CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. Most of the areas pan fishing location had some fishing activity. It is still very difficult for angler to get to their spot because of the deep snow and slush. He checked snowmobilers on trails and area lakes. The trail conditions are still in good shape but melting snow is a problem in some areas.
Enforcement action was taken on registration violations, and speed. He assisted a couple of snowmobilers that were stuck in the deep snow. One of the snowmobile operators went through a barb wire fence and the other got stuck when tried he to climb a large snow bank. Litter on the lakes is still an issue that received enforcement time. The violations are more difficult to investigate because of the deep snow.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) responded to a call of a snowmobile that started on fire on a local lake. A married couple was riding when the female operator smelled burning plastic, turned her sled off and got off her snowmobile. Although the CO responded within 15 minutes, the snowmobile was completely gone and unrecognizable as a snowmobile. Follow up on fish houses left out on area lakes continues and car kill deer permits were issued. A talk on the job of a Conservation Officer was given at Pine River High School’s Career Day and a ride-a-long opportunity was provided to a Central Lakes College student.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) attended training this past week in St. Paul. Training included lecture and hands-on training in programs that will be used in the Division’s Use of Force Program. Officer Lee worked snowmobile patrol in the Crosslake area with heavy activity being observed. Enforcement action was taken this past week for speed, and snowmobile registration issues.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent the week primarily on snowmobile enforcement as conditions were great and snowmobilers were out in force. Other activity included preparing watercraft for possible spring floods, and going with the County Land Commissioner and the Sheriff’s Department on a snowmobile ride on area trails to assess trail safety concerns.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked snowmobile trail enforcement. Officer Guida patrolled grant-in-aid trails and recognized numerous areas where snowmobilers had went off designated trails to get into fresh snow. The negligent snowmobilers crossed seeded hayfields and over planted trees potentially compromising landowner/trail club trail easements. \Guida also took part in an interview down in the metro office for a K9 position. Enforcement action was taken for improper display of snowmobile registration, speeding on snowmobile, no snowmobile safety certificate, allowing illegal operation of a snowmobile by a juvenile, and failure to renew snowmobile registration.