CONSERVATION OFFICER WEEKLY REPORT
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Red River and Roseau River. A meeting was attended with Border Patrol and Ontario MNR at International Falls. Enforcement action was taken on a pair of anglers in possession of marijuana and another angler who hadn’t purchased a fishing license.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling along with boat and water safety enforcement. An individual was contacted in reference to an advertised upcoming fishing tournament that did not have a permit to hold. It was discovered through conversation with the individual that he believed he was being compliant through a previous permit obtained for an earlier tournament. CO Benjamin explained that each event required its own permit and that he would need to obtain one should he want to proceed with the event. CO Benjamin assisted the individual so that he was able to get a permit in time for the tournament. Enforcement action taken this week includes: possession of drug paraphernalia and possess small amount of marijuana.
CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) checked anglers and boaters on Upper Red Lake. ATV and AIS enforcement was also focused on. K9 training was attended in the metro as well as a meeting in International Falls. ATV, angling and boat and water safety violations were handled with enforcement action.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a week filled with changing weather and unpredictable fishing on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. Fishermen and women braved the wind/rain and elements and most had a few fish to show for it. Enforcement action was taken on ATV violations, illegal length fish, and boat safety equipment. Remember to double check for PFDs and other safety equipment before taking the boat to the lake.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) focused enforcement activities on boating, AIS and angling activity throughout the week. Time was spent investigating a TIP call and patrolling area forest roads and trails for ATV/ OHV activity. Enforcement action for the week included angling license violations and boating equipment violations.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports working mainly angling, boat and water safety, and ATV activities. Several anglers were checked on Upper Red Lake. The bite has slowed a little but still a lot of fish being caught. Enforcement actions for the week included: juveniles on ATVs without helmets, an illegal length northern pike violation, and several water related safety equipment violations. Please check your boat before you head out on the water for all the required safety equipment.
Baudette #2 -vacant.
Blackduck #2 – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and boaters on area lakes. Time was also spent working ATV complaint areas. AIS enforcement was worked at public water access sites. Various fishing, boating, and AIS violations were found.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, boating, ATV, and AIS. Leeching, trespass and animal complaints continue. The lows and highs of the week consisted of the memorial of a 22-year-old woman killed in an ATV accident and then the following morning assisting with CPR on a 72-year-old woman enabling her to get to the hospital for emergency surgery.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked fishermen and boaters. He also answered questions about nuisance bear and beaver.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked angling and rec. vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent on a fire investigation and working in Itasca State Park. Enforcement activity included angling license violations.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting neighboring Conservation Officer with an investigation, checked area anglers and provided information about AIS. CO Vinton attended a clean lakes initiative meeting hosted by the Lake Six Lake Association. The members were looking for advice and information on a variety of issues that affect Lake Six.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) followed up on ongoing cases and assisted with training at Camp Ripley.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week checking fishermen, following up on depredation complaints and handling shoreline, aquatic plant issues and dealing with a fawn that was recovered by a hiker.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on angling and boating activity with most violations involving PFDs. AIS inspections were performed and anglers are reminded to dispose of unwanted bait in the trash rather than into the lake or on the ground at accesses. Calls of injured deer, deer in a yard, and an injured gosling were received. CO Warren investigated complaints of possible public water and aquatic vegetation violations. Areas were patrolled for off-road vehicle activity.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and boat and water safety activity in the Moorhead station. Angling activity is picking up and many people were out enjoying Memorial Day on Monday. The officer would like to remind people that life jackets are required on paddle boards and kayaks. Calls from the public included nuisance bear problems, nuisance beaver problems, and questions about a fawn that was thought to be orphaned. Remember to leave young animals alone as their mother is likely nearby. The officer also conducted a TV interview with WDAY highlighting the importance of ATV safety and reminding people to read the ATV regulations before you operate or allow a juvenile to operate an ATV. Enforcement action was taken for juvenile passenger of an ATV without a helmet, exceeding the occupancy of an ATV, no type IV throwable, angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, and no PFD’s onboard a kayak.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fishing continues to be good in the area along with increase of boaters. Richards checked anglers and worked on some commercial activity issues.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) responded to a nuisance bear problem, worked a very busy Memorial Day holiday with much boating and fishing activity, and taught an ATV safety class in Battle Lake certifying 12 students. Plautz finalized wetland restoration paperwork and wolf depredation paperwork as well.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, boaters, ATV operators and worked AIS enforcement. Additional time was spent handling calls on beaver complaints, an injured hawk, fishermen taking overlimit of walleye and dogs chasing fawn deer. Nelson also worked on an ELS glitch regarding fishing license sales.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked a BWCA detail with CO Bermel this past week. The officers spent several days in the area working fishing, boating and forest service enforcement with high activity resulting in lots of groups and individuals being contacted. Fishing success was low with multiple weather changes every day, but most everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of violations including no fishing license, no PFDs, expired boat registration and illegal drug and paraphernalia possession. Lawler spoke to a group of kids at a Glenwood Kid’s Outdoor Day Event
Wheaton – vacant.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent the week enforcing ATV, boating and sport fishing regulations. Enforcement action was taken for lack of PFDs, capacity issues, gunwale riding, dangerous wake and ATV safety certification issues.
