Big Sandy Fishing Opener LogoThe Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, being held in the coming year on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor, 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.

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  • McGregor to Host 2016 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota, 651-757-1857 ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 9, 2015) – Next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be held on Big Sandy Lake in the McGregor area, May 12-14, 2016. This will be the first time in the history of the Governor’s Fishing Opener that the ...
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  • Images available of 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 7, 2015) – Photos from this weekend’s Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Lake Vermilion area and Fortune Bay Resort Casino will be posted for the media on Friday, May 8, in the evening and Saturday, May 9, in the afternoon.
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