District 2 - Bemidji area

CO (Conservation Officer) Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked angling activity and patrolled local snowmobile trails. He assisted with traffic control during the MnUSA snowmobile ride. Training was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Hannah Mishler (Bemidji #2) focused on snowmobile enforcement over the course of the past week and assisted with the MnUSA Snowmobile Rendezvous, which was hosted in Bemidji. She attended a Bemidji State University Wildlife Club meeting and talked to students briefly about the roles of a conservation officer, what it’s like to be a K9 handler, and fielded questions relating to the topics. K9 Storm also provided a demonstration on zebra mussel detection. Time was also spent attending training at Camp Ripley and teaching a snowmobile safety class for close to 40 students with the help of CO Gray and RTO Oldakowski.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports completing aeration permit inspections and attending the Division’s awards and training conference. Area lakes still have some slush but anglers are able to access many areas with plowed roads. Snowmobile trails are starting to see some wear but groomers are keeping them in shape.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training, worked ongoing cases and completed a background investigation.

District 4 - Walker area

CO Calie Kunst (Remer) continued to work ice fishing and snowmobile enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for wanton waste of sunfish and failure to have an angling license in possession. She also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) spent time working snowmobiling and fishing activity in both the Wadena and Park Rapids stations. An incidental bobcat was seized and follow up on deer-season cases was completed.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers. Activity has picked up on the lakes as a lot of slush has frozen over. Pockets of slush still remain, however, and trucks are finding deep pockets at times. The ice thickness remains extremely variable. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked on area snowmobile trespassing complaints. An injured owl was picked up after it hit an overhead power line. Guida attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) attended training at Camp Ripley, worked snowmobile and angling activity and investigated a case of birch trees being harvested without a permit.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) attended training at Camp Ripley. Sullivan also worked angling activity on Lake of the Woods. Violations observed included extra lines, unattended lines, possession of dressed fillets and possession of controlled substances.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and snowmobile activity. Training was attended and assistance given to a neighboring officer with a timber trespass case. Assistance was also given to the sheriff’s office on a snowmobile accident.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and snowmobile activity. McGowan also attended Division training. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports attending the Enforcement Division’s annual training and awards event during the week. He followed up on several cases during the week and answered several law-related questions. Time was spent patrolling area lakes checking for anglers and for snowmobile-related traffic. The state recreation area was patrolled for vehicle passes and other SRA-related violations.

District 10 - Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity. A typical mid-winter slump is keeping houses moving around. Verkuilen also monitored sled traffic, checked some rabbit hunters and attended training.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling ice angling and snowmobiling enforcement. She also spent time in training at Camp Ripley. She also spent time following up on a complaint of ATV operators rutting up a snowmobile trail and operating off-trail in the Solana State Forest. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended training at Camp Ripley. She received questions about registering antique snowmobiles and followed up on ongoing cases.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked snowmobile, fishing, and ATV activities. Fishing pressure remains high, with panfish and pike showing up on smaller lakes. Training was also attended, along with firearms safety class plans in the vacant Pierz station.

District 11 - St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) completed and turned in a background investigation. Time was also spent during the week checking anglers on area lakes. Silgjord also attended an annual awards and training event, as well as Honor Guard training.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and hunting activity. He had vehicle maintenance done to his patrol truck. He has begun marking locations of fishing shelters that he believes may be left on the ice after the deadline.

CO Adam Seifermann (St. Cloud) reports attending Division training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for expired registration, instructional permit violation, illegal-length fish and numerous shelter violations.

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) assisted with a work crew on Mille Lacs Lake. Citations were issued for extra lines, no fishing license, no shelter license, and drugs. A coyote-hunting trespass was also handled.

District 12 - Princeton area

CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the past week attending Division training and checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, no angling license, possession of marijuana, and unattended lines.

CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) spent the past week checking anglers on Mille Lacs Lake and other local lakes. Enforcement action was taken for a wide variety of angling violations, recreational vehicle violations, and controlled substance possession. Benkofske, CO Musatov and deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office held a snowmobile safety training presentation in Foley. Game farms and lake aeration sites were also inspected for compliance.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Violations were found for extra lines, no registration, and illegal-length fish. Musatov spoke at a youth snowmobile safety class.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, coyote hunters, and snowmobiles. She also attended annual training at Camp Ripley, spoke to a local 4H club, and gave a ride-along to a college student.

Aviation Section

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew two wolf telemetry flights and attended Enforcement meetings at Camp Ripley.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying bear den location flights, angler recon flights and wolf telemetry flights during the rare sunny days this past week. Mandatory training at Camp Ripley was also attended.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) completed the deer survey at St. Croix State Park and tended to administrative tasks. He also attended two days of Division training at Camp Ripley.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the past week at a training and awards ceremony at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent checking fishing and snowmobiling activity. Cross-country ski trails were monitored on state lands. Open cases were worked on.

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) attended training at Camp Ripley during the week. Snowmobile enforcement was conducted in Crow Wing County. Wetland Conservation Act cases were worked on and case files reviewed.

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Prepared by Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement