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Conservation Officer Report
Weekly Conservation Officer Report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Enforcement
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

Joe Albert, Enforcement Division communications coordinator, 651-259-5060

Report Fish & Game Violations
Call T.I.P. at 1-800-652-9093 or Cell #TIP


Minnesota's Weekly


District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) helped instruct new cadets at the Academy at Camp Ripley. He also assisted CO Benjamin regarding a state forest trail trespass on Oak Island.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked AIS, ATV, angling and boat and water enforcement. A possible wolf depredation, an ATV trespass and a state land use trespass were investigated; the trespass issues are ongoing. The warmer weather didn’t seem to keep anglers off of the lake but it did seem to push the fish to deeper waters. Anglers are still enjoying lots of success.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette West) reports the hot weather has kept some walleye anglers off of Lake of the Woods, but the determined anglers are still having varying degrees of success. Time was spent training conservation officer cadets on driving techniques at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent working ATV activity as well as boat and water safety.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) spent the week instructing at the CO Academy on game-related topics including small game, deer, bear, and shining enforcement. Calls about two possible gray wolf depredations were handled as well.

CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) spent the week focusing on ATV enforcement and following up on ATV complaints. Time was also spent looking for AIS violations and showing the conservation officer cadets at the Academy what being a K9 handler is about.

Blackduck North – vacant.

Warroad South – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls East – vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time at Camp Ripley assisting with CO Academy instruction during big game week. Time was also spent assisting a neighboring officer with a boat and water detail in Otter Tail County. Various wildlife-related complaints were also addressed.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked boaters and anglers. He also handled several calls about nuisance animals.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) checked boaters and anglers on area lakes. He patrolled Itasca State Park and worked the TIP Booth at the Beltrami County Fair. He also responded to a personal injury accident and assisted until EMS arrived on the scene. Vollbrecht conducted follow up on an APM violation and patrolled for ATV activity.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) patrolled area lakes for boating and fishing activity. TIP calls were investigated relating to fishing. The investigations continue. ATV trails were patrolled. Vinton took a call from a concerned motorist who had discovered a turtle that had been struck by a car and had a broken shell. Aquatic plant management inspections continued.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked on complaints of vehicle trespass, nuisance animals and other ongoing cases. He also assisted at the CO Academy.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sport fishing, boating and water safety, AIS and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent providing a ride-along opportunity to an individual interested in a career as a conservation officer.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on angling and boating activity. Anglers reported a slow bite. AIS inspections were performed for regulation compliance. Trails were worked for off-road vehicle activity. Questions regarding trespass, ordinary high-water mark and watercraft registration were answered. 

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Detroit Lakes) reports working AIS, ATV, angling, boat and water safety, and big game enforcement during the week. Time was spent checking for early bear baiting activity, checking boaters on several area lakes, and assisting the county with a domestic assault. Enforcement actions for the week included: PWC operation during closed hours, watercraft registration violations and several navigation light violations. Quittschreiber wants to remind boaters that navigation lights are required on all watercraft once the sun sets. Check sunset times and make sure your lights work prior to hitting the lake if you plan on staying out after sunset.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) reports lots of boating activity during the hot weather, with some angling activity occurring in the mornings and evenings. Landmark assisted teaching game week at the Academy where big game and small game laws were taught to the new officers. Landmark also conducted compliance checks on weed rollers and hydro sweeps with the local aquatic plant manager and worked boat and water safety activity with CO Hutchins. While on patrol, Landmark observed emergent vegetation piled on a dock. Upon further inspection, he found the homeowner had removed wild rice from the lake without a permit because it made them feel like they lived on a swamp. Enforcement action was taken for removal of wild rice without a permit, angling without a license, children under 10 without life jackets, and other boat and water safety violations.

