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Conservation Officer Report
Compiled By Richard Sprouse, Minnesota DNR, 800-366-8917, Ext 2511
Weekly Conservation Officer Report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Division of Enforcement
15011 Highway 115 (Camp Ripley)
Little Falls, MN 56345-4173

Report Fish & Game Violations
Call T.I.P. at 1-800-652-9093 or Cell #TIP



District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored duck hunting activity on Roseau River and Thief Lake WMAs.  Hunter success has been great. Assistance was given searching for missing persons at the Northwest Angle. Violations encountered during the week included taking non-game birds (grebes), hunt migratory waterfowl with toxic shot, shooting ducks from a boat while motoring, over limit of redheads, illegal party hunting for migratory waterfowl. An investigation is underway for the shooting of two swans. 

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked migratory waterfowl, along with big and small game. Calls for service included a vehicle vs. bear accident in where an individual struck a bear with his truck around 10:30 PM, he was unsure if the bear was killed as he was unable to locate it due to the time of the evening and the thick brush in the ditch. The individual called the next morning to report the incident, stating that the bear was severely wounded, if not dead, CO Benjamin canvassed the area of the incident and discovered the bear (dead) a short distance from the point of impact. Due to the temperature and elapsed time, the bear was in no shape to be gifted for its meat. Please report such incidents at the time of occurrence so that, if possible, we can make use of the resource and not allow it to go to waste.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) worked a detail in the BWCAW with CO Williams and CO Tetrault. Multiple contacts were made with anglers, campers, paddlers, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Time was also spent checking small game hunters and waterfowl hunters in the Warroad area. Success varied between groups, but a good variety of ducks were seen. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s office on an attempt to locate three missing boaters whose boat was found overturned near the NW Angle. Enforcement action taken for the week included: fail to display watercraft registration, insufficient PFDs on watercraft, no state waterfowl stamp, taking non-game migratory birds, transporting a loaded firearm, and driving without a license.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week of patrolling for small game and waterfowl hunters. Time was spent working ATV complaints as well as hunting complaints.  CO Prachar, along with CO’s Mishler and Huener, assisted local law enforcement in looking for victims of a boating accident near the NW Angle.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor waterfowl and bear hunting activity in the area. Follow up was conducted on a peat fire complaint and a Wetland Conservation Act violation. Enforcement action for the week included waterfowl stamp violations and ATV registration violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring ATV trail activity, angling activity on special regulation lakes, waterfowl and small game hunting activity throughout the week.  Time was spent working a security detail for the DNR Regional auction, handling various wildlife complaints, issuing car killed deer possession permits and working an ongoing bear hunting case. A burning complaint was investigated with enforcement action taken for burning prohibited materials and failure to comply with burning permit conditions.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area


CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working ATV complaint areas this week. Time was also spent checking duck hunters and small game hunters. Several prairie chicken hunters were also checked. Violations encountered included transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and take non-game migratory bird.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted with training at the academy.  With help of great volunteers and parents, a FAS field day was completed for 30 kids in the area.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored grouse and duck hunting activity in the area. Grouse hunting continues to improve as more and more leaves drop from the trees. Strong south winds have slowed the waterfowl migration and a majority of the birds taken have been local birds. Anglers were checked on area lakes with varying success. A security detail was worked for the annual state auction.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked waterfowl, grouse and big game hunting during the week. CO Holt received a timber trespass complaint and investigated a TIP complaint. Enforcement activity included hunting license violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and duck hunters. Fall walleye fishing is getting better. CO Vinton patrolled area WMAs for stands and dumping of trash.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) continued with waterfowl and bear enforcement, several grouse hunters, ATV riders and anglers/boaters were also checked. Two possible deer hunting violations were reported and follow-up continues.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a slower second weekend to duck hunting. Some hunters did well on ringbills with most reporting a slow weekend. Time was also spent checking fishermen, trespass issues, tree stands left on WMA and issues with hunters in a state park.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked small game and migratory waterfowl hunting activity. Many hunters contacted commented on not seeing many grouse but water fowlers were still finding a few birds. CO Warren followed up on open cases and met with Mahnomen Co. Attorney. Complaints of abandoned property on a WMA, possible illegal waterfowl hunting activity, and wetland conservation act violations were received and investigated. CO Warren worked a security detail at a state surplus auction. Trails were worked and contacts made with ATV riders.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week checking deer hunters, waterfowl hunters, ATV activity, and AIS activity in the Moorhead area. The officer also attended training in Nisswa. An injured northern harrier was collected from a concerned citizen. A wetland investigation was also conducted. Calls from the public included questions regarding disabled motor vehicle permits for deer hunting, trespassing complaints, shooting ducks near a residence, shooting clay targets in a residential area, questions about upcoming snowmobile safety classes, and a report of a deer with an arrow through its jaw. Several calls of stolen trail cameras were also received.

District 3 - Fergus Falls area


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports most duck hunters were reporting seeing very few birds over the weekend. However, some limits of ringneck ducks were reported with a few more redheads observed. Anglers continue to have good success with surface water temperatures starting to dip into fall ranges. Enforcement efforts were related to waterfowl violations and angling.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spoke to over 100 5th and 6th graders at Conservation Days in Wadena. Plautz investigated the illegal shooting of a golden plover and started working on a background investigation for the DNR Enforcement hiring process. Duck hunters were checked over the weekend as well as fishermen and archery hunters. A caller reported seeing a cougar near a schoolhouse where children frequently walk to and from school. The caller stated the cougar was dangerously close to the schoolhouse and was concerned for the safety of the kids. This officer would like to remind citizens these are federally protected animals. 

