CONSERVATION OFFICER WEEKLY REPORT
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River.
Enforcement action was taken for possession of illegal-length walleyes and possession of marijuana. A wolf was found shot near Badger. Anyone with information is encouraged to call
the TIP line.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) investigated a possible Wetland Conservation Act violation, patrolled the station for angling, boating and ATV activity this past week, and gave a presentation to a youth ATV safety class. Boaters are reminded that anyone under the age of 10 is required to wear an approved PFD while on board any watercraft that is underway. Enforcement action taken this past week included boating violations and using game fish as bait.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working AIS and angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling area trails for ATV activity. Violations encountered and addressed included possession of protected slot northern pike and angling license violations.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports that angling activity continues to draw anglers to Upper Red Lake. Prachar worked angling and ATV enforcement, as well as AIS enforcement. Time was spent assisting the sheriff’s office with an investigation.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) spent the week attending training out of state. Assistance was also given to a sheriff’s office using K9 Storm to search for a firearm related to an ongoing investigation.
Baudette West – vacant.
Warroad South – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) worked AIS enforcement on area water bodies. Time was also spent checking anglers. Various angling violations were encountered.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, handled a depredation complaint and continued flight training.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) spent time working a boat and water safety detail on Upper Red Lake. Numerous anglers and boaters were contacted. Several anglers were observed with limits of walleyes. Individuals were cited for possessing overlimits of walleyes as well as several boating violations. Vollbrecht attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to plan for the upcoming boat training at the CO Academy. A public waters/APM violation was investigated in which an individual used machinery to dig cattails out of a public water. CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports receiving TIP reports of possible fishing violations, calls of people claiming to have found orphaned deer fawns, and bear sightings. People are reminded that fawns are not abandoned, as does only spend a few minutes at a time with them while they are very young. Vinton participated in the Perham Turtle Fest Parade and the City of Perham’s
annual “Safety Zone.”
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working AIS, fishing, and boating activity. Time was also spent investigating a report of a nuisance bear that was causing damage to bird feeders and fencing. Swedberg wants to remind people that a bear will generally leave if it cannot find food, so put the feeders and trash away if you see bear in the area. Additional time was spent assisting Becker County with searches involving some cold cases and current investigations.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with a firearms safety class in Park Rapids and assisted local and federal agencies with an ongoing investigation. Peterson also followed up on a wetland- filling complaint and an ongoing trapping case.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on boating regulations and safety compliance. Leeching activity was monitored. Patrol was conducted for off-road vehicle activity. Warren assisted White Earth tribal police and the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with calls of a possible drowning and an individual with a firearm in a residential area. The law and ethics portion of firearms safety was taught in Fosston. AIS inspections were performed.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fishing continues to be good in the area. Time was also spent at Camp Ripley prepping for Sport Fishing Week at the Academy.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked boating and AIS enforcement throughout the past week. Cooler weather over the weekend kept activity low. ATV enforcement continues to be monitored and a lot of orphaned animal calls were handled.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) found many anglers hitting their favorite panfish spots as the sunfish/bluegill bite has been heating up. Numerous wildlife-related calls were handled, including an incident of snapping turtles being shot along gravel roads in Otter Tail County. Anyone with information about the shooters is asked to call the TIP line. Enforcement action was taken for illegal fires and license and registration violations.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) patrolled lakes this past week for fishing and boating activity. A few citations were issued for no fishing license and late PWC operation. Nuisance-beaver permits were issued and firearms classes were organized.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked anglers, recreational vehicles and boating safety during the week. Time was also spent on monitoring AIS compliance. Holt worked boat and water safety with the local sheriff’s office in the Osakis area. A TIP complaint was received and is ongoing. Enforcement activity related to AIS violations.
Morris – vacant.
Wheaton – vacant.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Jacqueline Hughes (Longville) reports continued checks of anglers, boating safety, and ATV riders. Hughes investigated a TIP call on Leech Lake and a goose taken out of season. She also spoke at a 4-H meeting.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily trained new officers at the Academy. A wolf-depredation complaint was investigated. Anglers, boaters, and ATV riders were also checked.
Lake George – vacant.
Park Rapids – vacant.
Walker – vacant.
