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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Dayton prepares for Governor's Fishing Opener

  • Gov. Mark Dayton will be among the nearly 500,000 Minnesotans expected to go fishing this weekend.
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  • Gov. Mark Dayton will be among the nearly 500,000 Minnesotans expected to go fishing this weekend.
    Preparations are underway in Nisswa for the Governor's Fishing Opener, a Minnesota tradition since 1948. Dayton plans to go fishing on Gull Lake right when the season opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to his official schedule, which was released Thursday. He plans to fish again after breakfast at Grand View Lodge on Saturday morning before the official shore lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the Gull Lake Docks.
    "He's really looking forward to it," said his spokesman, Matt Swenson.
    Dayton plans to buy his fishing license at a Brainerd bait shop on Friday afternoon, then head for a community picnic in Nisswa.
    Lt. Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon is following a similar schedule.
    Dayton's guide will be Ray Gildow. His fishing partners will include former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, Nisswa native and 2013 Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, and State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter.
    The ice is out on Gull and other lakes in the Brainerd Lakes area, about a week earlier than last year, but some far northern and northeastern Minnesota lakes still have ice.
    According to state figures, fishing generates an estimated $2.4 billion in direct retail sales annually in Minnesota, supporting 35,000 jobs statewide.

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