District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) handled a few wildlife complaints and checked anglers and ATV operators. Much needed rain has come to the area in the last week. Additional time was spent assisting with an open container with the sheriff?s office and marijuana grow with the local drug task force.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boaters and ATVs. Officer Hunter participated in the ?hooked on fishing, not on drugs? campaign in Menahga. Hunter received a call from an AIS inspector regarding aquatic vegetation on a boat trailer and assisted the SWCD on a site inspection of a wetland restoration.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to a number of beaver complaints where fields and pastures were being flooded. A TIP call was received and investigated regarding a possible overlimit of turkeys. Safety training and a ?hooked on fishing? program was completed for a 4th grade class. Time was spent at the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremonies in St. Paul for fallen officers.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reports primary enforcement focused on sport fishing and ATV activity. Calls were received regarding a dead deer in a lake, worked with the area hydrologist on a violation, and assisted with an overlimit of walleye case.

CO Mark Mathy (Bemidji) primarily worked angling and AIS enforcement. Commercial minnow retail checks and ATV enforcement were also worked. Walleye fishing was excellent on some area lakes the first week of the season. One group of six anglers was found to be in possession of 34 walleye over limit. The anglers now face substantial fines and restitution as a result. Enforcement action was also taken for AIS violations, sell minnows without a retailer license, and boating violation.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, and boating activity. Angling success slowed with poor weather hindering recreational activity. Broughten spent time checking compliance with AIS laws, completed commercial minnow inspections, and investigated two public waters complaints. Broughten also responded to a boat taking on water on Leech Lake. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, angle with extra line, failure to remove drain plug, transport aquatic vegetation, and no minnow retailer?s license.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) assisted with a Firearms Safety class in Staples. Halverson also taught ATV and Boating safety at Farm Safety Day at the Staples High School. Wildlife nuisance complaints were handled as well as calls on coyotes and an injured otter was picked up.

CO Colleen Adam (NW Regional Recreation Officer) attended a monthly OHV monitoring meeting with very little concerns expressed. Weekend patrol found many groups out enjoying the trails. Recent moisture helped to keep dust to a minimum making group rides much more enjoyable. Mushroom hunters having been searching for edibles between rain showers. Violations found for expired registration, more passengers than allowed, and snorkel device on ATV.

Remer - vacant.