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2014 Governor's Fishing Opener heads to Brainerd lakes area

This time next year, the governor’s fishing opener will be back in the Brainerd lakes area’s backyard.

On May 8-11, 2014, the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener event will be on Gull Lake.

Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism promotion office, organizes this event each year in coordination with a host community. The 67th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber, with Grand View Lodge serving as event headquarters.

“The Brainerd lakes area has a long tradition as a fishing destination, and now, it’s also well-known for great golfing, scenic bike trails, numerous resorts and more,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, in a news release. “The Governor’s Fishing Opener will put Brainerd lakes in the spotlight, with all it has to offer travelers.”

The governor’s fishing opener has been a tradition in the state since 1948 and is used to spotlight not only one of the state’s popular pastimes of fishing but also one of the state’s economic engines — tourism.

Lisa Paxton, Chamber CEO, and Mark Ronnei, Grand View Lodge general manager, reported the fishing opener provides an opportunity to showcase the Brainerd lakes area for fishing and provide a glimpse into all there is to see and do, ranging from world-class golfing to extreme mountain biking.

Gov. Mark Dayton spent the windy and chilly 2013 opener in Park Rapids with late leaving lake ice threatening to keep most anglers off lake waters in central and northern Minnesota. Because of the record-setting late ice out dates, the plan to set out on Fish Hook Lake was moved to Fish Hook River.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and in recent years, it has served as a kick-off celebration for the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism generate $11.9 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota annually.

The opener provides the host community with an opportunity to highlight local fishing and other recreational activities, attractions and points of interest. Media from throughout the region attend the event, resulting in significant publicity for the host community and Minnesota.

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