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, waterfowl hunters and deer hunters this past week. CO’s Nelson and Anderson worked on deer shining complaints and worked AIS enforcement checking boaters and duck hunters’ trailers for transporting vegetation. A call was handled regarding an injured hawk and several questions were answered about the upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVs and hunters. Bow hunters have been getting a few deer in the area and duck hunters haven’t had the greatest weather for duck hunting. Osborne has seen a few more geese show up in the area over the past week.  Enforcement action was taken early shooting at ducks, no state/federal stamps and unplugged shotgun.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports average waterfowl hunting pressure in both the Alex and Osakis stations this week. Several groups were checked throughout the week with only moderate success observed. Fishing activity remains steady with crappies and muskie drawing most attention. Assistance was given to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office with a deer poaching case. Several charges were filed on two individuals including taking big game out of season, taking big game without a license and transporting it with a motor vehicle.  Other violations for the week included angling with extra lines and no federal or state waterfowl stamps. Another successful FAS class was completed with a big thank you to the instructor group.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the second weekend waterfowl season, TIP complaints, fall angling activity and AIS law compliance. Waterfowl hunter success was actually higher. A few more ducks and geese have moved into the area.  Anderson received and investigated several TIP complaints about deer poaching with a firearm, over limit of ducks, hunting in a refuge, motor boat on a WMA, rallying ducks, decoys left in public waters, and a boat left unattended on a WPA. CO’s Anderson and Nelson had a work crew for water fowl hunting activity and archery deer hunter complaints. Several of the TIP complaints were from the vacant Wheaton station. Minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued as well as questions answered from the public regarding FAS certificates and using motor vehicles on WMAs and WPAs.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking waterfowl hunters, bow hunters, and fishermen. Additional time was spent on nuisance beaver complaints, injured animal calls, and performing maintenance on station equipment. Baumbarger assisted CO’s Anderson and Nelson in the vacant Wheaton station over the weekend working waterfowl hunters and archery deer hunters. Duck hunter numbers were down slightly from opening weekend, but hunters were still having success. 

Wheaton - vacant.

District 4 - Wadena area


CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) completed some training, checked archery deer hunters and small game hunters. Active cases were discussed during a meeting with the county attorney.  Parthun addressed trespassing complaints and waterfowl hunting complaints. Parthun assisted other DNR divisions with a DNR auction in Bemidji. Enforcement action was taken for littering, leaving a fire unattended and Aquatic Management Area violations. 

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports waterfowl hunters are still out with varied success.   Waterfowl hunters did a good job of cleaning gear for AIS issues. Deer baits and illegal deer stands were investigated, and assistance was provided on a wetlands project. Assistance was provided to local law enforcement on stolen property that was found in a river and recovered.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked grouse hunters, waterfowl and archery hunters over the weekend. Found most hunters satisfied with the outcome. He came upon a group of ATV riders in the road ditch assisting a member who had a rollover. She refused medical but was understandably shaken by the incident. Watercraft registration issues were addressed as well as abandon property on public land.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, small game hunting, waterfowl hunting and boating activity. Angling success slowed. During one contact with an angler CO Broughten found the angler not to have a fishing license. The angler stated he traveled early in the morning and no place was open to purchase an angling license. After further interview of the angler he was found to be using minnows as bait. When the angler was asked where he purchased his bait, he stated the bait shop in town. The bait shop sells fishing licenses, enforcement action was taken. The second week of duck season left most hunters unsuccessful stating they saw a limited number of ducks. CO Broughten also investigated a trespassing complaint, minnow trapping complaint, destruction of aquatic plants, and gave a presentation to the University of MN Crookston. Enforcement action included no small game license in possession, unplugged gun, no angling license in possession, illegal length walleye, no navigation lights on watercraft after sunset, and trespass.

Remer - vacant.

Walker - vacant.

