District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports a busy week with increased activity on the Rainy River with hundreds of boats and thousands of anglers taking advantage of warmer weather. CO Kittelson along with other COs responded to a forest fire in the Birchdale area, people are reminded of the burning ban/ restrictions and responsibility of burning activity. Enforcement action taken for week included; no license in possession, transport drain plug in boat, drug paraphernalia, small amount of marijuana, illegal length walleye, and over limit of walleye.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent time working angling and boating enforcement on the Rainy River. The walleye bite remains to be on the slower side although; anglers are still managing to put a couple fish in the boat. CO?s Kittelson, Hansen, Patten, and Van Asch responding to a fire call just outside the Birchdale area that required several neighboring agencies to respond to suppress the fire. People are reminded of the burning restrictions throughout the state. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of fish, failure to display valid boat registration, insufficient number of PFDs, and no Type IV PFD.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads and working with the new DNR computer records system. Small streams have started to open.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week monitoring the spring fish run. Time was also spent enforcing ATV laws specifically dealing with wetland and youth issues. Officer is working on ongoing trespass issue in a state park. Officer met with Vermilion Sports Club. It was a good opportunity to meet many of the members and answer questions related to Lake Vermilion enforcement. Reminder that the fire danger is high and restrictions are in place.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) conducted commercial minnow retail inspections, worked on evidence dispositions from past cases, and attended a DNR Commissioner?s Office listening session in Chisholm. The officer investigated a complaint of a large amount of oil contamination on an area lake. The officer was unable to locate the point of origin, but the incident was turned over to the MN Pollution Control Agency.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Virginia and spent time patrolling for ATV and OHM traffic. High numbers of ATVs and OHMs have been encountered recently. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an OHM by a juvenile and registration violations. Owners and operators of ATVs and OHMs are reminded check and ensure their machines are currently registered before heading out on the trails and that if they had recently purchased their machines to register them in their name. Area streams and rivers were monitored for fish run activity.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked spring beaver trapping and spoke to a few trappers who stated low water and low beaver prices are limiting trapping activity. He assisted with Hoyt Lakes? youth FAS range day. Fredin responded for assistance in locating a lost 3-year-old who wandered away from home. Thankfully the sheriff?s deputy K9 unit located the youth. Time was spent investigating the theft of decorative birch material from state land. Lake ice is about off on most of the smaller lakes. Lake water levels are very low and in need of significant rains.

Ray - vacant.