District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers and working boat and water activity. Assistance was provided at the Tall Ships event in Duluth. CO Silgjord responded to a boat crash on an area lake and provided assistance to the Stearns County Sheriff?s Office. An area lake association meeting was attended and follow up on an APM case was conducted. On one angling check the officer was provided a brief view of a couple fish but before the angler could close the lid a pike jumped from the livewell to lake in a daring escape.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked outside of the station. The officer worked AIS, Special fishing regulations and watercraft activity. The officer took enforcement action on no wake violations and controlled substance violations.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) continued field training with a new conservation officer. Officers primarily worked boat and water enforcement and angling activity. Cases were made for destruction of aquatic plants without a permit, filling a wetland without a permit, and riding on the gunwale (side of boat). Officers spent Saturday at the Game Fair in Anoka talking to the public. Officers spoke at the St. Joseph firearms safety class. Assistance was given to the Stearns County Sheriff?s Department on a boating accident on Lake Silvia.

CO Michael Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and following up on active cases. CO Krauel also assisted with the Stillwater bridge project by enforcing the no wake zone near the construction zone on the St. Croix River. CO Krauel also worked at the Ramsey Game Fair. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, arrest warrant, illegal length fish, angling with extra lines, possession of marijuana, and no angling license in possession.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling and watercraft activities. CO Friese taught the law portion for Browerville FAS.