District 5 - Eveleth area

CO Jimmy Van Asch (International Falls) monitored angling, small game, waterfowl, and ATV activities throughout the surrounding areas. A variety of duck species are being seen with mallards, redheads, ring-necks, and wood ducks showing up in hunter’s bags. Grouse hunting is still relatively slow although, hunters are still enjoying the nice fall weather. CO Van Asch wrapped up an ATV safety class with a field day for students. Enforcement actions was taken for illegal length sturgeon, toxic shot, no small game license in possession, operate an ATV/OHM on a public highway, ATV operator under 18 without helmet, and fail to display valid ATV registration.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads with poor to limited success on grouse hunting observed. Public access sites continue to be monitored. Questions from the public and various permits issued. Fishing activities were monitored with poor success noted.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reported while teaching students in a firearms safety class, a unique opportunity to drive a teaching point home occurred. While the officer was explaining trespassing laws and how ethical sportsmen and women obey all the laws, a call came in over the officer’s radio, dispatching him to a hunting trespass call the was occurring. The students were able to appreciate what was being taught was not theoretical but was real life and something they need to be cognizant of while recreating. The officer was able to return after the call and go into further detail on repercussions of violating trespass laws. The students that participated in the class were outstanding, and it was amazing to see such dedication and excitement from the future of outdoor sports. The officer also worked waterfowl, angling, and small game hunting during the week. Enforcement was taken on trespass violations, posting violations, and an unplugged firearm.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked small game hunters during the week. A complaint of a truck on a designated ATV trail is on-going with the suspect identified. A motorcycle was dealt with after it was found going cross country in the state forest. A grouse hunter that moved to Minnesota lagged in getting his Minnesota driver’s license so he couldn’t obtain a resident small game license. He didn’t want to spend the money on a non-resident license so he gambled and hunted without a license. He lost his gamble and was cited.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Virginia and spent time preparing reports to be turned into court. Area duck hunters were checked with enforcement action being taken for no state waterfowl stamp. CO Frericks visited a site where a landowner was draining a wetland. The case is ongoing. In his travels, CO Frericks located a baited deer stand and after checking the stand several times for a hunter, finally found someone in the stand hunting over the bait. The bow hunter was issued a citation for hunting deer over bait and his bow was seized.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked grouse hunters and most report seeing few birds, the leaves are changing and dropping fast which will improve hunting. Fredin has received concerned calls about a cub bears welfare seen alone eating apples from peoples yards. Enforcement was taken on ATV roadway violations. Fishing activity was check on Lake Vermillion and most seem to be catching fish.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.

District 6 - Two Harbors area


CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent most of the week patrolling areas of the BWCA by canoe with the assistance of Officers Tetrault and Mishler. The focus was on small game and angling enforcement. Many hunters and anglers were contacted, and compliance was found to be fairly high. Although the wild rice was mostly gone, many species of waterfowl were still around including teal, wood ducks, mallards, black ducks, and geese. Violations included operating an unregistered watercraft and failure to display current watercraft registration.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked grouse hunters and some fishing activity. Fishing was reportedly okay, but the grouse were not real visible and the hunters were just about as scarce. An unregistered ATV was observed running down the paved county highway at a high rate of speed in violation of the state law. During the contact, the man said he was headed to the repair shop about five miles away to get his wood splitter. He admitted that he would have to haul the splitter down the busy state highway several miles as well to get it home. His reason for using the ATV was that it was the only vehicle he had with a ball hitch. The officer didn’t even bother to ask how he got the splitter to the shop in the first place.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports lots of leaf lookers and grouse hunters out on the backroads during the week jockeying for position. A poor grouse would die of dust inhalation if they were to stick around the edge of the road. The CO took call of a bear that charged a grouse hunter to within just a few feet before the hunter fired a shot from his shotgun scaring the bear away. The hunter was not sure whether or not he hit the bear.  The CO assisted wildlife with the retrieval of a dead yearling moose. Unregistered canoes were also encountered during the week.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled ATV trails and forest roads checking grouse hunters and riders. CO Manning checked boat accesses and followed up on open big game cases. The officer also helped with a Firearms Safety Class field day in Grand Portage.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked duck and grouse hunting enforcement and patrolled in the BWCA. Duck hunting pressure is nearly non-existent, although some ringnecks were observed in the area. Violations encountered included possession of lead shot while duck hunting and two instances of transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Several folks noted seeing moose while out and about.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting activity. Many people were out in the woods this week with the great fall weather. Time was also spent working ATV activity, and looking into a fishing complaint.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking small game and waterfowl hunters. The officer assisted in teaching firearm maintenance to the Academy. Anglers along the North Shore streams were monitored.  These anglers had little success while trying to catch the spawning salmon and multiple violations were found. The officer responded to TIP calls.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked bear hunting, waterfowl, and small game activity during the week. Grouse hunters are still seeing few grouse in the dense cover but hunters with dogs were finding some birds. Fall colors are becoming brilliant along the ridges of the North Shore bring lots of folks to the North woods. Enforcement action was taken for failure to register bear baits and license violations. Murray also gave a law presentation to a youth firearms safety class.

District 7 - Grand Rapids area


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Investigated complaints on illegal bough harvesting, a possible waterfowl overlimit, and shooting from a motor vehicle. Continued work on pending cases and handled calls on a car killed eagle and a bear. Enforcement action taken for shooting at waterfowl while motorized boat is underway.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, boating activity, worked ATV activity, checked small game hunters, waterfowl hunters, and worked commercial enforcement. He assisted with trapping enforcement training at the academy, and assisted with a FAS class in Bigfork.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked waterfowl enforcement, investigated baiting complaints, and checked small game hunters. The area lakes have been busy with the nice weather. Angler success is good. Ring-neck ducks have moved into the area. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft registration issues.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking small game and big game hunters. She also took a couple reports of nuisance bears where the activity was located in two separate areas of her station. She took a report concerning an injured swan and a dead swan, the two were unrelated. She investigated a trespass complaint and a wolf depredation complaint.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked duck hunting activity with limited success had by hunters. Enforcement action was taken for shooting at waterfowl during closed hours and hunting without a state waterfowl stamp. CO Sutherland also performed a site visit where aquatic vegetation was destroyed on a local lake.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked ATVs and state forest campgrounds. He checked small game and waterfowl hunters. He also handled a litter and wetland complaint during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working hunting and fishing activity.  Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation ATV, passengers under 18 without helmets and seat belts. Wichmann also assisted with Academy training at Camp Ripley.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region 2 ATV Officer) checked ATV riders and OHM riders. He followed up on illegal motor use in state forests this past week. CO Velsvaag also had a court hearing and completed some required annual training.

District 8 - Duluth area


CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent a large part of the week working on waterfowl and archery deer hunting investigations. Many telephone calls were returned, night complaint areas for deer shining were worked, and AIS enforcement was also worked. Many small game hunters were also checked during the week. Special beaver permits and a couple wetlands complaints were also investigated. 

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked archery deer hunters much of the week. One case involved a Duluth archery hunter that did not harvest a doe prior to taking an antlered deer.   The officer spoke at a firearms safety class in east Duluth. An investigation was completed on a wolf depredation complaint involving a cattle farmer and numerous wildlife complaints were also handled.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked off-highway vehicle, big game, and small game hunting activity during the week. CO Humphrey also continued checking waterfowl hunters throughout the week. Hunter success varied with fewer hunters and waterfowl observed compared to opener. Teal were the most commonly seen bird in Hunters bags. Grouse hunters were out in abundance seeing and flushing more birds. Hunter success harvesting them was marginal. CO Humphrey also received calls on nuisance and injured wildlife, suspicious road hunting activity, unlawful ATV operation, and car killed Deer. CO Humphrey participated in a local area search and rescue training exercise near Moose Lake.  An ATV accident was also reported in the Moose Lake area over the weekend. Violations encountered included unlawful youth ATV operation, possession of toxic shot, no Federal Duck stamps, unsigned stamps, and no license in possession. A wetland resource protection notification and restoration order was issued.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with teaching new officers trapping enforcement at Camp Ripley. Assistance was provided at a mock plane crash drill in the Moose Lake area with several fire departments and the sheriff’s office attending. A call of an illegally taken deer in the Duluth area was investigated with a neighboring officer. It turned out that the deer was wounded the night before and the hunter was unable to locate it. The deer was turned over to the hunter. Area trails were patrolled and enforcement action was taken for ATV violations and litter. One check along the St. Louis River revealed an angler fishing without a license.  He was cited accordingly.

Lake Superior Marine Unit


CO Keith Olson (Marine Unit) worked waterfowl hunters and small game hunters during the week. ATV complaint areas were worked. Officer Olson assisted with a firearms safety class presentation in east Duluth. Numerous questions regarding the upcoming big game season were handled.

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked waterfowl hunters and late season lake trout trollers on a sunny but cool week. A large gray wolf watched the officer paddle by while crossing a duck lake to reach a blind. Complaints of late shooting were received and reports of road hit deer and bear were handled. Enforcement actions were taken for angling and ATV violations.

District 9 - Brainerd area


CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports focusing on waterfowl enforcement. Numerous waterfowl hunters were checked and complaints of duck hunter harassment and illegal decoys were investigated with enforcement contacts made for toxic shot, overlimit of wood ducks, no small game license or HIP certification, no PFDs in duck boats, and decoys left unattended illegally. Other activity included investigation of deer baiting and a TIP call resulting in enforcement for fishing illegally.   

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite continues to be slow. He checked boats for AIS, violation detected were weed on the trailer and zebra mussel attached to the weeds. He also worked on a report of a dock service provider. The complaint was the provider had been hauling lifts from Gull Lake without cleaning the sediment, weed and zebra mussel off of boat lifts. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury forest and people shooting in restricted areas were investigated. He worked on complaints of persons cutting aquatic vegetation with weed rollers without a permit.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) took calls of a person removing a beaver dam and lodge, dogs chasing deer, a gunshot after dark, and of a person lost in a large wildlife management area.  Several people reported a large pile of household trash dumped on public land. The people responsible were found and are cleaning the mess up as part of the consequences.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) attended a public meeting and answered questions regarding aquatic invasive species. An enforcement detail was worked with a neighboring Officer which led to enforcement action. Officer Guida also investigated a hunting deer over bait and the violator, if apprehended, faces revocation, substantial fines, and loss of archery equipment. One group of hunters checked ended up watching ducks all morning instead of hunting since a limited gas supply did not allow them to retrieve their forgotten shotguns in the truck.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) monitored waterfowl hunting throughout the week. CO McGowan also assisted in training activities at Camp Ripley with the new CO academy class. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl violations. 

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear, archery deer, angling and waterfowl enforcement during the week. Trespass and property line concerns were also addressed.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) made several contacts this week on the water with anglers. She also spoke with several small game and archery hunters. Duck and small game hunters had to work hard for their birds but all were in agreement that you can’t beat the weather. 

District 10 - Mille Lacs area


CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling activity including a TIP call resulting in an extra line citation. Small game hunters are reporting similar grouse numbers to last year but very few shots due to leaf cover. Verkuilen also followed up on a shining case, worked on equipment maintenance and attended training.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail in the boundary waters. Many people were found enjoying the fall weather. Small game hunters, anglers and waterfowl hunters were checked. Violations that were found were using toxic shot for waterfowl, no federal waterfowl stamp and expired watercraft registration. Other enforcement action included failing to remove a drain plug from a watercraft and possession of marijuana.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working waterfowl hunters during the week and weekend. A few hunters had some birds but most felt our northern birds had no come through yet. The Officer assisted at Camp Ripley for Scenario Day for trapping week with the new Conservation Officers. Calls regarding nuisance beaver were fielded and permits were issued. Small game hunters were out enjoying the nice fall weather and most had at least seen a few birds and a few hunters had shot a couple of them. Information on a burning related complaint and illegal use of a truck on a closed trail were followed up on. Assistance was given to a neighboring Officer on a big game related case and permit was issued to a party to allow the party to operate during closed hours during the rifle deer season. A call regarding questions on dogs chasing deer was also fielded. Lots of big game, waterfowl, ATV, OHM, fishing and small game related law questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for various waterfowl related violations. 

