Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 4, 2022
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Warroad River. Several complaints have been taken regarding ATVs on the state snowmobile trails. Assistance was given with the Roseau snowmobile safety class.
CO Corey Sura (Baudette) assisted with furbearer registration, spent time patrolling area snowmobile trails, and checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake. Sura and other officers also monitored activities at the annual Ice Castle Owners Group get-together on Upper Red Lake.
CO Ryan Brown (Karlstad) reports working snowmobiling and fishing enforcement throughout the week. A reminder to purchase your state park vehicle permit when using Lake Bronson. Many of the permits observed are expired. Enforcement action was taken for fishing after revocation, underage possession of alcohol, and no license in personal possession.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers, monitored snowmobiling activity, and completed follow-up investigations from the past deer season.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls) received training at the Border Patrol station in Warroad.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck) reports a busy week on Upper Red Lake. Time was spent working angling and snowmobiling activity. Prachar also assisted Beltrami County deputies with a disorderly individual.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending fur registration day in Erskine. Anglers and snowmobile operators were checked throughout the week. Trapping-related cases were investigated.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) spent time checking anglers on area lakes and patrolling snowmobile trails. Work was done on a background investigation.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week checking ice fishermen and snowmobilers. CO Swedberg also assisted Becker County officers with a search warrant. Many snowmobilers were checked during the weekend on the trails in the Detroit Lakes area. Most riders were following all the regulations, but some citations were issued for speed, expired registration, and no trail pass.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sportfishing, and small game and snowmobile enforcement. Ice fishing activity has slowed a bit on area lakes.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling and fish house activity on area lakes. Ice conditions continue to vary. An ice-fishing tournament was monitored.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) reports an increase in snowmobiling and angling activities during the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for angling license violations, extra lines, and snowmobile registration violations.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, fish houses, ATVers, and snowmobilers. Several comments were received from the public that they were happy to see law enforcement officers out checking people.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked throughout both Douglas and Todd counties this week, monitoring angling activity. Lots of enforcement cases were completed for extra lines, unattended lines, and recreation vehicle registration violations. Snowmobilers riding off trails and onto private property is the most common complaint again this season.
CO Emily Douvier (Morris) reports working fishing and snowmobiling activity. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with extra lines, fishing without a license, shelter ID violations, and failure to renew ATV and snowmobile registrations. Enforcement action also was taken on a trespass complaint involving hunters chasing foxes with their snowmobiles.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) continued to check anglers and snowmobile riders throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for small amount of marijuana, failure to display fish house licenses, and failure to display snowmobile registration.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) attended fur registration and assisted with five vehicles that attempted to drive down a snowmobile trail and got stuck.
CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) reports attending training, assisting with fur registration, and conducting aeration inspections. He also spent time with recreational vehicle and fishing enforcement.
CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) spent most of the week checking fishing and trails from a snowmobile. The trails are in pretty good shape.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Anglers were finding some fish in shallow water and the snowmobile trails were busy. Mathy primarily worked on a background investigation and also attended a bear committee meeting.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports excellent snow and trail conditions has led to an increase in snowmobilers in the area, although considerably lower than historical levels.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports snowmobiling and angling activities were monitored. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads and timber sales continue to be checked.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily angling and snowmobiling enforcement. Larson spent time checking anglers on Trout Lake who were finding moderate success catching lake trout.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked angling activity and snowmobiling enforcement. Time also was spent assisting DNR Wildlife at the furbearer registration station in Hibbing. Violations encountered included taking fish without an angling license, unattended lines, snowmobile speed, and operating motor vehicles on a GIA snowmobile trail.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) continues to receive complaints from riders that some snowmobilers are traveling far too fast on the trails. He continues to patrol the trails for excessive speed.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing and snowmobiling activity. Recreational activity increased this week as weather warmed up. Some lakes are starting to see some slush. CO Broughten fielded calls regarding littering and fish house regulations.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports lake trout angling pressure stayed high during the week and into the weekend. Violations included angling without a license in possession, failure to register a fisher, and excessive snowmobile speed.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Slush is still bad on many of the lakes in the area. Snowmobile trail conditions are good, and several calls came in about snowmobilers not stopping at road intersections and operating on roads.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking remote trout lakes and lakes along the border. The officer also assisted in teaching a snowmobile safety class for the U.S. Forest Service. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobiling and angling violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling and snowmobiling enforcement throughout the week and participated in a bear committee meeting.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Vinny Brown (Northome) checked anglers, conducted snowmobile and ATV enforcement, and monitored trapping activity. Brown also assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration/tagging.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) patrolled state parks, checked anglers, snowmobile activity, and small game. Numerous game and fish questions were answered. He also responded to wildlife complaints and assisted other agencies.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored snowmobiling activity, and assisted county officials. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner, Si, also assisted in searching for evidence in an ongoing investigation.
