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Hauling garbage to landfill would've been cheaper than illegal burning - District 11: MN DNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled two garbage burning complaints where large amounts of items were found burned to include mattresses, plastic bottles, bags, cans and household garbage. The landowners learned it would have been much cheaper t...

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CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled two garbage burning complaints where large amounts of items were found burned to include mattresses, plastic bottles, bags, cans and household garbage. MN DNR

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled two garbage burning complaints where large amounts of items were found burned to include mattresses, plastic bottles, bags, cans and household garbage. The landowners learned it would have been much cheaper to haul the items to the landfill and also utilize the free recycling. CO Kuske investigated a wetland filling complaint of dump trucks dumping debris in a wetland and early goose hunters that were hunting in a closed area.  A well-deserved award was presented to a long standing DNR Volunteer Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year at Game Fair. Paulette Pappenfus of Little Falls was presented the Instructor of the Year award. Paulette has been a DNR volunteer Firearms Safety instructor since 1981 and heads up the Little Falls Instructor group.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers and boaters this past week. CO Mies gave a law talk at the Annandale and Maple Lake Firearms safety classes. CO Mies checked ATVs along with conducting a wildlife count.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports the weeks activities included administrative tasks, vehicle maintenance and waterfowl enforcement. The officer took calls concerning deer season questions, and injured animal calls. Enforcement action was taken for boating violations.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS in Todd, Douglas, and Isanti counties. Enforcement action was taken for AIS violations, no boat registration, and overlimit of crappies. WREO Bertram also testified in court regarding a public waters violation.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) started off the week attending the Academy 16 mentor dinner. Time was spent concluding an AIS investigation and working on a public waters violation that is currently under investigation. An attack on a domestic animal was reported with the caller believing the culprit to possibly be a mountain lion. Photographs secured by the caller were forwarded to DNR Wildlife staff that identified that tracks as belonging to a species in the canine family. Area access sites were worked for possible AIS violations and informational outreach. CO Silgjord attended the annual Big Birch Lake Association meeting to give a brief presentation and provide some Q&A time afterwards. Boat and water activity was also monitored over the weekend. Violations included angling without a license in possession, allowing illegal operation of PWC, PWC out after hours, and illegally transport aquatic macrophytes. 

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CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) continued investigations APM, WCA, and hunter harassment complaints. CO Friese attended a Todd SWCD TEP meeting. Angling, watercraft, and goose hunting activities were monitored.

St. Cloud - vacant.

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