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Gov. Walz Kicks Off Fishing Opener in Albert Lea

WDIO-TV
Updated: May 11, 2019 11:34 PM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz kicked off the Minnesota fishing opener on Saturday on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea.

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It's the first time the event has been held there, and the first time Gov. Walz has hosted the fishing opener.

“We had a perfect day here in Albert Lea and could not have picked a better place to kick off the fishing season in Minnesota,” Governor Walz said in a news release. “Lt. Governor Flanagan may have caught more fish than me, but I plan to best her at the Pheasant Opener in Austin this fall. Thank you to all the folks in Albert Lea who joined us on the lake and graciously hosted anglers from across the state this weekend.”

Walz says fishing is more than just a recreational activity for the state of Minnesota.

"Fishing alone generates $2.5 billion dollars into our economy. Tourism is over $15 billion to the state of Minnesota. It's who we are, it's our culture, people come here, and we embrace our true north and they love to see that," said Walz.

Joining Walz in his boat were Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt.

Next year's Governor's Fishing Opener will be held in Otter Tail County at Thumper Pond Resort.

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