District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports continuing step two of field training with a COC. Officers worked in the Upsula and Albany area where they spoke to a snowmobile safety class and a Cub Scout group. Officers worked the third weekend of deer hunting in the Princeton station. Violations include transporting loaded guns in motor vehicle, failure to register deer and littering. Officers found a vehicle transporting not only a loaded rifle, but also a loaded pistol and shotgun at the same time. Officers took a call on a bald eagle caught in a snare trap. With help from Lac La Parle Wildlife Management, the eagle was released from trap and has a good prognosis on recovery.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week following up on cases from the firearms deer season. Calls regarding the upcoming snowmobile season were fielded and a snowmobile safety class presentation was scheduled. With ice starting to form on area lakes, CO Silgjord would like to remind anglers that venture out on dangerous ice; you are not only risking your life but the lives of the first responders who may have to rescue you. Please use caution when attempting to fish early ice.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) continued Phase 2 Field Training with a COC; they checked waterfowl hunters, small game hunters and dealt with several juvenile offenders. Additionally, administrative tasks were completed and paperwork from deer season was finished. Multiple violations were encountered.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) worked on paperwork and continued investigation on open cases. Ponds and smaller bodies of water began freezing over.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) wrapped up a month long investigation that involved an adult and a juvenile that were using their vehicle to chase down deer on hay fields at night and running them over. The two suspects were involved with killing at least three deer and attempted to kill others at several locations in Morrison County. Charges involve both gross and misdemeanor violations. Other investigations conducted this past week involved the illegal lending and borrowing of deer licenses, fail to register deer and the purchase and use of invalid licenses. CO Kuske assisted D9 with a work detail, handled a dog chasing deer complaint and fielded numerous questions about the upcoming muzzleloader season.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale Station) had a new CO with training for the week. CO Mies and a COC checked anglers and waterfowl hunters. CO Mies also worked on tip calls dealing with ATVs and wetlands also deer follow up calls.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated the illegal shooting of a bear, calls of deer hunters in the state park, and hunters out shooting wounded deer after legal shooting hours (illegal to do). Cases of illegal party hunting are still being investigated with one hunter cited recently for shooting a buck on opening morning and then later having his friend come tag it.

St. Cloud - vacant.