District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-08-25


CO Randy Patten (Northome) attended training at Camp Ripley, checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, and continued work for ongoing cases. Enforcement action taken for operating an ATV on a public highway.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) answered nuisance wildlife calls. He assisted the Itasca County deputies with a warrant arrest. CO Hansen worked at the DNR Academy with Use of Force training as well as division in-service training.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) attended in service training at Camp Ripley, worked racing activity and checked anglers. The wet weather kept most people inside last week.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked bear baiting activity during the last week with some baiters have early success getting bears to their baits. CO Sutherland also attended a local lake association meeting where invasive species concerns were discussed.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVs and bear baiters. He also attended an annual in-service training during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV and fishing activity. Enforcement action was taken for ATV driving off trails. CO Wichmann also attended the Splithand Lakes Association meeting.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) attended training at Camp Ripley this past week. CO Velsvaag also checked ATV complaint areas on the Mesabi Trail. CO Velsvaag checked OHM operators on area trails.