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Governor Mark Dayton, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Governor Mark Dayton, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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2018 Governors Fishing Opener Location Announced

The 71st Governors Fishing Opener will be in the Willmar Lakes area next year,

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Dayton Catches 1 Bass in Minnesota’s Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton caught a 3-pound, 17-and-a-half-inch bass during the annual Governor's Fishing Opener. The Democratic governor shared a pontoon boat with Republican legislative leaders on Saturday. They went out on the Mississippi River in St. Cloud.

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Justin LaBounty WJON
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Governor Dayton, Senator Klobachar Speak At Governor’s Fishing Opener Picnic [VIDEO]

The St. Cloud Area is adding to the storied tradition of the Minnesota Governors Fishing Opener.

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Free Shuttle Rides Offered for ‘Opener by George’ Picnic

If you're heading to the Opener by George Community Picnic Friday, you can avoid parking headaches by taking the free shuttle.

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The Weekender: Governor’s Fishing Opener, Eagles Tribute, The Thrillbillies and More!

It's an exciting weekend full of fun and activities throughout Central Minnesota this weekend. You can enjoy the Governors Fishing Opener with some fun activities, relive the Summer of Love with Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks, head to Sauk Rapids for the Learned Ladies performance, catch the Thrillbillies rocking the stage at Rollie's and enjoy the music of the Eagles at the Paramount Theatre. Read more in The Weekender!

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Governor Karl Rolvaag, Minnesota and Governor Harold E. Hughes of Iowa at Walleye opener at Gunflint Lake. Photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
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Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Has Evolved Over the Years

We know St. Cloud is hosting the 70th annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener this weekend, but the event actually took a while for it to become what it is today.

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Golf, Tours, a Picnic and More Planned for Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

Plans for the 70th annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener continue to take shape. Events will get underway on Thursday, May 11th with a golf outing and the "Taste of Downtown St. Cloud".

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Father and son fishing in a pond
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Help Kids Learn to Fish with 98.1 During the Governor’s Fishing Opener

As part of the 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener we're teaming up with the St. Cloud Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Minnesota DNR to provide some area elementary school kids with a fishing event at Lake George the Friday before the opener – and we'd love your help!

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Spotlight On St. Cloud During Governor’s Fishing Opener

For the first time in the 70 year history of the Governor's Fishing Opener, St. Cloud is in the spotlight.

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Governor's Fishing Opener Committee. (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
Governor's Fishing Opener Committee. (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
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Win a Boat at This Year’s Governor’s Fishing Opener

You have a chance to win a pontoon boat. The boat for the Governor's Fishing Opener Raffle has been revealed. It is a 2017 Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 22 XP3 with trailer from Tracker Boating Center.

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Governor’s Fishing Opener Promises to Be a Unique Event

The 70th Annual Minnesota's Governor's Fishing Opener is just a few months away. And, for the first time ever, the St. Cloud metro area is hosting the event.

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2016 Governor's Fishing Opener- Explore Minnesota
2016 Governor's Fishing Opener- Explore Minnesota
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St. Cloud To Host 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

For the first time in St. Cloud's history the city will host next year's 70th Annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.

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