District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Follow up was conducted on a couple of open cases. Enforcement activity for the week consisted of a boyfriend/girlfriend who illegally purchased a combination (married) angling license.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked bear baits, AIS and angling enforcement. Fish are being found in both shallow and deeper waters. Bear season opens on Thursday September 1, good luck and be safe.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week of fishing on Lake of the Woods. Multiple tournaments have come to the area and anglers have reported success in finding and landing walleye. CO Prachar spent time working ATV activity and investigating litter violations in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Remember, if you bring it with you to bring it back out as well. Keep the forests nice for everyone to enjoy. Enforcement action includes ATV violations, OHM violations, and an over limit of walleye from Ontario that was located at the Baudette Port of Entry.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored bear baiting activity in the area, attended annual training, and worked ATV activity in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Enforcement action for the week included bait bear without valid license, fail to register bear bait, use non-biodegradable bait, leave equipment in WMA unattended, no helmet on juvenile on ATV, operate ATV on public highway, and fail to have fire extinguisher on watercraft.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports working angling, AIS, and ATV enforcement. The officer attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. CO Quittschreiber stopped an ATV for operating on a state highway and noticed an open can of beer in the driver’s cup holder. When the officer asked about this the driver stated that he had only had “a few beers”. Field sobriety was administered and enforcement action was taken. While driving the officer was passed by a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. When the officer was finally able to catch and stop the vehicle the driver admitted to driving in excess of 100 MPH, when asked what he was in such a hurry for the driver stated he was on his up north to set bear baits. Enforcement actions for the week included: illegal operation of ATVs, illegal transportation of dressed fish, and a speeding violation.
Karlstad – vacant.
Warroad #2 -vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working bear baiting activity. Time was also spent checking anglers and ATV operators. A presentation was given at the Crookston firearms safety class. A small game case was worked on.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) answered multiple fall hunting questions and wildlife complaints. He concentrated efforts on AIS, boating and a lake alteration concern.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) participated in use of force training at Camp Ripley.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) completed step 1 of field training with a conservation officer candidate (COC). Officers worked boating and angling activity on area lakes. Officers worked AIS enforcement at public accesses. Nuisance bear and wildlife complaints were taken. CO Vollbrecht attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting, angling and wild rice harvesting during the week. Time was also spent checking experimental and special regulation lakes and attending training in St. Paul. ATV and AIS compliance were monitored in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) began training with a COC and spent some time showing him geography of the station. They worked ATV enforcement, sport fishing, and boat & water safety. Warnings were issued for no license in possession and for riding on the bow of a boat while underway. The CO’s found very good compliance over all for AIS, but one fisherman had to be reminded that he could not transport live fish or water from the lake when leaving the landing. Due to wind and rain, there were not a whole lot of boats out on area lakes.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) patrolled the BWCA and participated in Use of Force training exercises this past week.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working bear bait activity. Area anglers were checked and information provided about legal angling practices. Follow up continued on possible aquatic vegetation violations. CO Warren attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Areas were worked for AIS compliance and questions answered.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring AIS, angling, ATV, and bear baiting activity in the Moorhead Station. Angling activity has been limited lately; however, those that have been fishing the Red River have been rewarded with a nice mix of fish. Calls from the public included numerous deer hunting, prairie chicken, and waterfowl questions for the upcoming season. A report of a dead swan was investigated and it was discovered to be a pelican that struck a power line. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and failure to display watercraft registration.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Nuisance beaver permits were issued for areas of concern. Reports of bear hanging around in unusual areas were received and complaints of illegal fishing were investigated.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) took several calls on injured animals and car hit deer. Fishing, boating and ATV enforcement was monitored as well. Several calls on new zebra mussels in area lakes were handled.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and boaters. He also worked AIS enforcement activity. CO Nelson took complaints on injured birds and raccoons. CO Nelson also worked an ATV complaint on the Central Lakes Trail. He received several questions about the upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended early law enforcement training at Camp Ripley. Fishermen and boaters were checked along with finishing up APM and WCA investigations. Several calls were handled about the upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Steven Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling with extra lines. CO Chihak attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. Minnow transportation and special beaver permits were issued. Time was also spent answering questions from the public at the Traverse County Fair.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused law enforcement efforts on anglers, boater activity and AIS law compliance. He checked a number of anglers that reported fishing was picking up with the cooler weather. CO Anderson checked complaint areas for possible illegal juvenile ATV operation. One contact involved a parent allowing an ATV to be operated illegally by a JV on roadways, no helmets, JV with a passenger and no registration displayed on the ATV. CO Anderson found good compliance with AIS, water and boat transportation laws as conducted inspections at area boat accesses. CO Anderson handled calls from the public this week about firearms safety classes, youth deer hunting, bear hunting questions and pheasant hunting questions.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement activity for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, possible wetland violation, and aquatic plant management violations. Time was also spent at the youth outdoor activity day in Alexandria answering hunting and fishing related questions.
Wheaton – vacant.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) worked public waters investigation that included a hydraulic jet placed off a dock on Leech Lake. CO Sullivan attended fall in service at Camp Ripley. CO Sullivan was traveling through the metro and fielded a report of an angler using two lines on the Lake Harriet fishing pier. The subject was located and enforcement action was taken.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent the week enforcing ATV, fishing and bear baiting laws. Nuisance wildlife calls were also handled. Parents are advised to be aware of ATV laws pertaining to youthful operation particularly where children can ride at what ages. Ensuring safe operation is everyone’s goal.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATV, angling, boating, and bear baiting activity. Anglers reported moderate success. Bear hunters report moderate activity on their baits. CO Broughten also investigated a TIP call and attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action included: allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile and fail to transfer ownership of an ATV.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked wild rice harvesters, bear baiting sites and ATV operators. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with a tragic event on an area lake.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, AIS, and bear hunting activities. Calls were received about a car kill turkey, bear concerns, and a person who didn’t stop to allow inspection of a watercraft. Annual required training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for angling and AIS violations.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATV’s, fishermen and boaters. Officer Hunter assisted in the search of a missing man after a boat crash on a local lake near Park Rapids. CO Hunter worked with Fisheries on aquatic plant management.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int’l Falls) reports annual in-service training was attended at Camp Ripley in first part of week. Remainder of week was spent on checking bear baiting activity, sturgeon fishing activity on the Rainy River, ATV enforcement, and handling misc. animal complaints. Enforcement action taken for week mainly involved ATV operating violations.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) continued work on beaver complaints and monitoring angling and boating activities. Wild rice harvest has begun with a number of groups checked harvesting rice. Equipment work continues.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and bear baiting activity. Fish was slow but starting to pick at the end of the week. CO Velsvaag also helped at a youth ATV class in Tower.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) took a number of complaints about boats on Lake Vermilion angling without navigation lights. The officer spent time working the lake and took enforcement action on a number of light violations. The officer also rescued a boat that had engine problems and blew up onto rocks. The boat and its passengers were towed safely to shore. The officer took numerous calls this week regarding upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked bear baiting, boaters, anglers, state park enforcement, assisted the State Patrol with a driver with a felony warrant that fled on foot, and attended three days of training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, OHV trespass, remove aquatic plants from public waters without a permit, camping at a public water access, unregistered OHM, watercraft registration, a PWC 150 feet no wake violation, and a number of ATV violations.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) primarily worked Bear baiting activity and located unregistered bear baits. Nuisance bear complaints were received and a hunter was contacted to hunt the area. Ricing has begun in the area, most areas have spotty rice. Assistance was given to the county on a vehicle in the ditch.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and patrolled the Virginia area for bear baiting activity. Several unmarked bear baits have been located. With slightly cooler weather, ATV activity has picked up a little and enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered ATV and no valid driver’s license while operating in the right of way. Several search warrants were issued for a cell phone owned by the suspect of a fleeing investigation.
