District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse hunters and anglers, answered several calls about the upcoming deer season, and enforced aquatic invasive species laws. Enforcement action taken for operating ATVs on a state highway and transporting dressed fish.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked small game, big game, waterfowl , and ATV activity. Violations included no license in possession, and youth without a helmet on an ATV. He also took small game complaints, and wildlife complaints.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked archery deer hunting, patrolled for OHV activity and checked waterfowl hunters. Warmer temps over the week brought many anglers out to the water. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession and navigational light issues.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working on a division background investigation. She also assisted two trappers with accidentally trapped wolves. She worked shining activity and took enforcement action. She handled a couple trespassing calls from around the area.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, trappers, small game and archery deer hunters. He also handled several trespass and hunting complaints during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working waterfowl, angling, ATV, and invasive species activity. Enforcement action was taken for not removing boat plug and a cease and desist order was issued for excavating in public waters.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) worked OHM enforcement in several areas and responded to ATV complaints of illegal operation on the roadway. CO Velsvaag also assisted with a TIP complaint on illegally taking a deer. He also worked ATV and OHM complaint areas on the Mesabi Bike Trail.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked waterfowlers, anglers, boaters, trappers, OHVers and he checked water-related equipment. CO Arhart also tracked new and open wetland and public waters inventory violations and restorations. The ducks have not kept up with the hunting pressure. Many people out road hunting grouse and placing deer stands. Buck scrapes are now being sighted in the woods. Numerous hunting, trapping and angling-related questions were received. He also responded to a complaint of someone driving a car at a high rate of speed, directly into Dixon Lake off the public water access. No injuries were observed or reported. The vehicle was partially submerged and was retrieved.