District 7 - Grand Rapids area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, assisted Grand Rapids Officers with a subject who fled, worked on items for the upcoming bear committee meeting, and attended a meeting in Squaw Lake for proposed ATV trails.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked angling, small game, and snowmobile activities. Violations included no license in possession, operate snowmobile on county roadway, and fail to display registration. Slush on area lakes and cold temperatures caused angling activity to almost cease.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored snow mobile activity and assisted the county with a welfare check. The bitter cold kept most people indoors this week. Those who braved the cold were able to catch a few panfish. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration issues and angling license issues.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time this past week checking anglers. She spent time working on division equipment inventory. Now is a good time to start preparing for the house removal deadline, which is March 17th in the northern part of the state. Remember to take all iced in blocks and garbage with you when you remove the house.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling and snowmobile activity over the recent days. Walleye and pike season is over and some panfish anglers are out searching for some schools of fish. CO Sutherland gave career talks to three different classes at the Grand Rapids High School last week explaining the possible pathways to becoming a Conservation Officer.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, snowmobiles and state trails. He also taught a snowmobile safety class during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) completed required training. Wichmann also spent the week checking snowmobile and fishing activity. Ice shelter removal was also monitored.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 Rec Vehicle officer) reports worsening slush conditions in many areas and few fishermen or snowmobilers. CO Velsvaag also attended a couple of meetings including a proposal for opening roads and new trails in northern Itasca County.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobilers, anglers and he tracked Wetland Conservation Act cases. The Itasca County wetland Technical Evaluation Panel meeting was attended. Anglers are finding difficult lake travels on most lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angle with no license and for public lake access violations.