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Fisherman Vern Wagner testifies and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen listens Monday as a Minnesota Senate committee hears information about the impact of moving the state fishing opener up a week. Photo by Don Davis

Early fishing opener slipping off the hook

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ST. PAUL -- Time is running out to kick the Minnesota fishing opener up a week.

Opinions about the issue are changing quickly, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said today after his environment and natural resources committee heard testimony that produced no strong support for the earlier openers.

"I was very open to this thing three weeks ago," he said about when Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, brought up the idea.

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