District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-06-30

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting other COs with a work detail in Pope County. Time was also spent checking anglers, watercraft operators, and working on a commercial fishing presentation. ATV complaint areas were also checked. Violations included no angling license, failure to remove boat plug, and various watercraft related violations.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, boaters and answered nuisance animal complaints.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked anglers and worked boat and water safety. Time was also spent checking ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest and working in Itasca State Park. Several nuisance bear complaints were received.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting the USFW Refuge officers, educating anglers about AIS and contacting boaters and anglers.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on area waters checking angling and boating regulation compliance. Shore anglers were also checked with most having a few fish in the bucket. Area trails were monitored for ATV activity. Follow up was conducted in regards to a complaint of an individual keeping baby raccoons as pets. CO Warren also assisted local AIS inspectors with a complaint of a boater who did not want his boat inspected and other compliance checks.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and ATV activity in the Moorhead station. A public waters complaint was investigated where a person used rocks to create a dam causing lake levels to rise. Annual DNR Culture of Respect training was attended with several other officers in Bagley. A work detail in District 3 was attended where search warrants were executed. Calls from the public included goose depredation on crops, ducklings without a mother, a fawn without a mother, and nuisance coyote questions.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS activity. Time was spent following up on PW violations and complaint. Assistance was given with a search warrant in District 3.The Lake Detroiters Lake Association annual meeting was attended. WCA and APM cases were worked on.