District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling, watercraft, OHV, and open burning activities. Nuisance animal complaints were handled.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers, checking for AIS violations, and working boat safety. CO Krauel also assisted another state agency with ATV training requirements. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no wearable PFD, unsafe operation of a personal watercraft, and littering.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked one angler fishing from a pontoon that hurriedly put the pole down when the officer approached. CO Kuske asked the angler if they had a license and the angler stated they did not have a fishing license and you don?t need a fishing license if you?re fishing with a piece of breakfast sausage as bait. Two anglers and one youth were checked shore fishing on the Mississippi River who also did not have valid fishing licenses. CO Kuske watched the two anglers and youth fishing before checking them and sadly when checked the father of the youth attempted to get the youth to lie for him asking the child, ?Daddy wasn?t fishing was he?? The second angler ended up arrested on an outstanding warrant.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time working anglers, boaters, ATVs, and invasive species enforcement. Thesing assisted at the academy and spoke at a boat show in Alexandria. Enforcement action for the week included angling with extra line, angling with no license, drive ATV on county road, drive ATV with child with no helmet, and various boating equipment violations.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) heard from a number of citizens with concerns about the large number of bears that are being seen in the area. Reports of sows with twin cubs are common, plus some sightings of triplets and quadruplet cubs. A TIP call was investigated that involved an 85 year old man that was involving his great grandson in taking over limits of sunfish. Complaints of PWCs operating during closed hours were received and extra patrol will be provided on the reported lakes.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked on bow fishing complaints on area lakes. CO Mies checked boaters and ATVs in the area.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and boat and water activity. CO Silgjord attended an implied consent hearing from an earlier DWI arrest. Several APM violations were located and investigated resulting in enforcement action. Assistance was provided to a local sheriff?s office with a wanted individual. The suspect, while being tracked by a K9 team, ran right towards the officer?s location and was apprehended shortly thereafter. Active shooter training was also put on for the CO Academy personnel at Camp Ripley.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on angling and boating safety law compliance on area lakes. He checked boats for AIS violations and also handled injured/nuisance wildlife calls.