District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-06-21

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports contacting anglers and boaters on local lakes and rivers. Time was also spent checking a possible APM violation site and aWCA violation site. AIS enforcement was worked at area public water access sites. Various angling and boating related violations were found throughout the week.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) continues to get wildlife complaints and it was a subject on a radio talk show he participated in. Boating, angling, and commercial enforcement took most of the week. High school students that had a party on a WMA, trashed a cabin, and burned furniture elected to return and clean up the area rather than face additional charges.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and boaters. He also assisted at the CO Academy and recovering a stolen truck found on a WMA.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) assisted with sport fishing week at the CO Academy. Follow up was done on a complaint of an individual shooting at geese to scare them out of his yard and a complaint of an individual illegally posting property.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) focused primarily on boat and water safety and angling during the week. Time was also spent on a nuisance bear complaint and working in Itasca State Park. Officer Holt assisted Officer Parthun and a deputy from the local sheriff?s office with an ATV safety class in Lake George. Time was also spent patrolling ATV trails with the aforementioned officers.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports taking calls for possession permits for a black squirrel that was killed by a car, a complaint of someone digging lady slippers from the road ditch and questions about speed limits and distances a boat needs to be from shore. Fishing and boating activity has picked up as the weather warmed and people are getting into summer mode.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) followed up on on-going cases and worked invasive species enforcement.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week on angling and boating enforcement. He followed up on reports of removal of emergent aquatic vegetation without a permit and unlawful youthful ATV operation. CO Forsberg also handled several nuisance animal complaints.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) investigated complaints of possible public water violations. Angling and boating activity was worked. CO Warren spent time working AIS compliance with boaters having high compliance rates. Questions were answered about the new nonresident AIS affirmation regulation. A complaint area of camping on WMA was monitored. Trails were patrolled for ATV, OHM, and ORV activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and commercial minnow activity in the Moorhead station. Calls from the public included reports of litter and nuisance bears. All individuals involved in the bear complaints were advised to remove whatever bird feeders or garbage they had outside.