District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-08-25

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Crookston.
Time was also spent checking boaters and anglers on area lakes and rivers. Bear baiting activity was also monitored. ATV operators were contacted and past complaint sites were checked. A public waters violation site was inspected. Violations included no angling license and no helmets on ATV passengers under 18-years-old.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted training at in-service and the CO Academy.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht spent time at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley working with cadets on watercraft operation and learning boating regulations. CO Vollbrecht was also an evaluator during scenario day at Ripley.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked bear baiting and ATV activity throughout the week. Complaints were received regarding ATVs operating in areas they shouldn?t be. CO Holt investigated a complaint of two dogs which had chased down a fawn and killed it. The officer also checked on a complaint of bears damaging crops.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports collecting an injured loon for a local vet to check out, assisting the MSP with a multiple vehicle crash on US Hwy 10 and taking a trespass complaint of target shooting within 500 feet of a corral. Anglers were contacted and AIS prevention was discussed. CO Vinton participated in a radio broadcast for WCCO from the cities broadcasting live from Perham. The areas hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities were discussed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked bear baiters and ATV riders. He also assisted with in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) returned from western fire duty. The weekend was spent checking fishermen and looking for early goose hunters.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working areas for bear baiting activity. Angling and boating activity was monitored. CO Warren followed up on complaints of possible wildlife harassment, poached deer, vehicles tearing up forest roads, and worked with the area hydrologist in regards to a possible public waters violation. ATV riders were checked for regulation compliance. Questions were answered in relation to crossbows, permit to carry and the upcoming deer season.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring intensive goose season hunters, bear baiting, and ATV activity. Annual in-service training was also attended at Camp Ripley. Assistance was given to Becker County Sheriff?s Department in the search for a burglary suspect. Calls from the public included an injured deer and a young red squirrel stuck in a window well. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession and obstructing the ingress/egress of a public access site.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week instructing at in-service training at Camp Ripley. Time was spent on WCA and APO cases. First aid and CPR training were attended.