Gander Mountain Sponsors Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener 5-6-2013


ST. PAUL, MN, The Governor’s Fishing Opener is a generations-old tradition inGander Moutain Logo Minnesota, and Minnesota-based Gander Mountain is once again playing a significant role in the fun. When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton heads to the Park Rapids Lakes Area for his third fishing opener, he will be bringing one of the most trusted names in outdoor gear along with him. Minnesota-based Gander Mountain is a “Platinum Walleye” sponsor for the Governor’s Fishing Opener weekend of events, which begins on Thursday, May 9 in and around Park Rapids.“As a major retailer and employer in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Gander Mountain is once again proud to play a role in this cherished Minnesota tradition,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “Minnesota is our home, and as the state’s largest retailer of hunting, fishing and camping gear, this is a natural fit. The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been an annual part of Minnesota’s great outdoor tradition for more than 60 years and over nearly all of that time, countless outdoors enthusiasts in Minnesota have made a stop at their local Gander Mountain store a part of their recreation plans.

The 2013 Minnesota fishing season officially opens on May 11, when Governor Dayton and hundreds of others will fish the lakes and rivers around Park Rapids, but the Governor’s Fishing Opener will include a full weekend of family outdoors events in the area. Gander Mountain has again partnered with Frabill to provide each of the registered anglers a commemorative aerated bait container. In addition, Gander Mountain’s walleye hats, made popular annually at the Minnesota State Fair, and other giveaway items will be available at the weekend’s Community Picnic, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10 in downtown Park Rapids. Full details of the weekend’s events can be found at the fishing opener’s official web site,

“The Park Rapids Lakes Area community and the organizers of the Governor’s Fishing Opener weekend are delighted to have Minnesota’s own Gander Mountain once again join the event’s outstanding lineup of sponsors,” said Katie Magozzi, Executive Director of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and one of the key organizers of the weekend. “We expect that the walleye hats will be a huge hit, and we are pleased to showcase our community, our hospitality, and our event with great Minnesota companies like Gander Mountain that share our passion for the outdoors.”

The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a renowned Minnesota event every spring since 1948, when then-Governor Luther Youngdahl organized a fishing outing on Lake Mille Lacs near Isle to promote outdoor recreation in the state. Gander Mountain employs thousands in the region and has its national headquarters in downtown St. Paul. There are now 12 Gander Mountain stores in Minnesota, with the recent opening of the state’s first full Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center in Rogers.

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a “We Live Outdoors┬«” culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 121 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton’s (, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.

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