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To the Editor:
As one of four legislative members of the Minnesota Tourism Council, I find it extremely disappointing Gov. Tim Walz has this year abandoned the Governor’s Fishing Opener as we knew it for decades.
This event started in 1948 as a way to improve Minnesota’s economy by promoting Minnesota’s recreational opportunities, particularly fishing. It usually starts with the naming of a host community a year in advance, with valuable publicity in the build-up and, eventually, scores of guests — media included — descending upon a host’s region for days on end to commence the new fishing season.
This year, very little public information has been released to date on exactly what the governor’s…