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted the Carlton County Sheriff’s deputies with searches of two females believed to be in possession of narcotics. She followed up on a possible public waters violation and issued the responsible party a resource protection notification. Speldrich received information of possible waterfowl hunter harassment, the call was unfounded. She checked small game hunters and ATV operators.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked waterfowl, small game, and bow hunting activities. A law/ethic talk was given to a FAS class, along with assistance in setting up for field day. ATV activity was worked with enforcement action taken for registration issues. Assistance was given to other law enforcement agencies with traffic hazards, road kill animals, and a vehicle roll-over where the suspect fled on foot. CO Starr fielded a 911 call from remote hike-in campers in Kathio State Park who stated they were “freaking out” and would not leave their tent. CO Starr found the young adult campers, calmed them down around their fire, and walked them out to their vehicle. Some fatherly advice was given about remote camping, avoiding horror movies, and what was causing each “scary noise” in the forest.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked waterfowl hunting activity that included a handful of complaints of hunters attempting to take ducks and geese later than 4pm. A firearms safety field day was held that involved about 45 kids from all around the state. The field day included young hunters from a local, traditional firearms safety class and kids from around the state that completed the online firearms safety class. Other work included investigating complaints of filling a wetland, checking fall anglers and monitoring bear hunting and archery deer hunting.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking waterfowl and small game hunters.  He monitored ATV complaint areas, checked local WMAs, and spent time monitoring anglers and boaters for AIS compliance. Numerous questions were answered about the upcoming deer season and state forest regulations.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and wildlife management areas checking archery deer hunters, waterfowl and small game hunters. Hunters reported slow activity on waterfowl. Most hunters were having luck with wood ducks but seeing few mallards. Grouse seem to be in few numbers but archery hunters were seeing a few more deer as fall winds up.

District 11 - St. Cloud area


CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked duck hunters, bow hunters, and anglers. Duck hunting success dropped off a bit from last weekend. One group checked had shot at a loon and shot a cormorant. Enforcement action was taken. Other enforcement action taken included no PFD, transport loaded shotgun and leave decoys in water over night. Thesing spoke at the St. John’s bow hunt dinner. Time was spent assisting with the CO academy. 

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked on a tip call. CO Mies checked waterfowl hunters.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) began work on a background investigation. A WCA Restoration Order was served. Angling, hunting, and recreational vehicle activities were checked.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked waterfowl, fishing and AIS this week.  The officer also followed up on a deer baiting case with enforcement action taken.  Numerous questions were taken regarding the public access on Lake Koronis.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week following up on a wetland case. CO Silgjord also patrolled the station for big game activity. An illegal fire within city limits was located with enforcement action being taken.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) coordinated to have the candidates from the CO Academy at Camp Ripley visit the Pierz Elementary School. Candidates not only got to practice their public speaking skills but provided positive interaction with students and teachers. A report was received about an elk that escaped from a game farm, contact with the owner has been unsuccessful and further investigation is taking place. Several deer shining complaints were reported and surveillance will be conducted of the areas.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a call of a person with a fox in a dog kennel in the city limits.  The fox was found to be a game farm artic fox legally acquired. An ongoing dogs chasing deer complaint was handled where the dog owners have repeatedly been talked to about tying up their dogs when they are gone to work. The dogs have shown up on multiple neighbors’ game cameras and when CO Kuske asked the dog owner if they deer hunted they said no they did not. An ATV trespass complaint was handled where the trespassers had their picture on the landowner’s game camera. Waterfowl opener was successful in the area with every hunting group checked having birds but also almost every group had a violation. The violations encountered included no state stamp, no small game license, no federal stamp in possession, no HIP certification, lead shot, no PFDs, unattended decoys, early shooting and loaded firearms in underway watercraft.

St. Cloud - vacant.

District 12 - Princeton area


CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking duck hunters in the area.  Even with low numbers of ducks, many hunters took to the areas swamps. CO Langevin received a call of two squirrel hunters in the Carlos Avery WMA refuge. The hunters were found and enforcement action was taken. CO Langevin also spoke to an area Firearms Safety Class. This will be the last Monday Morning Report from Officer Langevin as he’s been promoted to Lieutenant and will supervise district 12.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked waterfowl, small game, and archery hunters as well as anglers. Investigation on hunter harassment, public water Violations, wanton waste, and dogs chasing deer calls were handled. Officer Londgren also attended fall fest at SNWR, had a ride along, and spoke at a FAS class.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) worked hunting TIP calls and shining complaint areas. Anglers, waterfowl hunters, and archery deer hunters were checked and nuisance animal calls were received.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked waterfowl hunters and deer hunters. He followed up on a TIP call where he issued summons and written warnings for operating a motor boat in a SNA, no federal stamp, transporting loaded guns in a motor boat, no life jackets and Allowing juveniles to violate the fish and game laws. He assisted a neighboring Officer on a deer case charges pending. He answered a number of questions pertaining to trespassing laws, the Mississippi River Islands and nuisance beaver concerns. He attended the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Fall Festival with the TIP trailer and answered a number of questions pertaining to the Wall of Shame. 

