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District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked ATV activity in Beltrami Island State Forest and anglers at the Northwest Angle.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked a detail at the Northwest Angle with Lt. Znajda and COs Huener and Regas. Anglers were also checked on the Red River of the North with CO Hutchins seeing moderate success on big catfish prior to the Cats Incredible Tournament. CO Woinarowicz patrolled area WMAs for ATV violations and arrested an individual for DWI on an ATV that tested over three times the legal limit. Other enforcement action included watercraft and ATV registration violations.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling, boating and AIS enforcement on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling area trails for ATV, OHM and ORV activity. Assistance was given to an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper working an investigation and the Minnesota State Patrol with an attempt to locate a suicidal male. CO Regas worked a district detail on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action for the week included fishing license violations and possession of illegal length walleye.
Baudette #1 -vacant.
Baudette #2 -vacant.
Blackduck #2 – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.
Warroad #1 – vacant.
Warroad #2 – vacant.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting the Crookston Firearms Safety Instructors with an all-day range and field day class. Time was also spent checking anglers and watercraft operators. Various angling and watercraft violations were found.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) concentrated on boating, angling and AIS enforcement. He also responded to a burglar alarm, litter complaint and a car kill deer. A complaint of burning prohibited materials was dealt with and concerns of badgers were addressed.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, ATVers and answered question about the upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent working Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on area lake accesses. Various boats were found with drain plugs still in. Area fishermen report that the walleye bite has picked up, especially in the early morning hours. While working an access one morning CO Vollbrecht and a COC checked two fishermen with an over limit of walleye and a citation was issued. Vollbrecht and the COC worked with a local CO and patrolled for ATVs riding in closed areas. Other areas were also patrolled for ATV activity and enforcement action was taken for multiple violations.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked ATV and angling activity during the week. CO Holt patrolled ATV trails in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest with CO Vollbrecht and a COC. Time was also spent working Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park. A complaint was received of ATV’s operating in a state forest campground.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) and a COC spent the week patrolling the Forest Rider’s ATV Trail, checking anglers and boaters, and enforcing PWC laws. Time was also spent on commercial minnow trapping follow-up and APM violations.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a busy weekend with many boaters and fisherman enjoying the nice weather. The area panfish bite has been good with walleye activity slowing. Time was spent working fishermen and boaters. Complaints of late jet skis, weedroller violations, removal of aquatic plants and access issues were addressed.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) followed up on calls of possible illegal weed rollers and AIS complaints. Time was spent on ATV activity and boat checks were conducted for AIS compliance. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes. CO Warren attended and answered questions at the DNR booth at the Becker County Fair.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent time following up on calls to the public and answering questions about AIS. Several calls regarding AIS concerns were fielded. Paperwork regarding WCA cases from field CO’s was filed and other cases closed out.
Moorhead – vacant.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) focused on angling, boating, and AIS enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boat safety, AIS, ATV, and burning violations.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked fishing and boating enforcement throughout the week along with AIS enforcement. ATV enforcement was also worked.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen and boaters. Complaints were received and handled regarding injured loon, nuisance beaver and individuals working in wetlands. Time was spent working with the SWCD and NRCS on a WCA violation. Additional time was spent answering questions about deer and duck season, ATVs and complaints about public access roads.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen and ATVs. Questions regarding upcoming hunting seasons, fishing and boating were answered. Osborne worked on commercial audits and reports. Violations encountered included no helmet on a juvenile passenger on an ATV, no ATV registration, no throwable PFD’s, and no fishing license in possession. A meeting with a county attorney was held to discuss cases. Osborne assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with an individual who drowned in a kayak on Lobster Lake near Alexandria.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused enforcement efforts this past week on fishing, boating, AIS and aquatic vegetation activity. Fishing without a license continues to be the main violation, as well as PFD and watercraft operation conduct issues. Weed roller violations are becoming more apparent now with the increased vegetation growth with enforcement action taken on several cases. In addition, an AIS violation was handled after inspectors found zebra mussels inside of an anchor. Lots of violations have been detected looking inside these hinged/digger anchors, and owners of these are reminded to be extra cautious and to look inside the hinge for attached mussels.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Follow up work was completed on aquatic vegetation and public water cases and ATV and fire issues were addressed. A litter incident involving a bag or garbage left at a public access over the 4th of July weekend was finally closed out with a citation issued.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) focused enforcement activity checking boaters, fishermen and irrigation permits compliance. Additional time was spent handling numerous calls about the upcoming hunting seasons and working AIS enforcement.
