District 5 — Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports the majority of his workload involved fishing, boating, and invasive species enforcement. Fishing and boating activity on Rainy Lake has increased significantly with the warm weather. An AIS check station was worked along Highway 33 near Saginaw with fellow officers. Wetland- and animal-related issues were also handled throughout the week. Enforcement action taken for the week involved an overlimit of fish, transporting uncountable fish, no license in possession, transporting aquatic macrophytes, and transporting a watercraft with the drain plug in.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time working AIS and angling enforcement over the week. With summer temperatures finally here, Zavodnik has noticed an increased amount of traffic on the waters. He wants to remind people, especially during this busy time of year, to have fun but to also to be watchful for watercraft, swimmers, and other potential hazards when navigating out on the waters. Some common violations found during the week included failure to remove plugs when transporting water-related equipment, transporting aquatic macrophytes, failure to retain a skin patch on dressed fish, and restrictions on packaging and wrapping fish.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports most of his time the previous week was spent on boating, fishing, and aquatic invasive species enforcement. An AIS detail was worked in the Saginaw area, where transporting water in livewells, transporting watercraft with drain plugs installed, and transporting aquatic vegetation were found to be common violations. He assisted with a reported complaint of an aggressive beaver attempting to keep people away from a dock near their cabin. He checked state campgrounds in the area, where people were enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to additional time off for the holiday.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports fishing reports overall to be poor. Boating and ATV activities were monitored. Area forest road and public access sites were checked. Equipment work is ongoing.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, and ATV activity. Angling success on Lake Vermilion was slower this past week, however, warmer weather brought more boating activity. Broughten also worked compliance with aquatic invasive species laws.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATV riders, AIS checkpoints near Saginaw and Vermilion Lake, and dealt with state park complaints including illegal dumping, illegal camping and indecent exposure. AIS checkpoint violation rates were high on one check point and nonexistent on the other. Bozovsky also worked a domestic animal trespass call on the area WMA and assisted the Hibbing Police Department with a child abduction call that turned out to be false. Enforcement action was taken on illegal dumping in a state park, indecent exposure, allowing a domestic animal to roam on a WMA, and several boating, PWC, ATV and AIS violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked anglers and boaters on Virginia-area lakes. Nicer weather brought out higher numbers of sportsmen and women. A few boaters were issued warnings for insufficient PFDs and lighting violations. ATV activity remains steady. A landowner contacted Frericks to report two ATVs stuck in a swamp on a snowmobile trail. At the time of the call, Frericks was several miles away and didn’t think he had a chance of finding the ATVs. The landowner added there were two State Troopers at an intersection just down the road from his house. With assistance from the troopers, the ATV operators were located. Both were wearing chest waders and told Frericks they planned on going mudding when they left their houses. The ATV operators were cited for operating on the snowmobile trail and carelessly upsetting the ecological balance of the wetland.
Aurora – vacant.