District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-06-30


CO Randy Patten (Northome) patrolled for illegal ATV activity, checked anglers and boaters, and handled nuisance animal complaints. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without certification.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, boating activity, patrolled campgrounds, checked for exotic species, and answered various wildlife calls. Violations included no firewood permit, fail to drain water related equipment, transport aquatic macrophytes, and PWA law violations.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species enforcement this past week. She also checked angling activity. She conducted an interview at the local radio station. This coming weekend will be busy for all recreationists, please be safe and have fun.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked anglers and water sport enthusiasts in the Grand Rapids area over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, operating a watercraft without enough PFDs or throwables, angling without a license, operating a watercraft after sunset without the proper lighting and failure to register a watercraft.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, watercraft, state parks and campgrounds. He also handled boating and fishing complaints during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishing, boating and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating watercrafts without lights, ATV DUI and BUI that included a boat forfeiture.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) checked areas with past ATV complaints. CO Velsvaag also checked anglers and boaters on area lakes and followed up on a complaint of illegal OHM use on the Mesabi Bike Trail.