CO Colleen Adam (NW Region ATV Officer) patrolled area forests roads and trails. Handled a dead deer, an injured eagle and investigated a seasonal resident that killed a sow and her cub. Work continues with an ongoing ATV investigation.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and boating activity. Angling activity was moderate. CO Broughten observed a high amount of boat traffic over the Memorial weekend. CO Broughten also investigated nuisance bear and beaver complaints. Enforcement action included: boating, angling, OHM, and ATV violations.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) worked angling activity, invasive species and boating safety for the majority of the week. CO Sullivan also spoke at the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament rules meeting and attended weigh in on Saturday and Sunday. CO Sullivan had one contact that resulted in the arrest of a subject for operating a motorboat while impaired. Enforcement was also taken for no life jackets, no throwable life saving device, no angling license, no fire extinguisher onboard motorboat and possession of illegal length walleye from Leech Lake.
Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued on boating enforcement activities, as well as off-road vehicle activity in forested areas. Firearms training was provided to new officers at the Conservation Officer Academy.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lk) primarily checked anglers and AIS. The majority of the time was spent working on case files of anglers possessing over limits of fish. Cases including one from Memorial Day weekend where a group of anglers caught 200 perch over limit. A separate over limit of pan fish tip was investigated and an over limit of walleye case from 2015 was prepared for court.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers on special regulation lakes, took a complaint of a problem bear, and spent time on the trails checking and talking with off highway vehicle users. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft violations.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked boaters, anglers and ATV’s. Officer Hunter received multiple calls of abandoned fawns, all of which had their mothers come back on their own. Please do not pick them up or handle them. CO Hunter also received a call of a nuisance bear returning to a home. CO Hunter spoke at an ATV youth safety class.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) with the numerous rainy days this past week, activity was slower. The officer issued a beaver permit to remove beaver that were blocking navigational waters. A call of an injured wolf was taken, but upon investigation by the officer, it turned out to be a husky.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked angling and boating activity, invasive species and state park enforcement and taught species identification and wildlife complaints classes to the Conservation Academy at Camp Ripley. An angler in a boat, operating in high winds, purposely driving in circles and taking on water, was found to not have a fishing license, only one life jacket for the two on board, and was arrested for boating under the influence for operating the boat at 2 ½ times the legal limit of alcohol.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) patrolled Virginia area lakes checking anglers and boaters. Walleyes have been tough to pick up but persistent anglers have managed to harvest a few. Bluegills have provided anglers with activity also. Sporadic rains have kept many anglers off the lakes. A wetland investigation was completed.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week on and around Lake Vermilion. CO Velsvaag also worked on Leech Lake and several surrounding lakes in Cass County and completed some annual departmental training. Fishing conditions were not good and few fish were checked.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports a week of rain and wind kept outdoor activities to a minimum. Fishing reports have been poor. Public access sites and area forest roads were monitored. Computer work is on-going. Equipment work continues.
