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Welcoming the opener come rain or come shine

Steve Malm, at left,just purchased his fishing license from Kevin Lempola at Delaney's Sports Center in Park Rapids. Lempola was planning on a busy weekend. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

It's supposed to rain on the opener but it won't rain on the parade.

As anglers pulling boat trailers form a steady stream into Park Rapids, merchants are getting ready for the weekend.

"We plan on being really busy later," said Debbie Lempola, co-owner of Delaney's Sports Store in Park Rapids.

The bait was stocked, the licenses were ready to issue.

Baitman Tim Englund has been harvesting minnows in area lakes all week in preparation for the big day.

Tomorrow Park Rapids will find out if it will host next year's Governor's Opener.

And some anglers, like Steve Malm, plan to wait until the sun comes out to cast a line.

"I'm not going until Sunday," the Lake Emma resident said.

Boat patrols were already out on area lakes and will be out tonight for the midnight hour.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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