5/13/2019 11:46:54 AM
[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan kicked off the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in Albert Lea this weekend.
Gov. Tim Walz travels to Albert Lea to kick off summer with his first Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.
WATCH: Walz, Flanagan stop at Cabela’s in Owatonna to get their fishing licenses
Thousands took part in this year's Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener held right here in our region.
TWEET: Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan had a poll on social media to see who will catch the most fish on Saturday
As hundreds of fisherman and spectators from around the area gathered at the park, many community leaders joined Walz, including Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Shell Rock Watershed District Administrator Andy Henschel and Executive Director of the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau Susie Petersen on the stage to praise all the work Albert Lea has done to make the event happen.
This is Governor Walz’s first time hosting the official Governor’s Fishing Opener and the first time a Governor has hosted the annual event in Albert Lea.
WATCH: Governor Walz welcomes Minnesotans to Albert Lea for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz kicked off the 2019 summer fishing season at Fountain Lake. The 72nd annual Governor’s Fishing Opener served as a celebration of the host community, Minnesota tourism and the state’s bountiful fisheries.
For a town of just more than 18,000 people, Albert Lea sure knows how to roll out the red carpet and welcome visitors to what they call the ‘Up North of Down South.’ For the very first time in its 70-year history, the Governor’s Fishing Opener is happening in the town, just 90 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Albert Lea is known as the ‘Land between the lakes.’ A great place to find walleye, northern pike, or crappies.
The jewel Gov. Walz refers to is Albert Lea, which will be hosting the opener for the first time. Officials from Explore Minnesota said the area isn't often looked at as a vacation destination, but believe the exposure from the opener will change that.
Walz, Flanagan, local leaders attend community picnic in Albert Lea (Albert Lea Tribune)
While the Minnesota governor and lieutenant governor did not arrive at Friday night’s community picnic in their signature buffalo plaid, those planning the fishing opener made sure they did not leave Albert Lea without it.
Kids gathered again when Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan arrived with DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen to read a proclamation signed by Gov. Tim Walz.
TWEET: Lt. Governor Flanagan bought her daughter her first fishing pole
Minnesotans took to social media to share their experiences at the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener using the hashtag #MNGFO2019