District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-12-16


CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, deer hunters, and pheasant hunters. Time was spent following up on some deer hunting investigations which resulted in over limit, lend borrow, and fail to register violations. A burning violation was address with a citation for unattended fire.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) found people burning their garbage in burning barrels and tire rims in their front yard (burning garbage has been illegal since 1968). A dog?s chasing deer complaint was handled with dog owner warned it?s a $100 fine and $500 if the dogs run a deer down. A female was checked coming out of the woods in blaze orange with no hunting license and no gun. She said she had been waiting for her boyfriend who hadn?t shown up with the gun. Later the boyfriend was questioned because he didn?t have a deer muzzleloader license either. When asked about the gun he was confused and said his girlfriend had it with her. The girlfriend then confessed when the boyfriend was out of ear shot that she hadn?t brought it out with her as she didn?t want to shoot a deer and the gun was still in the house.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies checked deer hunters all week. CO Mies gave a law talk at training for DNR Forestry Officers. CO Mies also worked on complaints and tip calls.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, trapping and muzzleloading activity. The officer also spoke at a snowmobile safety class covering laws and ethics. The officer assisted with a deer hunting case with a neighboring officer.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reported a trapping violation was investigated. WCA and WAT violations were also investigated. CO Friese attended the Todd County TEP meeting.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found an individual trying to do a good deed by spreading sand and stove ash on a slippery road leading into a public access. The problem was a large amount of nails, screws and staples mixed in with the stove ash as the result of burning pallets. The person came back and cleaned up the road removing the little hazards and no enforcement action was taken. A person given a previous warning for operating an ATV without safety training failed to act on the requirement and was again found operating, this time using the ATV to tear up several miles of township roads. Violations included unregistered ATV, careless operation, allowing a juvenile to operate illegally and no safety training certificate. A cash reward from TIP was given to a person that helped CO Kuske apprehend an individual earlier this fall that resulted in several big game hunting violations.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week updating wetland and waters cases. A restoration order was issued in Morrison County. WREO Bertram also assisted CO Johanson with an investigation yielding a hunter taking an over limit of deer.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers and following up on open investigations. Another over limit case from deer season was made with assistance from CO Thesing. The illegal lending/borrowing of licenses put the hunter over limit and in violation of multiple other game laws. The violations resulted in the seizure of a firearm, deer and possible revocation of hunting privileges.

St. Cloud - vacant.