District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) attended training at Camp Ripley. Much of the officer?s time was spent on Vermilion checking anglers. The bite was good early, but with the hot weather and calm conditions it slowed slightly as the week progressed. The warm weekend resulted in a large number of people taking advantage of the good conditions. Reminder to everyone be safe out on the water, wear your life jackets, and don?t boat while intoxicated.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, boating, invasive species, and ATV activity and attended training at Camp Ripley. The officer gave a talk to 90, 5th graders from a Hibbing Elementary School, about the duties of a Conservation Officer. A boater operating without navigation lights over an hour after sunset and having no life jackets on board, nearly hit a pontoon operating in front of him. The officer stopped the boater and took enforcement action to the cheers of the pontoon occupants who came by to exchange words of unhappiness to the boater. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession and numerous boating and ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) is investigating the report of a person who dumped the contents of their waste tank from their RV into the ditch off of a county road. Reports for ATV activity were prepared for court. Equipment maintenance was worked on.

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports lots of people out fishing on Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama however the fish were are not cooperating. Youth ATV Safety Classes rounded out the week with approximately thirty kids receiving there certificates. Youth under the age of 18 are reminded that they are required to wear an approved helmet.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports an increase in angling activities resulting in a number of angling violations being dealt with. Beaver complaints and related permits were issued. A BWCA patrol was conducted. A firearms safety range day was attended with the law presentation given. Commercial baiting trapping and trespass questions were answered.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week. Fishing was slow but several limits were seen. CO Velsvaag also followed up several ongoing cases.

Cook - vacant.

International Falls #2 - vacant.