Weekly Game and Fish Vioations

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Weekly Conservation Officer Report – From the Minnesota DNR

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) conducted field training with a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC).  The two assisted with the range portion of the Thief River Falls Firearms Safety Class and taught the session on laws and ethics. Time was spent monitoring bear baiting activity, ATV use, and local boating and angling. Enforcement action for the week included angle without valid license, possess marijuana and paraphernalia, and transport watercraft with drain plug intact.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling/boating activity, a special boating project,  and monitoring boater AIS compliance on Upper Red Lake and special regulations lakes throughout the week. Enforcement was taken for angling with an extra line.    Time was spent monitoring bear baiting activity, patrolling area trails for ORV, ATV and OHM activity and a nuisance beaver complaint was handled.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.

Warroad #1 – vacant.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATV, boating, early goose hunting and AIS efforts.  Multiples calls about hunting questions and animals concerns continued to increase. He also participated during a local radio talk show. The highlight of the week was being able to witness firsthand over 40 previous FAS students put to practice their skills during a pheasant hunt/clays/archery event sponsored by local businesses and sporting clubs at a game farm.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked bear baits, goose hunters and wolf depredation complaints.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting mixed success on most area lakes. Follow up was conducted on a fence across a small creek preventing access. The fence was removed by the property owners. ATV activity was monitored on area trails and roads.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting activity throughout the area. Time was also spent monitoring OHV traffic in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Questions were answered about the upcoming deer season. A complaint was received regarding wolves harassing cattle.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending training at Camp Ripley and patrolled area lakes as part of a special boat and water safety project. CO Vinton was accompanied for a day by a Frazee-Vergas high school student interested in becoming a Conservation Officer. The student observed aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection and angler compliance checks as well as assisted in looking for an injured deer. Violations included no angling license in possession, ATV on a county highway and no throwable PFD.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted CO Bermel with a BWCA work detail enforcing boat and water safety laws and fishing regulations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports average angling success on area lakes. Boating safety and AIS compliance checks were completed. CO Forsberg followed up on reports of illegal aquatic vegetation removal. CO Forsberg followed up on complaints of nuisance animals and took calls regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. The Boats and Bars event on Detroit Lakes was monitored but poor weather showed fewer participants then past years. A site visit with local gov’t unit (LGU) members was conducted in regards to a public waters violation. A complaint of possible trespass was received and being investigated. Follow up continued on possible illegal aquatic vegetation removal.


Water Resource Enforcement Officer (WREO) Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) law enforcement. Time was spent meeting with area inspectors and checking compliance at public access points. Boat and water activity was also worked. Two days were spent at Camp Ripley assisting with training.  Fishermen around the Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids area were checked.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received questions related to the summer goose hunt. He also took complaints of late shooting. Anglers were checked on area lakes along with boating enthusiasts. There was also a conversation about wolf/hybrid dogs running off leash in Maine Township.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) along with a COC spent time working fishing enforcement, boating safety, and AIS enforcement. The officers checked on a commercial minnow net, assisted an Otter Tail County Sheriffs officer with a call, attended a safety day in Wolf Lake speaking to over 100 individuals on ATV safety, assisted Wadena area chapter of MDHA with a fork horn field day on the shooting range. The officers worked the early August goose season but found very minimal activity.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on several wetland issues this week including draining and altering wetlands. Time was spent checking fishermen, boaters and completing some required training. Additional time was spent checking goose hunters and working WCA cases.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, goose hunters and ATVs. An AIS meeting was attended in Brainerd. Complaints of fish over limits, trespass, and ATV’s operating on county highways were investigated. Station equipment maintenance was performed along with receiving yearly performance evaluation.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked the TIP trailer along with other officers at the first annual Youth Outdoors Day, sponsored by Pheasants Forever and Vikings Sportsmen’s Club, where over 500 area youth enjoyed outdoor related activities and events. Fishing activity continues to be monitored with enforcement action taken for no angling license and angling with extra lines. A shoreline owner was cited for operating his weed roller well outside the permitted area. The third local FAS class was also completed, totaling over 80 youth now certified this month.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. While working AIS enforcement, an individual was found transporting a boat with aquatic vegetation on the trailer and the drain plug in place. A closer inspection of the boat revealed very small zebra mussels in the livewell. Enforcement action was taken and a boat de-con was ordered. Additional time was spent closing out public water and aquatic vegetation violations, monitoring goose hunting activity, and patrolling for ORV activity. COs Johanson, Lawler, and Larry Hanson with K9 Reggie, spent several hours manning the TIP Wall of Shame trailer at the first annual youth outdoor activity event in Alexandria. The event was a huge success with over 500 youth in attendance and many positive public interactions made. A big thank you to the Viking Sportsmen Club and the Douglas County Pheasants Forever Chapter for organizing and staffing the event!

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS, OHV and fishing enforcement. Angling activity has been slow on area lakes. CO Anderson also investigated a vehicle that tried to travel down a minimum maintenance road and became stuck. Minnow transportation permits were issued as well as handling calls from the public regarding use of WMA and WPAs for hunting opportunities.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, goose hunters, and monitoring AIS compliance.  Additional time was spent on boat and water safety, commercial enforcement, and littering complaints. Calls were fielded regarding waterfowl season questions, and nuisance animal complaints.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boaters and ATVs. Officer Hunter aided in a firearms safety class and at the shooting range. CO Hunter received a call of an individual illegally removing cattails.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to a call of vehicles stuck in a closed forest road.  The vehicles were gone and the damage was documented. Early goose season activity was monitored and bear baiters were checked as well. A cattle owner called with a possible wolf depredation problem where calves were missing and evidence of wolves in the area was found. Late summer fishing and boating activity was patrolled with several boats being contacted, with compliance being very good.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity.  Nothing unusual to report. Received a call regarding a sick loon; handled a wolf depredation complaint; attended a district meeting; received a call regarding the status of the wild rice crop; and received a request for information regarding ATV safety training.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, and bear baiting activity. Special boat safety patrols were conducted on Cass Lake with a few violations encountered.  Anglers report slow fishing; excuses for the slow fishing varied. Several bear baited areas were also checked. CO Mathy and a COC attended a district meeting. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession, tow tube with boat without observer, ATV without valid DL, ATV without headlights, ATV with juveniles not wearing helmet, and several different bear baiting violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, ATV, and bear baiting activity. Angling and boating activity was low. Bear baiting activity appears to be picking up. CO Broughten investigated a complaint of a person shooting a goose. CO Broughten also investigated an over limit of walleye, during which the individual claimed to be stock piling walleye for a family reunion. Fish were seized and enforcement will be taken.  Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, operate watercraft with persons riding on transom, operate watercraft while being overloaded, allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, failure to display ATV registration, and over limit of walleye.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) investigated two buck deer found dead, one found with bite marks in hind quarters floating in farm pond and one found in a township road ditch with its head cut off. Halverson assist Officer Guida with a boat accident on Lake Alexander. Many calls on upcoming deer season were handled. Halverson attended Staples Railroad Days, the 125 year anniversary of Staples. Complaint on Jet Ski’s chasing loons was also investigated.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) attended training, meetings and patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Officer work on violations for cross country travel and follow-up investigations.

