District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-07-28

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending several days this week at Camp Ripley, assisting with training and instruction for the DNR academy. Time was also spent checking anglers and following up on past angling violations. A site inspection involving a past wetland violation case was done.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reported assisting at the MNDNR Conservation Officer Academy with night and low light driving skills. The new recruits practiced their EVOC skills during night exercises. CO Vinton received TIP calls about various possible violations ranging from altering the bottom a lake and pulling wild rice without a permit to fishing violations.

CO William Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV, AIS, and angling activity in the Moorhead Station. Angling activity remains slow and the heat this week restricted most anglers to a few hours in the morning. Time was also spent at the Perley Firearms Safety class where the law and ethics portion of the class was taught to students. Calls from the public included an injured hawk and a request for a car kill deer permit.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. AIS compliance was monitored and checks performed. A complaint of possible illegal cutting of aquatic vegetation and shooting ducks with a pellet gun was investigated. ATV trails were worked for activity and a complaint of ATV use in a waterfowl production area was investigated.

CO Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and boaters, assisted with academy training and handled several wildlife calls.

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending meetings in Detroit Lakes and Camp Ripley. Time was also spent preparing for a class at the Conservation Officer Academy. A wetland site inspection was done with the local LGU and BWSR. Anglers were checked and past fishing cases were worked on.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at the CO academy, checked anglers and boaters. He also helped search for a missing person.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored boating and angling activity in the Bemidji area. CO Vollbrecht attended training for upcoming field training at Camp Ripley. Officer Vollbrecht attended district training in Detroit Lakes and patrolled for ATV activity. Nuisance animal complaints were taken.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) checked recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent participating in an AIS work detail with several officers. Violations encountered included ATV registration and AIS violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports providing Emergency Vehicle Operation (EVOC) training for the current Conservation Officer Academy. The new recruits were instructed in pursuit and emergency driving, laws and directives related to emergency vehicle operation, and skills practical. CO Vinton also participated in an AIS check station.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and boaters, attended training, and spoke to a firearm safety class about laws and ethics. Enforcement action was taken for careless boating operation.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on angling and boating activity. Areas were patrolled for ATV and ORV activity. CO Warren followed up on calls of possible injured eagle, property left on state land, and public access complaints. A meeting with area DNR staff was attended as was a meeting with area conservation officers. AIS compliance was monitored.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV and angling activity in the Moorhead station. The officer staffed the TIP trailer at the Clay County Fair and answered questions on a variety of topics. The officer assisted Clay County Sheriff's Deputies with several domestic disturbances. Calls from the public included an injured hawk, a woodchuck, and a fawn in a residential area. A possible wolf depredation was also investigated. Enforcement action was taken for violations in an ongoing commercial minnow investigation.