District 7 - Grand Rapids area
Last updated: 2014-03-11
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, patrolled area snowmobile trails, and monitored fish house removal. Enforcement action was taken for no snowmobile registration and snowmobile speed. He also stopped a driver going the wrong way on a divided highway.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked angling and snowmobile activities. Violations included no license in possession, operate snowmobile on county roadway, and fail to display registration. He also handled wildlife calls. The snowmobile trails were excellent with only a few snowmobilers taking advantage of them.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored snowmobile activities, and finished station inventory. The warmer weather has many people outdoors. Panfish in the area have started to bite. Enforcement action was taken for OHV registration and snowmobile registration issues.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking angling and snowmobiling activity this past week. The snowmobile trails were in excellent condition and were definitely seeing tracks. Angling activity is still slow but people were out over the weekend in force to enjoy the weather and some pan fishing. Anglers are encouraged to make arrangements now to get their houses off the lakes as planning for this may take a few days and the deadline is fast approaching. She also attended a career fair with other local law enforcement and businesses. She spoke at Northern Lights Charter School in Warba to several students interested in a Conservation Officer career.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked pan fishing activity in the area with the bite heating up on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license. Multiple individuals were checked that hadn?t bought their new angling license. Remember, a new angling license was needed to fish starting March 1.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, snowmobiles, ski trails and snowmobile trails. He also worked on station inventory paperwork during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working snowmobile and fishing activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating a snowmobile in excess of speed and failure to display registration.
CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) reports lots of slush and helping multiple people to get out of it this past week. Slush and snow conditions have made it difficult for the anglers checked and multiple calls on deer feeding and fish house removal questions. CO Velsvaag worked in the Tower station and observed that snowmobile conditions on Lake Vermilion are rough but trails were very good.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobiling activity and checked anglers. Compliance was good. Perch and panfish are being caught by those that can get to the fish. Area lake travel is still difficult with some slush spots being reported. Fish shelters are being removed.