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Fisherman Vern Wagner testifies and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen listens Monday as a Minnesota Senate committee hears information about the impact of moving the state fishing opener up a week. Members of the committee expressed no support for moving the fishing opener to May 5, a week earlier than the traditional Mother's Day opener. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Hunting, fishing fee dispute stalls outdoors bill


ST. PAUL - Raising hunting and fishing license fees, supported by the governor and key legislators, is in limbo after Tuesday debate on a Senate game and fish bill abruptly ended.

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, blamed politics for the failure of his license fee increase, a priority of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Ingebrigtsen, Dayton and other proponents of higher fees say they are needed to fill a game and fish fund that is going broke.

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