WREO Shane Siltala spent time at public accesses on area lakes enforcing AIS laws. Boat traffic was limited due to the rainy weather. Some walleye limits were seen in the bag. AIS compliance was good. Officer Siltala also assisted at a local firearms safety class mentoring youth on the gun range. He also finished up a public waters violation investigation and attended a district enforcement meeting.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls)  reports the investigation into two wolf depredation cases near Littlefork and Baudette were handled. Fishing and boating activities were checked on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, with enforcement action taken for no angling licenses in possession and possession of filleted walleye (unmeasurable) while on the water. Invasive species checks at area public access sites were also monitored with good compliance. Activities at International Falls Bass Championship were also monitored.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working boating and angling activity throughout the week. A large bass fishing tournament on Lake Vermilion was monitored. Calls relating to bear baiting and the upcoming hunting seasons were received.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling activity, served a Wetland Conservation Act Restoration Order, and dealt with a reoccurring dog roaming at large complaint in the McCarthy Beach State Park campground. The responsible party was dealt with.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked bear baiters in the Virginia and Mt. Iron area. Failure to register baits is becoming a problem. Time was spent on area lakes checking boaters and anglers. Despite constant attention, one of the most common violations is still insufficient PFDs. Other violations such as operating unregistered watercraft and no lights after sunset were encountered. A group of five ATV riders were stopped near Cotton. Four of the ATVs were lacking current registration and the fifth was being operated by a juvenile who was not wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken on all parties. CO Frericks assisted the Eveleth Police Department in searching for a suspect who fled on an ATV. The ATV was recovered after it got stuck but the suspect was found.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked bear baiting activity throughout the week. Time was spent working boating enforcement specifically night navigation lights. Fishermen are still getting crappies and a few walleye mixed in.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the BWCA with CO Al Peterson. Several violations were detected including angling without a license, no canoe registration, and no license in possession. Lake Vermilion was worked with again a high violation rate including illegal length walleye, multiple folks fishing without a license, unregistered kayaks and canoe, no PFDs, and no fishing licenses in possession. A cabin freezer search revealed what appeared to be a bag with illegal slot limit walleye fillets. The 24 inch walleye carcass was located in a bucket near the dock.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boat and water patrol, invasive species , and angling enforcement during the week. Fishing was slow with few fish being caught. Murray also took reports of nuisance wolf activity and checked on bear baiting activity. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and failing to drain water related equipment violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputies after a fatal boating accident on Shagawa Lake in Ely. The accident occurred when a boat carrying three people struck an island on the western side of the lake. The cause and details are still being investigated.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a wilderness patrol in the BWCA with CO Wahlstrom. The officer checked bear baits and  handled calls about nuisance beavers and foxes.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports outdoor activity way down during the week. He checked bear guides, bear baits and responded to a trapped wolf from a wolf depredation complaint. The wolf appeared to be very old and too weak to hunt naturally so it began to target dogs, cattle and chickens. A remote BWCA patrol was done along with remote patrol along the Canadian border.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked a detail in the BWCA this last week with Officer Manning. The officer checked bear bait stations and monitored ATV activity.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear baiting activity. CO Schottenbauer spent time checking area inland lakes for angling and boating activity as well. Time was spent on a water complaint as well.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, assisted the Sheriff’s Department with a suicidal person, performed equipment maintenance, and completed mandatory training. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.


CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked fishing boating and big game activities. He assisted the county with multiple crashes and other calls. Violations included ATV on roadway, fail to display registration, equipment, and DUI.


CO Michael Fairbanks (Deer River) and a COC worked boat and water safety on area lakes. Fishermen were checked and AIS compliance checks were conducted on the water and at boat accesses. Violations included, no license in possession, no throwable PFD, and several AIS violations. Boaters are reminded to drain all water from boats and related equipment before leaving the water. All drain plugs must be removed.  Bear bait stations were checked in area forests. A traffic stop on a commercial minnow dealer resulted in a violation for improper display of identification on the bait transporting vehicle.


CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked boating and angling enforcement this past week. She also answered numerous questions concerning bear baiting, hunting and deer hunting. Remember to check availability (on the DNR website) of firearms classes in your area if you are needing to take one before hunting seasons start.


CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) began field training activities with a COC. Bear baiting were monitored while enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without a safety certificate and for not having a helmet on while operating an ATV under 18 years of age. Enforcement action was also taken for angling without a license. One individual was arrested for an active warrant after his fishing license was checked. Drug paraphernalia was also found on the individual.


CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, bear baiters, state parks and campgrounds. He also handled trespass and ATV complaints during the week.


CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and bear baiting activity. Wichmann also traveled to Duluth and checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior.


CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) worked ATV and OHM enforcement in Pine County this past week. CO Velsvaag also worked boating enforcement in Duluth. CO Velsvaag took several calls about the upcoming waterfowl season and archery season.


Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), boating, angling, ricing, and bear baiting enforcement efforts. Area AIS compliance was good. Enforcement action was taken for  boat equipment violations. CO Arhart also responded to public waters and wetland impacts, assisting COs with various resource incidents. He also taught local dog owners about body gripper trap avoidance and dog release techniques. Motor boats in rice complaints were investigated. Deer hunting questions were answered.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent lots of time on the water again working safe boating enforcement. Time was also spent checking bear baits and ATV users. The officer also participated in a work detail along the North Shore checking trout anglers. Youth operating an ATV without safety certificate, allow illegal operation of ATV by a juvenile, operate type 1 ATV on roadway, no registration, fail to transfer title, angle without a license, keeping a protected length fish and no PFD in watercraft are just a few of the violations encountered.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working boating, angling, OHV, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey worked boating enforcement on local area lakes and details on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit. A wolf depredation complaint was received and investigated. Angling license, trout stamp, boating equipment, and OHV violations were encountered. A few bear baits were also checked for compliance.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a public waters complaint where it was reported that someone was putting fill into a trout stream. The investigation is still ongoing. An off-highway motorcycle event  was worked in the Nemadji State Forest. Several contacts were made for operating without eye protection, fail to transfer ownership of an OHM, and registration violations. Assistance was given at a landing zone for a helicopter after one rider broke his leg in a crash and started to go into shock. Fishing activity was worked along the St. Louis River. It didn’t turn out well for some anglers after the officer recognized two anglers he had dealt with in the past and had knowledge of them being revoked from angling. They were both cited for angling without licenses (again).  The next angler down the shore was also found to be angling without a license. He was from California and was back in the area visiting relatives. After running his information he was found to have two outstanding, gross misdemeanor, warrants from his last visit to Minnesota. He went to jail with a ticket for angling without a license. K9 training continues with K9 Schody. Bear baiters are reporting low numbers of hits on area baits.

WREO Mike Scott worked on several new WCA cases and one potential public waters case on a Duluth area lake. Boat and water enforcement as well as fishing enforcement was worked on area lakes with CO Randy Hanzal. Enforcement action was taken for possessing illegal length fish on protected waters, no fishing license, no throwable safety device on watercraft. Several ATVs were checked for operating on the roadway. At the request of a local Sheriff’s Department, enforcement action was taken for an ATV operator possessing an open container of alcohol in the road right of way.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Cooler temps and rain has curbed the number of anglers. Watercraft maintenance items worked on. Bear bait stations checked north of Duluth. While a bear complaint was handled with the city limits. Take down bird feeders. The bear will move along in due time. Shore anglers checked on the St. Louis River.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) started field training with a COC. The officers worked boating and angling enforcement on Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais and on inland lakes. AIS violations were also looked for. Time was spent on ATVs looking for recreational vehicle use and bear baits. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action taken for angling, boating, and ATV violations.

CO Matthew Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and a COC spent the week checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Angler success on Lake Superior has been limited due to the weather, but success is increasing near Grand Marais. Officers responded to an injured raptor and discovered a red-tailed hawk struck by a vehicle. The hawk was transported to a rehabilitation center for treatment. Officers also worked boating and angling activity on Island Lake, Fish Lake, and Wild Rice Lake. Anglers reported the fish were uncooperative for the most part. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, no life jackets, and no registration on a canoe.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The bite was slow with the most cooperative fish pan fish. Violations were no license, not enough life jackets, and expired boat registration. He worked on complaints of shoreline violations such as digging in the lake bed. He worked with neighboring CO Tim Collette on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting them on the road. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails and a loud party in the Pillsbury forest were investigated.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers and boaters, checked bear hunters placing bait stations for the upcoming bear season opener, and monitored boats at area accesses for invasive species issues. A calf kill was investigated for possible wolf depredation, and a TIP call on a possible fish overlimit was handled.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking several bear baits. She also checked a shore angler who advised fishing was not good and he only had a couple of bites. After further investigation of his cooler and buckets, he was over limit on northern pike. CO Peterson also worked a couple of shifts on Lake Superior where officers checked an angler who was double his limit. He attempted to convince the officers that he had a limit for him and a limit for his dog. Further investigation of his freezer led to the discovery of several more fillets.


CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with field training of new a Conservation Officer Candidate. Officers checked bear baiting activity in the area with OHV travel in closed areas observed frequently. Bear baiters are reminded that off-trail travel in limited and closed state forests for bear baiting purposes is prohibited. Officers also patrolled station lakes with enforcement action being taken for boating safety violations, along with no angling licenses, and fishing with extra lines. Officer Lee assisted with Use of Force training at Camp Ripley given to fellow Conservation Officers this past week.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a detail on Lake Superior where angling and boating violations were detected. Some work was done investigating a bear baiting complaint where a bear hunter put bait at another bear hunter’s bait site. Officer Guida also worked boating and watercraft enforcement in the station. A late night watercraft crash was investigated with the Sheriff’s Office where alcohol was a likely a contributing factor. The operator faces Criminal Vehicular Operation and Boating While Intoxicated charges.

