Nisswa Chamber serves coffee, doughnuts to Gull Lake anglers
Welcome Wannigan has been an annual tradition for more than 60 years.
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.
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.
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.