District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-07-07

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting other conservation officers with a case. Time was also spent working a busy holiday weekend. Several boater/angler contacts were made throughout the weekend. Wetland and aquatic plant complaints were followed up on. Watercraft operators were reminded about various AIS laws.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) completed mandatory training and wolf depredation compensation paperwork. He planned a FAS class and participated in a radio interview. Minnow trapping, ATVs, AIS, boating and angling were monitored. Advice was given concerning problem woodchucks, a special beaver permit was issued and a foster home was located for seven orphaned baby wood ducks. The 4th of July holiday was very active, but everyone seemed to play well together.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked holiday weekend boater and anglers. He also followed up on a complaint from wildlife of campers on WMAs. Finished up a wolf depredation investigation.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity in the Bemidji area. Warm temperatures over the holiday weekend brought a lot of people out to the lakes. Officer worked boating activity with CO Mathy and CO Holt on the Cass Lake Chain on the 4th of July. Numerous boating violations were detected. Time was spent working a detail on Upper Red Lake with CO McGowan where over limits of walleye and illegal length walleye were detected. CO Vollbrecht assisted several COs in an ongoing investigation. An AIS detail was worked in the Bemidji area with CO Holt. ATV activity was monitored. Adults are reminded to have youth operators and riders wearing a DOT approved helmet. Several nuisance animal complaints were received.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked boating, angling and ATV activity. AIS compliance was also monitored throughout the area. Time was spent working a busy 4th of July weekend with other officers on the Cass Chain of Lakes. Officer Holt also participated in an AIS work detail in the Bemidji area. Enforcement activity for the week included angling violations, ATV violations and boat and water safety violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting with a search warrant, contacting anglers and boaters and commercial inspections. CO Vinton issued several special beaver permits, assisted with a neighbor dispute after aquatic vegetation permit activity. Enforcement action was taken for allowing youth operation of a PWC, failure to display PWC registration, no angling license and no license in possession. ATV operation in the ditch south of Hwy 10 and PFD violations were also dealt with.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a busy holiday weekend with high boat use on area lakes. A higher than normal number of no fishing licenses violations were found over the weekend. Time was also spent working on weed roller violations, aquatic plant violations, suspicious vehicle in state park, and assistance was given to the Moorhead Officer for a TIP call. Patrol was also conducted over the weekend at a floating bar and live band on an area lake.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) CO William Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week checking anglers as well as working boat and water safety, wetland violations, and public water complaints. A TIP call was investigated. A wetland case was investigated where an individual had dug in a wetland and used the soil to fill the remainder of the wetland. The officer investigated a complaint regarding the illegal removal of weeds on Lake Ida and monitored the usage of weed rollers and other machines on the lake. Time was also spent working AIS hours during a designated AIS enforcement detail with the overall compliance being very good. Boat and water safety enforcement was worked with CO Warren during the Detroit Lakes 4th of July celebration.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS law compliance. Time was spent assisting a neighboring officer with a fish over limit case. Assistance was given on a search warrant. Several WCA and APM cases were worked on and discussed with LGU?s. Fishing activity and boaters were checked for compliance. CO Stattelman also assisted Becker County on a near drowning on Fox Lake in Becker County.