CO Pat McGowan (Pine River) continued field training duties with a COC. The officers worked anglers on area lakes and on Upper Red Lake. Investigations were done on weed roller violations. Numerous questions were answered involving ATVs, angling, bear hunting, and the upcoming deer season regulations. Numerous ATVs were stopped during the week.  Enforcement action was taken on wetland violations, illegal youth ATV operations, no angling license, no PFDs, and numerous other boat safety issues. One ATV operator was arrested for operating on the roadway with a cancelled driver’s license. The officers also made one narcotic arrest.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear baiting, angling, watercraft and aquatic invasive species enforcement. A law presentation was also given at a firearms safety class at the Waukenabo Township Hall. Many great questions were answered for the young hunters.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety, ATV enforcement and park curfew enforcement in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Brainerd Lakes area. He also checked bear bait stations.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked fishing activity which appears to be picking up as the weather cools off. Also, lots of boating activity but as sunset gets earlier PWCs needed reminding to get off the lake and boats need to get their lights on. An ATV complaint was addressed where there was a concern for juvenile safety. Verkuilen also checked bear bait activity and investigated a complaint of suspicious shots fired.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) spent the majority of the week checking bear baits. The bear hunting season looks promising as most bait sites have been active. The officer checked trout, salmon, walleye and pike anglers on Lake Superior; few fish were seen. Boat and water safety compliance checks were conducted on Mille Lacs Lake and an informational meeting regarding the lake was attended. Enforcement action was taken for bear baiting with non-biodegradable items, failure to register bait stations, and burning of prohibited materials.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking bear baiters throughout the Malmo station.  With lots of berries still in the woods it’s been tough going for quite a few of the baiters. ATV, ORV and OHM activity was monitored in the Solana State Forest, and riders should be reminded that you must stay on open trails only in the forest. A Mille Lacs lake informational meeting was attended during the week where data on Mille Lacs Lake was presented and also some questions answered. A call of bear in a person’s yard and refusing to leave was responded to and by the time the Officer arrived the bear had already gone back into the woods. A law and ethics presentation was given to some Firearms Safety students who were completing their Firearms Safety Certificate. Fishermen on area small lakes and Mille Lacs Lake were checked with a few fish seen in the bag. The Officer also assisted the local sheriff’s department on a loose cattle complaint and lots of ATV, fishing, bear hunting, and deer hunting related question were fielded throughout the week and weekend.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked a variety of bear issues, from tampering with baits to a bear that are bothering houses instead of the bear baits nearby. ATVs were found out in full force with riding on county roads being the biggest violation. A possible protection order violation was investigated. Lake Superior was worked, with an over limit of lake trout found. Boat and water patrols found very good compliance.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent quite a bit of time issuing nuisance bear hunting permits for the removal of bear that have been destroying corn crops. Many area corn fields are at that perfect level of maturity and bear have been gorging themselves on the ripening field corn. Federal trappers continued to remove wolves from area farms and cattle owners continued to report additional calf losses. Other time was spent working at the State Fair Information Booth.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) conducted boat and water safety checks throughout the week. Angling activity was also monitored and panfish were found to be the most sought after species. Assistance was provided to a neighboring officer on Lake Osakis. A young ATV rider was stopped for a registration violation. During the stop CO Silgjord discovered several violations. After issuing paperwork to the rider CO Silgjord attempted to provide the operator with a regulations booklet. The operator tossed the book into the box of the officer’s patrol vehicle stating, “I don’t need that.” Violations for the week included operate an ATV w/o a safety certificate, possess an overlimit of sunfish, fail to have legal life saving device, fail to transfer ATV registration, fail to display valid ATV registration, operate ATV with passenger under 18 not wearing a helmet, and driving after revocation.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked anglers, AIS, and boating activity. A few goose hunters were still out and about.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, wetland and shoreline issues, along with training a COC. AIS enforcement was worked with violations for transport boat with boat plug, and transport boat with weeds. A non-permitted farm irrigator was addressed along with a wetland violation. Enforcement action for the week included, operate unregistered ATV, no helmet on child under 18 on an ATV, no wetland contractor form, fail to remove drain plug, no PFD, and no angling license.

WREO Keith Bertram responded to reports of illegal wetland filling and appropriation of water without permits. Several panfish over limit cases were also made on Todd County lakes. WREO Bertram assisted with an AIS road check station in Chisago City.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers during the past week The Officer also worked on a tip call along with checking goose hunters.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) spoke at a youth firearms safety class and a youth ATV safety class.CO Musatov checked anglers and worked complaints of ATV trespass. Several animal calls were handled and follow up was done on a litter case.


CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked anglers/boaters/PWC, worked an Invasive Species road check in Chisago County, and checked on nuisance animal complaints. Calls were taken on: trespassing, baiting complaints, law questions, and stolen property.


CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and river taking enforcement action on a number of violations. He followed up a public waters violation with charges pending. He assisted with a number of animal complaints, everything from nuisance beaver to sand hill cranes tearing off the screens of a Big Lake residence. CO Sladek assisted with a AIS road check in Chisago City with enforcement action taken for a few violations, but overall, a high percentage of boats were clean of aquatic vegetation and the boats were dry and plugs out. He also assisted with a law presentation to a Firearms Safety class in Big Lake to approximately 70-80 kids. CO Sladek wants to thank his Big Lake Firearms Safety Class instructors for doing such a great job.


CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports working an AIS road check station in the Chisago City area over the weekend. Numerous boaters were stopped on a local roadway to check all water resource equipment for compliance. Most boaters had all of their equipment in compliance with the AIS laws. Violations included failure to remove plug from boat and transport aquatic vegetation. CO Langevin also handled several bear complaints, wetland violations and trespassing issues in the area.


CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked a district AIS check in Chisago County. Several calls were taken with questions on the upcoming deer season. CO Muyres also worked boat enforcement with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) inspected game farms and shooting preserves. He worked boat and water safety details on Lake Minnetonka with CO Grewe. Goose hunters were checked all week having poor success.


CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling and boating activity. CO Salzer also patrolled for goose hunting activity. Salzer assisted with two firearms safety courses during the week as well.


CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring boating activity on Lake Minnetonka. CO Grewe responded to various calls and spoke at a firearms safety class. Violations included angling with extra lines, no fishing license and boat registration issues.


CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boaters, anglers, and AIS in Scott County area lakes. He picked up a dead hawk in Shakopee and turned it to Carlos Avery wildlife office. He also talked to a Hmong youth firearms safety class in St. Paul and a youth firearms safety class at Horse and Hunter Club in Prior Lake. Violations found were fishing without angling license in possession and riding on gunwales.


CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked angling and boating activity in West Metro lakes. He followed up with AIS violation that occurred in Bloomington station. He also covered Fort Snelling State Park station as the local officer is out of service. Violations found include transporting aquatic macrophytes, zebra mussels, no angling license, and no vehicle permit while in the state park.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended two days of training at Camp Ripley. She did a detail for the St. Croix Bridge and handled various TIP calls. CO Kruse worked fishing, boating and AIS enforcement on area lakes.

CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) checked anglers and boater. Violations included no license, no license in possession, and no trout stamp. He also conducted AIS checks. CO Johnson patrolled at Carlos Avery WMA. He assisted with the take down and transport of the wall of shame. CO Johnson responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that may have been caught in discarded fishing line in St. Paul.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling and boating enforcement around the metro lakes and rivers. He spent sometimes patrolling Gateway trail, state parks and wildlife management areas and investigated a liter. CO Pril also responded to injured animal calls and other calls throughout the week.

WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week working AIS and wetland related activity. Time was also spent working the State Fair information booth where many deer hunting related questions were answered. WREO Block also spoke to a group in St. Louis Park on the topic of aquatic invasive species.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) worked area lakes and the St Croix River doing fishing and boating enforcement. CO Arntzen assisted a neighboring officer with a littering complaint in a State Park and investigated TIP complaints. He also spoke to students at a firearms safety class in Forest Lake and did AIS enforcement. Enforcement action for the week included PFD violations, failing to obey signs on a state trail, slow-no wake violation and no PWC rules sticker.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) and a COC checked shore anglers. In one case they walked up to two fishermen who were angling with two lines each and neither of them had an angling license. Time was also spent checking OHVs at the Appleton ATV Park.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) conducted numerous roadside wildlife counts throughout the week. Time was also spent checking anglers and boaters on area lakes. Numerous questions were fielded concerning the up-coming deer seasons.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports the walleye bite has picked up on Lake Shetek. ATV violations remain commonplace this summer. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of recreational vehicle violations, ranging from youthful operation of ATV’s to the unlawful operation of OHMs.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) assisted with a Cease and Desist order in Lincoln County. Goose hunters are having limited success. Some northerns are being caught on Del Clark Lake.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended an R-4 AIS meeting in Waterville. Officer Hanson issued a cease and desist order in Lincoln County and also issued a PW restoration order in Big Stone Co. Officer Hanson attended a youth hunter’s day with K-9 Reggie in Alexandria. AIS and boat and water checks were completed on area lakes and rivers.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) patrolled area lakes working boating enforcement. He checked anglers and followed up on TIP calls. He spoke at a Firearms Safety class in Willmar. Denz also checked ATVs and addressed issues related to juvenile passengers without helmets.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and boaters during the week, along with August goose hunters. She continued to work AIS compliance. Mueller also followed up on a trespassing complaint in Sibley County. She issued a nuisance beaver permit.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a booth at Youth Conservation Day at Gopher Campfire. Oberg’s talk centered on the importance of PFDs, understanding AIS laws, and hunter ethics. Oberg focused on water patrol while working from his patrol boat and kayak.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) presented Steve Rykus of New Ulm with the 2013 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year Award at the Minnesota State Fair. Steve had organized and served as the lead instructor for at least 12 youth safety classes last year. Steve has given instruction to thousands of youth over his 30 years of volunteer service to Minnesota’s youth.  Congratulations and Thank You Steve! Nelson also worked angling, boating, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked boat and water, angling and ATV enforcement.  Gruhlke worked with area fisheries and the Jackson Sheriff learning about an area electric fish barrier. He also completed his radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ discussing topics including antlerless permit application deadline, upcoming openers and area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. ATV activity is increasing and the Grant-In-Aid (GIA) trail was patrolled. Many questions were fielded regarding upcoming seasons and new laws placed in the books.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked boating and angling activity. A late-summer detail was worked with a neighboring officer, resulting in enforcement action taken for a variety of minor boating violations. CO Howe also presented the Wall of Shame at an outdoor-oriented event, and worked state park enforcement.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused on boat and water activity. ATV safety presentations were given to elementary school students in Northfield. An AIS presentation was given to the Faribault Rotary club. The officer worked the TIP trailer at Shooter’s Roundup in Morristown.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, and recreational vehicle activity. A wildlife complaint involving captive raccoons was resolved. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked the Minnesota River for activity this past week.  Boating and angling enforcement was the focus. A trapping issue was handled. Public lands were also checked for early fall activity.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters and ATV operators. Additional time was spent working at the information booth at the Minnesota State Fair and the TIP trailer at a local sports/shooting event.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, AIS, ATV, and boat & water activity during the week. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer with staffing the TIP trailer at an event & answering numerous questions about the upcoming hunting seasons.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) assisted in site visits on WCA complaints and follow ups with contractors failing to submit the Landowner Statement and Contractor Responsibility form.

Albert Lea – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports dealing with nuisance animal complaints, mainly involving raccoon. CO Boyum also spent time on boat and water enforcement. No PFDs and unregistered watercraft were violations encountered.


CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending most of the week checking boats. He checked a boat with a1988 registration expiration in new condition. The boat had been in storage for an extended time. He also attended training at Camp Ripley and met with Conservation Officers from Wisconsin and Iowa.


CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the river is in great condition. Boaters and fishermen are making the best of the good weather. He worked a special boating detail. Many fall hunting related questions are coming in.


CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success was mixed and several anglers commented how the high water has really changed the river and that they had to figure things out again. Heyn also answered questions on the upcoming hunting seasons.


CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking anglers, boaters and working on some waters cases. Time was also spent checking ATV complaint areas in the state forest. Some boating and fishing violations were detected.


CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing and boating enforcement on the Mississippi River along with attending some meetings and training at Camp Ripley. Fishing has been good with some limits being checked during the week.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

Training Section

Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.

Aviation Section

CO Pilot Bob Geving assisted with maintenance test flights and transporting aircraft about the state. Geving also conducted his annual low level check ride with pilot Heineman and worked on studying book work for an upcoming CFII course.


NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a marten telemetry and a Vermillion lake creel survey. Heineman also gave  a CO Pilot a low level  check ride and attended a AOPA safety seminar.


CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew multiple creel surveys over Leech Lake. A day was spent in the boat with CO Vollbrecht checking anglers on the Turtle Lake chain north of Bemidji. Anglers reported slower than normal action but produced a few nice fish. Patrol vehicle and aircraft maintenance issues were attended to and data bases were updated for upcoming surveys. The Region 1 District 4 meeting was attended as well.


NR Standby Pilot Brad Maas helped complete needed helicopter maintenance, and flew a day/night flight test of the FLIR system.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a short week of duty.

Activities included work on safety program and setting up maintenance for aircraft.

Jensen also researched new aircraft and other possible equipment needs for the upcoming years. Weather prevented most flights.




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District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked ATV activity in Beltrami Island State Forest and anglers at the Northwest Angle.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked a detail at the Northwest Angle with Lt. Znajda and COs Huener and Regas. Anglers were also checked on the Red River of the North with CO Hutchins seeing moderate success on big catfish prior to the Cats Incredible Tournament. CO Woinarowicz patrolled area WMAs for ATV violations and arrested an individual for DWI on an ATV that tested over three times the legal limit. Other enforcement action included watercraft and ATV registration violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling, boating and AIS enforcement on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling area trails for ATV, OHM and ORV activity. Assistance was given to an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper working an investigation and the Minnesota State Patrol with an attempt to locate a suicidal male. CO Regas worked a district detail on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action for the week included fishing license violations and possession of illegal length walleye.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.

Warroad #1 – vacant.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting the Crookston Firearms Safety Instructors with an all-day range and field day class. Time was also spent checking anglers and watercraft operators. Various angling and watercraft violations were found.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) concentrated on boating, angling and AIS enforcement. He also responded to a burglar alarm, litter complaint and a car kill deer. A complaint of burning prohibited materials was dealt with and concerns of badgers were addressed.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, ATVers and answered question about the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent working Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on area lake accesses. Various boats were found with drain plugs still in. Area fishermen report that the walleye bite has picked up, especially in the early morning hours. While working an access one morning CO Vollbrecht and a COC checked two fishermen with an over limit of walleye and a citation was issued. Vollbrecht and the COC worked with a local CO and patrolled for ATVs riding in closed areas. Other areas were also patrolled for ATV activity and enforcement action was taken for multiple violations.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked ATV and angling activity during the week. CO Holt patrolled ATV trails in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest with CO Vollbrecht and a COC. Time was also spent working Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park. A complaint was received of ATV’s operating in a state forest campground.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and a COC spent the week patrolling the Forest Rider’s ATV Trail, checking anglers and boaters, and enforcing PWC laws. Time was also spent on commercial minnow trapping follow-up and APM violations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a busy weekend with many boaters and fisherman enjoying the nice weather. The area panfish bite has been good with walleye activity slowing. Time was spent working fishermen and boaters. Complaints of late jet skis, weedroller violations, removal of aquatic plants and access issues were addressed.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) followed up on calls of possible illegal weed rollers and AIS complaints. Time was spent on ATV activity and boat checks were conducted for AIS compliance. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes. CO Warren attended and answered questions at the DNR booth at the Becker County Fair.


