District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked on bow fishing complaints where game fish were shot. CO Mies checked ATVs and worked on a public waters case.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found fishing activity slowing down as ice conditions are deteriorating. Shore fishing is just getting started but most people are having limited success. An individual was stopped for operating a class 2 ATV on a state highway, his excuse was, ?How else am I supposed to get to town?? CO Kuske attended an ATV club meeting to discuss safety training and future trail projects. A presentation about the lighter side of being a conservation officer was given by CO Kuske at an insurance company shareholders luncheon.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) spoke at the Sobieski Youth Firearms Safety class and the Royalton Youth ATV Class. A TIP call of suspicious activity at a remote creek area is being investigated and a TIP call of anglers fishing for walleyes before season on the Mississippi River. A couple of landowners with brush piles that CO Kuske noticed with furniture and/or garbage in them were proactively contacted before they burned them illegally and get a fine.

Conservation Officer Mike Martin (St. Cloud) assisted with preparation for the upcoming academy.

WREO Keith Bertram spent most of the week opening several new wetland and waters cases in the area. Training was completed. WREO Bertram also assisted with a fur buyer inspection in Otter Tail County.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) worked with local agencies to present information to our Amish community regarding environmental laws, rules, and ordinances. Ice along shorelines of local lakes deteriorated rapidly through the week. A few anglers made their way to solid ice and gave it a try. Sunfish were fairly cooperative. Crappies remained stubborn. Creeks were checked for fish run activity.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, ATVs, and illegal burning activity. Time was spent working spring fish run. Ice conditions in the area reached a point where getting on to most lakes is out of the question. Enforcement action for the week included burning prohibited material, unattended fire, no burn permit and no angling license in possession. Thesing spoke at the Cold Spring firearms safety class.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) took a call regarding two shelters that the floors were cut off and left in the lake. The caller was hoping that those responsible would come and clean up their mess. Unfortunately they have left them out on the lake. Information regarding those responsible can be left with the TIP line.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) monitored ice conditions throughout the station and found that most deteriorated quickly with the recent warm weather. CO Silgjord assisted fisheries personnel with a northern pike study. ATVs are starting to come out. CO Silgjord would like to remind area residents of the Ag zone restriction from April 1st to August 1st. Fires were also checked throughout the week for permits.