District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked anglers, watercraft operators, and AIS compliance. Areas were patrolled for ATV and other OHV activity. A site visit, with local government, was conducted on an open wetland restoration order.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked BWCAW enforcement with violations of groups bringing cans and glass bottles into the BWCA found. As CO Kuske was on her way paddling out of the BWCA, she and two other officers came across a woman who had taken the canoe out by herself to paddle around in a bay when a strong wind had come up and carried her to the other end of the lake. CO Kuske was able to get into her canoe and paddled her back to her cabin. A group of three teenage boys were fishing at an area river with one having a license, one forgot their license at home and one was fishing without any valid license. CO Kuske asked if between the three if they had $5.00 to buy a youth fishing license. Between the three they had $3.00 so CO Kuske chipped in the rest and had the youth go buy one. Three dogs in the Upsala area were seen killing a fawn but it is unknown who the white lab, yellow lab and large brown dog belong to that killed the deer. If anyone has information on these three dogs running near 50th St. and County Road 15 please contact CO Kuske at 320-745-2046.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted a neighboring officer for extra boat patrol at a fireworks display on Lower Hay Lake. Warm weekend weather had many boaters out despite the windy conditions. Injured animal calls were handled. Wetland and shoreline violations were dealt with. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, no PFD, operate jet ski after legal hours, boat light violations and pull cattails out of the lake.

WREO Keith Bertram spent much of the week following up on wetland violations and serving wetland restoration orders. A TIP call was also handled where a subject dumped whole sunfish that he caught down a city storm sewer. Enforcement action was taken for wanton waste and litter. Other violations that were discovered included insufficient boating safety equipment, AIS violations, and no angling license.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked area lakes. The officer fielded calls concerning beavers doing damage and injured wildlife.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) station checked anglers this past week. CO Mies gave a law talk at the Kimball firearms safety class. CO Mies also worked on complaints and equipment.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports that wolf depredation is still an issue for several cattle ranchers in the area. Control trapping continues and is starting to make headway with the removal of problem animals. A report was received of potential illegal work being done in a lake bed, the site was visited and the boat ramp that was being installed met DNR requirements. While patrolling the Mississippi River CO Kuske saw a person standing in a row boat, fly fishing as he floated down the river. When asked where his PFD is the man replied ?Oh, I never bring one of those when I use this boat.? In an attempt to persuade the officer from writing a ticket the man mentioned several times that he is a member of a prominent fishing organization. It didn?t work; he received a citation for no PFD aboard a watercraft. An escaped game farm elk was once again sighted in the Buckman area and DNR officials continue attempts to dispose of the animal.