District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Fisher. Time was also spent investigating a public waters violation and checking ice anglers. Beaver trapping activity was also checked.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) answered questions about AIS, wolf concerns, aquatic vegetation removal and participated during a radio talk show. Angling, trapping and predator hunting activities have slowed. A report of four-wheel drive pickups in a WMA was received and an individual was reminded that the public access is not a place to store property.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and area lakes for left over fish houses.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Anglers are having some success with perch and crappie. Vollbrecht and CO Prachar participated in mock job interviews with senior criminal justice students at Bemidji State University for a day. Students were given time to talk with COs about the DNR Enforcement?s hiring process and the job duties of a CO. Time was also spent monitoring ATV activity on area trails and closed forest roads. CO Vollbrecht assisted with traffic control at the scene of an accident.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked angling activity during the week. Time was spent checking GIA trails and closed forest roads. CO Holt also attended a court hearing regarding a deer baiting case from the 2014 deer season.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports conducting retail bait dealer inspections, ATV patrols and dispatching an injured deer. CO Vinton received a call that a man?s wife, while cleaning up the yard after their dog, found a dead hawk or falcon that must have hit the window of their house. It turned out to be a ruffed grouse. Motor vehicle trespass on area WMAs was investigated. Enforcement action was taken for no retail bait dealer?s license.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) met with the county attorney on pending cases, participated in a forfeiture hearing through the Office of Administrative Hearing, responded to wildlife calls and assisted in an Advanced Hunter Ed. Class - Turkey Clinic.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen, working fishing TIPs and doing commercial inspections. He also worked on several shoreline violations.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ice angling activity and monitored ice house usage on area waters. Public accesses were checked for ice houses and litter. CO Warren followed up on calls of dead owl and deer carcasses being dumped in ditches. CO Warren began minnow retailer checks. Training for the new records management system was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling activity and ATV activity. Few anglers were observed on the ice as some open water is developing along the shorelines. The officer spent time at Camp Ripley for records management training and attended the Minnesota Trappers Association spring meeting in Audubon. Time was also spent monitoring fire activity and documenting potential wetland violations. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and failure to renew ATV registration.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on PW and WCA complaints and violations. Time was also spent assisting with wildfire and illegal burning activity in Becker and Otter Tail counties. Several contacts with late season ice fishermen were conducted. Few fish were seen with reports of quickly deteriorating ice conditions near shore. An administrative hearing regarding a firearm possessed by a felon was conducted on a conference call. Several lake service providers were spoken to about their status on AIS training.