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted with training at the academy. A complaint of illegal bear hunting investigation was completed with charges pending in Cook County. A small game hunter was found hunting on a suspended license with enforcement action taken. Three juveniles swamped their duck boat and were luckily rescued by another hunter. This incident could have been much worse, because no lifejackets were on board. Parents were notified and assisted in retrieving the overturned boat and the guns and boat motor from the bottom of the lake. Other enforcement action was taken for hunting without small game license, no federal waterfowl stamp, no HIP certification, possession of lead shot and no PFD on board watercraft.

Princeton - vacant.

District 13 - West Metro area


CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) presented at two firearm safety classes and continued to investigate ongoing complaints. CO Grewe also attended a district meeting and did some equipment maintenance. 

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) reports fall activity has picked up and many sportsmen and women are out enjoying the mild and beautiful days of early autumn. Boating and angling has slowed but some anglers are still out enjoying the water with varying success. She encountered several youth out waterfowl and small game hunting around the county. Numerous calls were taken with questions regarding available public hunting land and Leuthardt wants to encourage citizens to visit the Minnesota DNR website for detailed maps of available public hunting areas. Leuthardt investigated several TIP calls and complaints of trespassing.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked duck hunting and angling activity in the west metro area. He investigated a vegetation complaint on Lake Minnetonka and responded to nuisance animal calls. Officer Lee also investigated a trespass complaint while small game hunting in southeast Minnesota.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling State Park and Waconia for angling and hunting activity. He responded to calls regarding the illegal use of waterfowl decoys, waterfowl hunting after hours, and general deer hunting regulations. He took enforcement action for unsigned federal duck stamps. He also attended a district meeting in Saint Paul.

Bloomington - vacant.

Mound - vacant.

Waconia - vacant.

District 14 - East Metro area


CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for big game and small game hunting activity. CO Salzer assisted with academy training at Camp Ripley. Salzer also continued to work on some ongoing investigations and reports.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) took various TIP calls that included hunter harassment, trespassing, shooting early and litter. She checked waterfowl and small game hunters in Anoka County and worked fishing and boating enforcement on local lakes. CO Kruse worked AIS enforcement at area accesses, did equipment maintenance and started on a background investigation. She took a call of a bear in Circle Pines and a buck in Oakdale with a hockey goalie net stuck on its antlers.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking archery deer and waterfowl hunters.  He worked a District AIS detail in St Paul Park and fielded calls about nuisance animals and waterfowl hunting. CO Arntzen also issued a special beaver permit and did equipment maintenance.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he worked with the AIS check station on the Mississippi River in St. Paul Park. He responded to a litter complaint on Beaver Lake in St. Paul. CO Johnson checked duck hunters, and small game hunters throughout the week. He spoke to a firearms safety class at Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring waterfowl hunters and ATV activity in the area. He followed up on a case from the previous weekend on hunting in a refuge area and enforcement action was taken. Enforcement action for the week included hunting without license and transporting loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl, big game, and small game hunters around the east metro WMAs and lakes. Anglers were also checked around the east metro lakes and rivers. CO Pril responded to tip complaints and answered miscellaneous animal calls. Violations included hunting waterfowl without a small game license and stamps, unplugged gun, transport loaded firearms, trespass and juvenile operating ATV without helmet and safety certificate.

Eagan - vacant.

Metro Officer - vacant.

District 15 - Marshall area


CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working archery deer and waterfowl hunters.  Fewer duck hunters were afield and much fewer ducks were seen in the area. Soybean harvest is virtually complete. Corn waits and moisture is predicted before Pheasant Opener.  Antlerless deer licensing questions continue to dominate conversations. Firearms Safety was taught in Lake Wilson. Enforcement action was taken for fishing license violations and waterfowl license and stamp violations.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) investigated several complaints of duck hunters hunting until sunset. A trespassing complaint south of Montevideo is under investigation. Remember to always have permission when hunting private lands. A law and ethics talk was given to the Montevideo firearms safety class.  

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked AIS, angling, archery deer hunting and waterfowl hunting activity during the week. Waterfowl hunters are reminded to check the regulations book, regarding the split seasons in the central & south zones. A Firearms Safety class was attended in Benson. Big game violations were encountered.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked waterfowl, archery deer, fishing, boating, and ATV enforcement. Saturday was the start of the fall turkey season which added another group of hunters to the woods. Duck hunting success dropped from opening weekend as the local ducks have started to wise up. A few smaller flocks of divers are beginning to move into the area. Waterfowl hunters are reminded that the season is closed in the south zone from Oct. 5 through Oct. 14. Season will open back up again MEA Weekend October 15. An aeration system permittee training session was attended in New Ulm.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Redwood Falls - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.

District 16 - New Ulm area


CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) followed up on wetland complaints where there was tile being laid through a wetland. Klehr picked up an eagle that was hit and injured by a passing vehicle along Highway 15 while it was eating on a deer that was hit earlier in the week. A firearms safety class was also attended where Klehr spoke with the kids about the rules and ethics of hunting. Other time during the week was spent checking duck hunters and anglers. 