CO Brian Holt (Grand Rapids) focused primarily on snowmobiling and angling activity during the week. Time also was spent working designated trout lakes and following up on open cases. Holt assisted with fur registration in Grand Rapids and had the opportunity to speak with local trappers.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) focused enforcement efforts on angling, darkhouse spearing, and snowmobiling activities. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed, unregistered snowmobile, no angling license in possession, taking deer with illegal equipment, and taking deer with an invalid license.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) responded to a call about a snowmobile that was on fire on a trail. No one was injured, but the snowmobile had been torched so badly that it hardly resembled a snowmobile anymore. The only thing that was recognizable was a frozen pizza that the operator was carrying on the back of the snowmobile. He was going to make the pizza for dinner after his ride.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) handled numerous calls about injured and nuisance animals, including a bobcat with an appetite for domestic ducks that was relocated. The officer worked a trapping investigation, and a party was charged for failure to tend traps. Angling activity was monitored, and the officer assisted at fur registration.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to spend time working from snowmobile. Winter fishing also was worked throughout the week. Time was spent following up on open cases and getting case files to the county attorney’s office. CO Duncan attended the annual winter fishing contest on Island Lake and hosted on by the United Northern Sportsman Club.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended fur tagging in the Duluth area, checked anglers and snowmobilers in Duluth and Two Harbors stations. Attended the annual United Northern Sportsman fishing contest on Island Lake, where the milder weekend temps had many out enjoying the area lakes and trails.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and snowmobiles. A snowmobile trespass complaint was worked with violations found for operating on posted private property. Ice anglers are gaining access to small harbors along Minnesota’s shoreline.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Sullivan checked anglers and made contacts with snowmobile and ATV operators during the event. Sullivan also spent time presenting at a youth snowmobile class and worked on a background investigation.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked shelters and angling activity this week. Some permanent shelters were not licensed or displaying proper identification. The owners are subject to being fined.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) spent time during the weekend on a detail in St Louis County, working Lake Vermilion and nearby snowmobile trails. Assistance was given to local deputies with a fish house that caught fire on Lake Mille Lacs.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers. Please remember that permanent fishing shelters need both an ID and shelter license. Speldrich also patrolled on snowmobile during the weekend. A vintage ride, along with warmer weather, brought many sledders to area trails. Speldrich also assisted the sheriff’s office with a motor vehicle accident with injuries.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent much of the week on snowmobile, patrolling lakes and trails. Snowmobile trails were in good shape and more people were driving on lakes, which made for a lot of activity throughout the Hinckley area. Fishing violations found included not having proper licenses, littering, and keeping too many crappies.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Stephen Westby (Little Falls) worked area lakes for angling activity and snowmobile traffic. CO Westby also assisted with traffic control with Morrison County deputies and area fire departments that welcomed home troops from overseas. CO Westby also spent the weekend on Upper Red Lake, and Lake of the Woods, assisting the area CO with heavy angling activity.
