District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-07-07

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked on area lakes over the busy week including the 4th of July. Violations included not enough life jackets, possession of illegal length fish on a special regulation lake, transport aquatic vegetation, watercraft passengers under 10 not wearing life preservers, no angling license, no angling license in possession, operate ATV on a public roadway, and ATV passengers under 18 without helmets.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a busy 4th of July holiday. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for boating law violations. Some boating operators were tested for intoxication levels. Officer Guida also worked with other area conservation officers and sheriff?s office boat and water deputies keeping the peace around two lake fireworks displays.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked watercraft, AIS, angling and ATV activity throughout the holiday week. Enforcement contacts included crappie over limits, no angling licenses and illegal aquatic plant removal. Contacts were made for illegal burning of weekend garbage.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy 4th of July weekend in Crow Wing County. Time was spent on the Whitefish Chain and Pelican Lakes. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week with sunfish, bass and northerns the most active. The holiday weekend brought out a lot of boaters and PWCs. Boating enforcement and safety occupied most of his time. No lights after sunset, PWCs operating within 150 feet of shore, after hour operation and loud boats violations were detected. He also worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake. A complaint of ATVs in the Pillsbury forest was received and investigated.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including a busy holiday weekend focusing on boating and fishing enforcement, patrol of the Cuyuna Country State Recreational area and Crow Wing State Forest for high recreational activity. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for illegal camping, alcohol, fires, parking, and fireworks in the recreational area, miscellaneous boating equipment and registration violations, and illegal off-highway motorcycle and ATV operation. Other activity included responding to numerous nuisance and injured wildlife complaints, suspected drainage of wetland, and damage to a public access.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) worked the busy holiday weekend. Nice weather brought out boats and anglers on the lakes and ATVs on land. She contacted several anglers and boaters with license and registration issues, she contacted PWC operators with reckless operations, and landowners pulling wild rice from around their shorelines without a permit. She also contacted several ATV operators with registration violations, youth without helmets and youth operating illegally. There were also several people out who were doing everything right. CO Peterson made contact with several youth who were wearing life jackets and gave out coupons for doing so.