District 4 - Wadena area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) spent a portion of the week checking on ice shelters in preparation for the shelter removal deadline. Many shacks were removed in the last two days without problems. He also completed an investigation regarding operation of a motor vehicle on a snowmobile trail resulting in a citation issued.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reported primary enforcement efforts this past week focused on ice fishing and snowmobile activity. He also completed online training courses and equipment inventory.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) continued to primarily check anglers during the week. Extreme cold continues to inhibit successful angling trips. CO Mathy also worked on case file management, organized material for the bear committee, and assisted another officer with an interview stemming from the deer season. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered snowmobile, no angling license in possession, and underage possession of alcohol.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) noted that the cold weather seemed to minimize the activities. While riding the snowmobile trails he encountered a group of three sleds that were traveling at speed too great for the trail forcing them to ?cut? the corners, so much so that when he met them he had to pull off the trail to avoid them, which resulted in enforcement action. Officer Francis also handled a call regarding the sale/theft of two snowmobiles. Apparently the original owner sold the snowmobiles to a friend and another party, who now possessed them. This resulted in a disagreement about who owned them. When CO Francis asked where the original owner could be found he was told that he was currently in jail for burglary and theft. The original complainant decided he did not want to pursue charges against his ?friend? that ?sold? him the sleds.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on snowmobiling and ice angling activity. Cold weather limited recreational activity. Many anglers were observed removing their fish houses from area lakes. CO Broughten also closed two investigations from the 2013 deer season. Enforcement action included failure to tag deer, two counts of failure to register deer, and possess an over limit of deer.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen and snowmobilers during the week. He received a report regarding another truck operating on a snowmobile trail, resulting in the vehicle becoming stuck. Officer Halverson noted that fish houses were coming off but a number of them still remain on area lakes.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer Park Rapids) checked fishing activity and fish house identification on area lakes. Trail conditions are in good condition and time was spent checking ATV and snowmobile registration and trail sticker compliance on State and grant-in-aid trails. Officer Adam also met with the county attorney, worked on station inventory, and updated training materials for the next academy.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to plan for upcoming training at the next Conservation Officer academy. He also continued to monitor local fishing and angling activity and completed training tasks. Bitter wind chills in the latter part of the week again hampered outdoor recreation.