District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports assisting with training at Camp Ripley for Academy 19. She also worked fishing and ATV activity. Several ATV riders were stopped for violations involving youth operators and youth passengers not wearing helmets.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked on background investigations for the 2020 CO Academy. Sullivan also assisted with scenario training at the current CO Academy.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing County lakes for angling and boating activity. He also prepared training materials for watercraft training at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for numerous fishing and boating violations.
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) checked boaters, anglers and ATV riders. Violations included kids under 10 in boats not wearing life jackets, allowing riders on boat transoms, youth passengers on ATVs without helmets, removing aquatic vegetation without a permit, PWCs operating within 150 feet of non-motorized watercraft at high speed, and expired registrations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing, background investigations, and aquatic plant management enforcement this past week. Guida worked with DNR Aquatic Plant Management staff to verify compliance on the use of aquatic/hydro jets on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for illegal use, including alteration of the cross section of the lake or stream bed. Guida received complaints about nuisance bears and all-terrain vehicles running other trail users off the ATV trails.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking fishing and boating activity during the weekend in the SRA. Patrol was done throughout the park for state park vehicle permits. Please remember you now need to have a state park vehicle permit for the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Fitzgerald fielded calls regarding injured geese and an injured deer. Assistance was given to a person who was injured while riding in the SRA, and many outdoor law-related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Training was attended in Northfield for the Division and AIS activity was monitored throughout the SRA. Enforcement action for the week included various boat and water and SRA park violations.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating and AIS activity. A wetlands complaint was received and is being investigated. Mlynar also discussed laws with MDHA Forkhorn campers.