CO Chelsey Greatest (Pequot Lakes) attended coaching at Camp Ripley this week. Enforcement motion was additionally taken for boating violations similar to harmful wake, no PFDs and gunwale using. Quite a few ATV violations have been addressed as effectively. No helmets on juveniles using Class 2 machines continues to be a giant subject. Different violations included expired registrations, no non-resident path passes, no ATV security, no legitimate driver’s license on a roadway and permitting unlawful operation by a juvenile on an ATV.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) fielded a number of complaints of jet skis working carelessly and harassing wildlife. Leisure boating exercise continued to be excessive. Sullivan additionally investigated unlawful use of hydraulic jets.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) labored aquatic plant administration vegetation complaints. Property homeowners have been discovered spraying chemical compounds on aquatic vegetation in violation of present legal guidelines. Different APM violations have been acquired. Guida additionally issued nuisance-beaver permits and car-killed deer possession permits.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) hung out checking anglers and boaters on native lakes. Enforcement motion was taken for no-wake violations, inadequate life jackets, and no navigation lights. A boater was arrested for DWI on Large Sandy Lake. Benkofske additionally held a number of ATV security courses in Lawler with the assistance of the Evergreen PAC ATV Membership.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) investigated shoreline-alteration calls, labored the ATV trails and the Mississippi River, attended coaching at Camp Ripley and labored within the Cuyuna recreation space.
District 2 – Bemidji space
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling and boating exercise on space lakes.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reviews patrolling space lakes for AIS and boating enforcement points. Calls of injured eagles have been taken, in addition to orphaned animals. Folks needs to be reminded that only a few child animals are ever simply deserted by their mother and father. Calls have been additionally taken for elevated patrols on some lakes for private watercraft violations. Jet ski operators want to recollect to remain 150 toes from docks, shore and swim rafts. Vion assisted Wildlife workers with a doable dumping violation on an space WMA.
CO Jake Sntwedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working sport fishing and boating exercise. Fishing improved throughout the world as temperatures cooled. A number of muskie anglers have been checked, together with a pair who claimed to have caught a near-record fish. Swedberg additionally assisted Becker County with a welfare test of a nighttime swimmer, who witnesses believed by no means got here again to shore. Fortunately, after an in depth search the swimmer was situated protected on shore.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) labored a doable shoreline and aquatic plant violation, a possible trespassing case, and spoke to youngsters at a firearms security class. Peterson took further enforcement motion on a number of ATV violations.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) hung out on angling and boating exercise, in addition to ATV and ORV exercise. Leeching exercise was monitored and a deceased eagle was transferred to federal wardens. Warren attended the Island Lake Affiliation assembly, supplied regulation data, and answered many questions.
CO Invoice Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring boat and water security, angling exercise, AIS, and ATV exercise within the Pelican Rapids station. Calls from the general public included reviews of nuisance animals and watercraft harassing wildlife. Landmark responded to a report of a grass hearth, through which a person ignited a small pile and ended up burning roughly 6 acres, together with a number of acres of a neighboring property. The person ended up being cited for a careless hearth by a deputy on scene. Enforcement motion was taken for failure to take away a drain plug prior to move and gunwale using on a watercraft.
District 3 – Fergus Falls space
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reviews fishing continues to be robust on sure space lakes. Time was spent engaged on fishing and aquatic vegetation complaints. Many inquiries about nuisance-bear and -beaver points have been answered. Lake and river ranges proceed to drop with greater summer season temps and no rain. Getting watercraft into the lakes and off of lifts might pose some challenges for some of us.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) performed station tools transfers and coaching all through the week. ATV actions have been monitored throughout his travels to the Bemidji space. Further time was spent checking shore anglers and AIS compliance.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) checked leisure car exercise and AIS compliance. Time was additionally spent following up on open instances and an aquatic plant administration violation. Holt continued engaged on organizing a firearms security class. Enforcement motion concerned APM violations.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reviews enforcement efforts for the week have been focused on checking anglers, ATV operators and boaters. Further time was spent on AIS enforcement and nuisance-beaver points.
District 4 – Walker space
CO Michael Cross (Lake George) labored boating and angling, and assisted the Aviation Unit on an angling survey. Enforcement exercise consisted of angling, private watercraft, and registration violations. Cross additionally labored with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Workplace on an arrest of a boater for BWI.
CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) reviews focusing efforts on ATV, angling and watercraft security. Enforcement motion consisted of youth underneath 18 not sporting helmets, allowing illegal operation by juveniles, ATV/OHM registration violations, no angling license in possession and inadequate private flotation units. He additionally continues to work with native governing items with regard to wetland and public water violations.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) hung out checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders within the Remer space. Numerous violations have been discovered, together with no life jackets, angling license not in private possession and taking fish and not using a license. TIP calls have been additionally acquired. Kunst participated in public outreach at Federal Dams Days.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) labored at a neighborhood occasion, investigated fishing and jet ski complaints, and assisted with a DUI arrest.
