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Gov. Mark Dayton shows off his Northern at Saturday's opener in Grand Rapids. With him is guide Scott Glovigan. (Submitted photo)

Waconia chosen to host Governor's Fishing Opener over Park Rapids

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Park Rapids' quest to host the 2012 Governor's Fishing Opener fell short Saturday night when Waconia was chosen.

But Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Magozzi said it was Waconia's fourth attempt, so Park Rapids just needs to stay in the hunt. Magozzi and a group of Park Rapids boosters attended this year's Opener in Grand Rapids.

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"The governor said he wanted to see our application on his desk next year," she said. "He wanted to keep it in the Metro area next year."

Red Wing was the third finalist this year besides Park Rapids and Waconia.

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