Wheaton – vacant.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters and ATV’ers. Officer Hunter was called to an injured man on the Fish Hook River and assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department in rescuing the individual who had been submerged for quite some time. Even with warm air temperatures, the man was suffering from hypothermia.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) investigated a report of a cattle depredation. The likely animal was deemed to be either a coyote or bear. AIS checks and anglers were checked as well, with compliance being very good. ATV enforcement was worked with youth operation being the main complaint, and assistance was provided to local law enforcement on a possible stolen ATV. Time was also spent at the academy training the new recruits.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity with nothing unusual to report. He worked on a TIP complaint of an overlimit of fish. He received a complaint of a deer caught in a fence along the Heartland State Trail. He was not able to locate the animal, hopefully it freed itself. He also received a call regarding a fox digging up a yard; received a complaint of someone failing to allow inspection of their watercraft by an AIS inspector; received a request for information regarding legal issues and docks (the caller was referred to the Division of Waters as they the permitting authority).
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked many anglers and boaters in the area. Several calls of various concerns were also received including angling violations, trail obstructions, and fire reports. One person was irritated by trail activity and decided to try and keep people off by bulldozing several trees across the trail. Enforcement action is forthcoming. A deer case from 2012 was also completed resulting in several violations. Enforcement action was taken for no life jacket, no PWC registration, angle without license, minnow dealer vehicle without ID, transport boat with plug not removed, no boat lights, and unpermitted fire.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked ATVs in wetland and jet ski complaints. Assisted on getting TIP trailer to Farm Fest.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Operating on the public roadways and youth helmet requirements (likely due to the heat) were common violations. He assisted the county with recovery of an injured adult male found on a riverbank by canoers and tubers floating the river. He assisted the county with a domestic/medical.
WREO Shane Siltala (WREO) issued a wetland Replacement Order requiring the landowner to remove illegal fill in a wetland. He also followed up with enforcement action pertaining to contractors performing illegal work in public waters. Site investigations were performed at two potential aquatic plant violations. Lakeshore owners are reminded they must obtain a permit to destroy any emergent aquatic plants.
Remer – vacant.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boat activities on Rainy Lake were busy with nice weather during the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for no wake violations and no angling license in possession. Beaver complaint issues were handled along with public concerns of wolf sightings within the city limits of Int’l Falls.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities with both activities down from previous years. Fishing success remains very poor. Forest roads were monitored as were public access sites.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports monitoring angling and boating activity in the area throughout the week. Muskie and bass anglers encountered commented that the fish were biting quite well. Since this is mainly a catch and release fishery, if they didn’t have a photo, some of the stories heard were quite hard to believe. A few complaints about boats with loud exhaust and people fishing too close to their swimming platform were received.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, a littering complaint, trespass complaints, state park enforcement and taught Firearms Safety at the Hibbing/Chisholm MDHA Chapter Youth Day. The officer also worked on Lake Superior with other officers. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, OHV trespass, operate motor vehicle on a state trail, excessive speed, and a number of boating violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) handled a report of a road killed bear. The carcass was turned over to the staff at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and will be used for educational purposes. CO Frericks spoke to a firearms safety class of 77 students also at the Laurentian. Area lakes were patrolled. Numerous contacts were made with Jet Ski operators on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered watercraft and operating a personal watercraft within 150’ of swimmers and non-motorized watercraft.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) working boating and angling on Lake Vermilion over the week and encountered many violation of angling without a license and expired boat registration. A complaint of loud boat noise on Vermilion was also looked into. Fredin received a report of a cougar sighting outside of Hoyt Lakes.
