District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2016-05-24


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, patrolled for illegal ATV activity, handled nuisance animal complaints, and attended training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action taken for overlimits of walleyes, operating ATV?s on public roadways, transporting aquatic vegetation, and failure to remove watercraft plugs.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV, sport fishing, boating, AIS, and with firearms qualifications and training at Camp Ripley. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, and public water accesses. Violations included no license in possession, transporting aquatic macrophytes, unregistered ATV, unregistered watercraft, fail to transfer ownership, and ATV on the roadway. He also answered wildlife calls.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, investigated a possible arson fire and worked AIS. CO Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also attended the officer down 5K in Aitkin where they assisted in a K9 demo. Enforcement action was taken for operate OHV on roadway and license issues.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked an active week of fishing opener with enforcement action taken for bass out of season, walleyes overlimit, not having an angling license and enough lifesaving devices on a watercraft.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATV?s, state parks and campgrounds. He also completed division training during the week.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) reports working angling, boating, and AIS activities throughout the surrounding areas. Many anglers and boaters were checked enjoying the nice weather. Most anglers were seen having success targeting both walleye and crappie over the weekend. CO Van Asch also spent time handling several nuisance animal complaints.
Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove boat plug, fail to display valid boat registration, insufficient number of PFDs, no angling license in possession, and illegal length walleye.