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports panfish and bass activity remains strong but walleye action has slowed on most lakes. Richards gave a presentation at the Minnesota Waterfowl Association’s Woodie Camp, which is an annual youth camp for kids around the state who are excited to learn about waterfowl. Hunting seasons are approaching fast and people are encouraged to start preparing now.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent the week at Camp Ripley training the new cadets on small and big game hunting.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked with the area hydrologist on aqua thrusters altering the bed of an area lake. Anglers, boaters and ATV and OHM riders were checked. Osborne also responded to calls in neighboring stations about nuisance animals. Osborne and CO Baumbarger conducted APM compliance checks on Lake Reno.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent much of the week patrolling for boat and water activity. He also monitored anglers and recreational tubers. COs Bermel and Lawler worked throughout the Alexandria station and issued several citations for PWCs operating after hours, no angling license, no navigation lights after dark and illegal-length northern pike. Lawler also worked a detail on Leech Lake on a very hot and calm day. Lots of good contacts were made but fishing was fairly slow.

CO Brian Holt (Osakis) monitored angling and ATV activity during the week. Time was also spent following up on complaints related to fish overlimits and illegal hunting. He worked a detail on Leech Lake and started a background investigation on an applicant for the next CO Academy.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were focused on checking anglers and boaters and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent on weed roller compliance inspections.

Elbow Lake – vacant.

Morris – vacant.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 - Walker area

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and boaters. Aquatic plant destruction, sewage dumping, nuisance beaver, wolf depredation, slow-no-wake boating violation, and a dead mammal found in a gill net on Cass Lake complaints were received and investigated. The net and animal in the net were never located. Time was spent working on a background investigation for a CO applicant. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, towing a water skier without an observer, navigation light violations, insufficient number of life jackets on a boat, and aquatic plant management violations.

Lake George – vacant.

Walker – vacant.

District 5 - Eveleth area

CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports fishing and boating were popular activities in the area the past week. With the high temperatures most of the fishing activity was early or later in the day with swimming or boating filling in the middle of the day. Slatinski participated in National Night Out activities in International Falls, which had a good turnout. Various calls for injured and nuisance animals were fielded. 

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities on area lakes. Fishing remains poor. Public access sites continue to be monitored. Area forest roads were checked. Wild rice beds were monitored and equipment work completed.

CO Duke Broughton (Cook) spent the week monitoring ATV, boating, and angling activity. Broughten investigated a complaint of people storing property on a public access.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) investigated a trespassing complaint. He also spent time at the St. Louis County Fair and Game Fair answering questions from the public.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, state park and invasive species enforcement, a state property trespass issue and dealt with a weed roller complaint. He manned the DNR booth at the North St. Louis County Fair, taught a firearms safety class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and attended the National Night Out event in Hibbing. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, ATV and boating violations, failure to drain bilges/livewell, and transporting aquatic macrophytes.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) assisted with security during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Duluth and spoke at a firearms safety class at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center in Britt. ATV and OHM activity remains steady with enforcement action being taken for operating unregistered machines and allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.  

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted with the security detail in Duluth for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit. While patrolling Fredin came upon two individuals pulling large boulders with a truck from a U.S. Forest Service barricade that is in place to keep out motor vehicles. Enforcement action was taken and they were required to put the boulders back but. They found the task much harder having to pull boulders uphill to replace them. Some parents with their children riding ATVs without helmets were encountered. Reminder: Anyone under 18 must wear a helmet.

International Falls #2 – vacant.

District 6 - Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) assisted the St. Louis County Rescue Squad with locating a missing camper on Crooked Lake in the BWCAW. The missing person had not returned the night before after leaving the campsite on foot to fish. COs Williams and Velsvaag took a U.S. Forest Service aircraft along with Rescue Squad team members to the campsite near the Canadian border where he was last seen. Fortunately, while setting up equipment and discussing the search method, the USFS aircraft sighted the lost camper several miles from the campsite. The pilot was able to land and pick up the victim. When he was returned to the campsite he told the rescue team that he had taken a different route back to the campsite and had gotten disoriented when he came to the other side of the lake. He continued to walk along the shoreline trying to find his campsite in the opposite direction. 

