District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending annual training at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent working spring beaver trapping activity. Anglers and ATV operators were also checked.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored beaver trapping and angling activities. He had a call about a car kill deer and attended training at Camp Ripley. An unlawful posting of a lake public access was investigated. The poster had stolen a no trespassing sign and placed it at the access. He also responded to a call of an officer being shot and assisted with a search for the suspect.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked area lakes for angling activity. Only a handful of people are still venturing onto the ice, use caution. CO Vollbrecht patrolled the Soo Line Trail with CO Holt and checked beaver trapping activity. Officer Vollbrecht assisted with a structure fire and a wildfire investigation on another grass fire. Conditions are very dry with strong winds most of the week making it difficult to control fires.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent the week checking anglers, monitoring trapping activity and ATV traffic. Complaints were received and investigated relating to illegal trapping. CO Holt also responded to an out of control brush fire which required air support to extinguish. Several area taxidermies were inspected.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending annual spring in-service training at Camp Ripley and monitoring spring fish run. A call of someone shooting as ducks and geese were seen flying was investigated. ATV activity is increasing as the weather has improved. Riders should be reminded that ATV travel in the ditches south of US Hwy 10 is closed through July. Though most lakes in the area still have ice, travel on them would not be advised.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) monitored the local fish run and attended spring in-service training. Angling pressure was low as many lakes became inaccessible due to soft ice on the edges.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen. The ice is starting to pull away from shore making access difficult. Time was also spent attending annual training at Camp Ripley, talking at a youth turkey hunt, seizing an accidentally taken otter and following up on a fishing TIP.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week at in-service providing instruction with the Use of Force Team. Time was spent following up on public waters and burning questions. Time was also spent focusing on fish run activity.

Moorhead - vacant.

Detroit Lakes - vacant.