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Published May 16, 2010, 10:59 AM

Pawlenty bags 4 on fishing opener

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty bagged four fish on Lake Kabetogama in International Falls as Minnesota's fishing season opens.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty bagged four fish on Lake Kabetogama in International Falls as Minnesota's fishing season opens.

Spokesman Bruce Gordon says the governor caught a 14-inch walleye just before 8 a.m. Saturday and a second walleye about 10 minutes later. Gordon says the governor later caught two others, the largest of which was 22 inches.

Pawlenty's wife and lieutenant governor beat him to the catch, however. Gordon says Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau caught a walleye about 7:30 a.m., and first lady Mary Pawlenty caught her first walleye about five minutes before her husband.

Pawlenty was due back at the Capitol later Saturday as lawmakers addressed a $3 billion budget deficit.

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