International Falls #2 – vacant.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he spent several days working at the international border as part of an interagency operation checking compliance of fish and game laws. The majority of hunters and anglers checked crossing the border were successful and found to be compliant. Violations included: possessing an overlimit, transporting fish without a skin patch, and fail to drain water related equipment before transporting.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) responded to fishing enforcement calls and issues. Fishing has been picking up on some of the lakes, but the intermittent rain has made it difficult for people to stay out. Remember that watercraft used in Minnesota need to be legally registered and remember to buy your fishing license.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a border detail with several COs, Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection. He did a remote patrol by ATV checking designated trout lakes. Enforcement action was taken for fish transport violations and failing to remove drain plugs from boats.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) participated in detail at the Pigeon River US Port of Entry checking anglers and boaters both in and out of the country. Several overlimits of fish were found inbound and many boaters were educated about Minnesota’s laws on aquatic invasive species and boat transportation. The officer assisted Cook County with a search and rescue operation for a couple missing boaters; turned out they had already gotten off the lake and into town. CO Manning also helped teach for the latest academy at Camp Ripley.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent much of the week on a BWCA patrol with CO Lawler. Additional time was spent working station lakes outside the BWCA and working AIS enforcement. A ride along was provided to a high school student who is interested in the job of a Conservation Officer. It was a busy week enforcement-wise with violations to include possession of glass and cans in the BWCA, unregistered watercrafts, fishing without a license, insufficient PFDs, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, fishing with extra lines, and no license in possession.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a border crossing detail. CO Schottenbauer checked for AIS compliance. Time was also spent on a nuisance bear complaint.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders. The officer worked a detail at the Pigeon River port of entry. Bear and fox complaints were handled. Enforcement action was taken for angling, illegally transporting fish, and AIS violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and watercraft recreation enforcement efforts during the week. Recent rainfall has brought out the mosquitos in numbers, so bring your bug repellant when headed north. A border detail was worked with other officers and nuisance animal complaints were handled. A reminder to leave any fawn deer alone when found. Many well-meaning folks assume fawns have been orphaned and pick them up when the doe is not present. Deer naturally leave their young for several hours and will return for them.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, helped with the Northome firearms safety class, patrolled area campgrounds, and worked ongoing cases. Also, took a bear complaint where the bear somehow opened the door of the truck and got inside the cab causing damage which included chewing up the steering wheel. Enforcement action was taken for possessing slot fish and angling without a license.
CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV, sport fishing, boating, AIS, and handled miscellaneous nuisance animal calls. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. Violations included fail to drain water related equipment, transporting aquatic macrophytes, slot walleye, and ATV on the roadway. Firearms training was also planned.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked a detail at the Grand Maria’s Port of entry, worked a boat and water detail in Ely, checked anglers, answered calls for bear complaints, handled injured animal calls and monitored OHV activity. Enforcement action was taken for possession of illegal length fish, no skin patch on fillets, over limit of fish, insufficient PFDs and unregistered water craft.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling and boating activity over the past week. The local fishing bite is heating up with the walleye being on the top of the anglers list. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and for operating an un-registered watercraft. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted with an ATV accident where the patient was airlifted.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) spent a majority of the week working angling and boating enforcement. The pan fish bite has been heating up on area lakes with many anglers yielding good results. CO Van Asch also assisted CO Sutherland with an ongoing big game investigation. Enforcement action was taken for transporting invasive species and illegal length walleye.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. ATV complaints have been coming in and problem areas patrolled. Lake accesses were worked for AIS issues. Complaints of bears causing issues have been plentiful and number one complaint is damaging bird feeders.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working fishing and boating enforcement. Many people were out in boats recreating and fishing. Night boating enforcement work found several navigation light violations. Time was also spent doing AIS education when talking with people at several different boat accesses. TIP calls were investigated and Officer Duncan responded to injured animal complaints and also complaints of abandoned deer fawns. The public is reminded to leave deer fawns alone and watch from a distance.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked anglers, boaters and worked OHV and AIS enforcement education during the week. Several calls, questions, and complaints were received on a variety of issues including nuisance and orphaned animals, boating, OHV equipment, OHV operation, timber wolves, angling methods and equipment. Investigations continued on big game and wetland complaints. A dog chasing deer complaint near Cloquet was received and is under investigation.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody assisted with a work detail on the Canadian border where several contacts were made for various fishing and aquatic invasive species violations. K9 training was attended in the metro and calls of nuisance bear were received. People are advised to remove any food sources, like bird feeders, if you don’t want bears around. Work was done on older cases where evidence was destroyed or returned.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked boating Safety enforcement, AIS and angling enforcement during the week. Olson reports activity was down due to the wet and cooler temps in the Duluth area. Bear complaints are starting to pick up in frequency within the city limits of Duluth. AIS work has continued to be priority over the weekend, good compliance has been observed.
