WILLMAR — Anglers are often accused of stretching the truth, but these guys proved to be straight shooters: When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bonding bill Wednesday, he held true to a promise made in a fishing boat to approve an earmark for the state Highway 23 project. The bonding bill includes $105 million to complete the seven- and nine-mile “gaps” in the four-lane between New London and Paynesville and between Paynesville and Richmond, making the entire Highway 23 route
SPICER — Governor Mark Dayton led his boatmates by catching three of the eight largemouth bass they landed and released on the fishing opener on Green Lake in Spicer on Saturday morning, but there was not a walleye to be had. Their guide never wetted a line, but came back with the biggest prize, if it can be counted as a keeper when the legislature goes back to work Monday. Willmar Lakes Area Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge of support from the governor and his boatmates to fund the
WILLMAR — The Willmar Lakes Area is hoping to not only catch some big fish during the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener but also a big positive impact on the region, both in terms of dollars and in publicity. “Historically, the fishing opener weekend is the kickoff to the busy tourism season, and this media exposure will help boost awareness of our area,” said Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Annually, more than
WILLMAR—For those who think that walleye are the star of the show when the Willmar Lakes Area hosts the 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener, try again. It’s really an opportunity to showcase all of the attractions the area offers, and let people know why this is a great place to visit or call home. Organizers are expecting 125 media guests during the four days of activities May 10-13, according to Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.