District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports finishing up Field Training process with new CO Michael Krauel. Warm weather has brought out lot more people who were out enjoying winter activities such as snowmobiling and ice fishing. Enforcement action taken for week included snowmobile speeding and no snowmobile registration displayed.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Ray) reports a busy week of fishing and snowmobiling in the Rainy and Kabetogama Lake areas. Anglers continue to see poor success. The snowmobile trails and portages are in rough shape after seeing some of the highest use this season. A snowmobile work detail with several neighboring officers was attended at the Tower Fun Run. Time was also spent investigating a gray wolf that was found dead and the investigation is ongoing. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speeds, operate an unregistered snowmobile, fail to display valid registration, fail to stop at a roadway, and angle with unattended lines.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week checking anglers, snowmobiles, and ice shelters. A number of shelters had registration issues. The officer also assisted with a personal injury crash that required extrication. The officer worked with a number of CO?s monitoring snowmobilers during the Fun-Run, in the Tower area. There were a couple of incidents with speeding and registration, however, for the most part everyone was operating safely.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, snowmobiles, ATVs, followed up on a truck load of litter investigation, and worked a snowmobile work detail in the Lake Vermilion and Tower area. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, fish house violations and a number of ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) gave a presentation to a class at the Parkview Elementary School in Virginia about furbearers of northeastern Minnesota. Warmer temps brought people outside and time was spent checking anglers on Virginia area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license. Strong numbers of snowmobilers were seen out over the last weekend with events in Tower, Ely and Babbitt. Enforcement action was taken for various equipment related violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked the snowmobile Fun Run around Tower with other district officers. Warm temps and new snowfalls bought out more sleds than past weeks. Fredin received a report of a dead deer by Whitewater Lake. Time was spent checking anglers and most report slow fishing.

Cook - vacant.

International Falls #2 - vacant.