District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) worked angling and ATV activity on area lakes. A dumping complaint was received and upon investigating, CO Silgjord located multiple pheasant carcasses that had been illegally dumped on an individual?s land without permission. Assistance was provided to another officer with a big game investigation. Violations for the week included angle with extra lines, no angling license, fail to possess angling license, allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, unmarked fish, and no fish house license.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, ATVs and trappers. Thesing spoke at the Holdingford firearms safety class. Follow up was conducted on deer cases with two more lend borrow deer license citations issued. Enforcement action for the week also included no ATV registration, no ID or license on fish house and license infractions.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working on Benton and Morrison county wetland violations. Fishermen were also checked.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) continued working on open cases. Moderate angling activity was observed, with fairly low success. People inquired about burning laws. Some areas still had three inches of snow cover, some did not. ATV operators commented how they wished they were able to ride snowmobiles instead.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) followed up with incoming calls and emails left for the officer for road kill deer permits. The officer work angling activity. Officer assisted neighboring officers again with pending deer cases.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call of unattended lines on an area lake where two anglers had tip-ups out and went in to the bar on the lake. CO Kuske waited an hour and the two anglers showed up. They had three tip-ups out and also were found to have three additional lines down in the fish house. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with extra lines, unattended lines and the brand new tip-ups and rods were seized.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) last week checked anglers. CO Mies also worked on tip calls and assisted neighboring officer. CO Mies worked on trapping case.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) experienced high activity on the lakes as the result of the nice weather. Fishermen played their usual games with extra lines and improper fish house identification was addressed with a number of individuals. Northern pike have been biting very well on several lakes. A juvenile was once again found operating an ATV illegally. The behavior has been addressed with the parents, as well as enforcement action on three separate occasions. This time the 17-year-old is looking at violations of operating an ATV while revoked, reckless careless operation, no safety training certificate, no helmet and an unlawful passenger. The matter has been forwarded to the county attorney?s office for resolution.

St. Cloud - vacant.