Festivities get under way Friday in the 2010 Governor's Fishing Opener at Lake Kabetogama near International Falls.
The fishing doesn't begin until the season opens Saturday, but various community events and a picnic are set for Friday afternoon and evening.
Both Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau are scheduled to participate in several events on Friday and to fish on Lake Kabetogama on Saturday morning. However, the governor's schedule has been in flux due to the ongoing budget negotiations at the Capitol.
Kabetogama is one of four lakes that make up Voyageurs National Park. Situated near the U.S.-Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota, it has miles of pristine undeveloped shoreline and 25,000 acres of water.
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