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Nisswa fourth-graders have comprehensive fishing experience

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An event that started in March culminated Friday, May 9, for Nisswa Elementary School fourth-graders when they donned life jackets and armed themselves with fishing poles as part of the Governor’s Fishing Opener at Grand View Lodge.

Earlier this spring, students participated in aquatic education activities with Nadine Meyer, Department of Natural Resources MinnAqua program specialist, at the school. Last Friday on the beach at Grand View Lodge, they broke into groups and visited various stations to learn more about fishing and aquatics.

They learned how to identify different fish and how to clean a fish. They rigged rods and practiced casting on shore with Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, who read a proclamation from the state and presented a plaque to the school declaring Friday, May 9, as Nisswa Fishing Education Day.

“I can’t remember not fishing,” Prettner Solon told the students. “I think I’ve been fishing my whole life. I started fishing at an early age and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Students ventured out on Gull Lake on Confidence Learning Center’s glass-bottom boat, and after lunch on pontoons to try fishing.

Each student received a life jacket donated by Essentia Health, as well as a rod and reel donated by Cabela’s. Numerous other area businesses donated to the cause as well.

Julie Soukup and Lenny Hodgson were co-chairs for the Kids Fishing Event.

Other events that were part of the 67th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener included golf, mountain biking at the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, experiencing Mills Indoor Shooting and Archery Center and Brainerd International Raceway, biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail, and, of course — fishing and a shore lunch Saturday, May 10.