District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-08-30

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week assisting with in service training at Camp Ripley. A shotgun armorer course was also attended. Follow up on active wetland and aquatic plant cases was conducted time was spent patrolling for AIS violations.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) finished step one of training a new CO. Time was spent at annual training at Camp Ripley. Boaters and anglers were checked as well as work on wetland violations. Rainy weekend weather kept lake activity slow.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a complaint of a campground allowing campers to burn their trash in the fire rings. On the way to the campground CO Kuske stopped at a residence where she noticed a burn barrel smoking in a front yard. The homeowner was educated on it being illegal to burn household garbage to include paper and cardboard. A landowner was cited for a wetland restoration order violation for illegal work in a wetland. The landowner had been given over thirty days to make corrections with no effort made to fix the wetland area.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on administrative task, computer maintenance and APM violations. The officer assisted neighboring officers with TIP call regarding big game issues and an injured fox. A taxidermy inspection was also completed.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) continues to receive nuisance bear complaints and calls from people commenting on the small number of hunting permits issued for the area. Complaints involved a bear harassing cattle and a crop depredation issue. CO Kuske is trying to find licensed hunters to assist the farm owners.

CO Michael Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and following up on active cases. CO Krauel also assisted with the Stillwater bridge project by enforcing the no wake zone near the construction zone on the St. Croix River. CO Krauel also worked at the Ramsey Game Fair. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, arrest warrant, illegal length fish, angling with extra lines, possession of marijuana, and no angling license in possession.