CO Nick Baum (Park Rapids) spent this week patrolling for boat and water security, leisure autos, and fishing exercise. Baum took enforcement motion on varied violations. Baum continued investigation of space shoreline and wetland violations. Baum encourages individuals to take a look at the regulation books earlier than working a leisure car or boat.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked boaters and ATV riders. Time was additionally spent engaged on open public water alteration instances and Bear Committee objects. Enforcement motion was taken for boating, angling, and ATV violations.
District 10 – Mille Lacs space
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) labored summer season lake exercise, together with late and early PWC riders, lots of non-resident anglers, and boat operators perpetually looking for security tools. Drought situations are elevating questions and issues about shoreline alterations and hearth use. Verkuilen additionally checked ATV visitors and monitored their use round a local people pageant.
CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) monitored angling exercise all through the week on Mille Lacs Lake. The reside bait restriction ended, bringing extra anglers out on the lake over the weekend. Time was additionally spent monitoring ATV exercise on the Soo Line and close by trails. A number of wetland violations have been adopted up on all through the week. Griffith labored with a neighboring officer on Saturday to assist train a firearm security class. Enforcement motion was taken on ATV, angling, and wetland violations.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) hung out patrolling for fishing, boating, and ATV exercise. Enforcement motion was taken for failure to have a hearth extinguisher within the boat, failure to have life jackets for all passengers in boat, failure to show an ATV registration decal, failure to show ATV registration numbers, youth working ATVs with out helmets, youth working ATVs and not using a guardian, no lights whereas working an ATV, working an ATV on a state freeway, working an OHM on a state freeway, and working an OHM with out registration. She additionally adopted up on a grievance of two landowners eradicating aquatic vegetation alongside their shoreline. Useful resource Safety Notifications and citations have been issued.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) labored ATV and fishing actions and assisted native regulation enforcement. A case of a 14-year-old juvenile working a 1000 CC machine on a busy county freeway was discovered. The youth had no helmet, ran a cease signal throughout a state freeway, no registration displayed, and was working sooner than affordable. Starr took a name from a university scholar transferring again to a second-story condo. When a storage bag containing ground rugs was opened, a stowaway possum popped out and made a ruckus. Fortunately, the transient marsupial was captured and launched unhurt.
CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) primarily labored sport fishing, boating, and ATV enforcement this week. Enforcement motion was taken for varied ATV, boating, sport fishing, and aquatic plant-related violations. Time was spent investigating doable aquatic plant and wetlands violations. Calls have been taken relating to injured animals.
District 11 – St. Cloud space
CO Tou Vang (Pierz) monitored ATV exercise, labored AIS and boating security, and checked anglers. An investigation was performed on an space lake dock and platform that was not in compliance. Enforcement motion was taken for working a motorcar and not using a driver’s license, working an ATV with out security coaching, failure to show registration on an ATV, expired ATV registration, no public use registration for ATV on the path, youth passenger with out helmet, working a PWC inside an hour of sundown, and no angling license in private possession.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) labored the native space and assisted different regulation enforcement with cattle on the freeway, car off the street, and a visitors cease that resulted in a driver who was revoked from driving and his passenger with a felony warrant. Fishing within the space continues to provide TIP calls of overlimits and slot fish issues. AIS work was additionally executed this previous week.
CO Keith Bertram (Lengthy Prairie) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Enforcement motion was taken for no angling license, no PFDs, working an OHM on the roadway, and ATV helmet violations. Unpermitted weed rollers have been situated and addressed.
Standby CO Pilot Tim Grey (Bemidji) continues survey flights for Fisheries. He additionally took CO Cross for a Lake George station flight.
Standby NR (Pure Assets) Pilot Jessica Holmes (Grand Rapids) reviews attending to plane upkeep, updating upkeep varieties and scheduling of creel flights. She additionally accomplished a coaching flight.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) continues Fisheries creel flights and likewise gave a station flight for a CO within the western space of Minnesota.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) accomplished preparations for the spraying of hybrid cattails on state WMAs. He flew a take a look at plot with the flight laptop and spray gear, and labored on administrative duties.
CO Pilot Charles Scott (Grand Rapids) flew Lake Vermilion creel flights. He flew sketch mapping flights over the central a part of the state. He attended to scheduling of upcoming mapping flights and had tools upkeep accomplished.
Water Useful resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week engaged on AIS exercise and regulation compliance, in addition to public water instances and complaints and Wetland Conservation Act instances. Time was spent checking anglers and ATV exercise. Boaters and anglers have been checked. A number of waters-related calls and questions fielded. Injured-animal calls have been fielded.
WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) labored on instances in his assigned space. Coaching was attended at Camp Ripley and a minnow harvester challenge assembly was attended. AIS enforcement exercise was labored and requires service have been answered.
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Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement
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