District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-07-28

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked the Foothills State Forest for damage from the recent storms, patrolled area ATV trails, and checked boaters and anglers.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) assisted with training activities with the new conservation officer cadets at Camp Ripley.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) patrolled area lakes for angling activity and sport fishing enforcement. Some ATV contacts were made on the trail. One common violation observed were adults operating Class 2 ATVs with passengers under 18 without DOT approved helmets. Enforcement action was taken on the adult allowing the violation.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters and ATV?s. Officer Hunter received a call of an injured eagle and worked with the Raptor Center to capture and rehabilitate the bird. Officer Hunter reports a lot of storm damage in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and most trails are impassable at this time.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating, invasive species and ATV enforcement. Assistance was given for weather related issues and no wake restrictions. A solid waste complaint and lakebed alteration case were also worked. One young couple from Illinois told the officer they were married the day they arrived in Minnesota and were fishing with a husband/wife license. They said the marriage took place at the convenience store when they purchased the licenses.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of investigating reports of a large amount of garbage dumped at a public access, an abandoned dumped boat on public land, illegal shoreline development and dock / lift placement issues, bear and beaver damage, illegal dirt bike operation, and zebra mussels found in an area lake. The Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, Crow Wing State Forest, and area lakes were patrolled with enforcement contacts made for boating registration and equipment violations, Jet Ski operation, and transporting zebra mussels.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reported that he spent most of his time this week on Boat and Water Enforcement. Violations he observed were not enough life saving devices and expired registration. He checked anglers and the catching has slowed likely due to the high water from all the recent rain. He worked with Cass County Deputy Travis Collette with the capture of an alligator. The alligator was found in the wild on Hardy Lake near Brainerd. The reptile was captured and brought to the Safari North Zoo south of Brainerd. Enforcement time was also spent on aquatic invasive species complaints generated by AIS inspectors. Reports of folks failing to submit to inspection, transporting zebra mussels, and failing to drain water from their boats.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, ATV and invasive species enforcement. Assistance was also given to the State Patrol and Sheriff?s Department with weather related issues and an ATV accident.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) assisted at Camp Ripley with training of the new conservation officer class. CO McGowan assisted in instructing with EVOC and recreational vehicle enforcement training. CO McGowan also answered numerous questions from the public, and fielded TIP complaints.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) checked angling activity and working all-terrain vehicle enforcement. Officer Guida instructed a group of youth boat operators who were getting their watercraft operator?s permit with the Crow Wing and Cass County Sheriff?s Offices on Gull Lake. Officer Guida also instructed a group of youth in Firearm Safety Training. A grand opening of the Fort Ripley/Southern Loop ATV trail was attended. Work continued this week with the DNR CO Academy Training.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of responding to reports of suspicious fishing activity, miscellaneous wildlife calls, and a large inflatable swimming platform that was left tied up to and blocking a public water access. Public accesses, WMA?s, and other state properties were checked for flooding and wash-out damage from the recent heavy rains, and fishing, boating, and ATV activity was patrolled.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked area lakes for boating safety issues and checked anglers. A Boating While Intoxicated arrest was made after a member of a bachelor party on a pontoon boat threw a wine bottle in the air, landing in the water, while motoring across the lake. The pontoon had to be towed to shore as none of the party was sober enough to operate the boat. The officer also assisted the aviation unit for a telemetry flight and was the observer and camera operator.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked boaters, ATV?s and fishermen. Officer Hunter received multiple ATV complaints where they were going around gates and driving through wetlands. CO Hunter also received an injured eagle call.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.