District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-08-04

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) handled nuisance animal complaints, worked invasive specifies enforcement, worked an ATV complaint and a trespass complaint. Questions regarding fall big game hunting have started already. Preparations were made for an upcoming court trial. Enforcement action was taken for allow illegal use of ATV, fail to remove drain plugs and registration violations

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) helped teach and evaluate at the CO Academy. Two youths were found operating an ATV on a road and parents were contacted.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked boaters, recreational vehicles, and AIS. An AIS law review was discussed at the Leech Lake Advisory Committee meeting. Enforcement action was taken for several boating, AIS, and ATV violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, and boating activity. Angling success remains poor. Warm weather brought out a high amount of boating and ATV activity. Deer flies remain the highest complaint among recreationists. CO Broughten fielded calls of nuisance beaver, AIS decontamination, destroying aquatic vegetation. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with a domestic. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, no angling license, no lifejacket, possess largemouth bass on catch and release lake, failure to transfer ownership of watercraft, operate OHM within road right of way, failure to register OHM, ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, possess drug paraphernalia, and possess small amount of marijuana.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) assisted DNR Eco and Waters on irrigation without a valid permit violation. Halverson also worked fishermen on lakes and river.

CO Colleen Adam (Rec Specialist) prepped and instructed at the current academy. Assisted other agencies on calls. Patrolled area forest and trails. Contacts made for youth ATV passengers without helmets, failure to display registration, non-resident trail pass issues and investigation into renegade/illegal trails.

Remer - vacant.

Walker - vacant.