District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked boating activity where complaints were fielded on loud boats. Several were tested with a decibel meter and enforcement action was taken. Time was spent checking weed rollers on area lakes and violations of expired permits and moving the rollers to areas not permitted were addressed. The officer also assisted with remote campers blocked in by downed trees after an area storm.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, ATV, watercraft and invasive species enforcement. Work continued on aquatic plant and lake bottom alteration cases. One individual from Arkansas was surprised to learn it is illegal to burn a couch in Minnesota.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked with training staff at Camp Ripley. Numerous injured animal calls have been reported. Fledgling birds, including bald eagles, are one of the most common wildlife to be mistaken for injured or ill animals. Officer Guida worked on administrative tasks. An off-highway motorcycle was identified illegally operating on an ATV trail. The adult allowing operation was cited and the parent of the youth operator was notified.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing county lakes for angling and boating activity. CO McGowan also assisted with training at Camp Ripley for the conservation officer cadet academy. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity of investigating TIP calls of suspicious fishing activity, patrolling fishing , boating, and OHV activity on area lakes and high use areas, and responding to issues of impeding public access, suspected damage from ATV?s, and illegal camping.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) station reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The anglers are out and the walleye bite continues to be slow. The pan fish have been most cooperative fish to bite. Violations he observed were transport live fish and no license. He worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake plugs in boats, water in live wells and aquatic vegetation on trailers were found. He worked on a report of loud music from campers in the Pillsbury forest the music was found and problem was corrected. He worked on TIP report of kids bow fishing for turtles and fish over limit.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.