District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, snowmobile and ATV activity. Despite ideal conditions, the local cross-country ski trail is seeing few skiers.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing County for angling and snowmobile activity. McGowan also worked Mille Lacs Lake. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing enforcement this past week. A big-game investigation and a litter complaint were concluded with charges. Guida also issued permits for road-killed deer.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) was accompanied by COC Nicholas Baum and worked ice angling and recreational vehicle activity. Sullivan and Baum observed several violations, including failure to register an ATV/snowmobile, failure to display registration and numbers, no ATV safety certificate, operating an ATV without headlights, no tow bar when towing passengers, angling without a license, no license in possession, extra lines, illegal-length fish, and underage consumption of alcohol. Sullivan and Baum assisted with a snowmobile accident and want to remind riders of the variable trail conditions and the need to ride with caution.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked snowmobile riders enjoying the fresh snow on the trails. He also checked anglers on area lakes. Most people reported fishing was slow.