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and boaters and returned calls about fishing regulations on area lakes. He also helped out on a work detail in Duluth. Fishing has been slow with most people catching bass over anything else.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated a wolf depredation call and a possible trespass issue. Manning worked boat and water patrols, including a detail in the Duluth Harbor. One boat operator opted to endanger his entire family by running his boat without required lighting so he could show his grandkids the lake. Officers provided education and sent the boat back to the dock. Manning also patrolled for early bear baits, answered bear-hunting questions and checked ATV operators and anglers.  

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) assisted with big and small game enforcement week at the Academy. Time was spent patrolling lakes in the Alexandria station with CO Lawler. Complaints were followed up on and station lakes and ATV trails were patrolled. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, illegal-length northern pike, no PFDs, no navigation lights after sunset, jet skis in closed hours, litter, and allowing illegal juvenile ATV operation.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity during the week and assisted with a security detail in the Duluth area.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and ATV riders and responded to wildlife complaints. He worked a detail in the Duluth harbor. Enforcement action was taken for boating violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and fishing activity during the week. Fishing was good on Lake Superior with both salmon and lake trout being caught. Murray investigated a waters complaint and followed up on camping violations in a state campground.

District 7 - Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled area ATV trails, issued permits for nuisance beavers and road kill deer, and handled bear complaints.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked AIS, checked anglers, taught at the Academy and handled nuisance animal complaints. The area panfish bite was excellent this week. Enforcement action was taken for license issues and transporting aquatic vegetation.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity in the area with many out-of-state outdoorsmen and women in the area on vacation. Sutherland worked trespassing issues, possible overlimit cases and operating a jet-ski too close to another watercraft. The National Night Out event was attended in Grand Rapids with many young families getting out to meet local law enforcement families.

Hill City – vacant.

NE ATV officer – vacant.

District 8 - Duluth area

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) fielded TIP calls and participated in two safety classes. A firearms safety class in Floodwood was spoken to about laws and ethics. A summer camp at an outdoors club also had Willis come speak to the campers about the job of a CO. 
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) followed up on a complaint near Strand Lake with the Section of Waters. Time was also spent working ATV complaint areas and trespassing issues. Nuisance wildlife complaints were handled and questions regarding bear baiting were also received.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) assisted local law enforcement with a security detail involving the Vice President of the United States. Several days were spent working fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes and accesses. Some AIS education was completed while at local accesses. Duncan talked with a group of youth about the job of a CO and the importance of regulations.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked fishing, OHV, and AIS enforcement during the week. Patrols were conducted on area lakes and trails including the Fond Du Lac state forest, Sawyer WMA, and Moose Lake State Park.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) and K9 Schody attended National Night Out in Cloquet. A talk and a demonstration were given to the newly hired officers at the CO Academy. A complaint of a raft being a navigational hazard on a local river is currently under investigation. Extra boating patrols were conducted on area lakes where law compliance was found to be good.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked a special detail in the Duluth-Superior Harbor during the middle of the week in association with the Vice President’s visit to Duluth. Olson also worked Bayfront Blues Festival water traffic in and around the Duluth Harbor.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. A security detail for the visiting Vice President was worked and preparations were made for the upcoming field training period. A call of a nuisance marten was received with steps taken to try to relocate the animal. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.

Lake Superior Unit – vacant.

District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked boating and watercraft safety during the week. Numerous boaters were out trying to cool off during hot weather. An increase in bow riding above the stern and riding on the gunwales was detected. Enforcement action was taken. One boater was advised to replace their Type IV PFD as it had become tattered, worn and unserviceable.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked recreational vehicle activity in the Foot Hills State Forest. Most common violations were expired ATV registration and OHM registration. Sullivan also investigated boaters harassing loons and illegal-length fish possession. He attended National Night Out in Pequot Lakes.

