2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Reminder 

Thursday, May 8 – Sunday, May 11, 2014

Attention media representatives: you should have received an official invitation by mail from Governor Mark Dayton for the 67th Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, May 8 – 11, 2014, in the Brainerd Lakes Area, with Grand View Lodge serving as event headquarters.

The Brainerd Lakes Area is a popular destination for visitors to Minnesota, with hundreds of fishing lakes, miles of trails, award-winning golf courses, an international speedway, numerous resorts, lodging and more.

The Historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake in Nisswa is one of the oldest and most well-known resorts in Minnesota. Its many amenities include deluxe lodging accommodations for up to 1,000 people, multiple golf courses, spa services and great dining.

This year’s event is being planned in “grand” style. A community picnic will be held in downtown Nisswa, which is open to the public and will feature various activities including a concert by Gear Daddies. Other media-related activities include: a live media broadcast event; fishing events; golfing; an ultimate experience at Brainerd International Raceway; and tours of Cuyuna County State Recreation Area.

Please consider joining Gov. Mark Dayton, local residents, dignitaries, various media and community hosts for this unique experience to celebrate the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and to kick off Minnesota’s summer tourism season.

Event and activity registration is due by Thursday, May 1, and is required to register for any opener-related activities. Note: some activities have limited space, so advance registration is recommended.

The 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener is being organized by Explore Minnesota Tourism, in partnership with Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Grand View Lodge and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.mngovernorsopener.com, follow #GFO2014 via social media, or contact:

For event information, lodging requests and more, contact:

Carol Altepeter, Event Coordinator
Email: carol.altepeter@state.mn.us
Phone: 888-629-6466

For media inquiries, interview requests and live broadcast information, contact:

Alyssa Ebel, Media Relations Coordinator
Email: alyssa.ebel@state.mn.us
Phone:  651-757-1857