The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was held  on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor in 2016, and has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities, especially fishing. The first opener was a cooperative promotion between the state’s resort industry, media, and public officials. Today, the emphasis is even broader. It celebrates the kickoff of the summer tourism season. The special partnership continues today with a promotional focus on a host community as well as recreational opportunities statewide.

The 2017 event will be held in the Greater St. Cloud area including the communities of St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids.  Watch for more details coming soon!

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