District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2018-05-23

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports presenting at a firearms safety class in Crookston. Time was also spent attending a law enforcement memorial event in Grand Forks. An AIS detail was worked in the Baudette area and anglers and watercraft operators were contacted throughout the week.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, removed a stand from a WMA, and attended a Lunch with Law Enforcement event at Clearbrook-Gonvick schools.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling and boating activity on area lakes. Officer Vollbrecht assisted with an AIS check station and worked the TIP booth at a high school trap shoot. A report was completed for a BUI arrest.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) received TIPs of dumping and ATV trespass on the local trails. Evidence was collected from one of the dump sites and CO Vinton is attempting to locate and identify the dumpers. Fishing for pan fish has picked up and walleye anglers are finding some success. Questions relating to the new pike limits and AIS were fielded. The nice weather has prompted boat owners to get on the water but they should be reminded to check their registration and required equipment like fire extinguishers and PFDs. A missing Type IV (throwable) is the most common missing lifesaving device.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with academy training and worked on several ongoing cases.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sport fishing, boating and water safety, and ATV enforcement. An illegal dumping complaint was investigated. Time was also spent attending an ATV safety and riding course class in Moorhead.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling and boating activity. AIS compliance inspections were performed. CO Warren taught law and ethics at an ATV safety class in Mahnomen County. Follow-up on open cases and beaver permits were conducted. CO Warren worked ATV and off-road vehicle activity in the Strawberry Mountain trails. Leeching activity and sucker spearing complaints were received.

CO William Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking anglers, AIS, and boat and water safety in the Pelican Rapids station. Anglers are finding a few more pan fish with the warmer temps, but walleye activity remains slow. Calls from the public included a report of speared suckers left on a river bank. Anglers are reminded it is illegal to leave rough fish on banks, in ditches, or at public accesses.

Detroit Lakes vacant.