District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-03-05

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting others officers with a commercial related enforcement detail. Time was also spent attending a training session in Thief River Falls. Anglers, ATV operators, and snowmobile operators were also checked. Various angling and snowmobile violations were encountered.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored ATV, snowmobile, angling, hunting and trapping activities. He continues to answer questions almost daily on the AIS sticker laws. Wildlife possession tags were also issued for wildlife displays.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers on area lakes and attended wolf depredation training.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Anglers are reminded that the fish house removal date is quickly approaching. CO Vollbrecht patrolled snowmobile trails, which are in fair condition. CO Vollbrecht had a BSU student ride along for the day to see what the duties of a CO consist of.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked snowmobiling and angling activity during the week. Area snowmobile trails are mostly in poor condition due to lack of snow but a few snowmobiles were checked. Time was also spent working on a case from the 2014 firearms deer season. Officer Holt attended training at Camp Ripley and spent time working in Itasca State Park. As a reminder, ice houses must be removed from lakes in the northern part of the state by 11:59PM on March 16th.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a quiet week after the close of the fishing season with many anglers taking advantage of the good conditions to remove their shelters. CO Vinton monitored shelter removal and noted those that might have issues like litter. A TIP of illegally set snares was investigated and evidence collected and taxidermy inspections conducted. CO Vinton also prepared for the CO Prep EVOC instruction.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked anglers and coyote hunters. Fish bite was slow and coyote hunters slowed by wind and cold. Several violations of hunters using radios without permit were found. CO Peterson also attended search warrant training and a forfeiture hearing.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and fish house removal. Time was also spent doing commercial minnow dealer inspections, attending wolf depredation training and handling a fisherman trespass complaint.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area lakes with a few anglers picking up pan fish. Ice house removal has picked up and anglers are reminded to clean litter up from around their houses. Anglers are also reminded that they cannot leave the ice houses on public accesses. Area snowmobile trails were worked with riders reporting rough trails in most areas. CO Warren monitored activity around the polar plunge activities on Detroit Lake.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity in the Clay and Becker county area. CO Landmark attended gray wolf update training with several other officers in the district. CO Landmark would like to remind people to take a few minutes and pick up any trash you may see on the ice as you remove your shelters from area lakes. Enforcement action for the week included failure to display valid registration on a snowmobile, no registration numbers on a snowmobile, and failure to display a license tag on an unattended portable fish house.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on new PW and AIS cases. Time was also spent preparing for upcoming training and sport shows. Several cases were closed and several cases opened. A civil hearing phone conference was attended.