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Fishing Opener: Welcome Wannigan continues tradition on Gull Lake

As it's done every spring since 1959, the Nisswa Chamber's Welcome Wannigan traveled Gull Lake on Saturday, May 14, delivering hot coffee from StoneHouse Coffee and fresh doughnuts from Schaefer's Foods to anglers on the walleye and northern pike...

Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton, center, and Princess Taylor Leas prepare a cup of hot coffee to hand to an angler on Gull Lake on Saturday, May 14, as part of the annual Welcome Wannigan, sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber. Photo by Nancy Vogt
Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton, center, and Princess Taylor Leas prepare a cup of hot coffee to hand to an angler on Gull Lake on Saturday, May 14, as part of the annual Welcome Wannigan, sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber. Photo by Nancy Vogt

As it's done every spring since 1959, the Nisswa Chamber's Welcome Wannigan traveled Gull Lake on Saturday, May 14, delivering hot coffee from StoneHouse Coffee and fresh doughnuts from Schaefer's Foods to anglers on the walleye and northern pike fishing opener.

The pontoon boat piloted by Jay Chaney of Boats and Beyond carefully sidled up next to angling boats, where Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton, Princess Taylor Leas and Little Miss Nisswa Tiana Herron cheerfully handed out complimentary coffee and doughnuts.

Anglers welcomed the hot coffee on a cold and windy morning.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith caught fish on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor during the annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. The Explore Minnesota tourism group said the 70th annual event will take place May 11-14 on the Mississippi River near St. Cloud. This will be the first time in the history of the Governor's Fishing Opener that the event will be held in the St. Cloud area.

Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, organizes this event each year in coordination with a host community. Next year's opener will be hosted collaboratively by the communities of St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Sartell.

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Miss Nisswa Princess Taylor Leas, left, and Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton serve hot coffee and doughnuts to an angler on a dock at Zorbaz on Gull on Saturday, May 14, as part of the annual Welcome Wannigan, sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber. Photo by Nancy Vogt
Miss Nisswa Princess Taylor Leas, left, and Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton serve hot coffee and doughnuts to an angler on a dock at Zorbaz on Gull on Saturday, May 14, as part of the annual Welcome Wannigan, sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber. Photo by Nancy Vogt

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