International Falls #2 – vacant.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports the majority of his focus has been bear bait enforcement, as the number of registered baits in the Ely area has doubled in the last week. More baits showed recent bear activity compared to earlier in the season when most hunters reported very little. Nuisance bear reports still continue to come in from the Ely area, and residents are reminded to remove bird feeders, garbage, and to clean up around fruit trees.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended annual training at Camp Ripley during the week. He took nuisance bear and beaver calls. Bear baits were checked and a trapping case was followed up on. He also did a BWCAW patrol.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked bear baiting activity and patrolled station lakes. Bears are hitting the baits. Several cases were followed up on. Enforcement action for the week included untagged minnow traps, fail to check minnow trap, fail to register baits in a timely fashion, and litter.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) focused on bear baiting activity and angling enforcement. The Officer attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Nuisance bear, badger and beaver calls were handled. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, bear bait station, and firearm violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) spent much of the week at fall in service training held at Camp Ripley. Bear baiting is in full swing with the bear hunting season approaching fast. Several calls were answered pertaining to bear season and a car killed deer possession tag was issued.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Time was also focused on angling, bear bait, and ATV activities throughout the area. Bear hunters continued their preparations for opening day on September 1. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and angling without a valid license.
CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) and a COC focused on the upcoming bear season and assisted other district officers. Time was also spent maintaining ATVs, patrolling ATV trails and checking public accesses. A campsite was discovered on a boat access along with a stored boat trailer. Other violations observed were transportation of aquatic plants and ATV equipment violations.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) attended training, worked bear baiting, checked anglers, responded to a dead eagle complaint and assisted the State Patrol with locating a suspect that fled into the woods. The area walleye bite was good. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked bear baiting activity with many of the baits in the woods getting hit by multiple bears. CO Sutherland took enforcement action this week for over-limit of bass and pike, angling without a license and angling without a license in possession. Multiple nuisance bear calls were also handled.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) spent time checking bear baits and found many violations that will be addressed opening day. He also patrolled for illegal ATV activity and AIS violations. He met with the county attorney to request a formal complaint for an ongoing case. He handled numerous calls related to bear baiting and hunting, investigated a litter complaint and a deer that had been shot.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) worked area lakes and rivers during the week. ATV complaints were investigated. Phone calls regarding complaints of nuisance bears and a badger were returned. Majority of the week was spent at Camp Ripley for in-service training.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. The officer returned phone calls pertaining to angling on Lake Superior and the upcoming bear season. Nuisance wildlife complaints were also handled. Officer Duncan scheduled upcoming Firearm Safety Classes with volunteer instructors.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked bear baits in the area for compliance. Humphrey also scouted areas for early goose season opener this weekend. Patrols into the FDL State Forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted for various activities including ricing. Work continued on livestock depredation and harassment complaints.CO Humphrey attended division in-service and armored division hand guns at Camp Ripley. Several calls/complaints were received about upcoming hunting seasons, permit deadlines, nuisance animals, trespass and an obstruction to navigation.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked on following up on waters and wetland violations in the area. Complaints of bear doing damage to crops and other items were received and are being addressed. Recreational vehicle enforcement was conducted in complaint areas. Enforcement action was taken for operating on closed trails and registration violations. Some angling activity was observed in the area with enforcement action being taken for angling without a license. A possession permit was issued for a bear that was hit and killed by a car. Three days were spent at Camp Ripley where annual training was conducted.
Brookston – vacant.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley and follow up investigation completed on commercial charter and netting violations. A question regarding duck hunting on Superior was addressed. Enforcement action was taken for angling and commercial violations.
Lake Superior Unit – vacant.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) and a COC spent the week checking several bear bait locations in the Crosslake and Emily area. Littering violations were discovered and will be followed up on. Time was also spent on ATV patrol in the Fifty Lakes Area encountering a registration violation. CO Lee also spent time assisting with training at the annual in service training held at Camp Ripley.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) attended annual officer training at Camp Ripley. The officers practiced in firearms and defensive tactics. CO McGowan also patrolled for angling activity, and bear baiting activity.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports investigating issues of dock placement and wolf depredation on cattle. A wolf kill was confirmed and the livestock producer will receive compensation for the loss, USFWS trappers caught a number of wolves at the site. Annual training was attended at Camp Ripley, and area wild rice beds were checked with generally poor conditions found due to high water and heavy summer rains.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, invasive species and, ATV enforcement. Wildlife complaints were also addressed. Thanks to information from a concerned angler and assistance from CO Salzer, enforcement action was taken on an illegally taken 49 inch muskie.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) continued checking bear baiting activity for the upcoming bear season, investigated a timber wolf depredation claim where wolves had attacked an adult cow, assisted with a boat fire on Gull Lake, and checked anglers and ATVs. The officer also served a restoration order for a lakeshore property owner who had failed to get the proper permits for dredging the lakeshore, extensive riprap and an illegal sized dock.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked with Conservation Officers at the annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. Numerous bear complaints were received this week. One complaint received was ironically off of nature named roadway. Officer Guida assisted a local police department with a road rage incident where one driver brandished a handgun. The individual was arrested.
