District 11 - St. Cloud area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in a district meeting & training session. CO Friese attended an annual Fire Warden meeting. Equipment inventory was worked on. Angling and snowmobile activity was monitored.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked fishing shelter removal finding several anglers struggling with the snow depths and large amounts of slush. An injured deer was also handled. Administrative tasks, training and a meeting were attended.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a call from a trapper that they had accidentally caught a deer by the leg in a snare. As the trapper and CO Kuske approached the deer it pulled the snare off the tree and ran off with the snare attached. CO Kuske made the strong suggestion to the trapper that they should think about getting deer stop snares (the snare doesn?t close down as tight) to prevent this from happening. CO Kuske is receiving quite a few calls of people not being able to get their fish houses off the lakes though many anglers were seen working hard and were able to remove their houses.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) checked area lakes for fish house removal issues. Some anglers were out trying for pan fish, but found limited success. A few snowmobilers were out but cold weather kept most indoors. District training was attended.
WREO Keith Bertram spent the week attending training and assisting with fish house removal issues. A commercial turtle seller licensee was also inspected.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers and snowmobile operators during the past week. Officer Martin did several radio interviews about ice shelter removal and angling license expiring on the last day of Feb. as well. Calls about Pelican Lake in Wright County were fielded and time was spent preparing for the upcoming academy too. Officer Martin had a snowmobile operator flee while trying to stop him on Hwy 10. It turns out that the operator has four outstanding warrants in the local counties and didn?t want to take care of them so he is now facing another felony charge.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) conducted an inventory of fish houses on area lakes. Houses in jeopardy of being left were marked. Many people were found making attempts at removing their house and all were finding the process to be labor intensive. CO Kuske gave a law talk to a snowmobile safety class and attended district training.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) attended district training. CO Mies also worked on fish house information. CO Mies checked sleds in Stearns and Wright counties.