CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) frolicked this week at Camp Ripley doing coaching. Griffith additionally frolicked monitoring angling exercise on Mille Lacs Lake and ATV exercise. Help was given to native businesses on numerous calls. A few of the violations encountered have been angling with additional traces, boat security violations, and a number of ATV violations.
Lots of the violations included minors with out helmets on ATVs. The most typical excuse from riders is that they’re “up north.” Griffith reminds ATV riders that regardless that they’re “up north,” state regulation nonetheless applies.
A litter grievance was adopted up on. Griffith additionally assisted an officer with making arrest for DWI on an ATV.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) frolicked patrolling for fishing, boating, and ATV exercise. Enforcement motion was taken for working an ATV with an open bottle, working an ATV with a youth passenger and not using a helmet, and working an ATV with a youth passenger and not using a seatbelt. She additionally frolicked coaching at Camp Ripley and adopted up on numerous calls.
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake exercise and invasive species as low water is inflicting ample vegetation progress, making it exhausting to get trailers clear. He additionally participated in an investigation with one other state company and assisted with annual Division coaching.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended the funeral with the LEMA Honor Guard for Purple Lake Officer Ryan Bialke, who was killed within the line of responsibility. She additionally obtained studies of firewood theft and trespassing.
CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) labored sport fishing, boating, and ATV enforcement this week. Enforcement motion was taken for numerous sport fishing and ATV-related violations. Two doable wolf depredations have been investigated. Calls have been fielded relating to harbors, security coaching courses, and sick deer.
District 9 – Brainerd space
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended a children fishing derby on the Crosslake U.S. Military Corps of Engineers campground. Anglers have been enthusiastic about catching a number of species of fish and obtained prizes for all sizes of fish. Sullivan additionally patrolled space lakes and rivers. Violations detected included utilizing recreation fish for bait, angling and not using a license and expired registration.
CO Chelsey Greatest (Pequot Lakes) began investigations this week for early bear baits, trespassing and altering the course of public waters. Unlawful burning and nuisance-animal calls have been additionally dealt with.
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) frolicked this week on the water and patrolling ATV exercise within the Aitkin station. Ladd adopted up on a few shoreline complaints and dealt with a number of nuisance-bear calls.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) studies checking anglers and ATV riders all through Aitkin County. Enforcement motion was taken for juveniles with out helmets on ATVs, illegal street operation, no angling license, and fishing inside closed areas of dams. Investigations of doable wolf depredation on livestock have been additionally regarded into.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) labored all-terrain car enforcement this week. Class 2 ATV operators are reminded to have all passengers beneath 18 put on a helmet as required. Guida labored a neighborhood county truthful shift as a consultant of the Towards Zero Demise Secure Driving Coalition. Seatbelt use and guidelines relating to ATVs being operated on public roadways and rights-of-ways have been the subjects of debate.
District 2 – Bemidji space
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) studies working a element with different officers. Time was additionally spent checking anglers and following up on a waters grievance.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) patrolled space lakes for boating and angling exercise and spoke to a lake affiliation about boating rules and points on the lake. ATV trails have been additionally patrolled.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) studies patrolling space trails for ATV and off-highway bike exercise, conducting AIS inspections at public water accesses and checking anglers. Low water is limiting some entry to space lakes. An RPN was issued for the world DNR hydrologist. Stories of sick skunks and raccoons have been obtained and the callers have been offered recommendation on easy methods to deal with them. Resulting from drought situations, wildlife has change into vulnerable to a number of ailments.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) labored AIS, boating, and ATV enforcement this week. Quite a lot of space residents have began eradicating watercrafts and lifts from their lakes, as they’re apprehensive the drought will decrease lake ranges even additional and make removing much more tough. Different time this week was spent attending annual in-service coaching. Swedberg additionally assisted Becker County and the State Patrol with a number of calls over a busy WE Fest weekend.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted a neighborhood sheriff’s workplace with event-related calls and labored ongoing instances.
