District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-08-25

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) attended division training at Camp Ripley focusing on first aid, firearms, and defensive tactics. A litter investigation at a public access was addressed with the suspect?s information found in the garbage. Enforcement action was taken. Anglers, boaters and AIS enforcement was also worked this week. Nuisance beaver calls were handled.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked on AIS along with checking ATVs. CO Mies worked the bridge detail.
WREO Keith Bertram attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Assistance was given to CO Musatov and APM staff with lake-wide weedroller inspections in Sherburne County. Citations were issued for no weedroller permit and permit violations.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) with assistance from CO Silgjord investigated two deer poaching TIP calls. In one case the suspects were located with charges pending for transport illegally taken big game, gross misdemeanor shining, take deer out of season, driving after revocation, trespass and felon in possession of a firearm. The second deer poaching case is still under investigation. A group of goose hunters were contacted on the Mississippi River that were illegally hunting in a closed area within city limits of Little Falls. Hunters must be north of the Highway 10 Bridge to be outside of the city limits.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Follow up was done on Waters, APM, and WCA cases.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received complaints and inquiries about class 2 ATV?s operating in the traffic lane of public highways instead of the shoulder where the law requires. Another ATV complaint involved persons tearing up a township road. CO Kuske investigated two garbage dumping complaints as well as fielded several nuisance bear complaints. Assistance was provided to Morrison County with an injury accident where a person was run over by a tractor. A number of inquiries about deer season were handled along with questions about an upcoming public input meeting reference proposed changes to the sunfish limit on Platte and Sullivan lakes. Follow-up investigations were completed on a wetland violation complaint, an illegal burning complaint, a minnow dealer inspection and nuisance beaver complaint. AIS inspections on watercraft were conducted at several public access sites with no violations encountered. CO Kuske attended three days of annual in-service training at Camp Ripley.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) handled calls concerning a banded goose, AIS concerns and goose hunters. The officer was advised of fish over limits and poaching. Annual in service training was attended.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) assisted APM staff with weed roller inspections on an area lake where a large number of violations were found. Annual in service training was attended at Camp Ripley. CO Silgjord also assisted a neighboring officer with a big game investigation that could result in multiple charges for illegally taking a deer.

St. Cloud - vacant.