it difficult to get larger boats on the lake. Enforcement action was taken for youth on ATVs without helmets. Brown reminds all riders to have all required safety equipment when operating ATVs.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) worked a detail on Lake of the Woods with CO Huener and patrolled area ATV trails. Enforcement action for the week included no fire extinguisher on a watercraft, insufficient PFDs on watercraft, watercraft passenger under age 10 without a required PFD, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, juvenile passenger without a helmet, ATV passenger restriction and no ATV safety training.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and watercraft operators. Time was also spent inspecting several aquatic plant management- and wetland-related complaints.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored boating and angling activity on area lakes. Several nuisance-bear complaints were handled.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting with CO Prep interviews all week in St. Paul.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent time patrolling for AIS violations and recreational vehicles this week. Swedberg also spent time working on previous cases and following up on TIP calls. Several calls of injured wildlife were taken. Assistance was also given to Becker County with multiple calls and concerns about water usage permits.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked complaints of aquatic plant violations and handled a nuisance-bear report at a campground. Peterson also assisted with a search warrant.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sport fishing and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent patrolling wildlife management areas, scientific natural areas and state forest lands.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling and boating activity. Information was provided about nuisance-bear activity. Calls of a possible wolf depredation and illegal fire activity were received and investigated. A call of eagles caught together by fishing line was investigated.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working boat and water safety, angling, AIS, ATV, and aquatic plant management activity. Calls from the public included reports of excessive aquatic vegetation removal, ATV-related complaints, and nuisance-beaver problems. Assistance was given to Becker County on a pair of ATV riders who committed numerous violations, including damage to property and trespassing on railroad property. Enforcement action was taken for aquatic plant violations and operating a watercraft while pulling a skier without an observer or mirror.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) followed up on aquatic vegetation-related complaints, fishing-related complaints and ATV-related complaints. Plautz attended the annual Minnesota Trappers Association convention and answered several questions and concerns.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) spent time patrolling area lakes and rivers for recreational activities. Goodman responded to calls for service regarding injured wildlife, a traffic accident and AIS violation. Enforcement action included expired watercraft registration and unsafe ATV operation.
CO Shane Osbourne (Evansville) checked anglers and boaters. A wetland restoration order case is being worked with the local hydrologist. A fishing overlimit-complaint was received and investigated. A reminder to anglers to check the regulations for special regulation lakes.
CO Hannah Wood (Wheaton) spent the past week in St. Paul assisting with the CO Prep interviews. Minnow permits were also issued.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) focused on boating safety and angling activity during the previous week. Time was also spent checking recreational vehicles and monitoring AIS compliance. Holt worked a detail with other officers in the BWCA. Enforcement activity involved boating safety and registration violations.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were concentrated on checking anglers and boaters and monitoring AIS law compliance. Additional time was spent checking ATV operators and patrolling a complaint area for illegal off-highway motorcycle operation.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Nick Baum (Park Rapids) patrolled the area for primarily ATV Activity. Baum assisted other officers with an investigation and fishing and boating activity on the Blueberry Lake and Shell River. Baum found reduced activity with smoke and haze conditions accompanied by high temperatures. Baum took some time this week preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons. He also assisted local agencies with a variety of calls.
CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) handled a variety of complaints during the week. Several calls were fielded from people with questions about upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Michael Cross (Lake George) worked off-highway vehicle enforcement, boating, and angling. Follow up was conducted on reported ongoing violations. Cross also participated in a Boundary Waters Canoe Area work detail checking anglers, campers, and canoers. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, youth ATV, watercraft, angling, and PFD violations.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily worked boating, angling, and recreational vehicle activity. Time was also spent working on an open public-water-alteration case and a deer-season case. Mathy also continued work on Bear Committee-related items. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) spent time patrolling the lakes in the Remer area. Multiple violations were found, including failure to have life jackets, taking fish without a license and angling with an extra line. Multiple angers were also found fishing without their angling license in personal possession. Kunst reminds all anglers to ensure licenses are in possession while angling.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports fishing and boating enforcement on Rainy Lake continue to be the main focuses of the workload. Fishing success remains fair to good. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated on a farm in the Littlefork area. Several animal-related complaints were handled. People are reminded the bears are hungry, so please do your due diligence to take away all food sources.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time this week on Rainy Lake checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. Time was also spent assisting a neighboring officer with nuisance-bear issues.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports state campgrounds and forests were monitored for fire restriction compliance, and questions were answered about campfires on private property. Assists to other agencies were provided, including a disturbance over parking at a public access, a vehicle that ended up in water up to the grill at the same public access, and an ATV that became disabled in a normally wet area. Equipment maintenance was also tended to.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) checked angling and boating activity. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads and public access sites were monitored. Equipment work is ongoing.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked angling and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent fielding calls regarding illegal ATV activity, AIS violations, wildlife-possession permits, and nuisance bears. Follow-up investigation continued on ongoing cases.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) assisted with interviews for the upcoming CO Prep program. Time was also spent fielding calls related to the use of public water accesses and questions regarding injured animals.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers continued to report limited success. Boating and ATV activity appeared to have slowed this week. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance animals and investigated a public waters violation.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) fielded several wildlife-related complaints involving nuisance bears and wolves. He also patrolled areas of the BWCA and although activity was very high, boating and angling compliance was good. Violations included angling with no license in possession, failure to display current registration, and no life-saving device on board a watercraft.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) followed up on bear-related complaints and fishing violations from last week. He also answered calls about fire restrictions and closures in and around the BWCA. He also checked several accesses after complaints of illegal camping, fires and litter.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking ATV riders, AIS and anglers. Remote trout lakes were worked and nuisance-animal calls were handled.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area forests, campgrounds and boat accesses to check for fire-restriction compliance. She also took a nuisance-bear complaint and checked anglers, boaters and ATV operators. Manning attended the funeral for Montgomery Police Officer Bryan Tupy as part of the DNR Honor Guard.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked invasive species enforcement and on the local fires. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a watercraft with the drain plug in place and transporting aquatic vegetation.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boat activity. Time was spent in Thief River Falls as well.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports working in the BWCA the entire week. Heavy traffic was seen, but Hill is happy to report only a few no-license-in-possession violations were detected. The walleye woes are continuing for anglers as some intermittent 12- and 13-inch fish have been caught. Smallmouth bass continue to dominate the bag. Hill stopped a 13-year-old for riding a very long wheelie in the roadway on an ATV. Hill escorted the juvenile home and had a talk with mom. Assistance was also given to other local agencies.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity during the week. Lake Superior fishing was good when calm conditions prevailed on the big lake. Recent storms in the area dropped several trees on forest roads and trails, making access to remote areas difficult. Enforcement action was taken for burning violations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) patrolled state parks and worked anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Numerous game and fish-related questions were answered. He also responded to wildlife-related complaints.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, handled nuisance-animal complaints, monitored OHV activity and assisted the county. Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also gave a demonstration at the Minnesota Trappers Association convention and assisted in apprehending a suspect in an ongoing investigation. Enforcement action was taken for license issues and illegal operation of OHVs by juveniles.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity, with some success had by area anglers. A big-game case was also looked into where a small-caliber rifle had been used to poach a deer. The investigation is ongoing.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) continued to focus on ATV, boating, and fishing activity. Recent rain has made the trails more bearable and less dusty, but folks are reporting more mosquitos on the trails than previously this summer. Enforcement action was taken for fishing and ATV violations.