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Nisswa Chamber serves coffee, doughnuts to Gull Lake anglers

Welcome Wannigan has been an annual tradition for more than 60 years.

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Nisswa Chamber of Commerce President Pam Dorion uses an oar to pass doughnuts on napkins to a boat of anglers Saturday morning, May 14, on Gull Lake.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
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NISSWA — With three dozen doughnuts from Schaefer's Foods and hot coffee from Adirondack Coffee, the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Wannigan hit the waters of Gull Lake on Saturday morning, May 14, for the walleye and northern pike fishing opener.

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Miss Nisswa First Princess Brooke Krivich hands doughnuts to an angler on Gull Lake on Saturday morning, May 14, 2022, as part of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce's annual Welcome Wannigan.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Rather than casting lines, those on board offered anglers free doughnuts and cups of coffee, courtesy of the chamber. The tradition dates back to 1959 and has taken place in all kinds of weather conditions - from snow and rain and choppy waters to sun and calm waters.

Saturday morning offered sun, warm temperatures and calm water until the wind whipped up mid-morning.

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From left, those on board the May 15, 2022, Welcome Wannigan on Gull Lake were Nisswa Chamber President Pam Dorion, Miss Nisswa First Princess Brooke Krivich, Gina Meixner, Little Miss Nisswa Harper Wilczek and Jay Chaney, owner of Boats and Beyond Rentals.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Those on board included Nisswa Chamber President Pam Dorion, Miss Nisswa First Princess Brooke Krivich, Little Miss Nisswa Harper Wilczek, Gina Meixner and Jay Chaney. Chaney, owner of Boats and Beyond Rentals, was captain of a pontoon boat sporting the old Welcome Wannigan sign.

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