District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and bow fishing activity. A suspected drunk driver was turned over to local authorities. The officer also worked on vehicle maintenance.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies checked turkey hunters along with attending training at Camp Ripley.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers, ATVs and turkey hunters. Time was spent assisting with the CO academy. Warm weekend weather had many out enjoying the lakes. Thesing spoke at a high school class and a second grade class about the job of a Conservation Officer. Enforcement action for the week included bass out of season, expired ATV registration, no PFD and other boating violations.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) had two ATV Trail Ambassadors encounter a wildfire while patrolling the Pine Center Trail. The fire was burning on county forest land and threatened to get into a pine plantation. Their quick actions to contact DNR Forestry and some fire suppression on their own prevented the situation from becoming a much bigger, serious fire. CO Kuske responded to TIP calls of bass out of season, a wetland violation, injured animals and a garbage burning complaint. The weekend brought high recreational activity, the lakes were very busy with boating and fishermen, area public highways had a large amount of illegal ATV traffic.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted with academy training and attended annual certification training at Camp Ripley. CO Kuske assisted road authorities with special beaver permits and other wildlife permits. A garbage burning complaint was investigated where the homeowner had burned a large pile of press board cabinets, carpet, mattresses, wiring, insulation, household garbage, furniture, and ceiling tiles. Enforcement action was taken. A local game farmer had five elk escape with four rounded back up into the fence. One cow elk is still on the loose south of Randall. If seen please contact CO Joyce Kuske.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week assisting with in-service and academy training at Camp Ripley. A nuisance beaver complaint was fielded and preparations for an upcoming firearms safety class were completed. A ride along was also provided to an area high school student.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in training at Camp Ripley. More nuisance beaver permits were issued. Anglers had some success catching crappies. An injured eagle complaint was handled. Turned out to be a juvenile eagle fallen from the nest, not yet able to fly. Parents are taking care of it.