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Hosts of 71st Governors Fishing Opener Impatiently Waiting for Ice Out

Willmar, Minn. (April 15, 2018) – The 71st annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is only 28 days away, and hosts in the Willmar Lakes Area are digging out from an April blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow throughout the region.As if that’s not bad enough, the record spring cold has left Green Lake – the site of this year’s Governor’s Opener – with a […]

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Green Lake Ice-Out Update – April 8, 2018

Spicer, Minn. (April 8, 2018) –We have an official “Ice Out Update” from Fishing Hosts Co-Chair, Dean Anfinson. While the median ice out date for Green Lake in Spicer is April 16, the latest ice out date on record was May 8, 2013. That leaves us a good two days before the Opener! #WeGotThis #ComeOnSpring#MNGFO2018 #OnlyInMinnesota #WillmarLakesArea

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Tours and Activities

Register for the 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener… Sibley State Park Experience A welcome tour of one of Minnesota’s most popular destination state parks. Join the park naturalist as she boards your bus and provides a brief orientation to Sibley State Park’s history and recreation opportunities. Guests will participate in a Veterans’ Conservation Corps building tour […]

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Willmar Rotary to host Rockin’ Robbins “Fishin’ Edition” for Governor’s Fishing Opener

Willmar, Minn. (February 5, 2018) – The Willmar Rotary Club will host a special “Rockin’ Robbins Fishin’ Edition” on Friday, May 11th to kick-off the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area. Traditionally, those who attend the community picnic on the eve of the Fishing Opener are treated to a free picnic meal, […]

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Fishing Hosts Needed for 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener

Willmar, Minn. (January 16, 2017) – The Executive Committee for the 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener is looking for volunteers to serve as Fishing Hosts during the weekend-long event that will take place in the Willmar Lakes Area this spring. “This is a great opportunity for local fishing enthusiasts to share their passion and help showcase […]

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