Cuyuna SRA – vacant.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted at Camp Ripley for annual in-service training. Questions were fielded throughout the week regarding bear and deer hunting seasons. Advice was given to homeowners regarding nuisance bears.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working with a COC on step 2 FTO. Officers worked on bear baiting issues in the area and also had several nuisance bear calls where bears were shot for causing damage. Area lakes were checked for fishing and boating activity over the week and weekend and Water related equipment was checked for AIS violations. Annual in-service training was attended during the week and many outdoor law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station and state forest were also monitored for illegal trail activity.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled area state forests and public lands for bear baiting issues. Off -trail ATV travel into bear baits in state forests remain a problem. Several baits are being monitored for this violation. Speldrich followed up on an abandoned property in a state forest. She assisted with nuisance bear calls where bears were causing crop damage. She assisted the Division of Wildlife with a depredation deer shooting permit and neighbor disputes over the permit.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a Conservation Officer Candidate spent much of the week checking bear baiting activity and dealing with nuisance bear. Bear hunters reported baits getting hit often. Some of the bear baiting violations found included unregistered baits, unsigned baits and use of illegal material as bait. Bear hunters were also found using their ATVs in restricted areas while tending their bear baits. Officers also continued to assist farmers with bear that have been destroying corn fields.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week at Camp Ripley for training. He answered a few bear season and nuisance animal questions as well during the week. Other complaints taken were of ATV’s operating on roadways and concerns with hunting methods of a neighbor. Bear opener is coming up on September 1, along with the September 8 deadline for deer season lottery and special area hunt applications. Be sure to get your applications in prior to the deadline.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked area rice beds which are rather thin. A few pickers were out having light picks. Area state forest and WMA’s were patrolled for bear baiting activity and a party camping leaving litter in the state forest was addressed. Time was also spent training at Camp Ripley.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week assisting with in service training at Camp Ripley. A shotgun armorer course was also attended. Follow up on active wetland and aquatic plant cases was conducted time was spent patrolling for AIS violations.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) finished step one of training a new CO. Time was spent at annual training at Camp Ripley. Boaters and anglers were checked as well as work on wetland violations. Rainy weekend weather kept lake activity slow.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a complaint of a campground allowing campers to burn their trash in the fire rings. On the way to the campground CO Kuske stopped at a residence where she noticed a burn barrel smoking in a front yard. The homeowner was educated on it being illegal to burn household garbage to include paper and cardboard. A landowner was cited for a wetland restoration order violation for illegal work in a wetland. The landowner had been given over thirty days to make corrections with no effort made to fix the wetland area.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on administrative task, computer maintenance and APM violations. The officer assisted neighboring officers with TIP call regarding big game issues and an injured fox. A taxidermy inspection was also completed.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) continues to receive nuisance bear complaints and calls from people commenting on the small number of hunting permits issued for the area. Complaints involved a bear harassing cattle and a crop depredation issue. CO Kuske is trying to find licensed hunters to assist the farm owners.
CO Michael Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and following up on active cases. CO Krauel also assisted with the Stillwater bridge project by enforcing the no wake zone near the construction zone on the St. Croix River. CO Krauel also worked at the Ramsey Game Fair. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, arrest warrant, illegal length fish, angling with extra lines, possession of marijuana, and no angling license in possession.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Mohs also attended the MN State Fair where he fielded numerous questions on the upcoming hunting seasons. Bass anglers are reporting incredible results on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken on the following violations fishing without a license and operating an unregistered sailboat.
