District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) assisted with a snowmobile safety class in Tamarack where more than 40 students were certified thanks to an incredible group of volunteer instructors. Ladd also checked anglers and snowmobile activity. Enforcement action was taken for hunting deer over bait, violating the feeding ban, fishing without a license and burning prohibited materials.

CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) spent time monitoring snowmobile riders. Outdoor activity has focused on the trails as fishing has slowed as more slush builds up on the lakes. Assistance was given for a vehicle that had broken through the top layer of ice into the slush, and with a wheeler stuck trying to pull a fish house off a lake after the last heavy snow. Enforcement has been heavy for expired snowmobile registrations as many old sleds are being put into use.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports working a pine marten trapping enforcement detail in the northeastern part of the state, and responding to issues of road-killed turkey and owl, a stolen fish house, and an incident where somebody took an ATV with tracks and ripped up the groomed mountain bike trails in the Sagamore Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked snowmobile, angling, spearing and trapping activity. A shift along the northern border was worked with CO Hadrits focusing on trapping and snowmobile enforcement.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) completed work as a field training officer with Hutchinson #2 CO Ryan Hanna. The two patrolled Hanna’s new work station and met with local sheriff’s office dispatch and deputies. While en route, the COs observed a snowmobile operating carelessly down a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail jumping road approaches. A routine stop was attempted, but the operator made eye contact with Guida and then the snowmobile changed course and drove away. Hanna completed a safe U-turn and was able to get the operator to stop. Numerous violations were addressed, including fleeing on a motor vehicle, expired snowmobile registration, failure to transfer ownership within 15 days and careless operation. The operator has a long history and was known to local law enforcement.