District 8 - Duluth areaLast updated: 2018-05-23
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) attended the Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony in St. Paul on behalf of the Division's Honor Guard. A TIP call was investigated regarding fishing in a closed area and enforcement action was taken. CO Willis also met with the Twin Ports Walleye Association prior to their weekend tournament.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the week checking shore anglers and anglers on area lakes. Time was also spent handling nuisance animal complaints and followed up on a waters violation. The officer also attended an ATV safety class and a rules meeting for a local fishing tournament.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued to work fishing and boating enforcement around the Duluth area. Time was spent working accesses talking with boater about AIS regulations. Smelting activity and spring fish run activity continued to be worked also during the week and illegal burning and wildfire issues were also investigated. People are reminded that when fishing on lakes with special size restrictions they shouldn?t have the ?close enough? attitude when measuring.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, OHV, AIS, and turkey hunting enforcement throughout the week. Patrols were conducted in the Moose Lake state park, Sawyer WMA, and the Fond du Lac state forest. CO Humphrey attended the Law Enforcement Memorial Day services in St. Paul as part of the Enforcement Division?s Honor Guard. CO Humphrey completed follow-up interviews and wrapped up investigations on several ongoing cases. Violations for OHV operation and registration, driving after suspension, operating a motor vehicle in unfrozen public water, and watercraft safety equipment issues were encountered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) responded to a report of two separate grass fires near Cloquet. One was started by a transformer at some power lines and the other is still under investigation as to what caused it. A report of a bear with an injured leg was received. No other sightings were reported after the initial report. Extra patrols were conducted in area state parks after receiving various complaints. Enforcement action was taken for having dogs unrestrained, illegally harvesting plants, no vehicle permits, and various traffic violations. AIS and OHV patrols were also conducted in the area with enforcement action taken for unlawful juvenile operation of an off-highway motorcycle and registration violations