Remer – vacant.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports a busy past week with fishing, boating and invasive species enforcement on Rainy Lake. ATV enforcement and animal-related complaints also balanced out the workload. A youth firearms safety class and field day were held in Littlefork over the weekend.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time following up on a variety of different cases and worked mainly ATV enforcement during the week. Numerous nuisance-animal calls were received. Zavodnik wants to remind campers and homeowners that “easy pickings” such as bird feeders, garbage, and food left outside can attract unwanted customers from the woods. In most cases, if garbage and food are not left outside, and bird feeders are taken down for a while, animals will move along. Time was also spent instructing the field day portion of a firearms safety class in Littlefork. Attendees went through a variety of scenarios, including proper gun
handling, trespassing, and deciding whether or not to shoot. The weather was nice and all the attendees did a great job! Enforcement action taken during the week included ATV and angling violations, including a DWI arrest.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports ATV use, trapping, and theft were concerns heard during the past week. Beaver-, deer-, and bear-related complaints were heard with options for resolution discussed. With an increase in individuals heading out for water-related vacations, AIS laws were focused on with several individuals educated on the topic. The week was finished out assisting local volunteer firearms safety instructors and area conservation officers with a firearm safety field day.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored angling, boating, and ATV activities. Beaver-related
complaints continue. Public access sites were checked. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads were monitored. Equipment work and administrative tasks are ongoing.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the past week monitoring angling, boating and ATV activity. Anglers continue to report limited success on Lake Vermilion. Cooler weather appeared to limit boating activity. Broughten also spent time checking compliance with AIS laws and working ATV complaints.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) spent the week focusing on ATV enforcement. Activity stepped up over several of the warmer days, although traffic was noticeably down from past years. Violations included operating an unregistered OHM, angling without a license in possession, and angling with no trout stamp in possession.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked boaters and anglers this past week. Fishing was moderate and most fish were running small. Velsvaag followed up on a fishing complaint and received multiple nuisance- or injured-wildlife calls.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and forest roads checking anglers and ATV operators. She took reports of a car-killed deer, nuisance bear and nuisance raccoons. Manning also assisted as part of the Honor Guard laying to rest retired CO Gene Borud at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) wrapped up a couple of pending cases with a citation issued for failure to tag deer in one case and an array of trapping violations charged in an ongoing investigation. Time was spent on ATV and on the water. In an early -week trip in the BWCA with a DNR volunteer, several individuals were apprehended using extra lines, and one person in the group was also found to have not tagged or registered his deer from last season. Enforcement action for the week included deer-tagging and registration violations, extra lines, no PFD, expired registration, and ATV and OHM violations. A large buck, unfortunately, had to be dispatched after running into the side of a vehicle.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked the week on the water checking anglers and boating equipment. Cool weather and bugs didn’t stop folks from getting out on the water. Fishing was slow but started to pick up midweek.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and angling activity during the week. Fishing slowed down a bit with cooler weather and windy conditions. Nuisance-wildlife complaints continue with bear and beaver activity being the most common complaints. Commercial minnow retailer inspections were also completed this past week.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked fishing, AIS, boating, and ATV enforcement. He
answered wildlife-related calls and patrolled parks and campgrounds.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, handled wildlife-related complaints,
monitored OHV activity and provided K9 demos. Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also assisted other agencies in locating stolen firearms and firearms thrown in the woods. Enforcement action was taken for license issues and arrests were made for outstanding warrants.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked angling activity this past week. She also performed equipment maintenance. She handled calls about recreational vehicle activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling activity.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity in the area with the local lakes starting to pick up as the water temperatures rise. Enforcement action was taken for having a plug in a watercraft while on the roadway, angling without a license in possession and angling with a game fish.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) worked boating, angling, ATV, and AIS enforcement
throughout the area. Several nuisance-animal complaints were also fielded and handled. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and angling with extra lines.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) spent time patrolling the area for fishing and ATV activity. The crappie bite has seemed to slow a little bit but the sunfish bite is starting to pick up. Nuisance-animal calls were handled and reports of dogs chasing deer were investigated.
