District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2018-05-23

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and boating activity throughout the week. CO McGowan also spent time investigating wild fires and responding to TIP calls. Enforcement action was taken for boating and burning violations.

CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) completed a site visit with DNR Waters at an illegal sand blanket violation, took calls of PWC chasing loons off the nest, fishing in a posted no-fishing spawning area, and mediated a continuing dispute between lakeshore property owners and bow fishermen that wake the property owners up in the middle of the night by shining their bright lights into houses and cabins and making noise with generators and loud music. One property owner decided to fight back and started shooting the bow fishermen with paint balls. Both sides received warnings and/or tickets.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked sport fishing and nuisance animal complaints this week. Officer Guida received complaints from Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspectors of people not stopping for required inspections of watercraft. A couple of accidental otter were trapped in an attempt to remove nuisance beavers.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity of giving presentations to students at a local elementary school on natural resource conservation/CO duties and fur bearing animals, patrolling fishing and ATV trail activity, assisting DNR Forestry with a wildfire investigation, completing a case involving illegal dumping on state forest land, and handling nuisance and injured wildlife calls.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working fishermen throughout the week and weekend. Some nice trout were seen along with some pan fish. CO Fitzgerald also patrolled the Soo Line and Red Top area over the weekend and many ATVer?s were seen out enjoying the trails. The officer also took a fishing related call on Mille Lacs Lake and many outdoor law related questions were answered. A call regarding a burning restriction violation and a call of a vehicle left at the Savanna Portage Park were investigated. The Officer also assisted with the Aitkin Elementary 4th grade fishing day where students were taught boat and water safety and fishing laws and a law and ethics presentation was given at an ATV safety class at the Long Lake Conservation Center. Vehicle and foot patrol was done in CCSRA and many bikers were out enjoying the warm and sunny weather. Enforcement action for the week included various ATV related violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, AIS, turkey hunting, and ATV activity. Northern pike anglers are learning the need for a good measuring device. A few animal calls were handled and the officer attended events honoring fallen officers at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Paul.