Lake Superior Unit – vacant.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports patrolling the Mississippi River and area lakes for fishing and boating activity, responding to issues of nuisance bear, beaver, raccoon, and other wildlife concerns of fawn deer showing up in strange places, and orphaned baby ducklings and goslings. ATV enforcement was done including patrol of the local GIA trail and a complaint of ATV’s damaging roads and wetlands that was found to be far less crucial then the complainant alleged. Enforcement contacts were made for possession of marijuana, licenses and trout stamps not in possession, and miscellaneous boating registration and safety equipment violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked boating and all-terrain vehicle enforcement. A presentation was done at a local elementary school. Officer Guida completed an investigation on an individual dumping pine trees tied to cement blocks into a public lakebed in an effort to create an angling advantage. The trees and blocks were removed and the violator faces civil penalties.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) spent time at Camp Ripley and assisted with training exercises with the conservation officer academy. CO McGowan also spent time preparing a DWI report to submit to the county attorney’s office. CO McGowan also spent time fielding calls from the public regarding nuisance beaver issues.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite is slow. Violations he found were no license and not enough life jackets. He worked on a complaint of a shoreline violations of a skid steer digging in the lake. He checked boats and lake service providers regarding complaints of AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in boats and transporting zebra mussels. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. Campers in the forest were warned for illegal fire and leaving fires unattended.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) assisted with new cadet training at the academy, responded to a call of a neighborhood dog killing a newborn fawn, assisted DNR Forestry track down a person who had not shown up for court on fire suppression costs for a grass fire, worked an ATV event in a neighboring station, and helped in a search for a resident of a group home who had walked away.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked ATV, angling, boating and invasive species activity. A lakeshore owner was contacted regarding his attempts to remove aquatic vegetation. Several wildlife related calls were also handled. Dog owners are reminded to keep a watchful eye on their pets as young of the year wildlife are very vulnerable to them.
Cuyuna SRA – vacant.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity where water recreation is slowly increasing. TV Free Riding weekend was monitored. He also assisted with road kill deer and participated in an invasive species road check.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted at the academy with training throughout the week. Redtop area was patrolled and the recent rain had kept dust levels low. Anglers on area lakes to include Mille Lacs were checked for compliance; they all were enjoying their time event the weather was less than ideal on Saturday. Follow-up on several wetlands complaints was conducted. Enforcement action was taken for riding an ATV on a US Highway, no ATV safety training and no angling license in possession.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen and boaters throughout the week and weekend. Most parties were reporting a good walleye and pan fish bite. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo Station and state and county land was patrolled for ATV activity also. Calls regarding nuisance bear were fielded and a wetlands violation was followed up on. The Officer helped at an aquatic invasive species checkpoint and many outdoor law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Assistance was given to the State Patrol with a vehicle that had gone into the ditch and a complaint of litter dumped was investigated. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing, ATV and AIS related violations.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to a wolf depredation call where a calf was found dead. An investigation showed the calf was likely killed by a wolf. Other calls throughout the week included nuisance beaver and litter in a state forest.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up with concerns about burning permits, ATV operation questions, and numerous nuisance animal complaints. He spent time monitoring local accesses for AIS compliance, and spent time checking anglers around the Pine City area. Weeds are starting to appear in some of the local accesses. Be sure to clean off your trailers and pull drain plugs prior to leaving the access.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and boat and water activity in the station. CO Silgjord worked the holiday and checked many boaters and anglers enjoying the nice weather. An ATV complaint was taken and investigated.
Assistance was provided at the CO Academy with evening observation and defensive tactics training. A lake association meeting was attended and time was spent manning the TIP trailer at an area event. Violations for the week included angling without a license or license in possession, operate PWC outside legal hours, fail to display watercraft registration and insufficient PFDs.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and working boat and water safety. Several boaters were out enjoying the lakes in between the wet weather. CO Krauel also had the opportunity to assist a neighboring officer with an instructor appreciation event in the neighboring station. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, no life preserver, expired registration, and no angling license in possession.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) worked an AIS detail over the holiday. AIS, watercraft, angling, and recreational vehicle activities were checked through the week.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on follow up to previous week’s cases. The officer took care of monthly administrative tasks. Fishing activity continues to busy in the officers station.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters and followed up on complaints. Thesing assisted with training at the CO academy. Time was spent working public accesses for AIS enforcement.
