Weather Forecast


WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Snowmobile violations, Ice fishing, Predator hunters etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota:

 District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for possessing dressed walleyes on the special regulations lake, for angling with extra lines, and for possession of marijuana. Snowmobilers were checked on State GIA (Grant-in-Aid) Trails around Roseau and enforcement action was taken for failing to display registration and for not stopping before crossing a public road.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers and monitored local snowmobiling activity. Enforcement action for the week included angle with unattended lines, angle while privileges suspended, possess marijuana and drug paraphernalia, no state trail permit, excessive speed on snowmobile, and snowmobile registration violations.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling activity and snowmobile activity. An open trespass case was closed with a citation being issued. CO Warren gave a presentation of rules and regulations at a trapper education class in Crookston.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Anglers on Lake of the Woods continue to report fair fishing, but most are travelling 10+ miles out onto the lake to find good fishing. Numerous calls were handled ranging injured animals to snowmobile trail violations. CO Gorecki taught a snowmobile safety class, and assisted in locating a lost angler. Investigations and follow up were continued from past work details.

Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #1 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking ice anglers and people spearing on local lakes and rivers. Time was also spent checking snowmobile operators. The grant-in-aid snowmobile trails have been groomed. Many operators were out taking advantage of the favorable riding conditions. Numerous snowmobile violations were encountered.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) continued to monitor snowmobilers, anglers, trappers and spoke to predator hunters. Plans continue for the upcoming MnUSA ride, and a complaint of deer eating cattle feed was received.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers. He also assisted local emergency response personnel with a medical call.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked angling and snowmobile activity in the area. A background investigation for an applicant was completed. CO Vollbrecht worked a detail on Red Lake with CO Holt. Violations included angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent the week monitoring angling activity and patrolling area snowmobile trails. One day was spent working on Upper Red Lake. Enforcement activity for the week included angling with extra lines, no license in possession, snowmobile registration violations and possession of marijuana.

CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports completing a background investigation for the upcoming DNR Conservation Officer Academy. Hundreds of snowmobilers participated in a classic snowmobile ride and several enforcement contacts were made for snowmobiles that were unregistered or failed to display a valid registration, no state trail sticker and operation without the required youth safety certificate. Other area officers assisted with the event. Anglers are reporting that success has slowed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) patrolled area snowmobile trails and anglers were checked. Angling action was moderate and the bite was somewhat slow. Trails were in good shape and numbers of riders were low. CO Peterson also continued to work on reports for ongoing cases.

Wetland Resource Enforcement Officer Joe Stattelman spent the week working on the final phases of a background investigation. A few snowmobilers were talked to about not stopping before crossing roads and riding on the inside slope and shoulder of the ditch. Fishermen were checked, and they reported that the bite was slow.

Moorhead - vacant.

Perham - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) finished up the Lancaster elk survey in northwest Minnesota Saturday. The Grygla elk survey was started and we hope to finish up early in the week. We also saw at least five moose that have survived in this part of the state.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

(701) 780-1148