District 4 - Wadena area
Last updated: 2014-03-11
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) focused on angling and snowmobiling activity during the week. He spent time completing required tasks and working with local prosecutors. Enforcement activity included snowmobile registration violations, ice shelter violations, and trespass.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) monitored snowmobilers and fishermen in the area. Snowmobile trails in the Park Rapids and surrounding area were in great condition and the weather had many riders out enjoying.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received reports of another vehicle on a snowmobile trail. Ice angler compliance was good as all anglers have purchased new angling licenses. Snowmobile activity was up with the people taking advantage of the good trails before the impending thaw. Officer Oldakowski also provided assistance to local law enforcement on one case with a drunk and disorderly dispute and another instance with an emotionally disturbed person that had become barricaded in an apartment.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reported primary enforcement efforts this past week focused on ice fishing and snowmobile activity. He also received a call regarding burning regulations and marked fish houses for the upcoming removal deadline.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked perch anglers in the area. The fishing and weather are starting to heat up. CO Mathy also attended the Leech Lake Advisory Committee meeting and assisted with a kid?s perch fishing derby on Lake Winnibigoshish.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) reports the weekend?s warm weather took its toll on area snowmobile trails. Saturday they were in good condition, but by the end of Sunday they were getting rough, especially in the corners. Officer Francis stopped one party for failing to display registration on his snowmobile. He had owned the sled since 2007, but apparently never ?had time? in the last seven years to put his registration on; enforcement action was taken. Other enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed and unregistered snowmobile.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on snowmobiling and ice angling activity. Fishing success was poor. Warmer temperatures and high snowmobile traffic took their toll on snowmobile trails. Many anglers were successful in removing their fish houses. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, operating a motorized vehicle other than a snowmobile on a snowmobile grant in aid trail, and operating a snowmobile at greater speed than reasonable circumstances allow.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen and snowmobilers in the Staples area. He noted a few fish houses remained on the ice past the deadline. Officer Halverson also worked a career fair at Central Lakes College.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer Park Rapids) checked fishing activity and fish house identification on area lakes. Warm weekend weather brought snowmobilers out to get full use of the trails before they deteriorate beyond enjoyable use. There is a good base and if night temps stay cool there should be more days for riding. Registration and trail stickers continue to be an enforcement issue. Many fish houses were wisely removed over the weekend. Travel on the lakes is getting difficult.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) spent time checking area lakes for fish houses on the ice after the deadline. Overall, there was good compliance considering the amount of snow anglers had to deal with. He found a few panfish anglers out enjoying the mild weekend weather. Officer Siltala also found snowmobilers out in force taking advantage of the last days of good trail conditions as trails are deteriorating at a fast pace with the warmer weather.