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted with the academy at Camp Ripley. She also worked on a background investigation.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continued working waterfowl enforcement throughout the week. The number of ducks harvested per hunter was down significantly from opening weekend. However, a variety of duck species were checked in hunter’s bags compared to opening weekend and none were teal. Enforcement action taken for no license, taking from open water, unplugged shotguns, short PFDs, no federal stamp, no state stamp, no HIP certification. Oberg also answered questions related to water access and also took questions on the upcoming firearms deer season. Instruction was also given at the Conservation Officer academy.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received information regarding waterfowl hunting before and after legal shooting hours, suspected waterfowl hunting with unplugged shotguns, and possible shining activity. He primarily worked waterfowl, big game, boating, and fishing activities. Waterfowl hunters were still taking primarily teal, wood ducks, mallards, red heads and ring necks. Success was spotty.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked sport fishing, small game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunting. He attended an aeration workshop conducted in Windom and completed his radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ. Gruhlke responded to several calls on home office phone concerning beaver issues and questions about the waterfowl season and upcoming pheasant season.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended two firearms safety classes and taught the rules and regulations portion of those classes. Waterfowl hunters were checked. Hunters need to remember PFD’s if they use a watercraft. Trespassing complaints were investigated. Attendance was made at a winter lake aeration meeting. Bow hunting activity is increasing.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.

District 17 - Mankato area


CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked waterfowl hunters and ATV operators. CO Howe also attended a meeting for the permittee/operators of aeration systems with neighboring officers.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to handle trespassing complaints. Waterfowl hunters were checked. The officer spent time on the Minnesota River checking anglers.  Wildlife Management Areas were patrolled as well.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked hunting, fishing, and recreational vehicle enforcement.  Waterfowl hunters experienced some success after the mid-week cool down. Nuisance beaver issues were addressed.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, ATV operators, as well as small game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunters during the week. The DNR lasershot was staffed for a Greenwing event at the Steele County Ducks Unlimited banquet. The officer located one hunter who stated that he wasn’t having much luck hunting game as he had only got one shot.  The hunter’s luck took a turn for the worse when the officer discovered the hunter had drove to this location on a suspended driver license, had a warrant for his arrest, and was hunting without a license while his hunting privileges were revoked.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working small game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunting, and AIS compliance. The fall turkey hunting opener was worked over the weekend.  Waterfowl hunters checked continued to have moderate success. CO Chihak attended the Adams Firearms Safety field day at the LeRoy Rod & Gun Club.   

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station checking anglers, boaters, and waterfowl hunters. Officer Ihnen checked a group of hunters and was impressed by their youngest member, a six-year-old, who was able to positively identify all of the different species of ducks that his dad and older brother had harvested. CO Ihnen also checked deer hunters and responded to a number of TIP calls and other hunting complaints from the public.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.

District 18 - Rochester area


CO Phil George (Rochester) worked small game, waterfowl and deer hunting issues. Work was completed on a trespass complaint. Several phone calls to the public were returned. Enforcement action included, trespass posted property, transport loaded gun, and possession of toxic shot.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and waterfowl hunters during the week. Fishing success is still pretty good. Lots of ducks were around in certain areas and several overlimit cases were made. Other waterfowl calls were handled with hunters mistaking cormorants and swans as legal birds. 

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week on the river as well as providing training at Camp Ripley for the new conservation officers. Ducking hunting has slowed a little and the break will allow the birds to filter in and become comfortable before the next opener. Pan fishermen are still catching some fish and the deer hunters are seeing a few more deer. 

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working small game hunters and archery deer hunters. Success was limited. CO Boyum also spent time checking turkey hunters out over the opening weekend. A few birds were seen in the bag and most hunters reported seeing birds. Time was spent assisting at the academy. CO Boyum also investigated trespass complaints.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports continued good duck hunting with some new ducks moving into the area along with Wisconsin opening their duck season. He investigated complaints of duck hunting in closed area and hunters shooting a swan. In the case where the swan was shot, there were several groups of hunters that had observed the shooting of the swan but none of them took the time to report the incident. The fishing in the area has also been good for panfish and walleye.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking waterfowl hunting, small game hunting, turkey hunting and archery hunting activity. Time was also spent checking anglers and ATV activity. Fishing success is picking up in the area and small game hunters were reporting seeing a few more grouse. Some fishing, waterfowl and state forest violations were detected.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fall fishing keeps getting better. No new ducks have moved into the area. Duck hunters still average about two birds per hunter. He assisted Wisconsin wardens with their waterfowl school and followed up on several deer and trespass complaints.

Rochester #2 - vacant.

Training Section


Conservation Officer Candidates were trained in trapping enforcement during their final week of the academy. COC’s participated in force on force scenarios and were trained in building search tactics. COC’s spent part of a day at the Pierz Elementary with 4th through 6th graders. The COC’s put presentations together for the children on various topics related to the DNR. COC’s were provided information in preparation of their upcoming field training. The COC’s will graduate and move on to field training Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Aviation Section

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew Hubbard County photos for forest assessment and marten and wolf telemetry. Heineman also gave low level wavier rides in the scout and the helicopter.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of helicopter training. Jensen also started fish stocking operations. A night and instrument currency flight was flown too.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen reports finishing two major projects. The final creel survey was completed as well as the photo inventory of Hubbard County.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued helicopter flight training with one of the pilots. He also took part in a search and rescue training exercise, with CO’s Collette and Scott near Moose Lake. It involved a simulated downed aircraft, and responders came from state, county, volunteer fire and rescue, an EMS helicopter, DNR helicopter with Flir, and 12 sheriffs mounted patrol. Nearly 80 personnel took part in the exercise. 