CO Angel Londgren (Cambridge) attended In-Service at Camp Ripley, followed up on public waters violations, checked boaters/anglers, and patrolled a township park for ATV violations. Enforcement action was taken on: PFD violations, no angling licenses in possession, and placing fill in a public water.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked Fisherman and Boaters. He followed up on a number of litter violations citations issued. He did a Enforcement talk at a FAS class in Elk River. He attended annual training at Camp Ripley.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a youth Firearms Safety Class in Rockford this week. In-service training was also attended this week at Camp Ripley.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) Spent the week at camp Ripley instructing at annual in-service.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) attended training at Camp Ripley. A wetland impact was investigated. CO Musatov handled an animal call.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and boaters on the metro area lakes and rivers. He attended the in-service training at Camp Ripley and participated in a District 13 AIS work crew. He answered questions to the Asian community on bear hunting regulations and talked to a family gathering event at Keller Park about hunting and fishing regulations.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week following up with wetland complaints and checking fisherman. CO Grewe attended in-service training at Camp Ripley and participated in a AIS saturation in the Minnetonka area. Violations included fill in a wetland and transporting aquatic vegetation.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. He returned calls for a shoreline violation, vehicle driven on non-motorized trail and illegal operation of an ATV. He also participated in an AIS work detail with district officers.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent the early part of the week training at Camp Ripley. Time was spent on the range and training on defensive tactics. CO Weyandt spent Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair answering questions about deer hunting, aquatic invasive species and waterfowl hunting. Zebra mussel violations were followed-up on and an Aquatic Invasive Species detail was worked on Lake Minnetonka. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic macrophytes, zebra mussels and failure to display current watercraft registration.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) received several nuisance animal complaints and inquiries about the early goose hunting season. Leuthardt attended annual in-service at Camp Ripley early in the week and finished the week enforcing ATV, angling and boating activity. Many calls were fielded from citizens regarding the upcoming hunting seasons.
Bloomington – vacant.
Ft. Snelling – vacant.
Osseo – vacant
Waconia – vacant.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked shore anglers and worked boat and water safety enforcement during the week. He responded to violations regarding big game, small game, and burning prohibited materials. CO Pril also spoke at two firearms safety classes on hunting laws and CO duties and responsibilities and responded to injured animal calls.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports talking to a firearms safety class at the Bald Eagle Sports Club and attending use of force and firearms training at Camp Ripley. He continued checking anglers and boaters and started fielding calls about the upcoming deer season. CO Arntzen also investigated a public waters violation, handled nuisance animal calls and did equipment maintenance.
Conservation Officer Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for boating and angling activity. CO Salzer also began training with a COC Friday. Salzer also assisted an officer from up north with an investigation.
Maplewood – vacant.
White Bear Lake – vacant.
Eagan – vacant.
Metro Officer – vacant.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. Officer Miska spent a day at the DNR information booth at the State Fair. Many questions were answered about a variety of topics, primarily focused on the upcoming hunting season. Annual training was attended at Camp Ripley.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time checking anglers and attending firearm safety classes and meetings during the week. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal fence crossing the Redwood River state water trail. CO assisted with the Redwood online field day class that consisted of 39 students.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) monitored angling activity with success found on many area lakes. Officer Gutzwiller noticed many hunters pre-scouting for bird activity with the upcoming dove and early goose season drawing near. Officer Gutzwiller spent time fielding calls related to trespassing. Please remember when taking part in outdoor recreation; you may not enter legally posted land or agricultural land without permission.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working ATVs. Many deer hunting and baiting questions were answered. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATVs on highways/roadways, no helmet, and registration violations.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working boating, AIS, fishing, and ATV enforcement. A weekly radio interview was also done with KLOH Radio. Walleye success remains spotty with most of the success being seen on Lake Hendricks. Mourning dove and early goose hunters have been out scouting for possible spots for the upcoming openers.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports checking crappie and walleye fishermen. Anglers are having success at many common shore angling locations around LQP. CO Picht also patrolled remote wildlife management areas for permanent deer stands.