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) investigated an illegal-use-of-state-forest-property complaint. Aquatic plant management investigations continue. Enforcement action was taken during the week for no licenses, stern/transom/bow riding and illegal-length pike.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) investigated TIP calls and completed follow up on public waters violations. McGowan also spent time patrolling for ATV and angling activity. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of violations. 

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports assisting at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley for big game week. He also patrolled the SRA for fishing and boating activity and time was spent preparing for upcoming firearms safety classes. Fitzgerald also helped at a boat and water safety class at Big Sandy Lake where kids learned safe operation of motorboats and laws regarding that operation. Several law-related questions were fielded during the week as well. 

CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes, issued nuisance beaver permits and handled a road kill bear. He also responded to a call of naked jet skiers circling pontoons full of people. The officer contacted the jet skiers and the boat operating dangerously with them. Multiple charges are pending.

District 10 - Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked boating activity, which was busy, likely due to the heat. Trailers were also checked as some landings are choked with vegetation. Verkuilen also investigated a suspicious structure in a waterway and assisted a stuck boater at a landing. 

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted with training at the Academy at Camp Ripley. She received complaints of working below the ordinary high-water mark in public waters. She also answered questions regarding ATV rules and fielded nuisance animal complaints.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers and boaters around Pine City. He took care of a call regarding bears damaging corn, assisted in the recovery of the Pine City fishing piers, and checked ATV complaint areas. 

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked anglers on area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. An unfortunate incident occurred when an angler was backing his trailer into the Mississippi River. The man’s foot slipped off the brake pedal while he was half in the vehicle, sending him falling as the vehicle moved backward. He rolled out of the way while his pickup backed into the river and became submerged. A diver was called and the vehicle was removed. 

Isle – vacant.

Malmo – vacant.

District 11 - St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended an armorer’s meeting at Camp Ripley and prepared for upcoming in-service training. Silgjord attended the Sauk Centre Night to Unite where he spoke with community members regarding the duties of a conservation officer. A TIP complaint regarding an overlimit of crappies was also investigated on an area lake. 

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) work administrative tasks during the week. He also worked on assigned training tasks and handled calls and questions about the upcoming der seasons.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking anglers, returning calls about nuisance beavers, and following up on complaints involving illegal removal of aquatic vegetation. Class talks for area firearms safety hunter education classes were also scheduled.

Pierz – vacant.

Annandale – vacant.

District 12 - Princeton area

CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) spent the week patrolling for sport fishing and ATV enforcement. Additional time was spent conducting a falconry inspection and preparing for an upcoming firearms safety class. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and fishing violations. 

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) participated in National Night Out at the Braham and Cambridge locations with other local law enforcement and fire agencies. Site inspections were conducted on wetland and public waters violations, anglers and boaters were checked, and complaints were taken on nuisance animals. Enforcement action was taken for public waters violations, no PFDs aboard watercraft, failure to remove chemical treatment signage, and lake service provider operating with expired license.

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and boating activity. Time was spent helping at the Academy. Enforcement action was taken for a sunfish overlimit. 
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) focused enforcement activity on angling and boat and water safety. Krauel also spent time patrolling for ATV activity. CO Krauel also spent time at the CO Academy.
Milaca – vacant.

District 13 - West Metro area

CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) participated in the Scott County Sheriff’s Office youth fishing event at Cedar Lake. Over 1,000 fish were caught by the young anglers. Fogarty assisted with Academy training at Camp Ripley. He also checked anglers on area lakes and rivers. The activity on the Minnesota River is starting to pick up with the water levels where they should be. Fogarty also took a report of dumping at the Mahoney Wildlife Management area. Large piles of rock and yard waste were located at the parking lot.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) attended the National Night Out Event in Maple Grove and gave a law and ethics talk at a firearms safety class. Time was also spent investigating a trapping complaint and multiple wetland violation complaints. Enforcement action was taken for littering and angling without a license.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers, training with K9 Shelby and following up on complaints. Grewe also provided a ride-along to a DNR intern and spoke at a firearms safety class.    

