District 4 - Walker area
CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked on complaints of snowmobiles trespassing on agricultural fields and speeding on city streets in Pillager. He spent a large part of his time this past week inspecting aeration systems on area lakes. Numerous violations were found, from expired permits to no signs marking the thin ice area. He checked anglers on area lakes and fishing has been fair with the best bites in the evening. Snowmobilers were out in full force enjoying nicely groomed trails. Expired registration was the most common violation found.
CO Jacqueline Hughes (Longville) checked anglers, snowmobile riders, and trapping activity. She also investigated dogs chasing deer and followed up on deer-hunting-related cases.
District 10 - Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity as they crept out from the edges of most lakes. Issues included ATV violations, lack of valid licenses, and illegal-length fish. Verkuilen also followed up on trespassing and deer-feeding complaints.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling ice angling and snowmobile enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for litter, snowmobiles failing to stop at a roadway, failure to display registration on a snowmobile, no fishing license in possession, failure to properly ID fish house/dark house, failure to display ID on a portable shelter, fishing without a license, and illegal-length walleyes taken on Mille Lacs Lake. She reports the snowmobile trails in the area are in good condition. The ice conditions on Mille Lacs are still variable and caution should be taken.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers coming off of local lakes. A few perch and walleyes were seen. She patrolled snowmobile trails and answered questions regarding collector snowmobile registration. Speldrich continued to work on a background investigation for a potential new hire.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on ice fishing and snowmobile activities. Anglers are reminded to use extreme caution when venturing out, as many places have 3 inches or less. Registration, loud exhaust, and safety training issues received enforcement action.
District 11 - St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the past week conducting a background investigation for the upcoming Academy. The Sauk Centre Shop with a Cop event was attended with CO Thesing and other Stearns County law enforcement agencies. Silgjord also assisted with a big-game investigation.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked with neighboring officers on pending deer cases. He prepped equipment and stored other seasonal equipment. He fielded calls regarding dogs chasing deer and about coyote hunting.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week working several snowmobile trespass complaints. Anglers were also checked. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, drugs, no snowmobile registration and trespass.
District 12 - Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking ice anglers and enforcing snowmobile regulations. Krauel also assisted local officers with looking for a suspect after he fled from officers. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no snowmobile registration, and failure to display snowmobile registration.
CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) reports checking snowmobile riders and ice anglers over the past week. TIP calls continued to be investigated. Benkofske also took a call regarding a dead gray wolf on the highway in Sherburne County. The wolf was hit by a motor vehicle and it will be put to use for educational purposes.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked snowmobiles and anglers. Dumping complaints and animal-related calls were handled. Musatov spoke at a snowmobile safety class.
Standby CO Pilot Tim Gray (Bemidji) looked for an ice dam for Ottertail County that is seeing rising water levels. No ice dam was found.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew wolf pack counts and attended to maintenance on the airplane and helicopter.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying a bear den location flight at Camp Ripley and a maintenance flight/ski ops flight.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with helicopter maintenance flight and tasks and preparing for the upcoming moose survey. He completed other administrative tasks, and attended the third funeral for one of the National Guard crewmembers killed in the aircraft accident.
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Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement