District 5 - Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time on Rainy Lake checking fishing and boating activity. Several nuisance animal complaints were handled along with a fish over limit case at US Customs, Port of Entry. An overdue boater on Lake Kabetogama was located and safely returned to main land with assistance from Voyageurs National Park Staff and concerned citizens.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking on angling and boating activity throughout the week. The weather remains quite nice. A couple injured animal calls were dealt with. An excavation job was looked into and the investigation continues. Lots of people in the area at their deer hunting shacks clearing shooting lanes and getting things in order prior to fall.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) reports an AIS presentation was conducted at the Lake Vermilion Take a Kid Fishing Event. In attendance at the presentation were approximately 130 people including both juveniles and adults. A public waters violation was investigated on Lake Vermilion with enforcement action pending. Many boaters and anglers were checked on area lakes. Walleye action was found to be slow, but Lake Trout were found. A case was investigated regarding illegal transportation of walleyes and a walleye within the protected slot limit. Many personal watercraft violations were detected with enforcement action taken. Officers responded to a call of a nuisance bear on Pine Island in Lake Vermilion, where the campers were forced to kill an aggressive male bear that had no fear of them. The campers attempted to chase the bear off several times, without success. Officers responded to a separate bear call, where a bear had been stuck by a vehicle on Highway 169 between Tower and Ely. A reminder to fisherman that come from camping areas, that a patch of skin on game fish fillets is required for transportation.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ATV’s, boaters, anglers, a litter complaint, the state park, and continued to address bear complaints. The officer issued a wetlands cease and desist order to a person familiar with the process as the individual was issued one seven years prior at the same location. Public waters and aquatic plant management violations were also addressed. Enforcement action was taken on no state park permit, a number of ATV violations, and OHV trespass as six ATV drivers were stopped within 30 minutes in the same location on the Mesabi Bike Trail where ATVs are prohibited.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) followed up on trespass complaints and met with people reporting litter and dumping issues. Numerous area lakes were patrolled and several citations were issued for no PFDs as well as operating unregistered watercraft and no trout stamp.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received more nuisance bear complaints during the week; a sow and cub have been causing problems in a campground getting into garbage, coolers and busting locks off lids. Berries, a major bear food source, are very scarce this year. A permit was issued to a remove beavers that are blocking a culvert, causing flooding. A very strong large hatch of mosquitoes and deer flies are keeping outdoor activities limited to the indoors.
Ray - vacant.
I. Falls # 2 - vacant.
District 6 - Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked ATV and fishing enforcement. Complaints came in about everything from fireworks to boat docks. Aquatic invasive species enforcement is the big concern and we’d like to see more people paying attention to the ban on plugged boats and carrying water with bait.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that most people shifted from inland fishing to salmon fishing on Lake Superior. A few boats were encountered without the required safety equipment for Lake Superior fishing. Inland lakes were pretty quiet, but people were still catching a few walleyes.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) conducted checks of boaters and anglers returning from Canada; less than half the boats being transported had their plugs removed and two were found to be carrying significant amounts of water from Canadian lakes. Several anglers were also relieved of illegally possessed fish in exchange for appropriate paperwork. The officer also checked inland and Lake Superior anglers and boaters, handled a wolf depredation case and a report of someone using gasoline to burn out a wasp nest, and checked Lake Superior Water Trail kayak campsites. Visitors are reminded that camping is prohibited on MNDOT land, which includes many stretches of Lake Superior shoreline and that taking down the “No Camping” signs doesn’t make it legal.
District 7 - Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, boaters, and patrolled for ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATV’s on a public highway.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATV’s, state parks and campgrounds. He also handled a timber wolf complaint and worked a special boating project during the week.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked boating activity in the area with high numbers of recreational boaters on the water. CO Sutherland took a call for an injured loon, camping in a non-designated area, and for jet-ski complaints.
Hill City - vacant.
District 8 - Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) finished up on Phase One of field training with COC Mueller patrolling area State Parks and DNR facilities.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes for anglers and boaters and area accesses for invasive species. ATV complaints continue and complaint locations were worked. Officer Schmidt assisted Duluth PD with an ATV class for law enforcement.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth West) reports anglers and boaters were checked throughout the week for safety and license compliance. Several issues were uncovered including two anglers without fishing licenses and unregistered watercraft. A long-term disputed wetland violation site was revisited to ensure no further work is being done while the case makes its way through the courts. Complaints continue on a small lake between two parties with opposing surface water use needs. Lots of fawns are being hit by cars on roadways. If you see a momma deer please slow down and watch as these fawns are usually nearby.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers along the North Shore. Catches of salmon are showing up in the Silver Bay area. Grand Marais is also producing salmon catches. The hot weather has many recreating in and around Lake Superior.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week working angling, boating, AIS, PWC, and commercial enforcement. Officer Ter Meer responded to a few water emergencies in Lake Superior, closed out some old cases, and investigated a fire. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating, trapping, PWC, AIS, commercial, and traffic violations.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Equipment acquisitions and grant paperwork was handled, and ATV complaints checked. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.