District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the week following up on cases from the firearms deer season. Ice angling activity was monitored with a few more anglers seen venturing out on the ice. A trap tampering complaint was fielded and is currently under investigation. CO Silgjord also assisted the State Patrol with a bear that had been struck on I-94. The bear, a large male, was estimated to be about 350 pounds and totaled out a full-size pickup truck. The bear was donated to a local organization and the meat will hopefully be salvaged.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a complaint call of hunters attempting to locate deer after the close of the firearms deer season. In tracking the deer the hunters trespassed on posted private property without permission. CO Kuske did a law talk at the Snowmobile safety class in Upsala and continued investigations of possible illegal tagging from firearms deer season.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week conducting follow-up on wetland cases. Assistance was given to neighboring officers regarding deer hunting complaint investigations. The first ice fishermen of the season were also checked.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) dealt with the fact deer season isn?t over the last day of hunting. Investigations continue regarding lend / borrow cases, fail to register deer, purchase of duplicate licenses and calls of injured deer. Ice on area lakes is looking real good and people are starting to get out in several places.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and hunting activity in the area. The officer assisted with a vehicle versus train accident. Enforcement action was taken on waterfowl hunting violations.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time following up on calls from the deer season to include a lend/borrow violation, over limit violation and registration violations. One TIP complaint investigation found that a suspect hit a large buck with his car in September, took the deer without a permit and saved it for his work, big buck contest. The suspect shot a small 6-point buck during gun season, then used his tag for the car hit buck and brought the head to work to win the contest. Enforcement action was taken and the deer was seized. Snowmobile activity was seen in the Albany area with enforcement action taken on loud pipes, and trespass. Ice conditions vary from lake to lake, but the shallower lakes have 5-6 inches of good ice. One angler checked resulted in an extra line ticket.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) station checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked on follow up deer cases. CO Mies checked sleds and worked on complaints.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) finished up cases from firearms deer season. A TIP call was investigated.

St. Cloud - vacant.