NE ATV officer – vacant.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued to work fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes. ATV and ORV enforcement was also worked throughout the Duluth area. A couple of nuisance-wildlife complaints were handled and Duncan attended a court trial involving a contested violation. A possible aquatic management area violation was also investigated during the week.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with judging a K9 trial in the metro area and a commercial inspection was conducted on an area minnow dealer with enforcement action being taken for expired license and improper equipment. K9 Schody assisted Becker County with the search for a firearm that was used in a crime. Staples and K9 Schody participated with the Lakes and Rivers
Fair in Aitkin County during the week and K9 training continues to prepare for annual testing. Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked AIS enforcement around the Duluth area. Compliance was good regarding boat plugs and transporting water in boats. ATV and OHM enforcement was also focused on in the Cloquet State Forest north of Duluth. Calls about fawns and other wildlife concerns are still being fielded. Please leave fawn deer and other young wildlife where you found them.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) took calls of nuisance bears and ATV complaints during the week. State park and forest campgrounds were monitored, shore anglers were checked and enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
Lake Superior Unit – vacant.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) checked anglers and boaters, responded to a complaint of illegally removing a beaver dam, provided a ride-along to a college student from another state, and worked the Spider Lake ATV area, where several enforcement issues were dealt with.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating and invasive species activity. Advice was also given to an individual with a concern about bears.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked angling and boating enforcement throughout the week. McGowan also worked a detail on Upper Red Lake. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations, AIS issues, and walleye overlimits.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this past week of checking boating and fishing activity, patrolling the CCSRA, assisting DNR Parks and Trails with marking the designated swimming area at the state beach on Pelican Lake, investigating a complaint of suspected tampering with dams and water levels on an area lake, responding to miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints, and attending the funeral of retired Jackson-area Conservation Officer Jerry
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked boating safety, angling activity and ATV/ORV traffic around the Foothills State Forest. Violations included no PFD, expired registration and illegal ATV operation. Academy 19 training plans and scheduling also continued.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports assisting with teaching at the new CO Academy over the week. Cadets were taught defensive tactics. He and several other COs ran the laser shot and helped with a K9 demo at the Aitkin Rivers and Lakes Fair. Time was spent assisting the park with calls for service and many outdoor law-related questions were answered. Area lakes were checked for fishing and boating activity and AIS activity was monitored.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) assisted with Academy 19 training at Camp Ripley, followed up on a complaint of deer taken out of season, and assisted at the Lakes and Rivers Fair in Aitkin. Ladd also patrolled ATV and angling activity.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity including an increasing number of skiers, tubers, and PWC operators as the water warms up. He also answered questions about nuisance bears, issued beaver permits, and helped staff a DNR booth at the Lakes and Rivers Fair.
CO Ben Karon (Isle) spent time this past week with continued patrols on the Soo Line and Red Top trail systems. Time was also spent at Mille Las Lake checking anglers and boaters. Patrols for boats being trailered with aquatic invasive species were also conducted.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) worked boating and ATV enforcement. Whiteoak spent time assisting the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office and also worked at the Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted local law enforcement with a disturbance call. A subject was arrested for possession of narcotics. Speldrich handled multiple nuisance- and orphaned-animal calls. She also checked angling licenses and ATV operators.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked panfish anglers, who seem to be having fair luck with sunfish and crappies. The smallmouth bass fishing remains strong on Mille Lacs Lake. Time was also spent teaching laws and ethics to firearms safety classes. Lots of deer are showing up along roadways to get away from bugs, so be on alert.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Annette Kyllo (Pierz) spent time checking angling activity on area lakes and patrolling ATV trails. Kyllo also assisted with a search warrant and helped at the current CO Academy during a scenario day. Common violations encountered this past week included no angling license in possession, operating unregistered ATVs, and individuals under the age of 18 not wearing an approved helmet when riding ATVs
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity this past week. He received numerous calls regarding nuisance animals. Administrative tasks were also handled.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports assisting with evidence collection for a fishing violation that occurred outside the area. A case involving illegal possession of orphaned wildlife was also investigated and resolved.
CO Leah Kampa (Annandale) spent time on an AIS complaint, boating safety enforcement and checking shore-fishing activity. Kampa assisted with an ATV safety driving course in Albany.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) reports continued calls about nuisance bears across southern Todd County. Bertram would like to remind hunters that most of this area is in the no-quota license zone and could provide a good hunting option this fall.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked angler and boating activity, took nuisance-beaver complaints, worked state trails checking for horse passes, and patrolled state parks and WMAs. Londgren also checked for AIS compliance at public lake and river accesses.
CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) reports checking ATV riders and anglers throughout the week. Numerous litter calls were handled. A call of a bald eagle trapped inside a fenced enclosure was also handled. Benkofske lassoed the eagle, grabbed it and brought it out into the open so it could fly away.
CO Blong Lor (Center City) spent the week working anglers, boaters, ATV riders, and nuisance- animal calls. He also spent time investigating ongoing complaints. Violations included failure to display registration, no license in possession and no throwable PFD.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and working boat and water safety. Krauel also spent time instructing at the Conservation Officer Academy. He also focused efforts on AIS enforcement.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) focused enforcement efforts on anglers and boaters. Additional time was spent working public accesses for invasive species enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, possessing an illegal-length northern pike, and failing to remove a drain plug from a watercraft. A kayak was located floating on Pulaski Lake without anyone around. Please call 1-888-MINNDNR if you have information on the possible owner.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) continued to work boating and angling activity on area lakes and rivers. Maass also investigated a complaint of a possible goose shot out of season. Enforcement action was taken for expired registration, fishing with extra lines, and illegal-length northern pike.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling Sate Park for complaints of people entering the closed park. He worked with CO Blong in the Center City station for boating and angling activities. He assisted with transferring a vehicle from Camp Ripley to the Region 3 shop.
CO Mike Lerchen (Bloomington) reports working shore anglers and recreational boaters. A ride- along was also provided to an interested person. Time was also spent instructing at a firearms safety class.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) focused on boat and water safety and angling enforcement. In addition to patrolling area lakes and speaking at an ATV safety class, Kpachavi and multiple agencies responded to a boat fire on Lake Minnetonka over the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for license and boat safety violations.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) spent the most of the past week patrolling the station for angling activity. A nuisance-fox issue was addressed. He attended a boat and water safety meeting. Medical aid was provided to a juvenile who experienced seizure-like symptoms in the back of a car. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, expired boat registration, and operating an off-highway motorcycle on a public highway.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers, monitoring boating activity and following up on complaints. Grewe responded to a TIP call over the weekend where two people were cited for an overlimit of sunfish. Other violations this past week included expired boat registration and failing to remove the boat drain plug during transport.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing and boating activities on metro-area lakes and rivers. He participated with an Asian youth fishing group from the Karen community at Sucker Lake and took care of equipment maintenance on his work truck at the region shop. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and fishing with an extra line.
Ft. Snelling – vacant.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) spent the majority of his time this past week conducting boating and fishing enforcement. Time was also spent responding to various TIP calls and taking calls regarding nuisance wildlife. Thomas also responded to a vehicle off the roadway. It was determined the driver had three arrest warrants and was intoxicated.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (White Bear Lake) spent time working angling and AIS enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, extra lines and failure to remove a drain plug on a watercraft while transporting. Gutzwiller followed up on a wetland violation and fielded numerous wildlife-related calls throughout the week.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling and boating activity. Salzer also assisted Anoka County in searching for a missing person. Please remember to wear your life jacket while boating and swimming. The water temperatures may still be lower in some places than normal.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) checked anglers throughout the week and monitored the no-wake on the St. Croix River for a portion of the week. He conducted follow up for ongoing investigations and conducted equipment maintenance. Calls were fielded from the public regarding numerous law-related questions.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring shore anglers in the area. With the Mississippi River water levels going down, many people were out and about. He also targeted AIS enforcement in the area. Enforcement action for the week included no fishing license, extra lines, and unattended lines.
Metro Officer – vacant.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, angling, boating and OHV activity during the week. Time was spent assisting with Honor Guard duties at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) spent time throughout the week checking anglers and recreational watercraft users. An AIS detail was worked over the weekend. Enforcement action
included license violations.
Lake Benton – vacant.
Benson – vacant.
Montevideo – vacant.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) educated lake users about AIS laws. Time was also spent
following up on investigations and TIP calls.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding ATV laws and animal problems. He spent the week working angling, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement activities. Crappies have moved into deeper water and algae blooms are beginning on the local lakes.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement efforts over the past week on ATV, AIS, and boating safety.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) attended the funeral of retired Conservation Officer Jerry Kinney, who worked the Jackson station for 30 years.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted AIS checks at several lake accesses in his patrol area. Anglers and boaters were checked. An ATV safety class was attended and 13 students were taught the rules and regulations portion of the class. Newborn wildlife-related calls were answered for the public.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Tony Flerlage (Spring Valley) attended the funeral for retired CO Kinney in Jackson. Anglers were checked and trespass issues were addressed. Calls were taken from people with concerns about baby animals.
