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2013 fishing opener

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Gas Prices Jump Ahead of MN Fishing Opener

It's going to cost you more to fill up the boat for this year's fishing opener.

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Anglers Prepare for Fishing Opener [AUDIO]

Area anglers are preparing for Saturday's fishing season opener. Bait Shops are seeing an increase of business, despite a chilly weather forecast.

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Governor Dayton heads out on his boat on Pokegama  Lake with fishing host Scott Glorvigen and Army National Guard Specialist Dennis Coan.(Photo courtesy Gov. Dayton's office)
Governor Dayton heads out on his boat on Pokegama Lake with fishing host Scott Glorvigen and Army National Guard Specialist Dennis Coan.(Photo courtesy Gov. Dayton's office)
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Dayton Heads to Park Rapids Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton heads to Park Rapids for the 2013 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener and one of the iciest starts ever to the walleye season. The plan had been for Dayton to wet his line on Fish Hook Lake.

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Vagabond Shutterbug, flickr
Vagabond Shutterbug, flickr
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Cool Weather Slows Minnesota Fishing License Sales

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources blames the cool spring for slow fishing license sales heading into Saturday's walleye opener. Fishing license sales are down by about a third.

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MnDOT Advises You to Plan Ahead for Fishing Opener Travel

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding you to prepare for heavy traffic and slowdowns if you're heading out to the fishing opener this weekend.

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swanksalot,flickr
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DNR Suggests Mother’s Day Gift – Wear A Life Vest

Safety officials are suggesting a Mother's Day gift for anglers - wear a life jacket when heading onto Minnesota's icy waters for the fishing opener this weekend. The Department of Natural Resources says the lack of life jacket use is the No. 1 contributing factor to boating deaths in Minnesota.

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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Anglers Reminded of Fishing License Changes Ahead of Opener

With Minnesota's fishing opener set for this Saturday, the DNR is reminding you of price increases that took effect this season.

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Ice Out Altering Minnesota’s Fishing Opener

If you're planning on heading to northern Minnesota for the fishing opener Saturday, the DNR's Eric Altena says check ahead because there will be many lakes which still have ice on them.

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vastateparkstaff, flickr
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Conditions of Boat Launches Across Minnesota Vary

With the fishing opener approaching Saturday, the conditions of boat launches across the state are a mixed bag. Due to the late ice-out, the Department of Natural Resources says it might not be able to get repair crews to all DNR launches in time for the opener.

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andres musta, Flickr
andres musta, Flickr
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Fight Stepping Up Against Invasive Species

As the fishing opener approaches, officials are stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species in some of the Twin Cities area's most popular lakes and streams.

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