District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-08-19

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports attending an advanced firearms instructor course at Camp Ripley, working area lakes and checking bear baiting activities.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) completed wolf depredation paperwork, picked up a dead eagle and did follow up on an aquatic plant/waters issue. Illegal camping on a Wildlife Management Area was also addressed. Time was also spent working bear baiting, fishing, boating and aquatic invasive species.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and boating enforcement. Officer Guida worked with another Officer on Lake Superior. Enforcement action was taken on an individual who had filleted a salmon on the lake and discarded the entrails into the public water. Officer Guida also received a report from a local ATV club member of the theft of a portable outhouse from the Sebie Lake public shelter/rest area. Officer Guida encouraged the individual to also report it to the Sheriff?s Office. Anyone with any information regarding the theft should call the Crow Wing County Sheriff?s Office at 218-829-4749.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite is getting better the walleye and northern have been more cooperative. The most active fish have been the bass. Violations he found were no license in possession. He worked on Lake Superior checking anglers, violations found were no license in possession expired registration and no flares. Enforcement time was spent on boat and water issues no lights after sunset and insufficient PFD violations were found. He worked with AIS inspectors on Lake Superior and on Gull Lake checking boats for violations. Some of the violations observed were aquatic vegetation on trailers, plugs and water in the boat during transport. Complaints of litter and illegal camping in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) started phase two field training a COC. The officers investigated a wetland complaint, weedroller violations, checked numerous anglers, and worked several days at BIR enforcing ATV traffic. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV violations.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with field training of new a COC. Officers patrolled the Whitefish Chain monitoring boating activity. Enforcement actions were taken for boating safety violations, and watercraft registration violations. Officer Lee and the COC worked the Lucas Oil Nationals held at Brainerd International Raceway. Officers patrolled OHV traffic around the track area. Enforcement actions were taken for OHV safety violations, registration violations, and assisting the Crow Wing Sheriff?s Dept. and MN State Patrol. Officer Lee also attended the Soulis Advanced Firearms Training Instructor Course held at Camp Ripley. The information received will be brought back for use in the division?s Use of Force Program.