International Falls # 2 – vacant.
Ray – vacant.
Tower – vacant.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted Officers on Lake Superior over the weekend as a part of the Great Lakes task force. Fishing reports were slow with a few lake trout and very little luck with salmon. Violations included fishing license not in possession, angle with extra line, and taking fish out of season.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen and ATVs in the area. Time was spent working on equipment and handling calls about beaver problems, deer hunting, bear baiting, and other fall things. The summer is winding down and the weather has been nice.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took calls on a loon stuck in a water-filled gravel pit, vehicles stored near a public lake access and bears behaving hungrily. The officer also followed up on cases from last month’s work detail in the BWCA. CO Manning was pleased to hear that the group of young men who packed in about 100 cans of beer and soda plus a couple glass bottles of alcohol also packed the containers out, thereby avoiding a litter ticket in addition to the illegal containers in the BWCA ticket they already earned.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly angling and ATV enforcement. Fishing has slowed and with it has been a rise in folks using extra lines. One trout angler was found using an extra line and live minnows. Public access issues were dealt with. Enforcement action for the week consisted of angle with extra lines, live minnows on a trout lake, and ATV operation on a state highway.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers on Superior, inland lakes and monitored ATV riders. The Officer worked a Great Lakes Task Force shift with Officer Williams on Lake Superior. The weather this past week was nice for fishing on the big lake, but the salmon bite has been slow. Some nice Lakers were seen in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unlawfully possess steelhead, ATV and OHM violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, fishing, and invasive species enforcement efforts during the week. The bug activity seems to less making it more enjoyable for campers in the area. A nuisance wolf complaint was handled and a dumping complaint was also investigated.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, worked a litter complaint, and patrolled for illegal ATV and OHM activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, and patrolled campgrounds and recreation areas. He also assisted with a motor vehicle crash and handled various wildlife calls.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted with a K-9 demo in Barnum, monitored OHV activity and assisted the county with a K-9 track. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATV on roadway, no tail light on ATV and fail to display valid registration on ATV.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working off-road vehicle enforcement this past week on the Mesabi bike trail. Complaints of ATVs and other recreational vehicle traffic driving on the bike trail come in throughout the summer months. These types of vehicles are not allowed to travel on the bike trail. She also spent time checking boating and angling activity in the area.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity with fish beginning to be found deep with the rapidly warming water temps. CO Sutherland took enforcement action on one group from Indiana who forgot to count how many bluegills were in their livewell. They were cited for overlimit and reminded to double check their livewell well before they might think they have their limit.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent most of last week checking anglers and boaters on area lakes and river. Time was also spent checking ATV operators and invasive species law compliance. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on roadway and operating watercraft while intoxicated.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) checked ATV activity in Lake and St. Louis counties. CO Velsvaag took several complaints of illegal boat access parking and took questions about no preference points for the wolf lottery. CO Velsvaag also received a complaint on illegal burning.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, wetland, sport fishing, off-highway vehicle (OHV), and aquatic plant management activities. Enforcement action was taken for boat registration violations, for OHV registration and operation violations and for removing aquatic vegetation without a permit. A bobcat was seized. CO Arhart also checked for early bear baits, worked a special Great Lakes detail and worked the Enforcement booth at the Minnesota Trapper’s Convention at Barnum. Many questions about the upcoming deer hunting seasons were answered. Some youth were also certified in trapper education.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week checking anglers and boaters. Time was spent on Lake Superior as weather conditions drew large numbers of anglers. ATV complaint areas were worked and public accesses were worked for AIS violations.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent a lot of time on the water checking both anglers and boaters throughout the week. Insufficient number of PFDs was a problem seen too often as people appear to be a little less safety conscience during warm weather. A personal floatation device is required for every person on a watercraft. A moose that was hit and killed by a train was recovered and its carcass was handed off to biologists for study. Angling with extra lines, insufficient PFDs and angling without a license were a few of the violations encountered during the week.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area anglers on shore and on area lakes, including Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Enforcement action was taken during the week on violations including, multiple line angling, no angling licenses in possession, unregistered watercraft and watercraft safety equipment, including PFDs, fire extinguishers, and no audible sound producing device. Time was spent working with the St. Louis County SWCD, on a garbage and pollution complaint. Follow-up was done on an ATV complaint and time was also spent investigating a dispersed camping site complaint.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and angling activity in the area over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for license violations. Further investigation into a litter violation at an area public access turned into trips to jail for two people. One who had an outstanding warrant and another for giving a false name and date of birth and also possessing a felony amount of drugs. The annual Minnesota trapper’s association convention was worked in Barnum over the weekend. Several questions were answered and a K9 demo was done for the event highlighting the DNR K9 unit.