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) followed up on invasive species reports from local lakes. A public waters access violation was also addressed. A report of a landowner altering the course of a stream was taken.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) reports focusing activity on angling and boating enforcement. He observed significantly fewer anglers over the weekend than in previous weekends in the area. Those who did venture out reported little success. Kpachavi also fielded nuisance and injured animal complaints. Enforcement action was taken for boat safety and registration violations as well as operating a jet ski after hours.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and boaters on metro-area lakes and rivers. He responded to a couple of nuisance animal complaints in Minneapolis and answered questions from the Asian community on bear-hunting regulations. Violations encountered were fishing with extra line, using game fish for bait, and fishing without a license in possession.

Bloomington – vacant.

Ft. Snelling – vacant.

District 14 - East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and boaters and patrolling wildlife management areas. Arntzen also helped out with training at Camp Ripley with the new Academy and is working on a trespassing complaint. Violations for the week included fishing with extra lines, driving after revocation and removing aquatic vegetation without a permit.

CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) checked anglers throughout the week. Fishing success was good in some areas. Tetrault attended National Night Out with the Blaine Police Department. Instruction was also given at a firearms safety class. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling with extra lines.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring anglers on the St. Croix River. He attended a firearms safety class as well as National Night Out in St. Paul Park. Enforcement action for the week included no-wake violations and fishing with an extra line.

Ham Lake – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

Eagan – vacant.

White Bear Lake – vacant.

District 15 - Marshall area

CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) checked anglers, watercraft, and ATVs throughout the week.  Dirks also attended the Worthington Police Department’s National Night Out event and spoke to the Worthington youth firearms safety class about regulations and hunter ethics.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time this past week working angling enforcement and following up on ongoing investigations. Warmer weather slowed the fishing bite on area lakes. Gutzwiller participated in National Night out events held in Dawson and Montevideo. The area airboat was showcased to local youth and education was given on water safety.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent working the DNR booth at Farmfest in Redwood County. A National Night Out event was attended in Tracy with education being given on the importance of boating safety and wearing life jackets. Hunting related questions are starting to be received with the release of the hunting and waterfowl regulation handbooks.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working anglers and ATV riders. Farmfest was also worked, with deer permits/licensing/limits being the dominant topic.

Lake Benton – vacant.

Benson – vacant.

Redwood Falls - vacant.

District 16 - New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar West) checked anglers and followed up on TIP calls. He educated anglers about AIS laws and attended training.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) assisted a sheriff’s office with two assault calls. Nelson also worked fishing, boating, invasive species and ATV enforcement. Catfishing success was high during the week but fishing for other gamefish was slow.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time up at the Academy as the cadets are finishing up their time there before they move onto field training. Other time was spent finishing up the roadside surveys and following up on TIP calls along with wetland violations.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters. Public accesses were patrolled. Wildlife survey routes were completed for the Section of Wildlife. Schettler taught the rules, regulations and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in Trimont.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time on angling and boating activity. He also issued a wildlife possession permit and followed up on a dumping complaint.

Hutchinson East – vacant.

Hutchinson West – vacant.

District 17 - Mankato area

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Henke investigated reported overlimits of fish as well as AIS and access violations. Area accesses and public lands were patrolled.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato #2) reports angling activity on the rivers in the area has picked up considerably with the water levels dropping. Time was spent patrolling for ATV and OHM activity. A trespassing complaint is also being investigated.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking fishing, boating, and ATV activity during the week. Area rivers continue to drop and are approaching normal summer levels. Howe assisted with a firearms safety all day field and range day in the Mankato area.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV operators during the week. Public access sites were also monitored for AIS violations. Wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas were patrolled for activity.

Faribault – vacant.

Spring Valley – vacant.