Lake Benton – vacant.
Benson – vacant.
Worthington – vacant.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) attended annual training. He fielded calls and answered questions about trespass and the upcoming deer season. Denz also checked angling activity.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) focused on boat safety and angling enforcement. He attended division training at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent on complaints including nuisance beaver and suspicious dead deer.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers as fishing in the area is starting to pick up. Other time was spent checking ATVs and working AIS compliance. A firearm safety class was attended at the Eden Valley Community Center, where Klehr spoke with about 25 kids about hunting rules and regulation.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) attended an armor course in St. Paul during the week. She answered questions dealing with suppressors and the upcoming hunting seasons. Mueller also checked anglers.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports beginning phase two of field training with a COC. The officers worked a walleye bite on the Crow River and report anglers are gearing up for the dove and early goose seasons. The officers attended an ATV safety class in Gaylord. They also attended Youth Conservation Day at the Gopher Campfire Conservation Club in Hutchinson. The officers displayed the mini Wall of Shame and gave presentations about conservation to multiple groups of kids.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) represented the Enforcement Division at the MPPOA State pistol match. He also attended a shotgun armoring course and received in-service training. The rest of the week was spent on angling, boating and invasive species activities.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent part of the week at Camp Ripley for annual training. Miller also worked at the MN State Fair booth and fielded numerous questions related to the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Two firearms safety classes were attended with the law and ethics portion being taught to over 40 students.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked boat and water safety, sport fishing, and invasive species enforcement throughout Jackson County. Gruhlke completed his radio program with KKOJ discussing topics including September early goose season, dove season, and the upcoming waterfowl seasons.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters. Swimmers were advised to check the lake due to blue green algae turning up. Public accesses were patrolled. ATV activity was monitored. A raptor was rescued for the Raptor Center. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent the vast majority of the week working on Fishing Enforcement. Fishing remains good in the Albert Lea area with recent rain water is flowing in all channels and creeks. CO Henke also worked on AIS and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action included license violations, ATV safety violations and an arrest for a subject that was located fishing illegally and had a warrant for his arrest. CO Henke also assisted the Wildlife Division with an exotic deer that was located in the wild near Albert Lea.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement this week. Time was spent addressing nuisance beaver issues. The officer worked the info booth at the state fair and a TIP trailer event at Shooter’s Roundup in Morristown.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking angling, boating, and ATV activity. Time was spent armoring Division handguns at Camp Ripley.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. CO Ihnen patrolled near area lakes and rivers for AIS violations. Annual in-service was attended with training topics focused on use of force, constitutional law, first-aid, and firearms proficiency. Officer Ihnen also competed in the MPPOA state championship pistol match.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) focused enforcement efforts on checking anglers, boaters, aquatic invasive species, and ATV operators during the week. The officer assisted with staffing a TIP trailer at an event in the Morristown area. Restoration orders were served on wetland violations.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) attended training at Camp Ripley this week. VanThuyne also worked area lakes for boating and AIS compliance.
Spring Valley – vacant.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week of enforcement activities on both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. The water on the big river is beginning to drop and the fishing has been good with some limits of sauger, walleye and crappies checked. Some fall/hunting related calls and complaints are coming in as more folks begin planning for the best time of the year. Enforcement activity involved license, operation, and registration issues.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the river to be high with some fish being caught. He investigated an illegal small game complaint and patrolled for early ginseng digging. Hemker also spent days at annual training.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports answering numerous calls reference the upcoming deer and hunting seasons. Trout anglers were checked and fishing was fair to good. The difficulty was finding streams clear enough to fish. Time was spent investigating dumping complaints and trespass.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing, boat/water safety, and ATV enforcement. Additional efforts were spent presenting at a firearm safety class and working a special detail. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display valid watercraft registration, fishing without a license, and failing to remove a drain plug from a watercraft.
CO Phil George (Rochester) assisted Olmsted County Sheriff’s office with the recovery of a drowning victim. An inspection and investigation into a commercial shrimp farm was completed and anglers and watercraft users were checked throughout the week.
LaCrescent – vacant.
Zumbrota – vacant.