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) worked ATV activity and patrolled for AIS violations. A neighbor dispute over ATV noise and trespass was handled in the northern part of the station. Enforcement action was taken for allowing unlawful juvenile operation, loud exhaust, and operating an unregistered ATV.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) handled boating enforcement on area lakes where boating traffic continues to be busy and plenty of people are still fishing despite the warmer weather and water temperatures. Duncan assisted local law enforcement with a lost person and ATV-complaint locations were monitored. Many people were talked with at area accesses about removing water and weeds from their boats before leaving the access.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Boats and vehicles were found parked at area public accesses with ‘FOR SALE’ signs on them. Such uses of a public water access are not allowed and the owners were contacted. Invasive species compliance was worked, and ATV/OHM trails were checked. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and public access violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking boaters on area lakes. Nuisance-animal calls were handled. Benkofske also attended the Minnesota Trappers Association convention. The event was held in Barnum over the weekend and many questions from the public were answered.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled for ATV violations and followed up on more aquatic plant removal complaints. Another lakeshore owner was interviewed on the use of an unpermitted herbicide to remove the entire lot width of aquatic vegetation. The owner faces a large fine and restoration of the aquatic vegetation as required by DNR aquatic plant management staff. Guida contacted a youth operator of an off-highway motorcycle operating on park property in the city of Brainerd. The operator returned home and dad was contacted on the enforcement action. A complaint of deer feeding in the CWD zone was investigated and the homeowner indicated that his wife likes to watch the deer eat. Guida advised the individual to remove the grain and cease any further feeding.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) is still dealing with illegal fires, littering and abandoned camping materials in the Foothills State Forest. Enforcement action was taken this week for no helmets, operating on a closed forest road, operating on a state highway and riding on a boat transom while the boat was underway. An ATV club meeting was also attended in Hackensack.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) served with the DNR Honor Guard at the funeral for Montgomery Police Officer Bryan Tupy. He also worked the booth at the Minnesota Trappers Association convention in Barnum. It was great to talk to trappers about the upcoming season. Flerlage also took nuisance-bear complaints.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) checked anglers and recreational boating activity on area lakes. Anglers reported that fishing success was limited. Sullivan also conducted interviews with people involved in a litter incident.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake activity where low water conditions are changing accessibility, water hazards, and traditional weedlines. Cooler weather and minimal insects seem to be increasing ATV traffic. Lack of required training is still a prominent issue.
CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) monitored the Soo Line Trail for ATV activity and Mille Lacs Lake for angling activity. Follow ups were conducted on wetland violations. Assistance was given on an ATV accident on the Soo Line Trail. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations. Griffith reminds ATV riders to look over the ATV regulations book for guidance before hitting the trails.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling for fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating an unregistered ATV, failure to display an ATV registration decal, failure to display ATV registration numbers, failure to transfer sale of an ATV, no lights while operating an ATV, operating an ATV along a state highway, operating an OHM along a state highway, failure to obtain a burning permit, and burning prohibited materials. She also followed up on a complaint of heavy equipment operating in a lake and assisted with an ATV injury incident.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on complaints of ATVs operating off-trail. Speldrich received a trespassing complaint/neighbor dispute. She also answered questions regarding bear hunting.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on ATV use in a state rest area that has been causing damage. Wild rice is looking good, but low water levels may be an issue with harvest. A gray wolf investigation was conducted in which a beef calf was killed and another calf injured in Morrison County. Bear-related complaints are starting to come in with corn starting to form.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) handled several nuisance-animal calls, including wolves harassing livestock, bobcats stalking chickens and bears damaging field corn. A trespassing call of bear hunters scouting for bear-bait sites was also handled. Some follow up work involving theft of timber from state forest land was completed.
CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) worked sport fishing, boating, and ATV/OHM enforcement this week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, no fishing license in personal possession, operating an ATV without headlights on, illegal ATV road right-of-way operation, failure to renew ATV registration, failure to display ATV registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Assistance was given to Aitkin County on an ATV crash with injuries. An ATV operator was arrested for DWI. Calls were fielded regarding target shooting and possession of protected, non-game birds.
CO Ben Karon (Pine City) spent time checking boaters and anglers, and patrolling for ATV activity and off-highway motorcycles being illegally operated on city streets.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling activity on area lakes. A boat and water safety presentation was given at a youth camp. The TIP Wall of Shame was set up at the Stearns County Fair and assistance was also provided to DNR Fisheries staff with securing fish for the display at the fair. Ride-along opportunities were provided to two people throughout the week to observe CO duties. Preparation was also conducted for an upcoming youth firearms safety class.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked an area fishing tournament as well as AIS and ATV activity.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers and ATV riders. Shoreline issues were investigated.
CO Leah Kampa (Annandale) reports checking anglers and conducting AIS enforcement. An injured juvenile great horned owl was brought to the Raptor Center. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without a license.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking anglers and boaters. Calls this week included nuisance bears, wolf deportation, and dogs chasing deer. Bertram also spoke at a firearms safety class in Sobieski.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent the week working anglers and boaters. Time was also spent following up on public water and wetland issues.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) patrolled for anglers and boaters. Additional time was spent following up on litter complaints and assisting other agencies. Enforcement action for the week included fishing without a license, operating a watercraft after sunset without navigational lights, and operating a watercraft with expired registration.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers. He also spent time working on public-access complaints. Enforcement action was taken for underage drinking, no fishing license, and driving after suspension.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Mike Lerchen (Bloomington) spent time patrolling area lakes. Follow up was also done on wildlife-related complaints. Enforcement action was taken for gunwale riding and taking a goose in a closed season.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports that while patrolling for ATV activity a call was aired about a single-vehicle crash nearby. Birdsall responded to the scene and assisted with the crash. A Good Samaritan was trying to help the driver of the wrecked vehicle and in the process the driver attempted to hide drugs in the Good Samaritan’s vehicle. The driver was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and following up on complaints. He also did some AIS enforcement at station public accesses. Violations this week included expired boat registration, operating an ATV with a minor not wearing a helmet and license issues.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) focused on recruiting and hiring activity throughout the week. He assisted with interviewing applicants for conservation officer positions. He also answered questions about AIS, watercraft regulations, nuisance animals, and aquatic plants.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked angling, boating and state park activities this week. He encountered violations including no vehicle permit and operating a motor vehicle in a restricted area. He also spent time on administrative work and equipment maintenance.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) spent time checking lake and river anglers. On one occasion, a group of three adult shore anglers was found to be almost 40 sunfish over their limit. One adult male then stated he thought his wife got double her limit because she was clearly pregnant. Thomas informed him that even if that was the case (it isn’t), they would still be 20 fish over their legal limit. The illegal fish were seized and the group was cited.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) handled a call about accessing lakes from the road right-of-way and calls of nuisance animals. Arntzen also continued working on open cases and responding to TIP calls.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling and boating activity. He also dealt with several nuisance-animal complaints and assisted a neighboring officer with an ATV call. Salzer also continued investigations on several public waters violations.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers in the area. He also checked AIS compliance at area accesses. Enforcement action for the week included license violations.
CO Ryan Hanna (White Bear Lake) patrolled the Mississippi River for shore angling. Multiple people were expressing their concerns with how low the water is. The river fishing has been real slow this year due to the low water. Most anglers were following all the rules.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) returned from the fires up north earlier in the week. He followed up on emails and phone calls he missed while he was out of office. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes and rivers, with compliance being good. He checked a person who was angling without a license and had three outstanding arrest warrants. The person was taken to jail with assistance from the State Patrol.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Derek Daniels (Lake Benton) worked ATV, angling, and AIS enforcement this past week. Activity remains slow with continued dry conditions. Calls were fielded related to permitted activities in walk-in access areas and wildlife management areas. The 2021-2022 hunting regulations are now available on the DNR website.
CO Stephen Westby (Madison) worked ATV riders and checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. He also followed up on various investigations.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Redwood Falls) spent time this past week working angling activity and AIS enforcement. Assistance was given to the Worthington Police Department for a canine call for evidence recovery.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week continuing to work summer outdoor activity. Fishing, boating, and ATV activity were the main enforcement focuses. Time was also spent patrolling Camden State Park.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) spent time checking anglers, recreational watercraft, and ATV activity. Enforcement action included violations for dogs chasing deer and operation of motor vehicles within wildlife management areas.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked AIS, angling and boat and water enforcement. Gruhlke responded to calls relating to animals doing damage and beaver-dam issues. He also received complaints of personal watercraft operating too close to docks. Water levels in county lakes and rivers continue to recede.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted watercraft and AIS inspections at accesses. A few anglers are out, but not many. Public accesses were patrolled. Wildlife-related complaints and questions were handled.
CO Cassie Block (Willmar East) spent time this week checking anglers on area lakes and enforcing ATV laws. Angling success appears to be slowly increasing. Block also spent time fielding questions on nuisance animals, and following up on AIS violations.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week working ATV, AIS, angling and boating enforcement. Other time was spent checking on wildlife management areas in preparation for haying and following up on cattail-removal violations.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) taught the law and ethics portion of firearms safety to a class in Mountain Lake this past week. Enforcement efforts were focused on AIS compliance and recreational vehicle use. Miller patrolled WMAs and waterfowl production areas and public access points. Ongoing drought conditions have created dangerous areas throughout local lakes and rivers due to shallow water.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time working boating and AIS activity. He followed up on multiple public water and aquatic plant management complaints. Vernier also took several calls from people about hunting regulations.
CO Brett Wiltrout (Hutchinson – West) spent time this week assisting a neighboring officer with illegal-burning complaints and interviews. Additional time was focused on ATV enforcement and fielding questions about injured wildlife. The end of the week finished with public water access patrol and enforcement.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) answered questions regarding fishing regulations. He also worked fishing, boating, ATV and invasive species activities. Nelson observed some good catfish-, sunfish- and crappie-fishing success this week.
CO Zachary Larson (Hutchinson #2) focused patrol efforts this past week in McLeod and Sibley counties for fishing, ATV, and boat and water enforcement. A firearms safety class in Henderson was also attended where Larson gave a law and ethics presentation to the students. Larson fielded a variety of calls and a TIP regarding illegal burning activity was followed up on.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators this week. Additional time was spent patrolling for AIS violations.
CO Tyler Lusignan (Faribault) reports checking anglers, AIS, and boat safety. Lusignan helped an angler off the lake after their boat broke down.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato #1) focused on recreational vehicle and fishing activity. VanThuyne also checked watercraft for AIS compliance and assisted local agencies.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity this week. Oppressive heat limited activity for much of the week, even among recreational boaters. Fishing success has been low. Aug. 1 marked the return of riding ATVs recreationally in the “Ag Zone.”
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 Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) worked AIS, ATV and angling enforcement this week. Assistance was provided to other law enforcement agencies with active calls for service. The 2021 hunting regulations are now available. Hunters are encouraged to read through the booklet prior to the fall hunting seasons.
CO Meng Moua (Spring Valley) focused on angling and ATV activities. Time was also spent investigating wetlands violations and public-waters complaints.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Derek Schneider (Zumbrota) reports lots of ATV activity in the area. A frequent violation observed on the roadway has been juveniles riding on Class 2 ATVs without helmets. As a reminder, helmets are required for anyone under 18 years old regardless if they are wearing a seatbelt or in a car seat.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) worked security on the Delta Lake fire in the Ely area.
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester #2) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ATV activity. Time was also spent answering questions from the public while manning the TIP trailer at the Olmsted County Fair. Enforcement activity for the week included failure to validate a deer site tag during the 2020 season, fishing without a license, no life jackets, and unlicensed watercraft.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for area angling and ATV activity. Fishing has slowed on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River but many anglers still tried to reel in a few. While patrolling for ATV activity, a Class 2 ATV was stopped for no registration and no headlights displayed. Upon approach to the ATV, it was discovered that a young child was the driver with grandpa riding passenger. The child was not wearing the necessary helmet or seatbelt, and the grandpa stated that they were just going from the farm to the house. All ATV owners and operators should remember that there is no excuse for ignoring regulations put in place for safety reasons, as ATV crashes can happen anywhere and at any time. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, no angling license, no registration displayed, no headlights/taillights displayed, no helmet or seatbelt as required, allowing illegal operation of an ATV, and no sound-producing device.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly ATV riders and anglers during the week. Lots of people were out and contacted, with various violations detected. Heyn also did follow-up work on cases and met with others.