MN DNR Weekly Report for July 28, 2014
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports checking fishing activity on Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, and Lake Kabetogama. Enforcement action was taken for no angling licenses in possession; people are reminded that they need to have their license in possession when they are fishing. Other work activities throughout the week involved handling wolf depredation complaints, ATV enforcement, and court.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports angling, boating and forest roads were monitored. Computer and administrative items continue to be worked on.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking angling and boating on Lake Vermilion throughout the week. Fishing wasn’t too bad and observed some bass and muskies caught and released. Berry pickers were out in force, as were the biting flies.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, ATV’s and state park enforcement. The officer also appeared in court in Virginia on a trapping case from last spring. Enforcement action was taken on no angling license and ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at an Advanced Hunter Safety Course, a Bowhunter Education course, an ATV Safety class and put on a demonstration to a group of kids about furbearers in northeastern Minnesota with pelts donated by the Minnesota Trappers Association. Area lakes were patrolled. A common violation among the boaters seen was insufficient PFDs. Reports of motor boats with loud exhaust on Lake Vermilion were taken and investigated. Enforcement action was taken on numerous boaters whose exhaust levels exceeded the decibel limits.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked fishing and boating activity during the week. No registration on small watercraft was found and some nice walleye were seen. Thunderstorms and strong winds came through the area causing power outages. More complaints of nuisance beaver were received. A law presentation was given to 41 students for ATV Safety class.
International Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.
District 6 - Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness around the Gun Lake area. Many anglers reported having good luck with northerns and small mouth bass, and when the fish weren’t biting the mosquitoes and deer flies were. Violations included camping in a non-designated site, and failure to display current registration.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked a Lake Superior detail and patrolled the BWCAW in a canoe. Lots of people are in the area due to the Blueberry festival. The blueberries are very nice this year with all the rain. Unregistered canoes continue to come into the area and people are surprised to find out that the law requires their canoes to be registered in Minnesota.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended a weeklong rifle course at Camp Ripley to develop skills and enhance teaching of division staff. The officer also worked on Lake Superior with CO McGowan; the officers saw numerous lake trout including three that were taken by an angler without a license. They turned out to be much more expensive to the young man than the license and trout stamp would have been.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers and boaters on station lakes and Lake Vermilion. Enforcement action included expired watercraft registration, insufficient PFD’s, and no license in possession. Fishing success is fairly slow.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and ATV activity. CO Schottenbauer took a bear complaint in the area. CO Schottenbauer also worked a boat and water safety detail on Lake Superior this week.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended an M4 rifle course held at Camp Ripley. Officer Wahlstrom worked a Great Lakes task force shift on Lake Superior with other officers. The officer spent time in the Grand Marais Harbor in his patrol boat with Officer Schottenbauer during the dragon boat races prepared for any rescues if needed. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and ATV enforcement efforts during the week. Fishing remained good on area inland lakes with most anglers checked having fish. An illegal dumping complaint is also being investigated.
Silver Bay - vacant.
District 7 - Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled area ATV trails, worked an AIS check station, attended court for a big game violation, and looked at a possible waters violation.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, ATV activity, and attended training.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking boating activity this past week on area lakes, finding some violations with PFDs and lights. Boaters are reminded that lights need to be on at sunset. She also took a complaint of multiple lines being used on a lake up north and caught up with the individuals later.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity over the past week with many local anglers finding fish. CO Sutherland worked an invasive species detail where boats and water related equipment were checked for boat plugs, any weeds stuck to trailers and if they were carrying any lake water. Enforcement action was taken throughout the week for angling without a license, leaving a plug in a boat on a roadway, and for operating an ATV on the shoulder of a public highway.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATV’s, state parks and campgrounds. He also worked several trespassing complaints during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishermen, boaters and ATV operators. Additional time was also spent working AIS enforcement where enforcement action was taken for failing to remove boat plug.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species (AIS), all- terrain vehicle, sport fishing, aquatic plant management, and wetland activities. AIS details were worked including a check station in the Bowstring/ Sand Lake areas. A Wetland Conservation Act restoration order was issued and a beaver dam wetland breach was investigated. Angler success was sporadic on most lakes this week. Enforcement action was taken for angling license and for boat plug violations.
District 8 - Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week working anglers and boaters on inland lakes. ATV complaint areas were worked and an ATV trespass complaint was investigated. Public accesses were worked for AIS violations.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked with area foresters documenting newly constructed ATV trails complete with bridges on state land. Responsible parties can be fined for establishing trails and charged for restoration including the cost for removal of any unpermitted bridges. A group of campers were contacted and reminded that it’s illegal to camp on state lands for longer than two weeks during the summer. Sport anglers and ATV users were also checked during the week.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area anglers on shore and on area lakes. Time was spent investigating a complaint of a Canada goose gosling that had been taken by a local family, from an area pond; the goose was released back into the wild. Time was also spent dealing with nuisance beavers and follow-up on an ATV issue. A number of individuals trailering boats with the drain plugs still in were addressed. PCO Hopkins worked in the Willow River station on an ATV enforcement detail.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked OHV activity in the area. Several contacts were made for ATV violations which included, operating on county road, operating on road without DL, no safety cert, and registration violations. Invasive species laws were worked in the area. Most were compliant with enforcement contacts made for transporting aquatic macrophytes, and transporting with boat plug left in. Assistance was given to local agencies with an ATV that fled from several officers. The juvenile subject was taken into custody after the ATV was located in a wooded area tipped over. Assistance was also given to local agencies in the Moose Lake area with a serious two car vehicle crash where there were several injuries.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior in the Two Harbors and Silver Bay areas. An ATV detail was worked in Pine County with multiple operation violations located. Assistance was given to neighboring agencies with in-progress calls, and seasonal maintenance items handled. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, OHM and angling violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) worked on reports, completed end of month paperwork, attended a meeting, attended training and worked ATV enforcement.