District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-04-28

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received numerous beaver and muskrat complaints from damming being done by beaver obstructing water ways to muskrat damaging shoreline, and chewing on home siding. Officer Lee assisted with spring in-service training in Hibbing and Thief River Falls. Officers completed firearms qualifications, Taser yearly recertification, and scenario based training. Officer Lee completed follow up on an ongoing investigation involving failing to transfer ATV ownership and fail to register ATV.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked crappie anglers, turkey hunters, and worked the rough fish spearing opener. Other activities included helping out on a search warrant, provided a ride along for a Park Ranger in training, and responded to calls of dumped deer carcasses that turned out to be pigs, an injured swan, and somebody digging in a lakebed. Enforcement activity included illegal snagging of fish, no trout stamps in a designated trout stream, failing to remove boat plug, failing to drain water before leaving an infested lake, and altering shoreline and removing cattails without a permit.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) monitored spring panfish bites and fish run, worked the sucker spearing opener, and checked beaver trapping and turkey hunting activity. He also patrolled the Crow Wing State Forest complaint areas for OHV activity, met with lakeshore owners on shoreline projects, and responded to complaints of suspected illegal mud trucks in wetlands activity, trespass, and wildlife damage. Enforcement contacts were made for a variety of illegal ATV violations, and fishing without licenses in possession.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) checked pan fish anglers and some bow fishermen along some creeks. She assisted State Patrol and Aitkin County on a pursuit and assisted Aitkin County on a call of a suicidal individual with a firearm. She also worked with neighboring CO?s executing a search warrant.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing, all-terrain vehicle, and trapping enforcement. Officer Guida encountered folks that were angling with expired angling licenses. A nuisance bear complaint was also received. Officer Guida patrolled in a non-motorized tract of land east of Brainerd after receiving complaints from the land administrator of ATVs and OHMs operating in it illegally. A CLC Natural Resource Law Enforcement student also participated in a ride along.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for angling activity. Anglers are reporting a slower bite with the recent cold snap. CO McGowan also continued to work on a background investigation for an applicant who applied for a job as a Conservation Officer. CO McGowan also spoke at a firearms safety class in Pine River, and taught the students the laws portion of the class