Last updated: 2017-04-24
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity and their boats. More boats moving around means making sure plugs are out and trailers are clean while in transport. CO Verkuilen also monitored the fish run, checked some turkey hunters, and answered questions from land owners finding beaver damage.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded phone calls regarding turkey hunting and AIS laws. Review of cases that have been finalized was completed. A fishing complaint on Mille Lacs Lake was investigated and followed up on.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working a trapping case and also working on some commercial enforcement items. The officer also checked area lakes for fishing activity where a few fishermen were out trying for some pan fish. Officer Fitzgerald gave a law and ethics presentation at an ATV class where 20 students were certified for their ATV safety certificate. Patrol was done on area, county, and state land for ATV activity and many outdoor law related questions were answered.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on a littering case. She also patrolled area rivers for anglers looking for suckers. ATV complaints in the Sturgeon Lake area and General Andrews State Forest were taken.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on illegal fires and assisted local fire departments with a running swamp fire. Enforcement action was taken for burning of household garbage. Turkey season activity was worked with some trespass issues addressed. A reminder to hunters to register harvested birds within the allotted time frame. Spring fish run and bow fishing activities were also monitored. Assistance was given to the local Sheriff?s office.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found quite a bit of fishing activity as lake and river temperatures warmed up. Pan fish were being caught in deep water and in the warm, shallow bays and river anglers were out catching catfish, suckers, and other rough fish. While monitoring river anglers, an individual was caught targeting sturgeon during the closed season and was cited for the violation. Spring weather also brought out an increase in ATV activity and ATV complaints. One young ATV rider was found on a busy highway with no helmet, no license, no required safety training, and riding an ATV with no brakes and no lights. After escorting the youngster home and finding out the parents were fully aware what their child was doing, everyone received a quick refresher on ATV laws and the parents received a citation for allowing the illegal operating.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week following up on ATV complaint areas and answered questions about watercraft licensing and turkey hunting. He spent time checking anglers around Pine City, and checked areas along the St. Croix River for activity. Recent rains have water levels fairly high in the Pine City area. Use caution if you decide to go canoeing or kayaking along any of the local rivers. CO Wynn also assisted the Pine County Sheriff?s Department with a vehicle pursuit where the suspect was successfully apprehended after getting stuck in a farm field.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked road closures and patrolled WMA?s for illegal ATV use. CO Croatt checked turkey hunters and also took a call of multiple dumped deer carcasses in a county gravel pit which turned out to be dumping station for road killed deer. Multiple boat owners were out testing the boat for the upcoming fishing opener.