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First mate Ted Glass (right) uses a rope to pull the boat to the dock as Barry LeBlanc (top), owner of White Water Charter in Duluth, carefully backs into his slip across from the William A. Irvin. LeBlanc was returning with a fishing party after a morning out on Lake Superior on Friday. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Anglers grapple with lockdown on Minnesota fishing license sales

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Bob Rogers sees them every day. They're would-be anglers from other states, passing through Duluth, trying to buy a Minnesota fishing license.

Rogers, an employee of Marine General Sports in Duluth, can't sell them a license. The state has shut down its licensing system during the state government shutdown, now more than a week old.

"They're not very happy," Rogers said. "Not at all."

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