District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-09-01

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending the majority of last week at Camp Ripley instructing at a fire class for the CO Academy and attending annual in-service training. Anglers and an aquatic plant management (APM) complaint were also checked.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) had complaints of a dead eagle, problem bear, leeching and litter. He monitored ATVs, AIS, boating, angling and attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. The highlight of the week was participating in a youth pheasant hunt event at a local game farm with other volunteers and sponsors. Over 50 kids shot the laser gun duck hunt, BB guns, 22 cal., archery, clays, learned about trapping, old muzzleloaders and how to care/clean the birds they shot over the hunting dogs. All received prizes including guns, archery and other outdoor sport items.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) spent a majority of his week at annual in-service training and monitoring bear baiting activity.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) attended annual in-service training and assisted with academy training.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting and ATV activity during the week. Calls were taken regarding injured deer and the illegal removal of aquatic plants. Officer Holt also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) attended mandatory in-service training at Camp Ripley. The COs worked on defensive tactics, firearms training and first aid. CO Vinton also reports assisting other officers with an ongoing case. Complaints of trespass and possible hunter harassment were fielded.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted at annual in-service training, monitored bear baiting and checked boaters.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week attending training at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent checking fishermen, issuing a nuisance beaver permit and following up on a complaint of an osprey being shot.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked bear baiting activity and monitored ATV activity. Follow up was conducted on possible public water and access violations. An investigation of a pontoon chasing geese was closed. A complaint of possible illegal application of chemical outside of permit conditions was received and investigation is ongoing. Angling, boating and the wild rice harvest was monitored. CO Warren attended annual training at Camp Ripley.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring boating safety, angling, and bear baiting activity. Assistance was given to Clay County on a medical call. Calls from the public included crossbow and bear baiting questions. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week instructing at Camp Ripley for in-service training. Time was spent following up on field inspections for possible WCA violations. Work was permitted at each site. Follow up to the public with questions and phone calls were completed.