CO Tyler Lusignan (Faribault) reports checking anglers on local lakes. The fish bite is
improving. He is also investigating a trespassing complaint.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato #1) focused on boating and fishing activity. VanThuyne also checked boats for AIS compliance and followed up on a TIP call.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato #2) assisted local agencies with air show security. Time was also spent checking angles, boaters and ATV activity in the area. He also helped with training new recruits at Camp Ripley.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Davis also monitored aquatic invasive species activity and ATV operators.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester #2) spent most of the week checking anglers. Time was also spent checking ATVs at Elgin’s Cheese Days. Fitzgerald and RTO Phil George arrested a person who had an open warrant for a trespass citation. Additional enforcement activity included taking fish without a license, no boat registration, no life jacket and no ATV registration.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and ATV riders during the week. Fishing success was mixed and lots of ATV riders were out and contacted. Heyn also worked on training materials and equipment.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) worked a very busy week on and around the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Fishing on the lake continues to be good, with walleyes, sauger, bass, and some panfish found in the bag. Baby animal-related calls continue to come in. It is always best to leave them alone. A special needs fishing event was attended and Prodzinski provided a ride-along to an intern. Enforcement problems continue with numerous undersized walleyes and bass found in
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week training in Alabama.
CO Tyler Ramaker (La Crescent) worked fishing and boating activity on the Mississippi River.
A complaint of a cougar attacking a horse was taken. After investigating the scene, it was determined the horse had injured itself in barbed wire. An ATV detail was worked in Elgin for Cheese Days. Enforcement action was taken for multiple ATV registration violations, no helmets on youth passengers, exceeding passenger capacities and open bottle. CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Rushford. Time was also spent checking anglers along the Mississippi River. Success varied. He fielded numerous reports of baby animals. People are reminded to please leave them alone.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports working aquatic invasive species activity around the Red Wing Area. Hill contacted a person backed up to a Cannon River canoe access. Instead of
loading a canoe from a float down the river, as Hill initially thought was the case, the individual
was actually looking for rocks on the river bank. The person was quickly arrested for felony
possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a handgun.
Rochester #1 – vacant.
Planning is ongoing for training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and
reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.
CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew a couple WCA and public waters photo missions. Geving
also attended to administrative and training tasks.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew two Leech lake surveys and a wolf telemetry flight.
Heineman also attended to maintenance on the Bemidji fixed-wing aircraft.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) prepared one helicopter for summer fire duty and worked on
some aerial spray equipment in preparation for hybrid cattail spraying in July. He also flew an
airplane flight to photograph most of last year’s cattail spray sites.
Standby NR Pilot Jessica Holmes (Grand Rapids) reports completing two Leech Lake creel
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports starting another officer/pilot on training flights with
Division fixed-wing aircraft.
Water Resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week teaching use of force at the Academy at Camp
Ripley. Time was spent checking anglers and AIS compliance at area public lake accesses. WCA
and public water cases were worked on.
WREO Mike Scott (NE) attended a meeting with Fisheries and Ecological and Water Resources
in reference to several public water cases that needed more attention. Scott attended the funeral
for retired CO Kinney.
WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked on project finalizations for a violation in
Itasca County. Wetland cases where worked and updated. Haberman also finalized hydraulic jet
violations found during flight surveillance in Morrison county.
WREO Leah Weyandt (Central) spent time investigating several public water violations.
Weyandt would like to remind shore owners they are allowed to install a sand blanket and
replace it only once in the lifetime of the property. Many restoration orders were served to repair
both public water and wetland violations.
WREO Luke Belgard (SW) worked angling, boating and ATV enforcement this past week.
Follow up was conducted on wetland and waters cases. Time was spent monitoring public access
sites for AIS violations.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) extended multiple restoration orders due to conditions being too wet to
restore. Shore anglers were checked and traffic was also monitored for AIS violations.