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Save the Date for the 68th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
Hosted by Lake Vermilion Resort Association and Fortune Bay Resort Casino, May 7-10, 2015

Happy New Year! Mark your calendars for the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Lake Vermilion area Thursday through Sunday, May 7-10, 2015. The 68th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by the Lake Vermilion Resort Association (LVRA), with Fortune Bay Resort Casino as event headquarters.

Home to the “lake of the sunset glow,” the Lake Vermilion area has a long tradition as a northeast Minnesota fishing destination. It’s also known for its great golfing, historic sites, hiking, boating, numerous resorts and scenic parks, including Minnesota’s newest state park, Lake Vermilion State Park. Fortune Bay Resort Casino boasts a beautiful lakeside hotel, marina, golf course and casino.

The event is being hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton and coordinated by Explore Minnesota Tourism, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the host community. Event planning is underway, and additional updates and formal official invitations will be sent in April. A preliminary event schedule and details can be found at www.mngovernorsopener.com. Follow along for updates via social media, using #OnlyinMN and #GFO2015.

Fishing is a key part of one of the largest sectors of our economy, tourism. The 68th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is a Minnesota tradition and kicks off the summer tourism season. The event will spotlight fishing and the many travel opportunities in the Lake Vermilion area. Please consider joining Gov. Mark Dayton, local residents, dignitaries, various media and local hosts for a unique fishing and travel experience that can be found only in Minnesota.  

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best,
Alyssa Ebel
Explore Minnesota

For media inquiries, interview requests and live broadcast information, contact:
Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota/GFO Public Relations
alyssa.ebel@state.mn.us / 651-757-1857

For event information and lodging requests, contact:
Carol Altepeter or Dawn Bushman, GFO Event Coordinators
carol.altepeter@state.mn.us / dawn.bushman@state.mn.us / 888-629-6466

Special media note: If you attended the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener event in the Brainerd Lakes Area, we look forward to hosting you again and would appreciate clips to any stories that may have run during the months after the event.

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