District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked turkey hunters, anglers, ATVs and burning. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for annual training on shooting, first aid and defensive tactics.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) attended annual in-service training. A few anglers were out. Most lakes are unsafe to attempt accessing. Creeks were checked. CO Friese assisted with an ATV certification in Browerville. Aeration inspections were completed.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) monitored fires throughout the station, gave a law and ethics presentation at an area Firearms Safety class and investigated a possible wetlands violation. While conducting an evening patrol CO Silgjord located and addressed an underage drinking party with the assistance of a county sheriff?s deputy. CO Silgjord also assisted with division recruiting efforts by attending the Central Lakes College Law Enforcement Career Fair and giving a lecture at a Natural Resources Law Class. Assistance was also given to the State Patrol during the heavy snows that resulted in many vehicles ending up off road.

Conservation Officer Mike Martin (St. Cloud) assisted at yearly in-service and preparation for the upcoming academy.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, trapping and turkey hunters. The officer found anglers doing very well with catfish on the Horseshoe Chain from shore. Enforcement action was taken for controlled substance violation and false application for a husband and wife license.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports more complaints of dogs chasing deer are coming in with enforcement action taken against the dog owners. CO Kuske assisted a homeowner with bird ID on a flock of Chukar partridge that flew into his garage, and also assisted the State Patrol with cars in the ditch during the last snowstorm. A garbage dumping complaint was handled where people are dumping old TVs and tires in the ditch in front of a residence. A tag was issued for a road hit otter and for car kill deer. With the warmer weather many Class 2 ATVs have been stopped and educated on where they can operate (shoulder of the road) and not on state highways. A TIP call of a poached merganser and turkey was investigated with the merganser found to be recently shot on the Mississippi River.

WREO Keith Bertram spent most of the week opening new wetland and waters cases. Citations were issued for no contractor responsibility form and no OHM registration. Beaver trappers were also checked.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) met with a minnow dealer to tag equipment that is to be used in AIS designated waters. Spring fish run in under way and CO Kuske spent time monitoring areas, providing protection for these vulnerable fish as they make their spawning runs. CO Kuske attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. CO Mies gave a law talk at the South Haven firearms class. CO Mies worked on a tip call.