District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) removed a shelter which was left on the ice after the deadline. He worked a trapping case which led to illegal animals being seized with numerous charges pending. While working a follow up on an ice shelter violation, the suspect was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. Parthun located and arrested the suspect

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked a few ice anglers. A commercial bait investigation is pending as well. A nuisance bear complaint was received and advice was given to the homeowner to be rid of the bear. Keep any food sources out of your yard, including bird seed, dog food and any garbage. A litter complaint was investigated where several old deer carcasses were dumped behind a building. A Firearms Safety Class was taught and several others are being planned. Parents are reminded that many classes are being held in the spring, and don?t wait until fall to get students enrolled into the yearly class.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing and ATV activity; nothing unusual to report. He attended mandatory training

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) attended computer training at Camp Ripley. Ice shelter deadline enforcement, ice angling enforcement, and ATV enforcement were his primary focus last week. Enforcement actions were taken for shelter left after deadline, no ATV registration, no ATV headlights, and no ATV tail lights.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling activity. Angling success continues to be slow in the Longville area. Ice conditions are deteriorating and are creating some hazardous conditions. Officer Broughten received reports of vehicles and ATV?s going through the ice. ATV operators are reminded to check trail closers before planning their spring ATV trip.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen; poor ice conditions. Trapping case for leaving traps out/failure to check traps. A mule deer was observed near Staples.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) patrolled near closed areas monitoring compliance with the seasonal closures. Other duties had Officer Adam attending monthly OHV monitoring meeting with other divisions. She responded to complaints for litter and ice ridge issues.