Opening Fishing

From the MN DNR:

Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

While the fishing opener is a time-honored tradition, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that Minnesotans approach the fishing opener differently this year, said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

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Suckers, shiners, wind, where to go, who to go with.  It's all here in our weekly conversation with our early bird fishing guide, Jeff Sundin.

“It’s just the two of us, not anyone else.  …all the scenery. It’s just kind of chill…listening to everything, the woods…I’ve never seen a bear... but I’ve seen a lot of deer swim across." – Henry Heglund, 11, on why he likes going fishing with his dad on open water.

Fishing opener is this weekend and anglers across the state are prepping for the big weekend.  Jon Heglund and his son Henry live in Bemidji.  Like so many others, they are getting ready, too.   Katie Carter stopped by their place earlier this week to talk about fishing.

Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids Megan Christianson was back with us today to talk about the impact of tourism on our local communities. 

For instance in Itasca County's gross sales from Minnesota's leisure industry was over $75 million dollars.  Crow Wing over $233 million, Beltrami over $102 million and Hubbard over $36 million. 

She also reminded us that there are lots of things to do in neighboring towns - trails, restaurants, events, lakes, fish - all pretty close to home. 

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This week Marshall gives us some of the stories from The Timberjay newspaper including Wild Rice Sulfate standards in the MN Legislature, the Orr Center, Ely's city silver maple tree tapping and the strong start at the Pike River Hatchery. 

Tune in for our weekly segment - this week the latest on copper nickel mining in Hoyt Lakes -Polymet, the DNR is studying bears and ice conditions. 

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Each Friday morning at 7:20 we check in with Marshall Helmberger to find out about the stories that he and his team of reporters have been covering in northeastern MN.  This week the top story is Congressman Rick Nolan's continued support of the Twin Metals Copper Nickel mining project.  Marshall explains the complications of this story and what he thinks are the far reaching implications.  Also Ely's take on the lifting of the Sunday liquor laws and opening fishing o