District 4 - Walker area
CO (Conservation Officer) Jordan Anderson (Wadena) worked OHV (Off Highway Vehicle), fishing and boating activity during the week while also assisting other officers with a work detail in the Foot Hills State Forest/Spider Lake OHV trails over the Memorial Day weekend. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations including helmets required under 18 years of age, operating ATVs on closed forest roads, failure to display current registration, operating personal watercraft after hours and operating a motor vehicle on a designated OHV trail. Check with your local motor vehicle offices as registration options are available locally as well as online.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports fishing success has yet to pick up substantially. A mixed bag of some walleyes, northern pike and panfish were seen in the live wells. Boaters, ATV riders and AIS were also checked. Mathy followed up on reports of a nuisance bears and a concern about a fawn. A fire investigation was worked on. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes, illegal-length pike, angling without a license and boating violations.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) spent time working ATV and sport fishing enforcement. Various complaint calls were also received. It was a very busy Memorial Day weekend with plenty of people out recreating and enjoying the weather.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked multiple anglers and ATV riders. She took multiple calls regarding fawns. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no helmets on youths on ATVs, expired registration and other various fishing and boating violations.
CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The holiday weekend brought out large numbers of anglers. Success has been slow. Northern pike and panfish seem to be the most cooperative for anglers. According to the anglers, the water is pretty cold. Expired boat registration was the most common violation observed. He received a complaint of a bowfisher dumping rough fish on a city street near Baxter. He checked turkey hunters, who reported poor success and not seeing as many turkeys.
District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd West) checked many anglers over the holiday weekend, assisted with an ATV detail at the Spider Lake ATV area, and handled numerous calls. One person on the busy Gull Lake Chain was upset that boats and personal watercrafts were ruining their ability to enjoy their quite bay of the lake, and another had scooped up some just-hatched wood ducks that they thought were loon chicks away from the water.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked a boat and water enforcement detail with a neighboring officer. Enforcement contacts included unattended lines, no angling license, transporting watercraft on a public roadway without removing the drain plug, and possession of illegal-length walleyes. Numerous boating registration and equipment violations were addressed. Car-killed bear, turkey, and deer salvage permits were all issued this past week.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, aquatic invasive species and turkey hunting activity. A shoreline alteration complaint was also handled.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) focused enforcement on fishing and ATV activity. Anglers reported good success on area lakes. ATV trails were busy and enforcement action was taken for equipment, registration and illegal trail use violations.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy holiday weekend on Crow Wing County lakes. Numerous pleasure boaters and anglers were observed throughout the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for numerous watercraft operation violations, and a walleye overlimit.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) patrolled heavy ATV activity in the area. Several OHMs were contacted operating on the roadway. There were numerous youth violations, including operating on the roadway, riding without helmets and no ATV safety. Ladd also located and responded to several illegal burning calls. Several anglers/boaters were contacted on area lakes and she spent time doing extra patrols in the Savanna Portage State Park as well as the Hay Lake Campground. Shore anglers were checked on the Mississippi River as well.
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Turn in Poachers (TIP) in Minnesota - Report a violation in progress:
To report a violation: call 800-652-9093 24 hours a day, or key in #TIP on your cell phone.
To report a violation that isn't time sensitive: Use the form at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/tipreportingform.html
Don't let poachers spoil your future fishing or hunting enjoyment or success.
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District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking on a grass fire near Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge this past week. Beaver- and wetland-related complaints were received. Anglers and watercraft operators were contacted throughout the week. Various angling and boating violations were encountered.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and handled some questions related to fox pups.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored boating and angling activity on area lakes. The walleye bite has slowed, but the crappie bite has improved. Numerous nuisance-bear complaints and calls about orphaned animals were taken. Individuals are reminded to leave baby animals where they are and not pick them up. Vollbrecht spent time patrolling grant-in-aid ATV trails and state forest roads. He worked Upper Red Lake and observed excellent angling. Most boats had a limit of walleyes, or were close.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a pretty busy holiday weekend. Though water temperatures are still relatively cool, kids were out enjoying the outdoors. The panfish and walleye bites remained strong as those opening cabins took time to fish. TIPs of possible overlimits and double-tripping are under investigation. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an ATV, angling without a license in possession, failure to display valid registration on watercraft and blocking a watercourse with a fence.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the past week working ATV and boat and water enforcement activities. The rain held off in the area over the Memorial Day weekend and many people were out enjoying the nice weather. Time was spent patrolling the Two Inlets State Forest area for ATV activity where many contacts were made with people with out-of-date registration. Swedberg also conducted boat and water enforcement on area lakes. He also received several complaints about jet skis on area lakes, so extra time was put in patrolling for jet skiers. Other time was spent assisting the county and local police agencies with calls for service and tracking down a motor vehicle that fled from Swedberg. The State Patrol was quickly able to find the vehicle and the driver was arrested.
