District 5 — Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports the first part of last week was spent instructing fellow officers in emergency vehicle operations and response at Camp Ripley. Animal-related complaints and ATV operation complaints were handled throughout the week as well. The week ended with conducting a game and fish check at the International Falls U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Enforcement action for the week included an overlimit of fish, transporting unidentifiable and uncountable fish, and license violations.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time working ATV and angling enforcement during the week. Water temperatures have risen and fishing success has noticeably seemed to pick up while talking to and checking anglers over the past week. Zavodnik reminds OHV operators to know the rules and regulations regarding them, including age restrictions, legal roadways for ATV travel, transfer of ownership, and general operations. He also spent time at U.S. Customs working angling and AIS enforcement. A few violations found over the week included possessing fish unlawfully taken or possessed in Canada, failure to drain a livewell, bilges, etc., failure to complete an independent study before continuing to operate an ATV, and a parent/guardian allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a minor.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports boating and angling were the prominent activities this past week. Anglers reported that success has been better than the previous week. Commercial activity was monitored for compliance. A landowner was contacted when open fires were noted on their property in the middle of the day. It was found they did not have permit and the fires were extinguished. Along with a neighboring officer, Slatinski assisted with locating a canoe on the Littlefork River that had been reported by another paddler. The canoe was lodged up against a rock in the middle of the river and was full of water. The reporting party had also found camping gear floating further downstream several days prior to getting off the river. The canoe was located and the owner was identified. The owner said everyone was accounted for and nobody was injured.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes for angling and boating activities. Public access sites were visited. Beaver complaints continue. Area forest roads were checked. Equipment work was completed and various office tasks were completed.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, and ATV activity. Anglers reported limited success this past week. He worked compliance with AIS laws, assisted local law enforcement with a welfare check on a Lake Vermilion island and attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a firearms safety and bowhunter education class at the Laurentian Learning Center in Britt. Nice weather brought out plenty of boaters onto Virginia-area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for registration and PFD violations. ATV activity remains steady with a wide variety of violations including driving after revocation, registration issues and operating ATVs on snowmobile trails.