District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on two wildfire related calls. Time was also spent checking anglers and ATV operators. Spring beaver trappers were also checked and follow-up was done for a public waters violation.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored ice out, fish run and fire activity. He assisted other agencies, planned an ATV class, attended a snowmobile club meeting and spoke about laws & ethics at a snowmobile safety class. Leeching complaints have begun and concerns about feral cats in small towns have been voiced.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked area rivers for fishing and trapping activity.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored closed forest roads and trails in the area. Time was spent inspecting an aquaponics system with area DNR fisheries staff. Calls were taken regarding injured deer. CO Vollbrecht spent time training in the division?s air boat and continues to investigate a wildfire in the area.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) continued working on a background investigation on a possible candidate for the next CO Academy. Time was also spent monitoring area angling, fish run and ATV activity. CO Holt took a call regarding an incidentally trapped otter.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports ice off on many of the lakes and unusable ice on the remaining. Anglers are finding the open water and a few fish in the rivers. CO Vinton responded to a TIP call of a person shooting a rabbit in a neighboring yard. When CO Vinton contacted the young man he found that the rabbit was already in the frying pan. The juvenile was warned about seasons and his father said it won?t happen again. Enforcement action was taken for ATV operations and registration violations and burning during a burning restriction.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports most lakes are now clear of ice. A few larger lakes are still covered. Shore fishermen are venturing out and one boat was seen on an area lake. Time was also spent doing follow up on a waters violation, fisherman in a closed area, and assisting the Sheriff?s Office with a dog that had broken through the ice. A presentation was also given to the boy scouts about fur bearing animals in the area.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ATV activity on area trails. Angling activity was worked with some open water available for pan fishermen. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of firearms safety class at the Cormorant Sportsman Club. Information was provided on land sales and areas of fish run were monitored for activity. Follow-up was conducted on a complaint of burning prohibited materials.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV, fire, angling, and trapping activity in the Moorhead station. A volunteer instructor forum for future ATV and snowmobile instructors was attended in Moorhead and the officer also attended court in Becker County. Conditions are favorable for fires to get out of control and the officer urges people to use caution. The officer received multiple animal calls including an injured deer, an injured hawk, and a dead bald eagle. The injured hawk was transferred to the Raptor Center for care. The officer also received a report of an injured goose in Moorhead. On arrival the officer observed it was merely sitting on its nest in the median of the highway. Enforcement action was taken for operating a motor vehicle on a trail designated for ATV use only and youth under 18 not wearing a helmet on an ATV.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent time working on WCA cases. Time was spent on AIS issues and upcoming trainings and meetings. Several conversations were held with County Sheriff?s Offices and County AIS directors regarding monies appropriated to the counties for AIS prevention.