District 18 - Rochester area

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for anglers on the Mississippi River. Time was also spent investigating various complaints and assisting other agencies. A ride-along was given to an area law enforcement student. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, no license in possession, operating at greater than no-wake speed, failure to affix valid registration to a watercraft, passengers on the gunwale while underway and failure to have a legal lifesaving device.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports good fishing and heavy boat traffic on the river. Limits of panfish were checked. He responded to complaints of trespass, WCA violations, and waters violations. The rattlesnakes continue to be found in people’s yards.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Fishing has been spotty, with the morning fishermen doing better than the evening folks. Prodzinski also assisted with game week at  Camp Ripley and handled some nuisance wildlife calls.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and recreational vehicles during the week. Some anglers were doing well on panfish. Heyn also attended court and continued work on deer and DUI cases.  

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports finishing up ongoing small-game and big-game cases. A lake service provider was contacted after it was found that some of their staff were working without the required AIS training. Enforcement action was also taken against the provider for failing to provide their customers with life jackets. Hill provided a ride-along opportunity for a local college student interested in the career of a CO. Assistance was given to a local law enforcement agency with an intoxicated person. The subject’s alcohol content at the scene was 4.5 times the legal limit.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

LaCrescent – 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

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with aerial spraying of hybrid cattails on state wildlife management areas. Good progress was made and plots were completed near Princeton, St. Paul, and south of Wabasha. Then it was on to the Hutchinson area. Conditions were favorable with light winds and little rain.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office to search for a missing person. Jensen also checked anglers from the seaplane in Stearns County with minimal violations encountered. Various training assistance was given to new aviation administrative staff.

Standby NR Pilot Jessica Holmes (Grand Rapids) worked on solo training in the Scout out of Grand Rapids.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew forestry tree assessment flights in the northwest part of the state. Geving also conducted a training and flight review with K35 and completed some online training assignments. 

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week instructing use of force at the Academy. Time was spent following up on WCA, APM and PW complaints and cases. 

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) spent time helping out at the Academy. He also conducted follow up on cases and finished several cases with completed restorations. A site visit was also conducted in Northeast Aitkin County.

WREO Leah Weyandt (Central) received five new violations this past week. Most of the violations involved public waters. A restoration order was served for a large wetland violation. Court papers were prepared for a public water violation case.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) testified at a jury trial for an ATV DUI arrest. Time was spent with K9 Brady at National Night Out activities. A division background investigation for employment was also started. 

Enforcement Education

Please check the DNR website 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 online for the online course information. (It’s also at www.mndnr.gov.)

Please check the DNR website www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Reminder: Anyone born after December 31, 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 31, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota must possess a snowmobile certificate. Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the online course.

Reminder: Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course. People under age 16 must complete the ATV online course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.


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 Greg Oldakowski performed duties related to creating a new firearms safety manual, including double-checking the suggested guidelines from the International Hunter Education Association. He also trained on equipment maintenance issues.           
Southwest Metro RTO Brett Oberg attended meetings for the hunter education manual and an in-service planning meeting for shotgun armoring. Oberg also did equipment maintenance on safety education firearms. Academy work was also completed during the week.

Southwest RTO Jen Mueller attended an RTO division initiative meeting along with a shotgun armors meeting at Camp Ripley. She attended training at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Mueller also spoke on the radio about a public hearing meeting regarding the special northern pike regulations on Lake Minnie-Belle and also on youth firearms safety classes. 

Southeast Metro RTO Chelsie Leuthardt continued work on the new firearms safety manual and made appointments for upcoming instructor clinics. She also instructed during night driving scenarios for the Academy cadets. Time was spent planning upcoming field days and range testing her new field day .22 rifles.

RTO                                                                                       E-MAIL:
NE RTO Mike Lee                                         mike.lee@state.mn.us
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski                           gregory.oldakowski@state.mn.us
Southwest Metro RTO Brett Oberg               brett.oberg@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Jen Mueller                             jennifer.mueller@state.mn.us 
North Metro RTO Brandon McGaw              brandon.mcgaw@state.mn.us
Southeast Metro RTO Chelsie Leuthardt       chelsie.leuthardt@state.mn.us
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence     bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist:  Vacant

Education Specialist:  Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator:  Vacant



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