District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite is getting better the walleye and northern have been more cooperative. The most active fish have been the bass. Violations he found were no license, and trespassing. He worked on complaints of shoreline violations and a report of a property owner repairing ice ridge without a permit. The county had suspended the permit requirement because of unusually extensive ice damage this year. He worked with AIS inspectors on Gull checking boats for violations. Some of the violations observed were aquatic vegetation on trailers and plugs in the boat while transporting. Complaints of litter and illegal camping in the Pillsbury forest were investigated.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) spoke to anglers this past week with good success being reported by anglers for pan fish on area lakes, with walleye activity being slow. Officer Lee assisted with firearms training and qualifications for the DNR?s Wildlife Division Officers. Officer Lee assisted with an ATV enforcement detail held in the Foothills State Forest. Enforcement actions were taken for no OHM Registration, owner allow illegal operation, failure to transfer motor vehicle title, and other various safety violations. Officer Lee also patrolled area lakes this past week with enforcement actions for boating safety violations and registration violations. Officer Lee assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff?s Department with a serious ATV crash involving one side by side (Class 2) ATV. One party suffered minor injuries with the other party receiving life threatening injuries. Officer Lee also received a couple complaints of bear causing damage.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) investigated a complaint of wolves killing a young calf, and issued several nuisance beaver permits as road and field flooding has been an issue after recent rains. Many anglers and boaters were checked over the busy weekend, and a conservation officer saturation detail was conducted in the Spider Lake ATV Area of the Foothills State Forest. Time was also spent at area boat landings monitoring for aquatic invasive species issues.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft and invasive species throughout the week. ATV work included assisting with a work crew at Foothills State Forest.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and boat and water enforcement. A nuisance bear complaint was handled. A safety day event was worked where nearly 500 5th graders were spoken to regarding ATV safety and the requirement to have an ATV safety training certificate while operating. Officer Guida also received a complaint from a citizen reporting a nighttime bow fisherman with a loud generator and shooting too close to occupied residences.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports talking with students of the Cuyuna Range Elementary school firearms safety program on laws and ethics. School staff made it possible for a blind student to participate in the program by transferring all of the DNR program material to Braille. Enforcement efforts throughout the week and holiday weekend focused on fishing, boating, OHV, bike trail, state forest, activity on area lakes, the Mississippi River, the Cuyuna Country SRA, Crow Wing State Forest and working high visibility saturation patrol with other district officers in the Foothills State Forest for OHV activity. Numerous contacts were made for violations including boating equipment and registration, fishing related issues, underage alcohol, and ATV operation and registration.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked anglers, and boaters throughout the weekend.
Many boaters and anglers were out enjoying the busy lakes in Crow Wing County. Enforcement action was taken for illegal boat exhaust, no life jackets, expired boat registration, angling without a license, wake violations, and one boater was arrested for boating while intoxicated.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) investigated an OHM crash where the OHM ended up in a ditch along a hwy, where OHMs are prohibited. She located some folks getting a jump start on their holiday weekend, camping and docking their boat at a public access overnight. She worked ATV, boating, and AIS enforcement over the holiday weekend. CO Peterson also investigated a TIP call of illegal length walleye on Big Sandy and responded to a call of a sick raccoon that was crashing a family?s holiday weekend. She also took enforcement action on a boater who maneuvered his boat/motor/trailer over and around two large boulders in order to launch his boat at a carry in only access. Several shoreline work complaints were investigated and a wetland violation was investigated. CO Peterson also assisted as a firearms instructor at Camp Ripley for qualifications for the DNR Wildlife Division.