Conservation Officer Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked a work crew on Leech Lake. CO Mies also worked at the Stillwater Bridge.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call of two people fishing with extra lines on the Mississippi River. CO Kuske located the anglers and watched them fish with extra lines before they packed up and started to leave. When checked coming out one angler said he really wasn’t technically using extra lines. The officer informed the angler that using one pole with a bobber and one for casting at the same time is fishing with an extra line. CO Kuske encountered violations on Memorial Day to include no life jackets in a boat, expired boat registrations, and fishing without a license.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) investigated a video posting on social media of a person hitting a deer with their vehicle. The reporting party questioned whether it was done intentionally or not. Two persons fishing from a dock abruptly walked away when CO Kuske approached. Grandma still fishing on the dock explained they were her two 14-year old grand kids and that they didn’t need licenses. The two were found up at the cabin, not 14 but 17 and had no fishing licenses. The youth were given warnings and sent to buy licenses. Grandma chose to make no further comments. A complaint was received of ATV’s tearing up township roads and a person inquired about making an ATV trail on county land.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) took several calls about baby animals such as fawns, raccoons, and loons. A trespass call was followed up on and littering by bow fishermen throwing dead carp in area roadside ditches. Enforcement action was taken for failing to drain watercraft before transporting and no angling license.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and boating activity throughout the week.
Enforcement action was taken on numerous people who entered the Carlos Avery WMA during closed hours. As a reminder the Carlos Avery WMA is closed from 10 pm to 4 am. Time was spent monitoring a local bow fishing tournament. Several 20-pound carp were taken from area lakes during the tournament.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on lakes and rivers. He took enforcement on a number of violations. He continues investigations on a number of violations in the Sand Dunes State Forest with charges pending.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers/boaters, invasive species at public access points, ATVs, and took complaints of injured/nuisance animals. Officer Londgren also worked with other divisions on trespass and illegal activity on aquatic management areas, public waters and wetland violations, and conducted commercial inspections.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Violations were found for no angling license, extra lines, no watercraft registration, and no PFDs. Several animal complaints were handled. A wetland impact was investigated.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. Lots of people were out swimming, skiing and tubing on local lakes. Enforcement action was taken on PFD violations and allowing youth to illegally operate watercraft.
Princeton – vacant.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) spent time on fishing, boating and AIS activities in the Waconia station. He also assisted Fort Snelling State Park staff during a 24-hour fan race and patrolled the park for trail usage. He performed administrative work and responded to calls for service that included injured animals and trespass questions.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) had a busy Memorial Day on Lake Minnetonka. Compliance was high and enforcement action was taken for riding on the gunwales of the boat while underway. An investigation is ongoing into someone shooting nuisance geese on their shoreline with a BB gun and possibly killing a gosling. Water rescue training was attended.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe also responded to complaints, attended an emergency water response training class and provided a ride along to a high school student interested in becoming a Conservation Officer.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked shore fishermen and boating activities in the west metro area lakes. He took calls on tip complaints and answered questions to the Asian community on state park regulations. He patrolled state parks and state trails.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused her attention on angling, boating and recreational motor vehicles. Leuthardt answered numerous calls from citizens with game and fish related questions ranging from car kill permits, underwater spearing, and areas open on ATV usage. Enforcement action was taken on metro recreational motor vehicle trespass, parking in closed area, and failure to remove boat plug.
Bloomington – vacant.
Ft. Snelling – vacant.
Osseo – vacant
Waconia – vacant.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling and boating activity. CO Salzer also dealt with several wildlife complaints throughout the week. CO Salzer responded to several angling complaints at the Coon Rapids Dam with several citations being issued. Please remember to read the rules on designated trout lakes and to purchase a angling license if you are required to have one while fishing.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended a full day of water rescue training at Hennepin Water Patrol. She did on-line training, worked ATV enforcement in Anoka County, and handled various TIP calls. CO Kruse worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes and streams and worked on litter and fishing cases.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers, watercraft users and doing AIS enforcement. CO Arntzen responded to numerous TIP calls, investigated a possible wetland violation and set up the Wall of Shame and LaserShot at the Bald Eagle Sports Club. Violations for the week included failure to remove drain plug and transport invasive species.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers on the big rivers. Angling success has slowed for many anglers. He also completed equipment maintenance, as well as returned calls to the public. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, slow no wake violations and no fire extinguisher.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers and boaters around the east metro lakes and rivers. He spent some time on AIS enforcement at Dakota and Ramsey county lake accesses. CO Pril also responded to fishing violation tip complaints and other calls during the week.
