District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-07-14

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports helping staff a DNR informational booth at the Polk County Fair in Fertile. Time was also spent attending a Maple Lake Association meeting. Watercraft operators and anglers were checked on local rivers and lakes. PWC complaint areas were checked.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) did site checks of a failed sewer, filled wetland, beaver dam/ lake level concern and dead calves that appear to be coyote kills. He monitored ATVs, boating, angling and minnow trapping. During an AIS inspection everyone knew about the effort to stop transportation of water and plant material except one person that wanted to know when the ?new? law started. The son explained they had listened to information about it on the radio on the way to the lake.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) spent the week checking boating and angling activity. Follow-up was conducted on a depredation investigation. CO Gray also testified in a deer baiting case.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating in the area. ATV traffic was monitored on closed trails. Boaters were checked for AIS compliance at public accesses. Officer testified in a court hearing regarding a baiting case from last deer season. Two individuals were cited for illegal camping in Lake Bemidji State Park and possessing marijuana.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling activity and checked ATVs during the week. Time was spent attending training and testifying in court regarding a deer baiting case. A TIP call was also investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports fairly good fishing on most lakes. Boaters, jet skis and tubers were all contacted with a very good compliance rate. CO Vinton responded to a call of an audible burglar alarm from the Otter Tail Co Sheriff?s office. CO Vinton was the first on scene and located an open garage door of the large house. When a deputy arrived, a search of the residence found that a large picture had fallen off the wall and the breaking glass had sounded the alarm. CO Vinton received a TIP from the MSP dispatchers that couple had located an alligator on a lake near Ottertail City and that they fed it a bag of chips. No other calls were received. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, ATV on a Co Hwy and PFD violations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fisherman and boaters. Time was also spent working fishing TIPs, late PWCs, shoreline and aquatic vegetation removal issues and handling nuisance wildlife calls.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity. Areas were patrolled for ATV and off-road vehicle activity. AIS compliance was monitored on roadways and accesses. CO Warren followed up on complaints of a possible illegal beach blanket and keeping wild animals as pets. An investigation was started in regards to a complaint of individuals keeping an over limit of fish.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling activity and boat and water safety. A wetland investigation was worked with Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District. The officer also attended the Clay County Fair and answered questions from the public. A complaint was addressed where a cabin owner jumped in front of a boat that was angling ?too close to his dock.? Phone calls from the public included moose reports, public access questions, and a snapping turtle with possible zebra mussels attached.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS law compliance. Time was spent on several WCA and PW cases and review has begun on all of Region 1 open cases. Several cases were opened and closed. Several phone calls regarding AIS issues and questions regarding inspectors were fielded. Reports were written and submitted for review.