CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) attending training at the St. Paul BCA and Camp Ripley, checked fishing and cross country ski activity, and responded to trespassing complaints. Numerous skiers were checked at the Larson Lake Nordic ski trail complex, where the ski pass compliance rate was found to be 100 percent. An individual was caught in the act of harassing and intimidating a 13-year-old boy who was lawfully trapping red squirrels on his family's private property. The violator, who apparently did not like the sight of a red squirrel caught in a trap, entered the boy's private property to intentionally harass the boy and his father. The individual was charged with violation of Minnesota's HunterTrapper Harassment law, possession of marijuana, and driving after suspension.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) responded to a call from a local residence of someone parked at the end of their driveway. The operator of the vehicle was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on a complaint of an abandoned fish house and an unmarked fish house left on the lake. The suspects also did not license the shelters. Posner also worked on an investigation of domestic dogs chasing deer and turkeys.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) monitored coyote hunters out with hounds this past week. The predators seem to be on the move, but the hunters prefer more snow.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked on a lot of snowmobile activity this past weekend, much of it due to the Arctic Blast event. Enforcement action was primarily taken for registration and speed issues. Anglers were also checked but local fishing action is still slow. Verkuilen also handled an injured deer complaint.
CO Jim Guida (Nisswa) checked area lakes for angling activity. Like many conservation officers, Guida attended division awards day, where numerous conservation officers throughout the state received awards for meritorious service. Officer Guida also fielded a call from an individual in a neighboring station relating to theft of property from a fish house.
CO Chad Sherack (Pequot Lakes) attended the annual awards ceremony at Camp Ripley, assisted with the annual Governor's Ride from Cragun's Resort on Gull, checked anglers, and checked snowmobilers. Officer Sherack found violations such as no angling license, fail to display snowmobile registration and unattended lines.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) found colder temperatures brought outdoor activity levels down. Some anglers were checked with a few crappies. Two angling complaints were called in and are currently under investigation.
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