District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-10-14


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters, worked areas for illegal shining, investigated a camping complaint at a WMA, helped with an ATV safety class, and assisted the Koochiching County Sheriff?s Department with a lost hunter.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked small game, big game, and fishing enforcement. Violations include ATV?s on the roadway, no license in possession, and late shooting on ducks and grouse. He also handled wildlife complaints.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, investigated waterfowl complaints and worked AIS enforcement. Panfish anglers had good success on area lakes and waterfowl hunters saw high numbers of birds move into the area this week. Enforcement action was taken for no trailer lights, possess illegal length northern pike and OHV registration issues.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working on a background investigation for the division. She also took calls regarding hunting seasons and regulations. She took a complaint of off road traveling by ATV on Blandin property and also investigated a shooting complaint.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked small game hunters in the area with grouse and waterfowl takes looking better. CO Sutherland also gave a law talk to a group of youth at a firearms safety class over the past week. Trespassing and hunter harassment calls also came in over the week.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, small game archery and waterfowl hunters. He also checked bough permits and worked a timber theft case during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week checking waterfowl and grouse hunters. Enforcement action was taken for baiting bears with non-biodegradable material and operating an ATV on a closed state forest trails.

CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV Officer) checked OHM activity as well as duck and grouse hunters. CO Velsvaag received two complaints of duck hunters shooting early. CO Velsvaag attended a trails meeting and followed up on illegal ATV use in a wetland.