District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-03-24


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers on area lakes, took care of an injured deer call, checked several commercial activities, and patrolled for illegal off road vehicle use.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, worked the TIP trailer at the Grand Rapids Sports Show, responded to grass fire calls and assisted the local PD in searching for a suspect who has multiple warrants and fled from detox. In one incident CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner Si investigated an over limit of fish. K-9 Si was able to locate a bucket of fish that were somehow forgotten about in a trailer. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of crappie, angle without license and improper display of OHV registration.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking anglers this past week. She also assisted the county with a garbage complaint. She did follow-up on a possible wetlands violation and checked for ATV activity in closed areas. Possession limits and daily limits are the same for most fish species. For example, once a daily limit is reached for crappies, an angler cannot continue to keep (possess) more crappies. For specific limits, consult the fishing regulations. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked ice angling activity with the ice still plenty thick to get out and find some panfish. Enforcement action was taken for dumping garbage on state land, angling without a license and operating an unregistered ATV. CO Sutherland also worked the home show in Grand Rapids where the wall of shame was present.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs and trappers. He also attended meetings and worked the home sport show during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week monitoring fishing activity. Reports were completed as well as other required paperwork. Wichmann took a call about a wolf that was possibly shot that is still under investigation.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) checked ATVers and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag took several calls on illegally stored equipment on public lands and fish house litter on lakes and at public accesses.