District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-04-21


CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) assisted the county on a suicidal female call, the PD on an assault and the State Patrol on a DUI. Officer Hunter assisted the Park Rapids Fire Department on a house fire and the DNR fire on a small wild fire. CO Hunter conducted commercial checks on minnow retailers.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked on fish and angler activity. ATV and off-road vehicle activity was monitored and assistance was provided to local law enforcement regarding vehicles attempting to get stuck on a minimum maintenance road. A firearms safety class was taught and trapping activities were monitored as well. Use of Force and firearms training was received as required.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked fires and recreational vehicle activity in the area. Very dry conditions contributed to several fire calls. An injured eagle call was received. Enforcement action was taken for fire violations.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) worked angling, ATV, and fire enforcement. Time was spent looking for early spearing activity. Road closures in Land O? Lakes State Forest were lifted starting last Saturday, meaning more riding opportunities for ATV enthusiasts. Enforcement action was taken for open burning during the burn ban, littering, transporting aquatic vegetation, ATV registration issues, juvenile operation of ATV without a helmet, and operation of ATV?s on a state highway. Firearms and use of force training was attended at Camp Ripley. Noxious weed training was attended in Grand Rapids.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, and spring trapping activity. Lakes in the Longville area are open. Wild fires continue to pop up. CO Broughten attended training at Camp Ripley. CO Broughten also investigated a TIP call and worked spring fish run activity.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) handled bear, beaver and ATV complaints. Reminder on nuisance bear complaints, to please clean up why the bear is coming in your yard, such as bird feeders, dog/cat/chicken feed.