District 9 - Brainerd Area

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) spent time working ATV enforcement and checking anglers and boaters. She also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled the station for angling and all-terrain vehicle activity. Guida worked on a Division-assigned background investigation. He also worked at the Crow Wing County Fair and fielded numerous questions regarding topics like the DNR’s CWD efforts, wolf depredation, and Mille Lacs Lake.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) assisted at Camp Ripley with training of the new conservation officer candidates. Instruction was given on watercraft enforcement and skills and patrol tactics were taught to the new class.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, aquatic invasive species and ATV activity. An injured eagle was transported to Wild and Free in Garrison.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked on background investigations for the 2020 CO Academy. He also assisted with training cadets at the current CO Academy. In the field, Sullivan patrolled ATV trails and contacted people violating camping regulations.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working the SRA for park violations and also for illegal ATV and vehicle activity. Time was spent checking anglers and also checking boating and AIS activity. He assisted with training at Camp Ripley and answered many outdoor law-related questions throughout the week and weekend. Assistance was given to local agencies with several calls for service and several areas of the park were checked for illegal dispersed camping. Enforcement action was taken for various park-related violations.