District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies gave a law talk at the South Haven firearms class. CO Mies assisted neighboring officers.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) worked on several ATV complaints this past week that involved careless reckless operation and operating ATVs on public highways. An adult was stopped for riding wheelies in the ditch along a state highway and ticketed for operating the ATV without the required safety training. A tragic incident occurred in which a teenager lost his life as a result of an accident on an OHM. Unfortunately the youth had never taken any kind of OHV safety training. Volunteer instructors from the Eastern Morrison County 4-Wheeler club certified 60+ kids in ATV safety at a class in Buckman.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, and illegal fires. Crappie and sunfish activity have picked up. Thesing spoke at the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club annual meeting. Enforcement action for the week included expired boat registration, burning without a burn permit, bass out of season, and burning prohibited material.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked the Soo Line trail and encountered many ATV violations most of which were operators not having taken ATV Safety Training. CO Kuske stopped a side by side class 2 ATV that was being operated by a juvenile female with dad in the passenger seat. Dad stated that she was practicing driving for getting her driver?s license yet she had never taken ATV safety training. One male pulled up to the officer on his street motorcycle and said that he had driven his motorcycle on the Soo Line from Moose Lake to Little Falls (not legal in Morrison County). CO Kuske spoke at the Randall and Sobieski Firearms Safety training classes and started assisting at the DNR Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers, preparing boats for the season, and patrolling for ATV use. CO Krauel also took numerous wildlife complaint calls. CO Krauel responded to a complaint of ATV?s operating in an unsafe manner near the highway. Enforcement action was taken for riding ATV?s with no ATV safety certificate, failure to display boat registration, no angling license, and no navigation lights.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked bow fishermen. Water clarity was an issue for them. Equipment maintenance was handled. Fire activity was monitored. The area was checked for unlawful burning.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and bow fishing activity this week. Complaints of carp being dumped were received. Officer found bow fishermen in possession of game fish and a turtle. A litter case was also investigated. A ?Let?s Go Fishing? for children class was attended as well.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling activity in the station. Time was also spent investigating a waters complaint where a hydro jet caused a substantial amount of damage to the lake bed. Assistance was also provided to RTO Rezac with the instruction of a firearms safety class.