District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-03-05

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking ice anglers. Ice shelters were also monitored for the removal deadline. CO Silgjord attended shotgun armorer?s training and also conducted commercial inspections.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports most shelters were removed from area lakes over the weekend. Other than a few anglers and shelter removal, recreational activity was borderline nonexistent.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a call of a sick trumpeter swan on the Mississippi River and calls regarding upcoming youth firearms safety classes. CO Kuske attended the annual Camp Ripley conservation meeting and conducted minnow retailer license checks on area gas stations that sell leeches or minnows. A number of area bait sellers were not in compliance of having a current DNR Minnow Retailer license.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked angling activity, fish house removal checks, and commercial checks throughout the week. Work was done on a deer over limit/lend borrow investigation which resulted in citations being issued. Violations detected for the week included northern pike out of season, many people fishing for walleye and northern out of season, expired ATV registration, angle without a license and fish house license and ID violations.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week checking fishermen and assisting with commercial inspections. CO Thesing and WREO Bertram checked two anglers on a small lake only to find one possessing a northern during close season and the other to be smoking marijuana. Citations were issued and the items were seized.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies gave a law talk at the Cokato firearms class. CO Mies investigated a dumping case and inspected aeration system permits.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) continues to document fishing shelters and litter issues for removal deadline. The officer took care of road kill deer calls. Fishing enforcement and ATV registration issues were addressed this week as well as training and administration duties.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) completed commercial license checks in Districts 9 and 11. Several minnow retailers were found without proper licensing along with follow-up investigations involving record keeping violations. CO Kuske worked fishing activity on area lakes, inspected fish houses, and checked several groups of coyote hunters.

St. Cloud - vacant.