District 10 - Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked Mille Lacs Lake, where night-fishing ban violations came up most frequently. The holiday weekend brought out a lot of off-road vehicles. Lack of registrations, training, and safety equipment was rampant. Invasive species were monitored with numerous boats dumping water upon road acceleration and few unable due to installed plugs.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time maintaining equipment, delivering equipment, working on office work, following up on calls, and helping with training. The calls she followed up on included questions about turtle harvesting, a complaint of a nuisance bear, a report of a walleye overlimit, and reports of anglers keeping bass during the catch-and-release season.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a call from a boater who heard a bang and then saw a Canada goose flopping in the water. After an investigation, it was determined the lakeshore owner had attempted to scare off a goose with a pellet gun because they were tired of them defecating on the lakeshore. The goose died after the pellet hit it in the neck. Enforcement action was taken for taking a goose out of season. Several ATV complaints were taken in the Sturgeon Lake area. Time was spent in the General Andrews and Nemadji state forests. Enforcement action was taken for no state trail sticker on out of state OHVs, failure to display OHM registration, failure to display current ATV registration and under 18 without helmets. Speldrich responded to an OHM vs. Class 2 ATV accident with minor injuries in the Nemadji State Forest. Remember to slow down when dusty trail conditions hinder your ability to see what is in front of you.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing, boating, ATV, and turkey hunting activities. Enforcement action was taken for lack of PFDs, registration issues, and false application for license. Panfish are showing up in shallow areas and bowfishers are reminded to find responsible areas for dumping rough fish.
CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) completed investigations this past week, followed up on complaints, and fielded calls regarding injured wildlife.
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Please contact DNR Ecological and Water Resources if you plan to do work in the water and review the DNR webpage for when permits are required (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/permits/water/needpermit.html).
Remember, just because your neighbors are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s legal.
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District 11 - St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the past week checking anglers, monitoring boating activity and conducting AIS work. The busy holiday weekend was worked and many boaters and anglers were seen out recreating. Violations for the week included careless operation of a watercraft, unattended lines, no license in possession, and angling with extra lines.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports seeing the first fawns of the year and he received calls from concerned people observing fawns. They are best left alone. Please do not touch any wild animals, especially new babies. He worked normal activities in the area including fishing, boating and a few turkey hunters trying to punch their tag.
CO Adam Seifermann (St. Cloud) reports monitoring anglers, ATV riders and turkey hunters this past week. Enforcement action consisted of angling without a license, no license in possession, a rider not meeting ATV training requirements, no sound-producing device onboard watercraft, no PFD and not having a required fire extinguisher on board. A wounded fawn was reported and brought to an animal hospital for care. He also reports an ongoing investigation regarding the dumping of two yearling deer and a raccoon that may have been taken illegally in the area of Bowlus. Please contact the TIP line at 800-652-9093 with information.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) found several anglers keeping bass before May 23. One angler had bass in his livewell the Friday before it was legal to keep bass. He assured Bertram that the season opened on Friday due to leap year. Bertram assured him that it did not.
District 12 - Princeton area
CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) reports checking anglers and recreational boaters on local lakes. Benkofske also urges parents to pay more attention with safety when it comes to their children driving ATVs. Many safety issues have had to be addressed lately with the nice weather bringing people outside.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, boaters, ATV riders, and turkey hunters. Time was also spent patrolling state parks and other state and federal lands. Enforcement action was taken for PFD violations, no angling license in possession, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile and shoreline violations. Three individuals were cited for overlimits of crappies and sunfish.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent a busy Memorial weekend checking anglers. Krauel also spent time patrolling for ATV activity and working boat and water safety.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) investigated a litter complaint. Several animal-related complaints were handled. Follow up was done on a trespass complaint.
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Reminder: Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course. People under age 16 must complete the ATV online course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.
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Standby CO Pilot Tim Gray (Bemidji) continued flight training with landings, commercial maneuvers and looking for wetland and shoreline issues.
CO pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) flew a support flight for an ATV detail and also patrolled the Cuyuna recreation area.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued tracking a helicopter in maintenance and making preparations for a test flight this coming week. He also attended aviation webinars and completed administrative tasks.
Water Resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week focusing on AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) law compliance around Region 1. Assistance was given to local law enforcement on minor calls. Wildlife-related calls were fielded. WCA (Wetlands Conservation Act) and PW (Public Waters) cases and violations were worked. Assistance was given to field officers with calls and ongoing cases. Boating and fishing activity was monitored.
WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked on WCA cases conducting TEP site inspection in Pine County. AIS enforcement was conducted over the holiday weekend. Many individuals were out enjoying ATV riding but several ATV riders forgot helmets for passengers under 18, and enforcement action was taken. Calls for service were handled.
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Prepared by Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement