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Legislators work to lift spearing ban

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In 1988, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources launched a ban on winter spearing of northern pike on Cass Lake.

The ban was originally set to expire after 10 years, but it remains in force.

Last year, a fish and game bill to lift the ban passed the Minnesota House and Senate, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed it. This year, the bills to lift the spearing ban are sponsored by Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji.

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