District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling and ATV enforcement. Anglers seem to be having some success with the pike at the mouth of the Warroad River, time and patience appears to be the two things required. More and more ATVs are coming out of storage and finding their way back to the trails and forest roads, operators should brush up on the regulations and check to make sure that their registrations are current. Spring is here and the bears are waking up hungry, a reminder to contain your trash and limit other sources a bear may find appetizing such as bird feed and dog/cat food. Enforcement action taken included: allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, ATV operator/passenger under the age of 18 without a helmet, ATV trespass and angle for pike out of season.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) checked anglers on the Rainy River and followed-up on multiple ATV complaints in the Warroad area. Spring beaver traps were also checked. Spring fish run violations were encountered and enforcement action was taken. Assistance was also given to county law enforcement with a call of a female being held at knifepoint and not being able to exit the vehicle she was in. Violations encountered in the week included: take fish without angling license, take northern in closed season (spring fish run), operate OHM in careless/reckless manner, operate ATV/OHM in public road right of way, and allow illegal juvenile operation of ATV, among others.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring spring fish run activity, spring beaver trapping, boater AIS compliance, patrolling area ATV/ORV trails, and checking anglers on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent investigating calls of accidental catch of otter and muskrat and assisting instructors and giving the laws and regulations presentation at the Blackduck ATV Safety class. CO Regas encountered one ATV operator driving an ATV down the middle of a county highway. During the contact it was quite apparent the operator had been drinking. The ATV operator admitted to driving the ATV down the road because he cannot drive a car as he does not have a license due to prior DWIs. CO Regas checked the operator?s driving record which revealed four prior DWI convictions. The ATV operator failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. Enforcement action for the week included operating watercraft after dark without navigation lights and failing to transfer of ownership of watercraft.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports working fishing, boating, and trapping activities this week. An ORV disrupting a wetland case was completed. CO Quittschreiber also attended the Upper Red Lake Association meeting. Enforcement actions for the week included; operating an off-highway motorcycle in the roadway and ATV violations.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.