WREO Mike Scott staffed an information booth with Minnesota Sea Grant at the Grand Marais Fisherman’s Picnic discussing AIS concerns and issues with the public. Lots of great questions and interest noted. Two great days of weather in the Duluth area brought out the boats and anglers on Lake Superior and area lakes. Fishing and boating activity was high and those talked to were enjoying the days. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, insufficient life jackets on watercraft, fail to display registration and fishing with extra lines. Several wetland violations were completed with certificates of satisfactory completion issued. As a result of those certifications several deed restrictions on private properties were lifted.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) spent time checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. The fishing was spotty with lake trout making up the largest share of the bag. Boulder Lake was checked, checked Indian Lake State Forest campground for loud noise complaints and followed up on nuisance animal complaints.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) spent an evening near the TIP trailer at the Crow Wing County Fair answering several questions from fair-goers. She completed work on a waterfowl out of season case and responded to a couple of complaints of garbage burning. CO Peterson spent time patrolling area lakes finding several folks out recreating on the water with the nice weather. She also assisted Aitkin County by responding to an unconscious female along a county road.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with so-so success being reported by anglers on area lakes. Officer Lee received a call of a black bear doing damage to bird feeders and garbage cans. The property owner was advised of options, and to call if this did not end the problem or other problems arose from the bear. Officer Lee also received a call from a party reporting possible violations regarding public waters. Upon investigation no violations pertaining DNR waters issues, but possibly county zoning issues had been violated. Information was turned over to Crow Wing County Zoning for further investigation. Officer Lee attended the Crow Wing County Fair sitting at the DNR booth. Time was spent answering questions, and explaining to fair goers Conservation Officer duties around MN. Enforcement action this past week was taken for boating safety violations on the Whitefish Chain.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled the Whitefish Chain for boating and angling activity. CO McGowan also worked an informational booth at the Crow Wing County Fair. Numerous questions were answered for the upcoming hunting seasons. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent time at area boat accesses monitoring aquatic invasive species, followed up on TIP calls of possible fish overlimits and boat owners refusing to be inspected by landing inspectors. Nuisance beaver permits were issued, recreational boaters were checked on area lakes, and the officer answered questions at the county fair DNR booth.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating and AIS enforcement during the week. He also assisted other DNR personnel with a lakeshore issue.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The sunfish and bass continue to be the most active fish. Complaints of pan fish over limits on the Crow Wing River and wanton waste of carp and suckers were investigated. He also worked on boating enforcement and safety. No lights after sunset, PWCs operate within 150 feet of shore and after hour operation were detected. Complaints of ATVs in the Pillsbury Forest and litter was received and investigated.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety and trail use and construction site security in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area. He also increased patrol and enforcement of facility closing at 10 pm, and cited a person for dumping household trash in rec. site trash bin.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked heavy watercraft and boating enforcement. Numerous watercraft owners were out enjoying the lakes area. Officer Guida assisted a local police department in locating a vehicle that was observed driving recklessly. Equipment inspections were performed. Miscellaneous animal complaints were handled including questions regarding dead loons, dead eagles, and nuisance raccoons. Officer Guida also arrested a drunken boater off an area lake.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity including PWC and slow-no-wake complaint areas. Angling activity was still fair for the middle of summer but included some license violations. Verkuilen also worked ATV traffic and assisted at the county fair DNR booth.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) traveled to Duluth to assist the Lake Superior marine unit; some anglers had luck with trout and salmon. The officer conducted commercial bait dealer inspections and no issues were found. A wetlands complaint was fielded and investigated. Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake reported catching a large amount of 8 to 10 inch walleye which is promising for the future. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line, angling without a license in possession, juveniles operating ATVs without helmets, no ATV safety training, no ATV registration displayed, expired OHM registration and several PWC violations.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continuing field training with a COC. He spent several days checking fishermen for fishing licenses and other fishing and boating related activities on Mille Lacs Lake. Time was spent on education and enforcement of AIS on Mille Lacs Lake. He also responded to a TIP complaint regarding a wetland violation. He found a violation including excavating and filling within a wetland. While investigating the wetland violation he took enforcement action near Soo Line Trail for a juvenile riding on an ATV without a helmet. He took a call regarding an injured Canada goose that was suffering from two injured wings.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers and enforced the AIS laws. Speldrich received complaints regarding nuisance beaver and injured wildlife complaints. She also prepared forfeited items for the upcoming state auction.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) found fishing pressure and success to be very light. Muskie fishermen are finding some aggressive fish, but do not seem to be hooking up with them. CO Starr assisted a beginner FAS Instructor with the class presentation and also gave the law/ethic talk. Volunteer instructors are a definite asset to the DNR and very appreciated. Enforcement action was taken on boat registration and ATV violations.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a COC continued to find activity out on area lakes. Anglers have been finding a fairly good crappie bite and water-skiers have enjoyed lake surface temperatures that have finally reached the upper 70s. Complaints investigated included livestock getting killed by wolves and a bear being shot out of season. One investigation found an individual that had illegal possession of a bear head and paws.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) checked anglers and boaters through the week. He took numerous calls on nuisance animals including bears, beavers, and skunks. CO Wynn worked ATV complaint areas in and around the Chengwatana State Forest, and also checked areas of the Snake River. The first questions about the upcoming hunting seasons are beginning to come in. Be sure to pick up a new hunting regulations booklet or print one out from the DNR website.
WREO Rob Haberman worked AIS enforcement around the Brainerd and Mille Lacs areas. Several individuals where talked to about Minnesota’s AIS laws. WREO Haberman also assisted with an ATV crash near Aitkin and a natural gas line break near Cross Lake.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling and watercraft activities. Areas were checked for OHV activity. The main focus was investigating wetland violations.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking angling activity, boaters and checking for AIS violations. Assistance was also provided to APM staff with weed roller checks. While checking weed rollers a hydraulic jet was found on a dock that had made a hole in the lake bottom that was approximately 8 inches deep. CO Silgjord would like to remind lake shore owners that it is illegal to alter the course, current or cross section of public water without a permit. Lake shore owners should be familiar with the current laws and regulations affecting these machines prior to their use. A TIP trailer was also secured for the Stearns County Fair. Time was spent answering questions and hearing concerns from area fair goers.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked off-highway motorcycle and ATV enforcement in and around the Carlos Avery WMA. She worked AIS at area accesses and handled injured animal calls. CO Kruse worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes, worked on a litter case and checked on a wetland complaint. Violations included insufficient PFD’s, operate OHM in a WMA, over speed limit in a WMA, failure to pull boat drain plug, extra lines and no fishing license.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity. The officer fielded calls concerning beaver and loons.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked on several calls dealing with PWC, wetland, boating and fishing. CO Mies helped out by working at the Stillwater Bridge.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers and invasive species enforcement. Time was spent assisting with the Albany ATV safety class. Thesing worked on division training.
WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS compliance in Todd and Isanti counties. Public waters cease and desist and restoration orders were served in Stearns County. Several fishermen were checked and time was also spent at the Stearns County Fair answering questions about AIS and upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found three 12 year olds operating PWCs in a careless manner, a parent and owner of the PWCs sat on shore watching. When contacted by CO Kuske the person stated he knew it was illegal for them to operate but the kids wanted to ride. A citation was issued to the parent for allowing illegal operation. DNR aircraft found a potential wetland violation and when CO Kuske investigated on the ground he found a road that had been built through a swamp and a property owner burning shingles along with other prohibited materials. A person was stopped for operating a Class 2 ATV in the traffic lane of a county highway. Including the illegal operation, the person was also cited for not having an ATV safety certificate. A nuisance beaver complaint was received and a special trapping permit was issued. A young guy was wading in the shallows with some friends; he finished his cigarette and flicked the butt into the lake. As he turned to walk up onto shore he was surprised to see CO Kuske standing there watching, a litter ticket was issued while his friends cleaned up the area. After dealing with the stench of burning garbage for more than a year, several residents got together, contacting CO Kuske to pay a visit to their neighbor and put an end to his illegal habit. Enforcement action was taken and the person said he would get rid of the burn barrel. More reported sightings as an escaped game farm elk continues to roam in the Buckman area.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) followed up on a call of a large amount of black smoke coming from a farmyard. It was found that the person was burning metal, windows, rubber hoses and a hot water heater. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials. Class 2 ATVs (side by sides) continue to be stopped that are driving illegally down the lane of traffic and with youth under 18 years old riding with no helmet on. This has been a common problem in the area. Nuisance beaver calls were handled and questions on the new deer hunting regulations that just came out.
St. Cloud – vacant.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) had a law enforcement student as a ride along, confirmed a wolf killed calf, checked boaters/anglers, enforced invasive species regulations at public accesses, investigated wetland complaints, and patrolled state and federal lands. Officer Londgren also took complaints on nuisance bears and coyotes.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continued the Field Training process with a COC. Regulatory checks were conducted on shore anglers throughout local area lakes and rivers. Fishing activity has decreased over the past week; shore anglers were sparse and those present reported an extremely slow bite. Boating activity was also slow throughout the week, this included both fishing and recreational. Although some wake restrictions still remain, most have been lifted. CO Reller and the COC responded to a TIP call on Clear Lake where three males were suspected to be taking an over-limit of fish. The boat and the suspects were gone on arrival. A wetlands violation was reported and addressed; this is in-process and will continue to be monitored. Throughout the week, several questions from the public were fielded concerning current regulations on fishing. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft operation and angling, with citations being issued for angling w/o a license, taking wild animals while license privileges are revoked and failure to display valid registration on a watercraft. Also, CO Reller and the COC assisted Wright County with a warrant arrest which resulted in a citation being issued for driving after suspension.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking anglers on area lakes and rivers. Most anglers were not having much success, only panfish and a few northerns. CO Langevin also checked many boaters for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and related issues. Violations included no license in possession, no wearable PFD and failure to remove drain plug.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Fishing success has slowed some as water temps are around 80 degrees on the surface. Enforcement action was taken on operating a watercraft without required amounts of life preservers.
CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked AIS enforcement in Isanti County. CO Muyres also responded to a fishing TIP on Goose Lake.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked security at the St .Croix River bridge project. Several nuisance and injured animal calls were handled. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes and rivers
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe responded to TIP complaints and nuisance animal complaints. Violations included license issues.
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling activity. CO Salzer assisted with a firearms safety class in Maple Plain. Salzer received a call for a possible wetland violation in western Hennepin County.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked shore fishermen and boaters in the metro area lakes and rivers. He followed up with the pesticide application in Spring Lake without a permit and issued a beaver permit in Scott County. He also worked the Stillwater Bridge detail on St. Croix River and returned phone calls to the Asian community on upcoming deer hunting and small game hunting regulations.
Bloomington – vacant.
Mound – vacant.
Prior Lake – vacant.
