District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked, goose hunters, boat and water, anglers, wetland and shore line enforcement. Thesing assisted with interviews of new conservation officer candidates at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action for the week included, no PFD, no angling license, over limit crappie, no lights on boat, operate Jet Ski after hours, BWI, and no fire extinguisher.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS and conducting follow-up on wetland violations. Citations were issued for no water appropriation permit, failing to comply with restoration orders, AIS violations, no angling license, and no PFDs. An AIS presentation was also given at the Big Birch Lake Association annual meeting.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers last week. CO Mies gave law talks at the Annandale and Eden valley firearms classes. CO Mies also worked on tip calls.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) assisted DNR Forestry with a TIP complaint of unlawful burning at a business. Investigations continued on APM and WCA violations. Beaver complaints continue to come in. Bears are still snacking in people?s yards. Not everyone had learned that ?living with bears? means discouraging them from being attracted to your yard.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) monitored angling, boat and water activity and conducted aquatic plant management permit inspections throughout the week. CO Silgjord handled a nuisance beaver complaint and attended an area lake association meeting. CO Silgjord also assisted with the CO PREP interviews at Nelson Hall. Violations for the week included failure to display ATV registration, insufficient PFDs, no angling license in possession, no fire extinguisher, and youth ATV passenger with no helmet.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, turtle trapping and goose hunting activity. Catfishing in the area is very good right now with some large catfish being seen. Administrative tasks were completed as well. Follow up on carp shooters violations continue.

St. Cloud - vacant.