District 11 - St. Cloud areaLast updated: 2018-03-20
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports a call of an injured owl with a broken wing was taken, but Kuske, unfortunately, was unable to locate the owl where it was last seen at the residence. Kuske issued car kill deer permits, spoke at the Pierz firearm safety class and continued an investigation of dogs chasing deer. The dog owners were found to leave the dogs loose and home alone all day while they are gone to work. Kuske worked snowmobile enforcement and found the common violation was no registration numbers on the snowmobile.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and ATV activity in the station. In-service training was completed and a use of force meeting was attended. Ice conditions in the station are starting to deteriorate near the shores, making some lakes hazardous for vehicle traffic. A warm weekend brought out anglers and a modest panfish bite was seen on several area lakes. A possible wetland violation was investigated and an injured red-tailed hawk was also rescued after being hit by a motor vehicle. Violations for the week included no fishing license, allowing illegal operation of an ATV, an ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, failure to display ATV registration, and an ATV tow bar violation.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked on administrative tasks this week and assisted the State Patrol with a traffic stop. The officer also got called out for an injured deer he had to dispatch.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked fishing and ATV activity, addressed complaints about nuisance animals, and issued road kill animal permits. He also gave the law talk to a firearms safety class and handled administrative tasks in St. Paul.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking ice fishermen, following up on litter-on-ice issues, and investigating a dogs-chasing-deer complaint. A fish overlimit case was also investigated.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent time working a coyote-hunting complaint area. For the second time this winter Bertram cited this particular group for transporting loaded guns. A few fishermen were found without their new license. Please remember to pick up your 2018 angling license before you head to the lake.