District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, and met with the Koochiching County Attorney.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, and patrolled campgrounds and recreation areas. Violations included ATV on roadway, failure to display current ATV registration, nuisance beaver complaints, and he investigated a public waters violation.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity and attended K-9 training. Enforcement action was taken for litter, no lights on trailer and angling license violations.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked and boating activity this past week. She took a complaint of a possible animal attack on a horse but nothing was concluded. Fortunately for the horse, the injuries were very minor. She is still investigating a burning garbage complaint from the McCavity Lake area.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity with some local lakes still producing fish. Enforcement action was taken for operating an unregistered watercraft and for a group of individuals who had a slot walleye that they insisted was only 17 inches, but the fish measured almost 18 inches on a lake with a 17-26 inch protected slot. CO Sutherland also attended an ATV safety class where a law talk was given to youth from around the state.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVs, state parks and campgrounds. He also worked on equipment related issues during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for ATV activity, and worked AIS regulations. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATV without safety certificate, no fire extinguisher and for not having fishing license in possession.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked invasive species, angling, boating, ATVing, wetland and training activities. CO Arhart also issued a Wetland Conservation Act restoration order for a St. Louis County wetland impact and completed a frog/toad survey for Water-Ecological Resources. Angler success was spotty. Enforcement action was taken for angling license violations. The wild rice crop looks poor in most beds and water levels continue to be high on many area lakes.