Metro Officer – vacant.
Maplewood – vacant.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports fishing slowed down with the rain over the weekend. Extra time was spent enforcing littering along Lac que Parle. Thank you to the citizens who call in and report littering. Remember to get a vehicle license plate when you call in the report. Several cases were made with the public’s assistance.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked fishing, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement. A thunderstorm on Memorial Day night slowed fishing success during the week. Parts of the area received up to 5-inches of rain over the Memorial Weekend. With schools done for the summer, ATV activity is picking up and parents are reminded that ATV’s are not babysitters. A radio interview was also done with KLOH radio dealing with outdoor activity in the area. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, taking violations, and illegal ATV operation and registration issues.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers, conducting investigations, and working boat safety. Anglers continue to take limits of small walleye at Lake Sarah. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATV on roadway, no helmet on juvenile, registration violations.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. This officer continues to pick up litter left by shore anglers. Angling and boating violations were encountered.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) assisted Lac que Parle Sheriff’s Office with an ongoing complaint involving multiple parties entering a portion of a Wildlife Management Area posted closed to motor vehicles. Officer assisted with a Firearms Safety class held at the Porter Café. Enforcement action was taken for multiple offenses of fishing without a valid Minnesota Fishing License.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time checking boaters and anglers on the Minnesota River and area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for multiple life jacket, boat safety equipment, and angling license violations. CO successfully followed up on a TIP call that an angler was using extra lines. CO also worked boating enforcement on Memorial Day.
Benson – vacant.
Worthington – vacant.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on TIP complaints. He worked an AIS detail. Time was also spent monitoring fishing activity.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on area lakes for boat safety and angling checks.
Time was also spent working an AIS detail on Green Lake. Vernier also worked area ATV and fishing complaints.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused on angling activity throughout the Officer’s station. Anglers’ success has subsided with recent rains and colder weather. Boat and AIS compliance has been found to be at a high level amongst all. Public access points continue to be an issue with large amounts of garbage being dumped. All are asked to do their part and help keeping our lakes and rivers clean by picking up their garbage. Enforcement action for the week consisted of angling with extra lines, multiple angling license violations, and a motor vehicle reported in a WMA.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave a laws & ethics presentation at a youth ATV safety class. He spent the majority of the week on angling, boating, ATV and invasive species enforcement. Crappie and walleye fishing has continued to be productive in the area.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked angling, boating and AIS enforcement activity. A large scale fish kill on the Fairmont Chain of lakes occurred. No foul play or poisoning is suspected only a bacterial infection. Property owners are reminded to dispose of dead fish in an appropriate manner. AIS checks on boaters continue to show that they are well educated in what needs to be done on their part. Musky opener arrived with boats and rigs flooding the accesses.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked ORV and ATV enforcement. Time was spent helping another CO with an ORV trespass case. Officer Oberg also provided ATV law training to law enforcement officers and attorneys working in Sibley County. Time was also spent educating lake users on AIS laws. Miscellaneous animal calls were also handled.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) received a TIP of a Craigslist Ad selling fresh catfish. During the investigation and along with other officers, the parties selling were identified and also found to be in possession of an over limit of catfish.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week following up on wetland issues and setting up site visits for other. Anglers were checked throughout the week as well.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, turkey hunters, and ATV operators during the week. The officer also spent time working on a wetland violation and a public waters complaint.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports responding to multiple calls of orphaned animals. CO Henke would like to remind people to leave the animals alone. The best option for the young animal is for the mother to return, and normally she is not far away. CO Henke also spent time working fishing, ATV and AIS enforcement. Violations for the week included boating safety issues along with illegal tackle, snagging fish, trespass and license violations.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked angling, boating, and ATV activity. Time was spent monitoring public access sites for AIS violations. Nuisance beaver issues were addressed.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) patrolled for fishing, boating, ATV and AIS activity. VanThuyne received complaints of bowfishermen leaving fish on the banks of waterways, a vehicle running over geese and beavers flooding fields.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station for fishing and boating activity. Additional time was spent monitoring ATV and ORV activity. Officer Ihnen also patrolled for AIS compliance near area lakes as well as patrolled local state parks.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working boat and water safety, AIS compliance and sport fishing enforcement. Large numbers of visitors were seen enjoying Forestville State Park over the Memorial Day weekend. Increased angling activity on area trout streams was also observed. Enforcement action was taken for no angling licenses, failure to display valid watercraft registration, and ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV activity this week. Folks are into their summer recreation routines, with plenty of waterskiing and PWC activity on area lakes.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking watercraft users, angler, and ATV operators. He took several calls concerning injured animals and baby animals found. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft issues and no angling licenses.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) patrolled for invasive species and sport fishing enforcement. Additional efforts were put towards boat and water safety. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic macrophytes, failing to register a turkey, and failing to display valid registration on a motorized watercraft. CO Seamans investigated invasive species and illegal trapping complaints.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent the week checking anglers, teaching a boating operation course to DNR employees and teaching at the academy at Camp Ripley. The river is continuing to rise and boat operators are advised to use caution in the area.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Lots of people were out and success was mixed. Heyn also assisted at DNR boat training and had a student ride along/job shadow.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending the week checking fishing and ATV activity.
