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NISSWA, Minn. - Governor Mark Dayton will be among the nearly 500,000 Minnesotans going fishing this weekend.

Preparations are under way in Nisswa for the Governor's Fishing Opener, a Minnesota tradition since 1948. The governor's office says Dayton plans to go fishing on Gull Lake right when the season opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. And he plans to fish again on Saturday morning before the official shore lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the Gull Lake Docks.

Dayton plans to buy his fishing license at a Brainerd bait shop on Friday afternoon, then head for a community picnic in Nisswa.

Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is following a similar schedule.

The ice is out on Gull and other lakes in the Brainerd Lakes area. But some far northern and northeastern lakes still have ice.

Frank Soukup, GFO Brainerd Lakes Area Co-Chair, joined KARE 11 over the phone with details.

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