District 14 – East Metro area
WREO Adam Block (Metro) focused on AIS enforcement throughout the week. A wetland site inspection was conducted in Lake Elmo. A ride along was also given to a person interested in pursuing a career as a Conservation Officer.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around the metro lakes and rivers throughout the week and worked boating enforcement. He spent sometimes working AIS enforcement with neighboring Conservation Officers during the week and patrolled state parks. CO Pril also responded to a couple of tip complaints, handled injured animal calls and spoke at a firearms safety class in Eagan.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) attended an AIS meeting in Washington County and spoke to a firearms safety class at the Oakdale Gun Club. CO Arntzen continued checking anglers, watercraft users and doing AIS enforcement. He also handled nuisance animal calls and worked TIP complaints. Enforcement action for the week included failure to remove drain plug, angling without a license and no State Park vehicle permit.
Eagan – vacant.
Hastings – vacant.
Maplewood – vacant.
Metro Officer – vacant.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) spent the week checking area anglers and boaters. Numerous questions regarding the 2014 deer season were fielded throughout the week. Fishing continues to be slow on area lakes.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and invasive species. The bite remains only fair on most area lakes. Young ATV operators and young passengers without helmets remain a problem this summer.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) staffed the TIP trailer at the Chippewa County Fair. Questions regarding the use of OHVs were answered. You must check with your local authorities because ordinances regarding OHV use in counties and municipalities may vary.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ATV, fishing, boating, AIS, and state park enforcement. ATV activity picked up over the weekend with the end of the Ag Zone ditch restrictions. An illegal burn was investigated with enforcement action being taken and the local fire department being paged out. Preparation work was also done for the DNR tent at Farm Fest, August 5-7th.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers and boaters during the week. OHV activity was monitored at the Appleton OHV Park. Angling and boating violations were encountered.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) contributed to a local radio station’s weekly outdoors show. Goose hunting is about to start in the area with some scouting going on.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued two WCA restoration orders in Renville County. An AIS K-9 demonstration was completed in Stearns County. AIS checks and issues were addressed on area lakes and rivers. Public waters/shoreland issues were addressed with the owner on Lake Shetek.
Benson – vacant.
Madison – vacant.
Redwood Falls – vacant.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave instruction at a youth firearms safety training class. He investigated a case of waterfowl shot during the closed season and illegal burning incidents. The remainder of the week was spent on fishing, boating, AIS, ATV and WMA activities.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked on area lakes, checking boaters and anglers. She responded to a TIP call resulting in an over limit of bass and an over limit of sunfish. She and a neighboring officer investigated a TIP call of an injured Canada goose. She also assisted Eco/Waters with a shoreline issue.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on nuisance beaver and injured eagle calls. He checked watercraft for compliance with AIS laws. He also followed up on public waters complaints.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. A roadside count for the Division of Wildlife was conducted. Despite ideal conditions for seeing pheasants only one hen was observed in 25 miles.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked throughout the week checking anglers, enforcing boat and water safety rules and ATV patrol. Gruhlke also discussed area activity, deer season license information and time spent at the Jackson County Fair with KKOJ/KRAQ. He also completed two August roadside count routes throughout Jackson County.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time working ATV and boating enforcement in the area this week. Officer found several recreational boaters and jet skis out enjoying the warm temperatures. CO Oberg advised boaters on AIS laws. CO Oberg also assisted DNR Waters with an issue on a local lake.
Litchfield – vacant.
Willmar #1 – vacant.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the majority of the past week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance at area Public Water Accesses.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, AIS enforcement, and recreational vehicle activity. A cease and desist order was served for a public waters violation. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) focused on AIS enforcement this past week. ATV activity was monitored. The officer also spent time on area rivers checking anglers and boaters.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked AIS enforcement and followed up on WCA complaints.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling and boat & water activity during the week. A male was observed dumping litter in a county park & enforcement action taken. Assistance was given to a local Sheriff’s Office & Rescue Units where a small float plane crashed on an area lake.
Albert Lea – vacant.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working state grant and aid ATV trails. Activity was high as the weather cooperated. Compliance was good as well. Violations encountered were failure to display valid ATV registration and operate in closed area. Time was also spent answering questions on the upcoming deer season. Hunters are encouraged to check the regulations in the areas they hunt before the season starts. CO Boyum also attended a FAS field day in St Charles. Hats off to the instructors there as they do a great job!
