District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on wolf depredation and general complaints. Area lakes and rivers were worked for angling activity and watercraft equipment. ATV complaint areas and trails were also worked. The officer assisted with an aquatic invasive species information booth at Lake Superior Days and equipment maintenance was handled.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent two days working an invasive species education booth at a popular tourist destination in Duluth. Hundreds of educational contacts were had explaining the rules in place designed to slow the spread of them and explaining the impact these critters have on MN resources. A person was refused launching of a watercraft when he did not allow inspectors to check his boat. Time was also spent following up with an old unfinished case that involved illegal cutting of tree tops. After meeting with the local prosecutor citations were issued to the parties involved.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) while with a COC, worked fishing and watercraft enforcement on area lakes along with time spent on Lake Superior. Time was spent investigating an illegal burn along with some follow-up contact with the subject. Time was also spent doing ATV, PWC, and AIS enforcement. They also worked area lakes checking for watercraft navigational light compliance after dark. Many license checks were completed on shoreline anglers.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling/boating, invasive species, and OHV enforcement. CO Humphrey patrolled in the Fond du Lac state forest for unlawful OHV activity. CO Humphrey continued aquatic invasive education and compliance checks. CO Humphrey received livestock depredation and nuisance wolf complaints. Questions about upcoming bear and deer seasons were received. Boating and OHV violations were encountered. A warrant arrest was made after an ATV traffic stop.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a meeting on the K9 program and conducted K9 training in the metro area. A class on off-highway vehicle laws was put on in Carlton for local law enforcement officers. Invasive species laws were worked in the area with fairly good compliance found. Enforcement action was taken for transporting watercraft with plug in and transporting aquatic macrophytes. OHV activity was worked in the Moose Lake area with enforcement action taken for numerous violations including registration, equipment, no safety cert, and failing to stop for stop sign violations. Assistance was given to Cloquet PD in locating a suicidal person that left into a wooded area. He was found unharmed and taken in to get help. A K9 assist was given to FDL PD in searching for evidence after a high speed chase and flee on foot case. Other activity included fishing license violations.