Water Resource Enforcement Officers


WREO Mike Scott worked with other conservation oriented folks in Carlton County on a two day conservation education days where education about AIS was provided to 5th graders in Carlton County. Students visited 10 different stations in the woods throughout the day learning about different conservation education. Officer Scott spent time working on two background investigations for possible candidates for Conservation Officer Academy next spring. Officer Scott participated in a mock training exercise in Carlton County where a small aircraft crashed. For this training exercise The DNR Helicopter was requested to assist in locating the down aircraft with officers providing aerial search and support for the exercise. Excellent training for all participating with multiple agencies represented.

WREO Joe Stattelman (Region 1) spent the week working on WCA and PW cases. Fishermen and hunters were checked. Boaters and AIS law compliance was worked. Site visits were conducted.

WREO Robert Haberman (R2) worked AIS enforcement throughout his assigned area. WREO Haberman worked on wetland and public water cases in his area. WREO Haberman also checked for small game hunters and ATV users on public lands.

WREO Keith Bertram (R3) spent most of the week concentrating on waterfowl and AIS enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, insufficient boating safety equipment, and several unplugged guns. AIS compliance was good.

WREO Julie Siems (R3) worked a large event educating school aged kids about invasive species and provided demonstrations with K9 Brady of zebra mussel detection. A check station for AIS violations was also worked. Small game hunters and anglers were checked as well.  Background investigations for the department also started.

WREO Larry Hanson (R4) attended the 2015 Children’s Festival at the MN State Fair Grounds in St. Paul with children and teachers from several metro schools in attendance for demonstrations from K-9 Reggie and K-9 Brady. An AIS complaint was followed up on in Kandiyohi County. A WCA violation was followed up on in Sibley County. Hunters and fishermen were checked on area lakes, rivers and WMA’s.

Enforcement Education


Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions
If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov  for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov.  Students are reminded that they must complete the online portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. See www.mndnr.gov for details.
Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder---anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate.  In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements.  Check before you go!!! 

Reminder---Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate.  Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder---Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

  SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS. If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer.  Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

See Also:
Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions
If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for the online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov  for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov.  Students are reminded that they must complete the online portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. See www.mndnr.gov for details.

Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder---anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate.  In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements.  Check before you go! 

Reminder---Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate.  Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder---Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.


If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer.  Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

See Also:

NE RTO Shelly Patten was a presenter on Hunter Safety – Tree Stand Safety at MN Safety Council Conference in Duluth. Patten worked with WDIO Channel 10 Duluth on a Hunter Safety News presentation. Patten met with Wildlife personnel from Region 2 and Region 1 for Wildlife Qualification shoot at Itasca gun club in Grand Rapids. Thirty employees were certified on a variety of firearms. Patten attended training in Walker through ATOM – Association of Training Officers in Minnesota. Patten checked small game and waterfowl hunters.  Patten fielded many phone calls and requests for Firearms Safety training. Patten reviewed Snowmobile Safety online curriculum.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence worked on final touches to the 2016 snowmobile regulations booklet before it went to print. Also, CO Lawrence completed maintenance on ATVs used in a recent OHV event. CO Lawrence setup training for a MNUSA (MN United Snowmobilers association) fall workshop event taking place in late October. CO Lawrence completed follow-up research from a recent meeting with ARMCA (off highway) held at St. Paul central office. CO Lawrence assisted DNR Wildlife with a dead sharp-shinned hawk at an area residence and was turned in for educational use and research. CO Lawrence answered calls from citizens regarding waterfowl hunting, fall fishing regulations, OHV operations with youth under 16, and firearms deer season in state park areas.   
SW Metro Kevin Neitzke returned calls and emails for firearms safety field day registrations and volunteer safety instructor clinic registrations. He assisted with training at the Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley. RTO Neitzke attended a metro District meeting. He also ran a firearms safety online field day in Dakota County.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent the week working on instructor backgrounds, preparing for upcoming classes, and dealt with an instructor complaint. ATV/Snowmobile instructor training was conducted in New Ulm.  

NW RTO Jeff Halverson taught a FAS Instructor Clinic in Clearbrook. Halverson got called out on shots fired and a case was made for taking a deer at night using headlights. Halverson conducted a wildlife identification class at Wadena Co. Soil and Water Conservation Days for local 5/6th grade classes.

RTO                                                               PHONE NUMBERS/E-MAIL:
NE RTO Shelly Patten                                   218-244-8051       
West Central RTO Frank Rezac                     320-230-8549   frank.rezac@state.mn.us
Rec Veh Coord Bruce Lawrence                    651-674-6184    bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Dan McBroom                        507-843-2032    daniel.mcbroom@state.mn.us
SW Metro RTO Kevin Neitzke                      651-463-3168    kevin.neitzke@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist:  Vacant

Education Specialist:  Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator:  Vacant



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