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GOVENORS OPEN FISHING WEEKEND IN PARK RAPIDS

The Minnesota State Governors Fishing Opener will take place in Park Rapids this weekend. The ice on area lakes continues to melt and the events continue to come together. Media converged upon the community as early as Wednesday night. WCCO TV did their live news shows from Dorset Thursday night and Friday from main street Park Rapids. Friday a Community Picnic took place on Main street in Park Rapids and the public came in swarms and over 2500 people were feed free food. Food, Music, Fun! Saturday the Governor and many other Media and dignitaries fished. Governor Dayton went out at 12:01 am Saturday morning and was able to land a walleye. The first walleye caught by a Gov during open fishing weekend in 3 years. Bitterly cold winds whipped across Fish Hook Lake Friday night and Saturday morning but it wasn't enough to clear the ice off the lake. So the Gov and Lt. Gov. where put on Fish Hook River Saturday morning. Media, and special guests will fish Saturday as long as they can stand it on various ice free lakes in the area and will come together and warm up for a shore lunch Saturday. A Celebration dinner in the big white tent on Main street in Park Rapids (invitation only). The raffle prizes of a fishing boat and ice castle fish house were announced. A gentleman from Indiana won the boat and Nancy Utke of Park Rapids won the ice castle fish house. Brainerd/Grand View was name the Host Community for the 2014 Governors Opener was announced. Congrats to the GFO Committee for all your hard work!!!
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  • Ice on Saturday morning on Fish Hook
  • Shore Lunch Saturday at Northern Pines
  • Winner who caught the biggest walleye 28 1/2 inches
  • John Edman from Explore Minnesota
  • Cynthia Jones and LuAnn Hurd-Lof...Community Picnic co-chairs
  • Serving crew showcasing the wine of the event....Morgan Creek Vineyards
  • KK Radio Network crew....Butch, Tammy, Ed and Carol De La Hunt
  • Brainerd/Grand View crew that won the bid for next years Governors Opener for 2014
  • A view of Fish Hook River
  • Blake, John Edman (Explore MN), Dennis and Katie at Governors Opener 2010
  • The now famous photo opp from Governors Opener 2013....a month out from Opener.
  • Another famous photo representing "the situation" a month out from Opener. Fish Hook and Gov. fishing opener in the record books for no ice out in time for the Opener 2014.
  • Park Rapids!
  • Media gathering for Governors send off on Fish Hook River Saturday morning
  • The young lady who sang the National Anthem at the Governors Send off Saturday morning on Fish Hook River
  • Gov. Dayton speaking to Media at the send off Saturday morning.
  • Senator Rod Skoe addressing the crowd
  • Lt Gov Prettner Solon letting the Governor know that she will be bringing in the "biggest" one.
  • Govenor Dayton thanking Color guard for their service and coming out and bearing the cold.
  • MN Senator Rod Skoe, MN Gov, MN Lt Gov and Gov. from North Dakota
  • Gov Dayton letting Gov. of North Dakota know that his guide Jason Durham can "walk on water."
  • Rod Skoe to the Left, Gov. Dayton to the right....who do you think will be warmer!
  • Rod Skoe and Gov Dayton ready to fish together Saturday morning.
  • Getting ready to send off Governor on the Fish Hook River
  • The view from our solarium compliments of Better Living Concepts out of Brainerd.
  • Ed and Carol De La Hunt resting.....
  • Carol, Ed, and David De La Hunt taking a breather.
  • Drum ceremony
  • Gov. Dayton and Lt Gov Prettner Solon and the hardworking GFO Committee
  • The view inside the HUGE community picnic tent
  • View from the roof top of main street before the Friday festivities begin
  • Bernie crossing the Headwaters of the Mississippi on Thursday at Itasca State Park...and yes it was COLD!
  • Chris and Frank from WCCO TV with Bernie....THANKS for a great job promoting Park Rapids!
  • Frank and Chris from WCCO TV wishing and a hoping that they can take this boat home with them! One of the raffle prizes.
  • Border Broadcasting and De La Hunt Broadcasting crew on the Tasting Park Rapids Tour
  • Kid's Fishing Event
  • Kids got a chance to touch and learn about fish
  • Why we live up north....the clear crystal clean waters of our lakes.
  • Ice on Fish hook at 8:00am Friday morning
  • Katie interviewing with Jackson Radio station
  • Cynthia and Katie are looking for someone....is it you?
  • Radio Icon's Larry Graff and Jim Wychor interviewing on Litchfield Radio
  • Cynthia Jones, Community Picnic Chair
  • Butch interviewing John Edman Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism.
  • Lt Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon and staff, along with staff from Explore Minnesota
  • KFLD-Litchfield Radio interviewing Butch
  • KKOJ out of Jackson
  • KNSI-St Cloud interviewing Jason Durham
  • Crew from KDAL Duluth
  • Officials from the DNR
  • Hardworking Kitchen crew at the Northern Pines Assembly Grounds
  • Members of the GFO Committee....Katie Magozzi-Chamber Executive, Cynthia Jones-Volunteer Committee, David De La Hun-De La Hunt Broadcasting, Dennis Mackedanz-GFO Chair
  • KDUZ Hutchinson and Jason Durham-Gov Fishing Host
  • WJON St. Cloud
  • Minnesota Broadcast Assoc.
  • KCUE-Red Wing
  • Black Swan Cooperage

    Various barrels they make. They shove through 60 barrels a day. 8000 barrels are created everyday in the US between 23 cooperages.
  • Black Swan Cooperage

    Owner of the business
  • Black Swan Cooperage

    Putting the barrel together
  • Soaking barrel to make it flexible for bending
  • Getting ready to shape barrel
  • Black Swan Cooperage

    Burning the inside of the barrel to seal it.
  • Finished product
  • Lt Gov. Media Coordinator standing at the Headwaters of the Mississippi.
  • Lt Gov Yvonne Pettner Solon at the Headwaters of the Mississippi
  • Lots of ice on Lake Itasca yet.
  • Jacob Brower Visitors Center
  • Main street tent for the Community Picnic Friday in downtown Park Rapids
  • WCCO TV-Frank and Chris at Dorset Thursday night. Thanks WCCO for coming!

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GOVENORS OPEN FISHING WEEKEND IN PARK RAPIDS

The Minnesota State Governors Fishing Opener will take place in Park Rapids this weekend. The ice on area lakes continues to melt and the events continue to come together. Media converged upon the community as early as Wednesday night. WCCO TV did their live news shows from Dorset Thursday night and Friday from main street Park Rapids. Friday a Community Picnic took place on Main street in Park Rapids and the public came in swarms and over 2500 people were feed free food. Food, Music, Fun! Saturday the Governor and many other Media and dignitaries fished. Governor Dayton went out at 12:01 am Saturday morning and was able to land a walleye. The first walleye caught by a Gov during open fishing weekend in 3 years. Bitterly cold winds whipped across Fish Hook Lake Friday night and Saturday morning but it wasn't enough to clear the ice off the lake. So the Gov and Lt. Gov. where put on Fish Hook River Saturday morning. Media, and special guests will fish Saturday as long as they can stand it on various ice free lakes in the area and will come together and warm up for a shore lunch Saturday. A Celebration dinner in the big white tent on Main street in Park Rapids (invitation only). The raffle prizes of a fishing boat and ice castle fish house were announced. A gentleman from Indiana won the boat and Nancy Utke of Park Rapids won the ice castle fish house. Brainerd/Grand View was name the Host Community for the 2014 Governors Opener was announced. Congrats to the GFO Committee for all your hard work!!!