District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on illegal hunting related cases. Time was also spent working AIS enforcement. Anglers and watercraft operators were also checked. Various boating and fishing violations were encountered.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, boating, ATVs and fire. He completed mandatory online training and had multiple animal calls. He also participated in a radio talk show, firearms safety class and Law Enforcement Memorial event. Fire detection flights located a state land trespass that included a wetland violation and an unlawful bridge.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) helped out with a qualification shoots at Camp Ripley. He also assisted the Clearwater County Sheriff?s Office with putting on two ATV safety classes. CO Gray also checked some walleye and bass fishermen.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes and checked boaters at accesses for AIS compliance. CO Vollbrecht attended annual firearm?s qualification and training in DWI detection techniques at Camp Ripley. Officer assisted with training at the academy during scenario day. A detail was worked with CO McGowan on Upper Red Lake where several people were cited for taking over limits of walleye.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked anglers and boat and water safety during the week. Time was spent checking AIS compliance in and around Itasca State Park. ATV activity was monitored and two nuisance beaver permits were issued. The officer also investigated a fire a spent a day training at Camp Ripley.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports responding in the middle of the night to a rural New York Mills address at the request of an Otter Tail Co. deputy. A resident had shot a bear in their yard that was in a large dumpster and acting aggressively. The resident was aware of the two bear attacks in recent weeks and was afraid of what the bear might do. His quick reporting of the shooting though allowed for the bear to be salvaged. CO Vinton also attended division training and received a call of a possible violation of altering a lakeshore.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with academy and in-service training and followed up on ongoing cases.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports that fishing improved with the warmer weather. Many fishermen were out over the weekend. Time was also spent following up on waters, aquatic plant removal complaints. A calf depredation complaint was investigated and a report of a party with a bobcat was investigated.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area lakes. Anglers and boaters are reminded to take some time to go through their watercraft and make sure they have all required safety equipment on board while on the water. CO Warren closed out cases involving Items left on public access, false application for license and stocking fish without permit. Areas were patrolled for ATV and off road vehicle activity. AIS inspections were performed and time was spent speaking with area AIS inspectors. Complaints of nuisance bears continue to be received as well as a complaint of a possible cougar in the area. s Time was spent at Camp Ripley for training and firearm qualifications. \CO Warren also assisted county deputies with an ATV accident.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling activity, boat and water safety, ATV activity, and commercial trapping activity in the Moorhead station. Calls from the public included questions about turkey licenses, ATV questions, goose depredation permits, and baby coyotes. The officer assisted the Red River Riders with an ATV safety class in Moorhead and addressed the media regarding the importance of youth taking and ATV safety course and wearing their helmet. The officer investigated complaints of trespassing; a deer caught in a snare, a deer head in a dumpster, beaver complaints, and nuisance bear complaints. Callers reporting bear complaints were advised to remove garbage and bird food from their homes. The officer also worked a prescribed burn that lost containment and burned into Buffalo River State Park.