District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-09-30


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Investigated and handled calls on sick/injured moose, livestock depredation, wolves attacking a dog, shooting geese on the water, an injured owl, and shooting a loon. Enforced AIS laws and talked with a firearms safety class. Assisted with a car accident, a fishing overlimit, and a revoked hunter.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked small game, big game, waterfowl , and ATV activity. Violations included over-limits of walleye, northern, and bass, ATV?s on the roadway, youth without a helmet on ATV, and waterfowl hunting without a license.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked an AIS detail, checked anglers, checked waterfowl hunters, assisted the county with the search for a suspect that fled into the woods and attended a PD1 trail with his K9 partner Si. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si certified through the United States Police Canine Association. Enforcement action was taken for fail to remove drain plug, no HIP certification and ATV registration violations.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) assisted the local sheriff?s office with a search for an individual that was suspected to be hiding in the woods near a residence. The suspect was later found by law enforcement. She checked waterfowl hunters this past weekend and found that hunters did fairly well considering the weather. Stamp violations were found during activity checks. She also worked boating and angling activity. She worked a duck shooting complaint and also deer shining complaint.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked an active duck opener weekend with the overall success pretty good. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for one group of hunters who shot a protected migratory bird and another group who shot before the legal hours. CO Sutherland also gave a law talk at a youth firearms safety class.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV activity and the waterfowl opener. Enforcement action was taken for no plug in shotgun while waterfowl hunting, operating ATV on closed forest roads, operating on roadway, and DWI.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV Officer) worked ORV and AIS Enforcement this past week. CO Velsvaag also checked anglers and boaters and took several calls on owls and questions about the waterfowl opener.