District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-04-21


CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) assisted with divisional use of force and firearms training, conducted commercial inspections, and answered various wildlife calls. He also did small game enforcement, checked anglers, and patrolled state parks, campgrounds, and forests. Violations included fail to display ATV registration, fail to transfer ownership, and traffic law violations.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, assisted the Fisheries staff with the annual walleye stripping activities, worked trapping activity and assisted the county with a suicide call. The warmer weather brought out many boaters. Compliance was good.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) performed commercial minnow retail license checks. CO Sindelir presented laws and regulations at a ATV safety class. Officer Sindelir performed routine equipment maintenance.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took calls on wildfire investigations, illegal snagging of fish and wolf depredation. Enforcement action was taken for allowing a juvenile to illegally operate an ATV, under 18 no helmet, fail to have a safety certificate, trespassing, operating an ATV on the Mesabi Trail, no valid registration, no angling license and angling for a fish species during closed season.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, spring trappers and fire enforcement. He also taught a firearms and ATV safety class during the week.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) worked ATV complaint areas this past week. CO Velsvaag also assisted on a wildlife complaint and a car killed moose. CO Velsvaag had several questions about stream trout opener and regulations.