District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-08-30

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports annual in-service training was attended at Camp Ripley in first part of week. Remainder of week was spent on checking bear baiting activity, sturgeon fishing activity on the Rainy River, ATV enforcement, and handling misc. animal complaints. Enforcement action taken for week mainly involved ATV operating violations.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) continued work on beaver complaints and monitoring angling and boating activities. Wild rice harvest has begun with a number of groups checked harvesting rice. Equipment work continues.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and bear baiting activity. Fish was slow but starting to pick at the end of the week. CO Velsvaag also helped at a youth ATV class in Tower.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) took a number of complaints about boats on Lake Vermilion angling without navigation lights. The officer spent time working the lake and took enforcement action on a number of light violations. The officer also rescued a boat that had engine problems and blew up onto rocks. The boat and its passengers were towed safely to shore. The officer took numerous calls this week regarding upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked bear baiting, boaters, anglers, state park enforcement, assisted the State Patrol with a driver with a felony warrant that fled on foot, and attended three days of training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, OHV trespass, remove aquatic plants from public waters without a permit, camping at a public water access, unregistered OHM, watercraft registration, a PWC 150 feet no wake violation, and a number of ATV violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) primarily worked Bear baiting activity and located unregistered bear baits. Nuisance bear complaints were received and a hunter was contacted to hunt the area. Ricing has begun in the area, most areas have spotty rice. Assistance was given to the county on a vehicle in the ditch.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and patrolled the Virginia area for bear baiting activity. Several unmarked bear baits have been located. With slightly cooler weather, ATV activity has picked up a little and enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered ATV and no valid driver?s license while operating in the right of way. Several search warrants were issued for a cell phone owned by the suspect of a fleeing investigation.

International Falls #2 - vacant.