District 3 – Fergus Falls space
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) studies performing some observe up relating to earlier fishing complaints. Time was additionally spent discussing youth security courses and implementing leisure car legal guidelines.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) checked anglers, boaters and AIS compliance. Time was additionally spent attending coaching at Camp Ripley and following up on open instances. A youth firearms security discipline day was held within the Osakis space.
CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) studies enforcement efforts for the week have been targeted on checking angles and boaters and monitoring AIS regulation compliance. Baumbarger attended coaching at Camp Ripley and took part in an ATV work crew on the Appleton ATV Park over the weekend.
District 4 – Walker space
CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) studies focusing efforts on studying space geography together with state and county searching lands. He continues to obtain complaints of ATVs working inside the boundaries of wildlife administration areas. Basic provisions to be used of WMAs could be discovered beneath MN Rule 6230.0250. He additionally studies a rise in nuisance-bear complaints. Extra info on bear complaints/considerations could be discovered on-line or by contacting your native DNR Wildlife workplace.
CO Nick Baum (Park Rapids) patrolled the world for leisure car and fishing exercise. Baum assisted Hubbard County with ATV patrol on county and state lands. Baum attended coaching at Camp Ripley.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked angling and ATV exercise. She additionally went to a name of an injured fawn. Enforcement motion was taken on a bear-hunting violation.
CO Michael Cross (Lake George) labored off-highway automobiles, anglers and boaters. He additionally attended coaching at Camp Ripley. Enforcement motion was taken for taking minnows and not using a license, untagged minnow traps, youth off-highway bike violations, boating security violations and angling violations.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, AIS, and ATV exercise. Nuisance-bear complaints have been obtained. Bear Committee-related objects have been additionally labored on. Enforcement motion was taken for angling license violations and PWC and boating violations.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) frolicked working anglers and ATV riders all through the week. Kunst additionally attended a lake affiliation assembly in Cass County and responded to a deer vs. car crash.
CO Patrick McGowan (Walker) assisted different regulation enforcement businesses with requires service. He additionally patrolled for ATV exercise and assisted DNR Forestry with a wildfire arson investigation.
District 11 – St. Cloud space
CO Stephen Westby (Little Falls) began his new station this week and met with native businesses within the space. Westby labored along with his neighboring COs to assist be taught the station. Westby additionally helped with a firearms security class discipline day close to Birch Lake.
CO Tou Vang (Pierz) monitored ATV exercise and labored AIS, fishing, and boating security. He attended coaching at Camp Ripley and performed gear upkeep. Enforcement motion was taken for numerous ATV and boating violations.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) labored a fireplace project within the Ely space.
CO Keith Bertram (Lengthy Prairie) spent the week checking anglers and attending coaching. A public waters grievance was investigated. A name a few dumped deer carcass was discovered to not be a poached deer, however a goat.
District 12 – Princeton space
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers, engaged on wetland complaints, and looking for a lacking particular person.
Standby NR Pilot Jessica Holmes (Grand Rapids) studies attending to plane upkeep and continued coordination of Lake Vermilion creel flights with contractors and biologists.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) studies flying summer time creel surveys within the Carlton County/Duluth areas and a prairie rooster telemetry flight in northwestern Minnesota. Jensen additionally discovered some potential waters/wetland violations throughout these flights. In-service coaching was attended at Camp Ripley.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with the helicopter spraying of invasive hybrid cattail on state WMAs. Plots have been accomplished close to Thief River Falls and Karlstad. Administrative duties have been accomplished as properly. Climate and smoke slowed progress finishing the plots.
CO Pilot Charles Scott (Grand Rapids) flew Lake Vermilion creel flights. He accomplished requested flights from conservation officers. He checked space boat landings in Itasca and Aitkin counties.
Water Useful resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joe Stattelman (NW) spent the week instructing and attending in-service coaching at Camp Ripley. Instances have been up to date and data gathered from native authorities models, hydrologists and space COs. Time was additionally spent on AIS regulation compliance within the Detroit Lakes, Walker and Park Rapids areas. Help was given on injured-animal calls and questions from the general public have been answered.
WREO Luke Belgard (SW) labored angling, boating, and ATV enforcement this week. Time was spent patrolling native WMAs and monitoring public entry websites for AIS violations.
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