District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) attended training and an awards presentation ceremonies at Camp Ripley this past week. All Conservation Officers from the state attended. Officer Lee also attended Glock Handgun Armoring Training at Camp Ripley. This training is used to service, inspect and repair the division?s duty handguns. Officer Lee attended meetings this past week for preparing and planning for Academy 17 that starts April 20, 2016. Officer Lee along with other Officers worked the Jaycees Fishing contest held on Gull Lake. Numerous contacts were made with individuals for registration issues on snowmobiles and ATV?s, along with careless operation of a snowmobile. Officer Lee also assisted the Crosslake Police Department with a vehicle pursuit that traveled down a Grant-In-Aid Snowmobile trail. Officer Lee picked up the officer that could not travel any further in his squad car in the snow. After a period of time the vehicle was followed through the trail system and located at a residence were the driver was arrested for Fleeing a Police Officer in a motor vehicle and the vehicle was seized.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) focused on angling activity, with good panfish success noted. The officer also assisted with a work detail at the annual Gull Lake Fishing Extravaganza tournament.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling enforcement and attended training. Contacts included extra lines and crappie over limits.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing. Some anglers were using their recreational vehicles without verifying current registration and display. Officer Guida made contact with numerous anglers without angling license in possession. Enforcement action was also taken on unattended lines and an individual picked up a dead deer to feed to his cats.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers are out in full force and report the walleye is slow. The ice conditions are good but the ice ridges continue to be trouble for some anglers. Gull Lake went well. Some of the violation observed were speed, careless operation, and expired registration on a snowmobile. He worked on a trespass complaint by coyote hunters. He worked with neighboring CO?s checking anglers extra lines, unattended lines and no license violations were found. Complaints of unlicensed and no identification on fish houses were reported.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including fishing, snowmobile, and ski trail enforcement, working complaints of lakeshore alteration, suspicious fishing activity, and snowmobiles not stopping for road crossings, patrol of the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, working with the PCA on a water quality concern regarding an area stream, attending training, and assisting students in the Brainerd high school wildlife forensic science course with their studies by utilizing the Turn In Poachers Wall of Shame.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for snowmobile and angling activity throughout the week. CO McGowan attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. CO McGowan also attended a meeting with other officers to discuss upcoming division training.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.