District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2016-04-26


CO Randy Patten (Northome) monitored fish run activity, checked trappers, patrolled for AIS violations, worked on bear committee items, helped with an ATV safety class, and prepared boats. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a public highway, operating an ATV on a non-motorized trail, more passengers on an ATV then designed for, no helmets under 18, and fail to display ATV registration.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV, sport fishing, small game, and also did equipment maintenance. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. Preparations were made for upcoming academy instruction, and division training. Violations included ATV?s on the roadway and equipment violations.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked spring fish run, attended K9 training and monitored OHV activity. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials, no license in possession and failure to remove drain plug on water craft.

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) spent time checking anglers this past week. She also worked ATV and ORV enforcement in the area. She took a TIP complaint involving illegally fishing activity which resulted in two citations. She is also working on a case involving illegal operation of an ORV on the Taconite State Trail. Federal and county law enforcement are working the case as well.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked early season pan fishermen with the crappie and bluegill bites heating up. CO Sutherland also attended the Poly-met pre-application meeting in Aurora.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, closed forest and trail areas. He also handled trapping and fishing complaints during the week and taught a firearms safety class.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV Officer) patrolled in several ATV complaint areas this past week. CO Velsvaag also continued with an ongoing investigation and took several calls on ATV regulations and taking rough fish with spears and bows.