District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, worked on a littering case, and spoke at the Island Lake Association meeting. Enforcement action was taken for allowing a juvenile to illegally operate an ATV.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, OHM activity, and patrolled for early bear baiting. Violations included ATV on roadway, OHM on roadway, fail to display registration, operate unregistered, and DUI. He also did follow-up on a fire in Koochiching County and handled various wildlife calls.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) started field training with instruction with a COC, checked anglers, worked bear baiting activity, monitored OHV activity and participated in a K-9 demonstration at the Itasca County Fair. The area wild rice crop looks to be on the down side this year. Enforcement action was taken for minor consume while operating a motor vehicle, no motorcycle endorsement, improper display of registration and no tail lights.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked lakes for boating and fishing complaints. She also checked the local rice crop, which isn?t ready yet on most lakes. She attended a firearms safety training class where 24 students were certified. She also took a complaint of pollution in the Prairie River which turned out to be oily substance of organic nature caused by decaying plants and insect casings in the water. Enforcement action was taken for several angling and boating violations.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity in the area with most fishing bites slowing down with the warm water temperatures. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, operating an ATV on a county road and a complaint where ATV?s were making new trails on state land. CO Sutherland also handled nuisance bear calls, but all complaints have stopped since the bear baiting season has started.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVs, state parks and campgrounds. He also responded to various complaints during the week.

CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV Officer) reports checking several complaint areas including parts of the Mesabi Bike Trail and some state forest lands with illegal ORV use. CO Velsvaag also completed several training sessions and attended a trails meeting.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, sport fishing, ricing, bear baiting, and equipment maintenance. Arhart also attended a Water Resource Enforcement Officer meeting at Camp Ripley, followed wetland and public waters cases, and worked boat enforcement details on Big Winnie and on Namakan lakes. Ricing outlooks are poor in the area. Some walleye and perch fishing success were observed. Enforcement action was taken for angling license and for boat equipment violations. A 27 inch walleye was observed caught and released on Winnie.