District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-09-01


CO Randy Patten (Northome) Checked anglers and bear baiters, patrolled area ATV trails, inspected watercraft for AIS violations, assisted State Patrol with an accident, investigated a trespass complaint, and worked a TIP on possible taking of waterfowl out of season. Enforcement action was taken for operating an unauthorized motor vehicle on an ATV trail.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, commercial enforcement, and bear baiting activity. He also assisted with in-service firearms training at Camp Ripley.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, investigated wetland complaints, monitored bear baits and worked ricing activities. CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner Si also certified through the United States Police Canine Association in Police Dog 1.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked bear baiting activity and anglers. Enforcement action was taken leaving a plug in a boat that is being transported on a roadway. Yearly firearms training was also attended by CO Sutherland

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working game and ATV activity. Wichmann attended training at Camp Ripley at the beginning of the week. Nuisance bear and wolf depredation complaints were also handled.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) worked several ATV complaint areas this past week. He helped teach a youth ATV safety class. CO Velsvaag also checked ricing activity.