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Published May 11, 2011, 08:35 AM

Dayton buys fishing license ahead of Minn. opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is getting ready for Saturday's fishing opener by buying a fishing license.

The first-term governor is scheduled to pick up a license at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul on Wednesday. Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr will join him.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon (SOH'-lun) is getting into the act by buying a fishing license at a Duluth bait shop.

Dayton and Solon will host this year's fishing opener on Pokegama Lake near Grand Rapids. The event starts Friday, with the fishing season beginning on Saturday.

The tradition of Minnesota governors hosting fishing openers goes back to 1948 as a way to promote recreation in the state.

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