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. Some anglers were doing well with limits seen taken. Heyn also had court on a case from last fall and the defendant was found guilty.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing field training of a COC. Officers saw success with most anglers as fishing continues to pick up on the Mississippi River. Officers also spent time educating on AIS laws and transportation of fish at area boat launches. Enforcement action taken for the week included, boating safety, and fishing violations.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and a COC continue to work together. They spent most of the week on the river checking fishing, boating, and AIS. They continue to get wildlife calls including rattlesnakes in yards and a woodchuck found at a service station under a car hood. They also attended a local firearms safety class.
CO Phil George (Rochester) continued field training. Officer George and a COC checked boating, angling, and ATV activity. Several no angling licenses and extra line violations were discovered along with some boating violations. A complaint of an illegal net set in a river was taken and a laws and ethics talk was conducted at an Advanced Hunter Education class.
Rochester #2 – vacant.
Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.
CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen flew multiple Creel Survey missions over Leech Lake. Lake photo missions were flown for Wildlife around Cokato, Montrose and Monticello. Several potential APM violations were noted, photographed, marked by GPS and will be forwarded for follow up. Ferry flights were also flown for aircraft maintenance and phone calls from the public requesting information were fielded.
NR pilot Luke Ettl (Grand Rapids) flew a Lake Vermilion creel survey.
CO Pilot Bob Geving flew sketch mapping and oak wilt photo flights in the Mora, Cambridge, and Rush City areas. Geving also flew a couple photo missions for possible public waters and wetland violations.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports two WCA photo flights flown in area counties. In between sites, Jensen landed on various lakes to check anglers. Jensen also flew a fisher telemetry flight. Hangar duties and safety program planning were handled at Camp Ripley.
Water Resource Enforcement Officers
WREO reports are now placed within district reports.
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 Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is 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 Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.
Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov. Students are reminded that they must complete the CD portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. Youth/Adult ATV Safety Training Course CDs are available by calling 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 attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the at home CD 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 CD course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV CD Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Youth/Adult ATV Training CDs are available by calling 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 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.
Northwest RTO Jon Paurus worked on revisions to various training materials throughout the week. An instructor certification class was completed in Walker. Assistance to the local field officers was provided on a wildlife complaint. Numerous instructors were contacted regarding maintaining course consistency with the DNR education programs.
NE RTO Shelly Patten made a presentation about Conservation Officer Careers to Northome summer school students. Patten worked on revisions to the Firearms Safety written exam. Patten worked on various Firearms Safety related issues in the NE – including class registration, field day course, student behavior and instructor training. Patten also worked on revisions and updates to Instructor training for Hunter Education and Firearms Safety.
West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports planning for upcoming Firearms Safety Instructor certification training, reviewing training material, and planning for upcoming Instructor appreciation events. Thursday he assisted with employee ATV training in Brainerd.
Northeast Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence attended a meeting in St. Paul to pass along information for processes in safety training into creating a new records management system for DNR enforcement staff. RTO Lawrence assisted Bald Eagle gun club volunteer firearms safety staff with a hands-on field day for students participating with online firearms safety course. The course was sponsored by MN waterfowl association from the east metro. RTO Lawrence spent time contacting instructors on firearms safety field day requirements for fall classes. RTO Lawrence completed a site visit with a firearms safety Instructor group to discuss options for including hunting scenarios to fit their field day site and help in enhancing their overall field day.
Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent most of the week working with HEFAS instructors that have upcoming classes. The goal is to make sure we are meeting all the goals and objectives of the training. Time was also spent setting up training for new instructors at a few locations.
Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens last week took part in a class for DNR employee ATV Instructor course. This was a multi-agency class that teaches ATV safety on the job to new employees and acts as a refresher for long time employees. Owens also reviewed updates/changes to OHV regulations booklet. Preparation work for upcoming instructor clinics was handled. He worked the field over the weekend checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Violations witnessed included angle with one extra line, angling license not in possession and fail to display valid registration.