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Two Minnesota residents have been fined for bait violations.

Carl W. Brandt, of Forest Lake, pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for illegally bringing live leeches into Ontario.

Court heard that on June 27, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances port of entry contacted Brandt and conducted a secondary inspection of his vehicle.

During the inspection, officers located a cooler that was filled with paper bedding and worms.

Officers dug through the bedding and located two plastic bags that contained four pounds of live leeches.

Conservation officers then verified that Brandt was on his way fishing and was intending to use the leeches as bait.

Justice of the Peace Tom Logan heard the case Nov. 24 in Fort Frances.

Meanwhile, Russel R. Sikkila Jr., of Chisholm, pleaded guilty and was fined $800 for illegally bringing live leeches into Ontario for use as bait.

Court heard that on July 18, CBSA officers conducted an inspection of Sikkila's vessel at their remote customs entry station on Sand Point Lake.

During the inspection, officers located a cooler containing three white foam containers.

While all three containers were marked as housing worms, one held 12 live leeches instead.

CBSA officers verified Sikkila was on his way to the Ontario waters of Sand Point Lake, where he intended to use the leeches as bait.

Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach heard the case Nov. 23 in Atikokan.

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