DNR officer catches Cloquet angler using brother’s fishing license

A DNR officer caught a Cloquet man using his brother’s fishing license earlier this season and the confrontation led to an arrest.

The Duluth News Tribune relates how Andrew Swenson had been caught last year using multiple fishing lines, but never paid the fines. So when his application for a license this year was rejected, he borrowed his brother’s license to fish on the St. Louis River near Knife Falls Dam in Cloquet.

Conservation Officer Scott Staples asked Swenson for the license and Swenson stumbled when asked about his birthdate, height, weight and the address.

When Staples checked  his computer, the data base showed a picture of someone else. Swenson admitted it was his brother.

Swenson has been with a gross misdemeanor for giving false information to a peace officer, angling without a license and lending, borrowing or transferring a license.

His brother, Chayse Swenson, was charged with lending a license. He pleaded guilty and paid the fine, the paper said.

The moral of the story: They sometimes do check those licenses.

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