The baby and nuisance animal calls continue. Hemker also attended a Kicking Bear activity day at the Lewiston Sportsmen club.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working ATV areas and local trails. Violations encountered were illegal operation, failure to transfer title, unregistered ATV, and failure to display valid registration. Anglers were checked as well. Fishing was fair to good. Numerous reports of fawns have been received and people are reminded to leave it alone and not to remove it from its location. Other baby animals have been spotted and should be left alone as well. CO Boyum spoke at a FAS class in Rushford.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports another busy week on the big river with mainly recreational boats and some fishermen. Fishing appears to have slowed down with the rising and dirty water. Assistance was given with some training.
Zumbrota – vacant.
Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew an instrument training flight and had 605NR in for 100 hour inspection. Heineman also inspected vendor aircraft for a DNR contract.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with helicopter flight training for two pilots and worked on maintenance and administrative tasks. Some of the flights were postponed due to stormy weather.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of rotary training and Leech lake surveys. Jensen utilized poor weather days for lesson prep and rotary ground school.
CO Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew WCA violation patrol flights and attended to training and maintenance responsibilities.
CO Pilot Christopher Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports several flights being cancelled due to poor weather. Despite the conditions, multiple creel survey flights were completed including a make-up flight. External load seaplane operations training was received as well as seaplane currency flight.
Water Resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week following up on complaints and paperwork from the holiday weekend. Time was spent working with LGU’s and hydrologists on cases.
WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked on open case reports for WCA, PW & APM. WREO Haberman also helped conduct an AIS check point near Mille Lacs. WREO Haberman also helped with scenarios at the CO Academy.
WREO Keith Bertram (Central) spent the week conducting follow-up on wetland violations. Enforcement action was taken for AIS and fishing violations.
WREO Larry Hanson (SW) worked with K-9 Reggie at the Lake Phalen Water Festival in St. Paul. Officer Hanson and K-9 Reggie also assisted with an AIS Check Station on Lake Mille Lacs. Follow-up was also completed on new and old PW and WCA cases.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) followed up on restoration orders that were past their deadline resulting in one citation. K9 Brady and WREO Siems also provided demonstrations and education at a festival hosted by a watershed district that focused on water quality.
Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions
If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for the Online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.
Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.
Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR
Reminder—anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate. In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements. Check before you go!!!
Reminder—Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate. Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the online course.
Reminder—Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.
SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.
SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.
NE RTO Shelly Patten completed paperwork from busy Memorial weekend. Patten helped teach an online filed day for Northome School 6th grade class. Patten is working with instructors to help resolve conflicts within instructor group.
West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports completing instructor background checks, assisting with Engagement Systems Training at Camp Ripley Academy, and checking volunteer instructor length of service information. Friday he and local Officers Musatov and Krauel held an instructor appreciation banquet for instructors in the Sauk Rapids/Rice area. During the weekend, Officer Rezac also checked fishermen and boaters in the St. Cloud area and assisted with a car injured deer call.
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence worked on safety training revisions for the next version of the off highway regulations booklet publication. Other items included answering calls and emails about ATV registration and ATV operation in roadways. RTO Lawrence worked on request for Academy training.
SW Metro Kevin Neitzke returned emails and telephone calls regarding safety training questions and volunteer instructor training class registrations. He worked on updating training materials and presentations. RTO Neitzke also conducted a Volunteer Firearms Safety Instructor Training Class at the American Legion Post 435 Gun Club.