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Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon Prepares for the Fishing Opener

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Categories: Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon, Outdoors

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On Thursday morning Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon bought her fishing license at Marine General in Duluth. The Minnesota Fishing Opener is about two weeks away, and the Lt. Governor will be one of the half-million people on the waters on that day.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener is a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was organized to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and now it serves as a kick-off celebration to the state’s summer tourism season. Fishing accounts for a large part of the state’s tourism economy. The sport brings in $11.3 billion every year or about $31 million each day.


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Governor Dayton proclaims Learn a Snow Sport Month in Minnesota

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM
Categories: Outdoors

On Friday, Governor Dayton held a press conference at Welch Village and proclaimed January, 2012 to be Learn a Snow Sport Month in Minnesota.

Each year, thousands of Minnesotans embrace winter by trekking to one of the many ski and snowboard areas across the state in an effort to take advantage of snow sports. The proclamation notes that "learning a winter sport such as skiing or snowboarding provides an excellent way to make the most of our winter weather by using the great outdoors as a healthy alternative for cabin fever."
 
Governor Dayton was joined by John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism; Leigh Nelson, Owner, Welch Village; Chris Walch, CFO, Welch Village; Perry Eisert, VP and Hill Manager; Stephanie Prink, Public Relations Manager, Welch Village; and Peter Zotalis, Ski and Snowboard Services Director, Welch Village.

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Governor Dayton Holds First Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Categories: Outdoors

This weekend, Governor Mark Dayton held the First Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener in Montevideo, Minnesota. Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing tradition in many Minnesota communities, but this was the first time Minnesota's governor has hosted an official pheasant hunting opener event.

Governor Dayton greeted hunters and guests at Watson Hunting Camp before heading out at 9:00 a.m. to hunt on one of the Wildlife Management Areas in Lac qui Parle County. Minnesota Speaker Kurt Zellers, DNR wildlife manager Dave Trauba, and local hunter host Paul Johannes joined the Governor's hunting party.

The Star Tribune highlighted the event in Sunday's newspaper:

The first-ever Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Opener here Saturday proved that even political adversaries can find common ground in pursuit of wily ringnecks.

On a brilliant autumn day, Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and Rep. Kurt Zellers, Republican House Speaker, hunted pheasants together to kick off the season.

Check out some photos of the Pheasant Opener below.
 
 

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