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First lady Mary Pawlenty gets help from the state Department of Natural Resources Roland Sigurdson in how to fillet a walleye Friday evening during the Governor's Fishing Opener in White Bear Lake. She also worked with former Twins pitcher Jack Morris on the chore, and showed prowess in trimming out the walleye "cheeks." Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Minnesota fishing opener: Gov. Pawlenty promotes fishing at annual event

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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - For the first time in the 61-year-history of the event, a Minnesota governor today will open the walleye fishing season on a metro lake.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty planned to hit White Bear Lake at 3:30 a.m. today for an early start, before attending the formal Governor's Fishing Opener ceremonies at 6:45 a.m. at Tally's Dockside.

About 100 guides will take 300 to 400 media and guests on the lake for fishing.

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