District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a training and awards event at Camp Ripley. Ice anglers were checked on local lakes and rivers. Snowmobile and ATV operators were also contacted.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, snowmobile and predator hunting activities. He received calls about an accidentally snared bobcat and car kill deer. He also attended a sportsman club meeting and mandatory training at Camp Ripley. A local snowmobile club put on an appreciation breakfast at their shop and then conducted the field day of snowmobile safety training at the property certifying about 30 people. You have to admire the dedication and hard work that the volunteers continue to do for our youth and outdoor recreation. Thank you.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, attended annual training and dealt with an obstruction left on a snowmobile trail.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked Winterfest on Lake Bemidji with CO Holt. COs patrolled the lake checking anglers and snowmobilers. Area trails were patrolled. CO Vollbrecht returned a call regarding individuals walking on GIA Cross Country Ski Trails and a fisher getting into geese. Division training was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) continued checking angling and snowmobiling activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Officer Holt worked the Bemidji Winterfest on Lake Bemidji with Officer Vollbrecht. Time was also spent training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement activity included angling with extra lines and snowmobile registration and safety violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending training at Camp Ripley and assisting the Otter Tail County Sheriff?s office with a person that shot a turkey with a high powered rifle in front of a deputy. The hunter was charged with hunting while intoxicated, taking a turkey out of season and for use of the high powered rifle. Anglers found spotty success for panfish but ice conditions remain inconsistent with a couple of vehicle breaking through at the access requiring them to be pulled the rest of the way up the ramp. Enforcement action was taken for no licenses in possession and shelter related violations.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) monitored angling and snowmobile activity and attended training. The fish bite was slow to moderate and trail conditions were poor to fair. Shelter and angling license violations were handled.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports the week was spent working anglers. Assistance was also given to working the Old Timers snowmobile run in Lake Park. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Another work party was done on Lake Lida with several violations being found.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobile activity in the Moorhead station. The officer attended training and an awards ceremony at Camp Ripley. Calls from the public included a snowmobile complaint and request for a car kill deer permit. The officer investigated a fish house left at an access and would like to remind anglers it is illegal to leave property at public accesses overnight. A work detail was conducted with several neighboring officers during the Lake Park Old Timer?s run. Many vintage sleds and new sleds were enjoying the nice weather despite poor snow conditions. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, extra lines, fail to display snowmobile registration, fail to display ATV registration, operate an unregistered snowmobile, fail to purchase state snowmobile trail sticker, no license in possession, and leaving property on a WMA overnight.