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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty motions that he caught a 22.5-inch walleye Saturday during the Governor's Fishing Opener. In all, he caught four fish - two walleyes and two saugers. Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, left, caught five fish, including a 19-inch walleye. First lady Mary Pawlenty, right, caught three walleyes, including the first fish in the Pawlenty boat. Both Pawlentys said the event was the best fishing opener they have ever experienced. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Pawlenty leaves opener early

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KABETOGAMA LAKE -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn't have long to savor his last Governor's Fishing Opener Saturday, as legislative leaders called him back to St. Paul.

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The Republican governor caught four fish -- two saugers and two walleyes, including a 22.5-inch walleye before the noon shore lunch on the lake in the Voyageur's National Park near the Canadian border.

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