By Tyler Trieglaff

Notes from the Chief

You will see below that the Frazee Police Department has started to look at nuisance properties in town. The properties that the officers are deemed to be a nuisance will receive a letter and/or a visit from an officer explaining the situation.  

In the past, we have issued letters to violators with some complying and most not. In the past our main concern was inoperable vehicles which many people have taken the initiative to get them removed from their property. The city wide cleanup is also happening this week so there may be some properties in compliance after the cleanup is over. Please do your part to help make Frazee a clean town to live and work in.

As for the calves, the magic number is 52 alive and kickin’ in the pasture. We are on the downhill run with 15 or so left to calve. I did have an interesting last Saturday in the pasture. Around 6 pm, I saw a new baby and went to tag it thinking it belonged to cow 18-11 as she was giving it the attention a newborn gets. As I approached the calf, I saw another cow with afterbirth hanging from the calving portal. The calf belonged to cow 19-3 but 18-11 was thinking the calf was hers. I tagged the calf to match his mama 19-3. 18-11 was being a pest almost trying to steal the new baby and we have seen this before. Cows that are close to calving will sometimes think they already calved thinking another calf is theirs.  

The total of 18-11 was very adamant about claiming the calf that was not hers that I knew we may have an issue when she calves. Around 9:30 p.m. that night I checked the cows and sure enough 18-11 had a brand new fresh baby still covered in afterbirth. She was still focused on the 19-3 calf that she was not licking her own baby. I would gently move 19-3 cow and calf away and 18-11 did give her baby some attention, but soon walked away.  

It wasn’t the coldest night but I knew we needed to do something. I hooked up the sled to the Ranger and got the old man to help. We went to the pasture and I found the newborn and put it in the sled. We then had to find 18-11 and 19-3. They were halfway across the pasture and I grabbed 19-3 calf and put him in the sled. The newborn wasn’t moving much but 19-3 sure didn’t want to be there. 

I held down both calves and low and behold 18-11 started to follow us. She followed us to the gate, walked out the gate and turned around and walked back into the pasture. We went back into the pasture and found 18-11 again and she followed better this time. I was in the sled and mama’s nose was a few inches from me as she was following us in the sled.  

We were able to get her to follow all the way this time and we got her in the corral with her own calf. We went back to the pasture and had to find cow 19-3 and give her calf back to her. We found 19-3 and they were happily reunited. As far as 18-11 cow and calf, I checked the calf’s nose in the morning and it was warm, telling me that she had gotten some colostrum in her gullet. We left them in the corral for the day so they could learn to love each other.  

The next day we turned them in with the yearling heifers and the day after we turned them out with the main herd. All calves seemed to be acquainted with their babies. Let’s see what the next week brings.

Friday, April 28

7:52 a.m. Report of a tent on a wooded property that looks like some riffraff may have been staying at. Officer found the tent and other items/trash. Landlord said he would get rid of the tent and other items.

9:19 a.m. 911 hangup at the school. Misdial on school employee, all was fine.

3:23 p.m. Child custody/civil issue with teenage son after school.

4:08 p.m. Assist with a medical.

5:34 p.m. Resident complaining about trash from neighbors blowing into her yard. Neighbor and landlord will be receiving a letter about city ordinance violations on the property. 

7:55 p.m. Suspicious activity on Cherry Ave. A female showed up at a residence and it was unknown why she was there. Female was a former acquaintance of the residence. Unable to locate.  

Saturday, April 29

2:57 p.m. Medical alarm, canceled while enroute.

3 p.m. Assist with traffic control and parking for Frazee High School prom picture on Main Ave E.

5:08 p.m. Male party wanting to talk with officer, maybe looking for advice about his alcohol use.

Sunday, April 30

6 p.m. Officer documented 10 properties that are in violation of Frazee city public nuisance ordinance.  

2:05 a.m. Report of an electrical fire on Main Ave E. Reporting party said he got the fire out but would like it checked out. Hose draggers inspected the residence and power was turned off.  

Monday, May 1

7:02 a.m. Assist local business with background checks.

7:42 a.m. Report of a domestic disturbance involving father and teenage daughter.

12 p.m. Party brought in an iPhone they found while walking. Screen is locked. May be identified at the PD.

2:52 p.m. More background checks for local business.

4:42 p.m. Standby to keep the peace as male moved out of current living situation.

7:27 p.m. Report of a dog at large. Citation pending.

8:41 p.m. Report of a basketball hoop set up on a businesses parking lot and would like it moved due to insurance reasons.

Tuesday, May 2

11:29 a.m. Assist with a disturbance in DL and the parties are from Frazee and involved in a domestic dispute.

1:09 p.m. Report of 2 dead dogs behind a trailer house. Landlord contacted to remove the carcasses. 

7:41 p.m. Assist with a medical.

8:14 p.m. Vehicle parked on roadway on N River Drive. Vehicle mover after officer asked.

9:39 p.m. Complaint that a neighbor’s headlights were shining into their residence. Driver turned his headlights off.

11:39 p.m. Officer documented 3 properties that are in violation of Frazee city public nuisance ordinance.  

Wednesday, May 3

1:44 p.m. Complaint that neighbor put items into their yard next to the house they are flipping.  Officer talked with neighbor the next day and items were removed.

6:07 p.m. Concern that small dogs are living in unfit conditions. Dog owner said he will rehome the dogs.

5:43 p.m. Assist with a fire on 440th Ave.

6:47 p.m. Officer saw mother and two small boys riding bicycle on the wrong side of the road and up the hill against traffic. Officer gave mother a not so courteous reminder that bicycles need to ride on the right side of the road and there is a brand new nice and wide trail to use.

8:24 p.m. Officer documented 4 properties that are in violation of city public nuisance ordinance.  

9:20 p.m. Traffic stop with unlicensed teenage driver. Officer could smell the fresh bag of buds in the vehicle which was handed over to officer. No valid drivers in the vehicle so officer had the driver call his mother who was working and could not get the boys. A passenger called his dad and he came to get the boys. The ganja was confiscated to be destroyed.

Thursday, May 4

8:47 a.m. Welfare check on male and female party living in unhealthy conditions.

9:23 a.m. Officer documented 9 properties that are in violation of Frazee city public nuisance ordinance.   

3:41 p.m. More background checks on employees.

5:32 p.m. Officer documented 9 properties that are in violation of Frazee city public nuisance ordinance.   

6:07 p.m. Male calling to report that he is being threatened and harassed by an ex-roommate.  Male given options as to how to avoid more issues including a restraining order.

8:44 p.m. Report of a dog in the street and it went to its home.