District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-07-28

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and working boater safety. Fewer anglers where out this week with the warm temperatures and high water, but those that were out were finding moderate success. CO Krauel also observed many people out kayaking. CO Krauel would like to remind kayakers and paddle boarders that it is necessary to have a wearable life jacket on board when paddling. Enforcement action was taken for underage possession of alcohol, no angling license, angling with an extra line, insufficient PFD?s, and no license in possession.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and boating activity this week. The Officer continued to field calls about an uncatchable injured loon on Rice Lake. Other calls handled this week include turtle traps and car killed deer call.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling, watercraft, and OHV activities. A WCA restoration order was served.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week. CO Mies gave a law talk at the Kimball firearms class, checked boaters, and worked on a litter complaint.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, wetland issues, and nuisance animal calls. Officer Thesing assisted with the CO Academy teaching big game enforcement. Help was given to the Albany ATV class for their riding day. Enforcement action for the week included no permit for removal of lake weeds. No PFD, no fire extinguisher and no angling license in possession.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time following up on big game cases from last season and patrolling for ATV activity.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on computer maintenance, and followed up with paper work and reports. The officer monitored fishing, AIS and boating activity this week.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) attended a Todd SWCD TEP meeting, with several wetland issues on the agenda. An APM violation was handled. Smoke was chased, to reveal a training burn by the Upsala FD. Watercraft, angling, and OHV activities were checked.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call of someone shooting geese in their front yard on the Mississippi River. CO Kuske investigated and found that a homeowner did not like the geese wrecking their grass. Enforcement action was taken for taking geese out of season. Officer Kuske assisted the Little Falls PD with recovery of a stolen boat that was found tied up along the Mississippi River and handled complaints of people drinking alcohol at a public access.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time assisting at the CO academy. A radio interview was conducted on various seasonal topics. Time was spent working shoreline issues, anglers, and boaters. One lakeshore owner was found to have cut over 1450 square feet of cat tail from the lake in front of their property. Enforcement action was taken. Reminder: always check to see if permits are needed before cutting aquatic vegetation in lakes.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent time dealing with computer troubles and issues. Problems continue to persist at the Pierz Lake Public Access. Consumption of alcohol and intoxicated people at the site are a common complaint. With the high number of people that use the area to swim and picnic, law enforcement has stepped up patrols and taking more enforcement action. Many people complain that it has become a hard access to launch a boat at because of all the extra activity there. CO Kuske is working with Parks and Trails to review usage at the site.

CO Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. CO Krauel also took several wildlife complaint calls. CO Krauel increased patrols for illegal Off Highway Motorcycles after noticing extra damage in area ditches. One individual that CO Krauel stopped thought that even though he knew it was illegal to ride an OHM in the ditch, it would be ok since he was just going to a neighborhood garage sale that had ?really good stuff?. CO Krauel also found an individual that was violating an order for protection. The individual was turned over to the local police department. Enforcement action was taken for operating an OHM in a road right of way, violating an order for protection, no license in possession, and insufficient PFD?s on a watercraft.