District 5 — Eveleth area
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent the week focused mainly on snowmobile enforcement. Hundreds of snowmobilers from as far as Iowa were taking advantage of the great trailing riding and reasonable temperatures. The most common violation encountered was excessive speed. There were a couple occasions where snowmobile operators were pulled over less than a minute apart due to speeding violations. When asked why they thought they were pulled over, all operators quickly admitted to knowing that they were going too fast. Zavodnik also received his results from a fish overlimit case he had been working on. The suspect will be facing more than $500 in fines with restitution. Time was also spent working lake enforcement with a U.S. Park Ranger in the Voyageurs National Park.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports the week began assisting the organizers of the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon with the start of the race. The extreme conditions tested the limits of some very determined athletes. Road crossings and trail use were monitored throughout the day. Snowmobile use and angling activity were suppressed due to the weather, although an uptick in snowmobile activity was observed as more temperate conditions entered the area closer to the weekend. He fielded a call of an injured deer showing up on property within the city of International Falls.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring snowmobile activities on state trails. Above-zero temperatures brought out numerous snowmobiles along with numerous violations. Equipment work was tended to and administrative tasks were completed. Fishing activity is low.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity. Anglers continued to report limited success on Lake Vermilion and surrounding lakes. Cold weather during the week limited recreational activity, however, the warmer weekend brought out a lot of snowmobiles. Speed continued to be the primary violation for snowmobilers. Many of the snowmobilers stopped were in excess of 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. More reports of snowmobile crashes with operators sustaining serious injuries were reported again this week. Broughten also attended training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action included angling and snowmobiling violations.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports with the break in the weather the trails were busy this past weekend. He spent most of the time patrolling on his snowmobile. Hopkins took enforcement action on numerous speeding violations. Other violations included registration and stop sign infractions.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers, snowmobiles and ATVs. A bobcat-killing-chickens complaint was handled and a mounted gray wolf was delivered to the Hibbing High School for an educational display. Enforcement action was taken on unlicensed fish house and snowmobile and ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent most of the week looking for any outdoor activity. Extreme cold kept most people inside. As the weather warmed up, however, the activity on area snowmobile trails and lakes increased dramatically. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered snowmobiles and no angling license in possession.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) found little to no activity during the cold spell. Fredin attended a firearms safety meeting and time was spent working snowmobile trails after the cold spell passed.