WREO Joe Stattelman spent time following up on calls to the public and answering questions about AIS. Several calls regarding AIS concerns were fielded. Paperwork regarding WCA cases from field CO’s was filed and other cases closed out.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) focused on angling, boating, and AIS enforcement.  Enforcement action was taken for angling, boat safety, AIS, ATV, and burning violations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked fishing and boating enforcement throughout the week along with AIS enforcement. ATV enforcement was also worked.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen and boaters.  Complaints were received and handled regarding injured loon, nuisance beaver and individuals working in wetlands. Time was spent working with the SWCD and NRCS on a WCA violation. Additional time was spent answering questions about deer and duck season, ATVs and complaints about public access roads.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen and ATVs. Questions regarding upcoming hunting seasons, fishing and boating were answered. Osborne worked on commercial audits and reports. Violations encountered included no helmet on a juvenile passenger on an ATV, no ATV registration, no throwable PFD’s, and no fishing license in possession. A meeting with a county attorney was held to discuss cases. Osborne assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with an individual who drowned in a kayak on Lobster Lake near Alexandria.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused enforcement efforts this past week on fishing, boating, AIS and aquatic vegetation activity. Fishing without a license continues to be the main violation, as well as PFD and watercraft operation conduct issues. Weed roller violations are becoming more apparent now with the increased vegetation growth with enforcement action taken on several cases. In addition, an AIS violation was handled after inspectors found zebra mussels inside of an anchor. Lots of violations have been detected looking inside these hinged/digger anchors, and owners of these are reminded to be extra cautious and to look inside the hinge for attached mussels.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Follow up work was completed on aquatic vegetation and public water cases and ATV and fire issues were addressed. A litter incident involving a bag or garbage left at a public access over the 4th of July weekend was finally closed out with a citation issued.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) focused enforcement activity checking boaters, fishermen and irrigation permits compliance. Additional time was spent handling numerous calls about the upcoming hunting seasons and working AIS enforcement.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters and ATV’ers. Officer Hunter was called to an injured man on the Fish Hook River and assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department in rescuing the individual who had been submerged for quite some time. Even with warm air temperatures, the man was suffering from hypothermia.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) investigated a report of a cattle depredation. The likely animal was deemed to be either a coyote or bear. AIS checks and anglers were checked as well, with compliance being very good. ATV enforcement was worked with youth operation being the main complaint, and assistance was provided to local law enforcement on a possible stolen ATV. Time was also spent at the academy training the new recruits.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity with nothing unusual to report. He worked on a TIP complaint of an overlimit of fish. He received a complaint of a deer caught in a fence along the Heartland State Trail. He was not able to locate the animal, hopefully it freed itself. He also received a call regarding a fox digging up a yard; received a complaint of someone failing to allow inspection of their watercraft by an AIS inspector; received a request for information regarding legal issues and docks (the caller was referred to the Division of Waters as they the permitting authority).

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked many anglers and boaters in the area. Several calls of various concerns were also received including angling violations, trail obstructions, and fire reports. One person was irritated by trail activity and decided to try and keep people off by bulldozing several trees across the trail. Enforcement action is forthcoming. A deer case from 2012 was also completed resulting in several violations. Enforcement action was taken for no life jacket, no PWC registration, angle without license, minnow dealer vehicle without ID, transport boat with plug not removed, no boat lights, and unpermitted fire.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked ATVs in wetland and jet ski complaints. Assisted on getting TIP trailer to Farm Fest.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Operating on the public roadways and youth helmet requirements (likely due to the heat) were common violations. He assisted the county with recovery of an injured adult male found on a riverbank by canoers and tubers floating the river. He assisted the county with a domestic/medical.

WREO Shane Siltala (WREO) issued a wetland Replacement Order requiring the landowner to remove illegal fill in a wetland. He also followed up with enforcement action pertaining to contractors performing illegal work in public waters. Site investigations were performed at two potential aquatic plant violations. Lakeshore owners are reminded they must obtain a permit to destroy any emergent aquatic plants.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boat activities on Rainy Lake were busy with nice weather during the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for no wake violations and no angling license in possession. Beaver complaint issues were handled along with public concerns of wolf sightings within the city limits of Int’l Falls.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities with both activities down from previous years. Fishing success remains very poor. Forest roads were monitored as were public access sites.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports monitoring angling and boating activity in the area throughout the week. Muskie and bass anglers encountered commented that the fish were biting quite well. Since this is mainly a catch and release fishery, if they didn’t have a photo, some of the stories heard were quite hard to believe. A few complaints about boats with loud exhaust and people fishing too close to their swimming platform were received.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, a littering complaint, trespass complaints, state park enforcement and taught Firearms Safety at the Hibbing/Chisholm MDHA Chapter Youth Day. The officer also worked on Lake Superior with other officers. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, OHV trespass, operate motor vehicle on a state trail, excessive speed, and a number of boating violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) handled a report of a road killed bear. The carcass was turned over to the staff at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and will be used for educational purposes. CO Frericks spoke to a firearms safety class of 77 students also at the Laurentian. Area lakes were patrolled. Numerous contacts were made with Jet Ski operators on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered watercraft and operating a personal watercraft within 150’ of swimmers and non-motorized watercraft.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) working boating and angling on Lake Vermilion over the week and encountered many violation of angling without a license and expired boat registration. A complaint of loud boat noise on Vermilion was also looked into. Fredin received a report of a cougar sighting outside of Hoyt Lakes.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted Officers on Lake Superior over the weekend as a part of the Great Lakes task force. Fishing reports were slow with a few lake trout and very little luck with salmon. Violations included fishing license not in possession, angle with extra line, and taking fish out of season.


CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen and ATVs in the area. Time was spent working on equipment and handling calls about beaver problems, deer hunting, bear baiting, and other fall things. The summer is winding down and the weather has been nice.


CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took calls on a loon stuck in a water-filled gravel pit, vehicles stored near a public lake access and bears behaving hungrily. The officer also followed up on cases from last month’s work detail in the BWCA. CO Manning was pleased to hear that the group of young men who packed in about 100 cans of beer and soda plus a couple glass bottles of alcohol also packed the containers out, thereby avoiding a litter ticket in addition to the illegal containers in the BWCA ticket they already earned.


CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly angling and ATV enforcement. Fishing has slowed and with it has been a rise in folks using extra lines. One trout angler was found using an extra line and live minnows. Public access issues were dealt with. Enforcement action for the week consisted of angle with extra lines, live minnows on a trout lake, and ATV operation on a state highway.


CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers on Superior, inland lakes and monitored ATV riders. The Officer worked a Great Lakes Task Force shift with Officer Williams on Lake Superior. The weather this past week was nice for fishing on the big lake, but the salmon bite has been slow. Some nice Lakers were seen in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unlawfully possess steelhead, ATV and OHM violations.


CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, fishing, and invasive species enforcement efforts during the week. The bug activity seems to less making it more enjoyable for campers in the area. A nuisance wolf complaint was handled and a dumping complaint was also investigated.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, worked a litter complaint, and patrolled for illegal ATV and OHM activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession.


CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, and patrolled campgrounds and recreation areas. He also assisted with a motor vehicle crash and handled various wildlife calls.


CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted with a K-9 demo in Barnum, monitored OHV activity and assisted the county with a K-9 track. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATV on roadway, no tail light on ATV and fail to display valid registration on ATV.


CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working off-road vehicle enforcement this past week on the Mesabi bike trail. Complaints of ATVs and other recreational vehicle traffic driving on the bike trail come in throughout the summer months. These types of vehicles are not allowed to travel on the bike trail. She also spent time checking boating and angling activity in the area.


CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity with fish beginning to be found deep with the rapidly warming water temps. CO Sutherland took enforcement action on one group from Indiana who forgot to count how many bluegills were in their livewell. They were cited for overlimit and reminded to double check their livewell well before they might think they have their limit.


CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent most of last week checking anglers and boaters on area lakes and river. Time was also spent checking ATV operators and invasive species law compliance. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on roadway and operating watercraft while intoxicated.


CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) checked ATV activity in Lake and St. Louis counties. CO Velsvaag took several complaints of illegal boat access parking and took questions about no preference points for the wolf lottery.  CO Velsvaag also received a complaint on illegal burning.


Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, wetland, sport fishing, off-highway vehicle (OHV), and aquatic plant management activities. Enforcement action was taken for boat registration violations, for OHV registration and operation violations and for removing aquatic vegetation without a permit. A bobcat was seized. CO Arhart also checked for early bear baits, worked a special Great Lakes detail and worked the Enforcement booth at the Minnesota Trapper’s Convention at Barnum. Many questions about the upcoming deer hunting seasons were answered. Some youth were also certified in trapper education.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week checking anglers and boaters. Time was spent on Lake Superior as weather conditions drew large numbers of anglers. ATV complaint areas were worked and public accesses were worked for AIS violations.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent a lot of time on the water checking both anglers and boaters throughout the week. Insufficient number of PFDs was a problem seen too often as people appear to be a little less safety conscience during warm weather. A personal floatation device is required for every person on a watercraft. A moose that was hit and killed by a train was recovered and its carcass was handed off to biologists for study. Angling with extra lines, insufficient PFDs and angling without a license were a few of the violations encountered during the week.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area anglers on shore and on area lakes, including Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Enforcement action was taken during the week on violations including, multiple line angling, no angling licenses in possession, unregistered watercraft and watercraft safety equipment, including PFDs, fire extinguishers, and no audible sound producing device. Time was spent working with the St. Louis County SWCD, on a garbage and pollution complaint.  Follow-up was done on an ATV complaint and time was also spent investigating a dispersed camping site complaint.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and angling activity in the area over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for license violations. Further investigation into a litter violation at an area public access turned into trips to jail for two people. One who had an outstanding warrant and another for giving a false name and date of birth and also possessing a felony amount of drugs. The annual Minnesota trapper’s association convention was worked in Barnum over the weekend. Several questions were answered and a K9 demo was done for the event highlighting the DNR K9 unit.