CO Tou Vang (Pierz), along with CO Westby, assisted with escorting and welcoming the brave men and women of the 1-194th Armor Regiment of the Minnesota National Gard home from their deployment overseas.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, and snowmobiling activity. Time was spent on deer season investigations. Assistance was given to State Patrol with traffic accidents on I-94.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking fishermen and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for no license, no registration, unattended lines, overlimits of crappies, and operating an aeration system without “thin ice” signs.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Hanna (Milaca) patrolled Green Lake and Elk Lake for angling. Some anglers didn’t know about the northern pike slot but were educated for future fishing.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) patrolled for anglers and snowmobile operators. Additional time was spent conducting big-game investigations.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking snowmobilers and patrolling for angling activity. CO Krauel also assisted a neighboring officer on a stop of a snowmobiler with expired registration, operating in the median of a divided highway. The operator stated he was unaware he could not operate in the median and also stated he had not taken the required DNR snowmobile safety training. If the operator had taken the required safety training, he would have learned about registration and the correct places to operate a snowmobile.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) checked ice anglers in Scott, Hennepin, and Carver counties. Plenty of angling activity was observed throughout the metro area. Fogarty checked anglers using extra lines in fishing shelters. Fogarty also observed several fishing shelters without proper identification markings.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and following up with complaints. Grewe also traveled to Lake Mille Lacs to assist other officers on the busy lake during the week. Violations this week included angling with extra lines and minor in possession of alcohol.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) spent the past week working snowmobile trespass issues and other follow-up work. Aerator inspections were completed in the station.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) spent time checking ice anglers. Many issues were handled regarding shelter IDs and identification. One shelter inspected was discovered with a carbon monoxide alarm going off inside, and after confirming nobody was inside, CO Thomas was able to track down the owner via his shelter tag to come check on his shelter and the propane leak.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week patrolling area lakes, checking ice anglers and doing recreational vehicle enforcement. He also handled calls regarding feeding ban violations, trespassing, and nuisance animals.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka and Isanti County for trapping and snowmobiling activity. CO Salzer also responded to TIP regarding big-game violations from last deer season.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) conducted inspections for aeration equipment on local bodies of water. Anglers were checked on local lakes and rivers.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Daniels (Lake Benton) primarily worked angling, snowmobiling, and coyote hunting enforcement this past week. Trespass complaints were investigated. An ice-fishing tournament on Lake Benton was held by the local sportsmen’s club with more than 700 anglers in attendance.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ice fishing, snowmobiling, and coyote hunting enforcement. Extra time was spent on Lake Benton and Dell Clarke Lake during the weekend for community fishing tournaments. Most of the questions answered during the tournaments dealt with shelter licenses and shelter ID requirements.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time working ice angling and snowmobiling activity. He also followed up on deer-hunting violations from the 2021 deer season.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls requesting information about lake aeration systems, lake management, and shelter questions. He worked angling, snowmobiling, and predator hunting enforcement activities.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) worked ice anglers during the past week. Violations encountered were related to extra lines, unattended lines, and no angling licenses. Numerous calls were fielded related to wildlife questions, and possession tags were issued.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked snowmobiling, ATVing, public accesses, and angling enforcement.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted angling and shelter inspections as well as completing aeration system inspections. ATVers were checked, and assistance was given to law enforcement relating to multiple weather-related vehicle accidents. Assistance also was given to Madelia Wildlife Research regarding the retrieval of a GPS deer collar on private property.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked angling, snowmobiling, and ATVing activity this week. Hard-sided fish house numbers continue to increase on area lakes.
CO Meng Moua (Spring Valley) spent time working ice fishing, snowmobiling, and trapping activities.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Boyum (Rushford) investigated trapping complaints from the fall. Coyote hunters continue to do well in the area.
CO Derek Schneider (Zumbrota) spent the week checking ice anglers and snowmobilers. Most ice anglers were having little success. Taxidermist inspections were completed, and assistance was provided for an out-of-state investigation.
CO Annette Kyllo (Rochester) spent time checking ice anglers and patrolling snowmobile trails this week. Kyllo also taught a firearms safety class and met with a high school student interested in pursuing a career as a conservation officer.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers during the week. The CO also continued work on deer cases from the fall and had several racks scored.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports busy snowmobile trails in the area. He also checked fishermen and ATVers, along with trout fishermen and small-game hunters. Hemker received a phone call from a deer hunter who was charged with illegal deer hunting. The hunter gave instructions to Hemker for future patrol techniques, along with possible law changes for the DNR.