WREO Mike Scott staffed an information booth with Minnesota Sea Grant at the Grand Marais Fisherman’s Picnic discussing AIS concerns and issues with the public. Lots of great questions and interest noted. Two great days of weather in the Duluth area brought out the boats and anglers on Lake Superior and area lakes. Fishing and boating activity was high and those talked to were enjoying the days. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, insufficient life jackets on watercraft, fail to display registration and fishing with extra lines.  Several wetland violations were completed with certificates of satisfactory completion issued. As a result of those certifications several deed restrictions on private properties were lifted.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) spent time checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. The fishing was spotty with lake trout making up the largest share of the bag. Boulder Lake was checked, checked Indian Lake State Forest campground for loud noise complaints and followed up on nuisance animal complaints.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) spent an evening near the TIP trailer at the Crow Wing County Fair answering several questions from fair-goers. She completed work on a waterfowl out of season case and responded to a couple of complaints of garbage burning. CO Peterson spent time patrolling area lakes finding several folks out recreating on the water with the nice weather. She also assisted Aitkin County by responding to an unconscious female along a county road.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with so-so success being reported by anglers on area lakes. Officer Lee received a call of a black bear doing damage to bird feeders and garbage cans. The property owner was advised of options, and to call if this did not end the problem or other problems arose from the bear. Officer Lee also received a call from a party reporting possible violations regarding public waters. Upon investigation no violations pertaining DNR waters issues, but possibly county zoning issues had been violated. Information was turned over to Crow Wing County Zoning for further investigation. Officer Lee attended the Crow Wing County Fair sitting at the DNR booth. Time was spent answering questions, and explaining to fair goers Conservation Officer duties around MN. Enforcement action this past week was taken for boating safety violations on the Whitefish Chain.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled the Whitefish Chain for boating and angling activity. CO McGowan also worked an informational booth at the Crow Wing County Fair.  Numerous questions were answered for the upcoming hunting seasons. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent time at area boat accesses monitoring aquatic invasive species, followed up on TIP calls of possible fish overlimits and boat owners refusing to be inspected by landing inspectors. Nuisance beaver permits were issued, recreational boaters were checked on area lakes, and the officer answered questions at the county fair DNR booth.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating and AIS enforcement during the week. He also assisted other DNR personnel with a lakeshore issue.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week.  The sunfish and bass continue to be the most active fish. Complaints of pan fish over limits on the Crow Wing River and wanton waste of carp and suckers were investigated. He also worked on boating enforcement and safety. No lights after sunset, PWCs operate within 150 feet of shore and after hour operation were detected. Complaints of ATVs in the Pillsbury Forest and litter was received and investigated.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety and trail use and construction site security in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area. He also increased patrol and enforcement of facility closing at 10 pm, and cited a person for dumping household trash in rec. site trash bin.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked heavy watercraft and boating enforcement. Numerous watercraft owners were out enjoying the lakes area. Officer Guida assisted a local police department in locating a vehicle that was observed driving recklessly. Equipment inspections were performed. Miscellaneous animal complaints were handled including questions regarding dead loons, dead eagles, and nuisance raccoons. Officer Guida also arrested a drunken boater off an area lake.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity including PWC and slow-no-wake complaint areas. Angling activity was still fair for the middle of summer but included some license violations. Verkuilen also worked ATV traffic and assisted at the county fair DNR booth.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) traveled to Duluth to assist the Lake Superior marine unit; some anglers had luck with trout and salmon. The officer conducted commercial bait dealer inspections and no issues were found. A wetlands complaint was fielded and investigated. Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake reported catching a large amount of 8 to 10 inch walleye which is promising for the future. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line, angling without a license in possession, juveniles operating ATVs without helmets, no ATV safety training, no ATV registration displayed, expired OHM registration and several PWC violations.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continuing field training with a COC. He spent several days checking fishermen for fishing licenses and other fishing and boating related activities on Mille Lacs Lake. Time was spent on education and enforcement of AIS on Mille Lacs Lake. He also responded to a TIP complaint regarding a wetland violation. He found a violation including excavating and filling within a wetland. While investigating the wetland violation he took enforcement action near Soo Line Trail for a juvenile riding on an ATV without a helmet. He took a call regarding an injured Canada goose that was suffering from two injured wings.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers and enforced the AIS laws. Speldrich received complaints regarding nuisance beaver and injured wildlife complaints. She also prepared forfeited items for the upcoming state auction.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) found fishing pressure and success to be very light. Muskie fishermen are finding some aggressive fish, but do not seem to be hooking up with them.     CO Starr assisted a beginner FAS Instructor with the class presentation and also gave the law/ethic talk. Volunteer instructors are a definite asset to the DNR and very appreciated.     Enforcement action was taken on boat registration and ATV violations.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a COC continued to find activity out on area lakes.  Anglers have been finding a fairly good crappie bite and water-skiers have enjoyed lake surface temperatures that have finally reached the upper 70s. Complaints investigated included livestock getting killed by wolves and a bear being shot out of season. One investigation found an individual that had illegal possession of a bear head and paws.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) checked anglers and boaters through the week. He took numerous calls on nuisance animals including bears, beavers, and skunks. CO Wynn worked ATV complaint areas in and around the Chengwatana State Forest, and also checked areas of the Snake River. The first questions about the upcoming hunting seasons are beginning to come in. Be sure to pick up a new hunting regulations booklet or print one out from the DNR website.

WREO Rob Haberman worked AIS enforcement around the Brainerd and Mille Lacs areas. Several individuals where talked to about Minnesota’s AIS laws. WREO Haberman also assisted with an ATV crash near Aitkin and a natural gas line break near Cross Lake.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling and watercraft activities. Areas were checked for OHV activity. The main focus was investigating wetland violations.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking angling activity, boaters and checking for AIS violations. Assistance was also provided to APM staff with weed roller checks. While checking weed rollers a hydraulic jet was found on a dock that had made a hole in the lake bottom that was approximately 8 inches deep. CO Silgjord would like to remind lake shore owners that it is illegal to alter the course, current or cross section of public water without a permit. Lake shore owners should be familiar with the current laws and regulations affecting these machines prior to their use. A TIP trailer was also secured for the Stearns County Fair. Time was spent answering questions and hearing concerns from area fair goers.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked off-highway motorcycle and ATV enforcement in and around the Carlos Avery WMA. She worked AIS at area accesses and handled injured animal calls. CO Kruse worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes, worked on a litter case and checked on a wetland complaint. Violations included insufficient PFD’s, operate OHM in a WMA, over speed limit in a WMA, failure to pull boat drain plug, extra lines and no fishing license.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity. The officer fielded calls concerning beaver and loons.


CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked on several calls dealing with PWC, wetland, boating and fishing. CO Mies helped out by working at the Stillwater Bridge.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers and invasive species enforcement. Time was spent assisting with the Albany ATV safety class. Thesing worked on division training.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS compliance in Todd and Isanti counties. Public waters cease and desist and restoration orders were served in Stearns County. Several fishermen were checked and time was also spent at the Stearns County Fair answering questions about AIS and upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found three 12 year olds operating PWCs in a careless manner, a parent and owner of the PWCs sat on shore watching. When contacted by CO Kuske the person stated he knew it was illegal for them to operate but the kids wanted to ride. A citation was issued to the parent for allowing illegal operation. DNR aircraft found a potential wetland violation and when CO Kuske investigated on the ground he found a road that had been built through a swamp and a property owner burning shingles along with other prohibited materials. A person was stopped for operating a Class 2 ATV in the traffic lane of a county highway. Including the illegal operation, the person was also cited for not having an ATV safety certificate. A nuisance beaver complaint was received and a special trapping permit was issued. A young guy was wading in the shallows with some friends; he finished his cigarette and flicked the butt into the lake. As he turned to walk up onto shore he was surprised to see CO Kuske standing there watching, a litter ticket was issued while his friends cleaned up the area. After dealing with the stench of burning garbage for more than a year, several residents got together, contacting CO Kuske to pay a visit to their neighbor and put an end to his illegal habit. Enforcement action was taken and the person said he would get rid of the burn barrel. More reported sightings as an escaped game farm elk continues to roam in the Buckman area.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) followed up on a call of a large amount of black smoke coming from a farmyard. It was found that the person was burning metal, windows, rubber hoses and a hot water heater. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials. Class 2 ATVs (side by sides) continue to be stopped that are driving illegally down the lane of traffic and with youth under 18 years old riding with no helmet on. This has been a common problem in the area. Nuisance beaver calls were handled and questions on the new deer hunting regulations that just came out.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) had a law enforcement student as a ride along, confirmed a wolf killed calf, checked boaters/anglers, enforced invasive species regulations at public accesses, investigated wetland complaints, and patrolled state and federal lands. Officer Londgren also took complaints on nuisance bears and coyotes.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continued the Field Training process with a COC. Regulatory checks were conducted on shore anglers throughout local area lakes and rivers. Fishing activity has decreased over the past week; shore anglers were sparse and those present reported an extremely slow bite. Boating activity was also slow throughout the week, this included both fishing and recreational. Although some wake restrictions still remain, most have been lifted. CO Reller and the COC responded to a TIP call on Clear Lake where three males were suspected to be taking an over-limit of fish. The boat and the suspects were gone on arrival. A wetlands violation was reported and addressed; this is in-process and will continue to be monitored. Throughout the week, several questions from the public were fielded concerning current regulations on fishing. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft operation and angling, with citations being issued for angling w/o a license, taking wild animals while license privileges are revoked and failure to display valid registration on a watercraft. Also, CO Reller and the COC assisted Wright County with a warrant arrest which resulted in a citation being issued for driving after suspension.


CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking anglers on area lakes and rivers. Most anglers were not having much success, only panfish and a few northerns. CO Langevin also checked many boaters for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and related issues. Violations included no license in possession, no wearable PFD and failure to remove drain plug.


CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Fishing success has slowed some as water temps are around 80 degrees on the surface. Enforcement action was taken on operating a watercraft without required amounts of life preservers.


CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked AIS enforcement in Isanti County. CO Muyres also responded to a fishing TIP on Goose Lake.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked security at the St .Croix River bridge project. Several nuisance and injured animal calls were handled. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes and rivers

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe responded to TIP complaints and nuisance animal complaints. Violations included license issues.

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling activity. CO Salzer assisted with a firearms safety class in Maple Plain. Salzer received a call for a possible wetland violation in western Hennepin County.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked shore fishermen and boaters in the metro area lakes and rivers. He followed up with the pesticide application in Spring Lake without a permit and issued a beaver permit in Scott County. He also worked the Stillwater Bridge detail on St. Croix River and returned phone calls to the Asian community on upcoming deer hunting and small game hunting regulations.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

WREO Adam Block (Metro) focused on AIS enforcement throughout the week. A wetland site inspection was conducted in Lake Elmo. A ride along was also given to a person interested in pursuing a career as a Conservation Officer.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around the metro lakes and rivers throughout the week and worked boating enforcement. He spent sometimes working AIS enforcement with neighboring Conservation Officers during the week and patrolled state parks. CO Pril also responded to a couple of tip complaints, handled injured animal calls and spoke at a firearms safety class in Eagan.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) attended an AIS meeting in Washington County and spoke to a firearms safety class at the Oakdale Gun Club. CO Arntzen continued checking anglers, watercraft users and doing AIS enforcement. He also handled nuisance animal calls and worked TIP complaints. Enforcement action for the week included failure to remove drain plug, angling without a license and no State Park vehicle permit.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) spent the week checking area anglers and boaters.  Numerous questions regarding the 2014 deer season were fielded throughout the week.  Fishing continues to be slow on area lakes.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and invasive species.  The bite remains only fair on most area lakes. Young ATV operators and young passengers without helmets remain a problem this summer.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) staffed the TIP trailer at the Chippewa County Fair. Questions regarding the use of OHVs were answered. You must check with your local authorities because ordinances regarding OHV use in counties and municipalities may vary.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ATV, fishing, boating, AIS, and state park enforcement. ATV activity picked up over the weekend with the end of the Ag Zone ditch restrictions. An illegal burn was investigated with enforcement action being taken and the local fire department being paged out. Preparation work was also done for the DNR tent at Farm Fest, August 5-7th.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers and boaters during the week. OHV activity was monitored at the Appleton OHV Park. Angling and boating violations were encountered.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) contributed to a local radio station’s weekly outdoors show.  Goose hunting is about to start in the area with some scouting going on.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued two WCA restoration orders in Renville County. An AIS K-9 demonstration was completed in Stearns County. AIS checks and issues were addressed on area lakes and rivers. Public waters/shoreland issues were addressed with the owner on Lake Shetek.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave instruction at a youth firearms safety training class. He investigated a case of waterfowl shot during the closed season and illegal burning incidents.  The remainder of the week was spent on fishing, boating, AIS, ATV and WMA activities.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked on area lakes, checking boaters and anglers. She responded to a TIP call resulting in an over limit of bass and an over limit of sunfish. She and a neighboring officer investigated a TIP call of an injured Canada goose. She also assisted Eco/Waters with a shoreline issue.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on nuisance beaver and injured eagle calls. He checked watercraft for compliance with AIS laws. He also followed up on public waters complaints.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. A roadside count for the Division of Wildlife was conducted. Despite ideal conditions for seeing pheasants only one hen was observed in 25 miles.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked throughout the week checking anglers, enforcing boat and water safety rules and ATV patrol. Gruhlke also discussed area activity, deer season license information and time spent at the Jackson County Fair with KKOJ/KRAQ. He also completed two August roadside count routes throughout Jackson County.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time working ATV and boating enforcement in the area this week. Officer found several recreational boaters and jet skis out enjoying the warm temperatures. CO Oberg advised boaters on AIS laws. CO Oberg also assisted DNR Waters with an issue on a local lake.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the majority of the past week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance at area Public Water Accesses.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, AIS enforcement, and recreational vehicle activity. A cease and desist order was served for a public waters violation. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) focused on AIS enforcement this past week. ATV activity was monitored. The officer also spent time on area rivers checking anglers and boaters.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked AIS enforcement and followed up on WCA complaints.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling and boat & water activity during the week. A male was observed dumping litter in a county park & enforcement action taken. Assistance was given to a local Sheriff’s Office & Rescue Units where a small float plane crashed on an area lake.

Albert Lea – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working state grant and aid ATV trails. Activity was high as the weather cooperated. Compliance was good as well. Violations encountered were failure to display valid ATV registration and operate in closed area. Time was also spent answering questions on the upcoming deer season. Hunters are encouraged to check the regulations in the areas they hunt before the season starts. CO Boyum also attended a FAS field day in St Charles. Hats off to the instructors there as they do a great job!

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. Some anglers were doing well with limits seen taken. Heyn also had court on a case from last fall and the defendant was found guilty.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing field training of a COC. Officers saw success with most anglers as fishing continues to pick up on the Mississippi River.  Officers also spent time educating on AIS laws and transportation of fish at area boat launches. Enforcement action taken for the week included, boating safety, and fishing violations.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and a COC continue to work together. They spent most of the week on the river checking fishing, boating, and AIS. They continue to get wildlife calls including rattlesnakes in yards and a woodchuck found at a service station under a car hood. They also attended a local firearms safety class.

CO Phil George (Rochester) continued field training. Officer George and a COC checked boating, angling, and ATV activity. Several no angling licenses and extra line violations were discovered along with some boating violations.  A complaint of an illegal net set in a river was taken and a laws and ethics talk was conducted at an Advanced Hunter Education class.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

Training Section

Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.

Aviation Section

CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen flew multiple Creel Survey missions over Leech Lake. Lake photo missions were flown for Wildlife around Cokato, Montrose and Monticello. Several potential APM violations were noted, photographed, marked by GPS and will be forwarded for follow up. Ferry flights were also flown for aircraft maintenance and phone calls from the public requesting information were fielded.


NR pilot Luke Ettl (Grand Rapids) flew a Lake Vermilion creel survey.


CO Pilot Bob Geving flew sketch mapping and oak wilt photo flights in the Mora, Cambridge, and Rush City areas. Geving also flew a couple photo missions for possible public waters and wetland violations.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports two WCA photo flights flown in area counties. In between sites, Jensen landed on various lakes to check anglers. Jensen also flew a fisher telemetry flight. Hangar duties and safety program planning were handled at Camp Ripley.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO reports are now placed within district reports.

Enforcement Education

Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions


If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov  for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov.  Students are reminded that they must complete the CD portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. Youth/Adult ATV Safety Training Course CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder—anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate.  In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements.  Check before you go!!!

Reminder—Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate.  Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder—Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training CD course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV CD Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Youth/Adult ATV Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.


If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer.  Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

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Northwest RTO Jon Paurus worked on revisions to various training materials throughout the week. An instructor certification class was completed in Walker. Assistance to the local field officers was provided on a wildlife complaint. Numerous instructors were contacted regarding maintaining course consistency with the DNR education programs.

NE RTO Shelly Patten made a presentation about Conservation Officer Careers to Northome summer school students. Patten worked on revisions to the Firearms Safety written exam.  Patten worked on various Firearms Safety related issues in the NE – including class registration, field day course, student behavior and instructor training. Patten also worked on revisions and updates to Instructor training for Hunter Education and Firearms Safety.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports planning for upcoming Firearms Safety Instructor certification training, reviewing training material, and planning for upcoming Instructor appreciation events. Thursday he assisted with employee ATV training in Brainerd.

Northeast Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence attended a meeting in St. Paul to pass along information for processes in safety training into creating a new records management system for DNR enforcement staff. RTO Lawrence assisted Bald Eagle gun club volunteer firearms safety staff with a hands-on field day for students participating with online firearms safety course. The course was sponsored by MN waterfowl association from the east metro. RTO Lawrence spent time contacting instructors on firearms safety field day requirements for fall classes. RTO Lawrence completed a site visit with a firearms safety Instructor group to discuss options for including hunting scenarios to fit their field day site and help in enhancing their overall field day.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent most of the week working with HEFAS instructors that have upcoming classes. The goal is to make sure we are meeting all the goals and objectives of the training. Time was also spent setting up training for new instructors at a few locations.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens last week took part in a class for DNR employee ATV Instructor course. This was a multi-agency class that teaches ATV safety on the job to new employees and acts as a refresher for long time employees. Owens also reviewed updates/changes to OHV regulations booklet. Preparation work for upcoming instructor clinics was handled. He worked the field over the weekend checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Violations witnessed included angle with one extra line, angling license not in possession and fail to display valid registration.

New, Easier Trout Regs in SE Minnesota



DNR simplifies southeastern Minnesota trout regulations

New trout fishing regulations that took effect July 14 expand opportunities for anglers and simplify regulations in southeastern Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said.

The regulations extend catch-and-release seasons in eight southeastern Minnesota counties and seven trout streams in Minnesota state parks. Barbless hooks are no longer required. And beginning Jan. 1, 2015, southeast Minnesota streams are open in winter to catch-and-release trout fishing.

SD_Hunting_C2_300x250“The new regulations make trout fishing more accessible and easier to understand,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries supervisor. “Anglers will be able to catch-and-release trout for more of the year and in more streams.”

Southeastern Minnesota counties included in the regulations are Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona. If anglers plan to fish for trout, they need to check to see if there are any special regulations, including slot limits and required use of artificial lures and flies, for the stream where they plan to fish.

In state parks, the regulations include the following waters: East Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek Valley State Park; Forestville Creek in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park; Canfield Creek in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park; South Branch Root River in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park; Trout Run Creek in Whitewater State Park and Middle Branch Whitewater River in Whitewater State Park.


In southeastern Minnesota, the fall catch-and-release season on trout streams has been extended. The season startsMonday, Sept. 15, following the end of the currently open harvest season and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 15. The harvest season is the period during which anglers may keep trout.

The catch-and-release season in southeast area state parks follows the harvest season and is extended throughWednesday, Dec. 31.


In southeastern Minnesota in 2015, the winter season catch-and-release season begins Thursday, Jan. 1, and extends to the beginning of the harvest season on Saturday, April 18. The harvest season runs through Monday, Sept. 14. The fall catch-and-release season will be from Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 15.

The catch-and-release season in southeastern area state parks runs the whole year, aside from the harvest season, which runs from Saturday, April 18 through Monday, Sept. 14. For more information, see www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.



Commercial fishermen under contract by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 of the Mississippi River in the Cottage Grove area on Thursday, July 17.

One was a bighead carp that weighed approximately 40 pounds. The other was a silver carp – silver carp are the ones that leap from the water when disturbed – that weighed about 20 pounds.

Pool 2 is the portion of the Mississippi River above the dam at Hastings and extends upstream to the Ford Dam. Backwater lakes included are Baldwin Lake, River Lake, Spring Lake, Mooers Lake and Grey Cloud Slough.

SD_Hunting_C2_300x250Bighead and silver carp had not been found this far north in the Mississippi River. Until now, bighead carp had not been detected above the mouth of the St. Croix River near Prescott, Wis.; silver carp had not been detected above Pool 5A near Winona.

“The fish were caught as part of our invasive carp detection program,” said Brad Parsons, DNR regional fisheries manager. “This is disappointing but not entirely unexpected.” Parsons said while it’s unknown how long these fish were in Pool 2 it is known that invasive carp migrate upstream during high water conditions. “Such conditions existed for many weeks this year,” he said.

Parsons said the discovery of these fish does not necessarily mean a breeding population of invasive carp exists within Pool 2. Still, he said both fish were females that contained eggs. “That’s concerning,” he said. “Invasive carp pose a threat to our native fisheries, water recreation and ecosystems.”

The DNR will continue its invasive carp sampling efforts next week in an effort to determine if more or smaller invasive carp are in the Grey Cloud Slough area. They will do this by setting additional gill nets and trap nets that are designed to catch smaller fish. The sampling nets used by commercial fisherman catch larger fish.

The DNR has been intensively sampling the Minnesota, St. Croix and Mississippi rivers for more than two years to assess the presence of all life stages of invasive carp. It is increasing sampling efforts in extreme southern Minnesota later this year (Pools 6 and 8).

Silver and bighead carp are two of four species of invasive carp threatening the Mississippi River and other native ecosystems. They can grow to 60 pounds, and they impact the base of the food chain by consuming large amounts of plankton that native fish also rely on.

Populations of bighead and silver carp are established in the Mississippi River and its tributaries downstream of Pool 16 in Iowa. Bighead carp have been found in Lake Pepin and the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, and as far north as the mouth of the St. Croix in Prescott, Wis. But there is no indication bighead or silver carp are reproducing in the Minnesota waters of the Mississippi or St. Croix rivers.

The DNR continues to take a multi-pronged approach to managing Asian carp including:


  • Monitoring for invasive carp by using targeted surveying and contracted commercial fishing.
  • Partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, which is researching ways to prevent the spread and to manage populations of invasive carp.
  • Improvements to the Coon Rapids Dam to make it a better fish barrier.

This discovery of invasive carp highlights the importance of recently passed federal legislation that will close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock by June 2015.

The agency maintains that this is the best approach to keeping invasive carp out of the upper Mississippi River watershed. Gov. Mark Dayton has been a strong supporter of closing the lock.

For more information on invasive carp in Minnesota, visit




by Bret Amundson

The other day a few of us were sitting around wondering about the August Canada Goose season.  Last year was the first year for it in Minnesota and we’re halfway through July.  Are we having one?


Yes.  8/9/2014 – 8/24/2014.


WHC-Geese-ducks-fish2I confirmed it with DNR Waterfowl Specialist Steve Cordts today.  We are having an August goose season and it will be exactly as last year.  You can read about last season here.


The regulations and dates regarding this year will be coming soon, but now we know that there is an August Canada goose season coming to Minnesota.

MNSJ RADIO PODCAST: Carpe Diem Outdoors go Bowfishing, Lake Melissa Zebra Mussels and an Education at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center


Ever been a part of a carp shoot where the totals are 2,242 pounds??  I had the chance to do it with Carpe Diem Outdoors recently in Alexandria.  We’ll talk to Darrel and Tammie Schrieber about it and they’ll offer tips on getting started in bowfishing and how to prepare gar.   Also I stopped at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on Friday as another group of kids was graduating from the Stick and String Naturalist Camp.  Matt Conner, the Director of the PWLC talks to us about the camp and how the facility is a great place for kids and the general public alike.  Barry Stratton also joins us for “5 questions with” to give us the lowdown on zebra mussels in Lake Melissa.

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