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Feedback sought for Governor's Fishing Opener application

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The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber is planning to submit a formal application to Explore Minnesota Tourism to host the 2011 Governor's Fishing Opener, according to Chamber director Katie Magozzi.

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This is a competitive application process, she said.

Explore Minnesota Tourism estimates that the host community receives $600,000 in media coverage during the event.

"In order to have a successful application, our community must be in strong support of the effort," she said. 

An organizing committee must be formed. Lodging properties that will be available/open if the application is successful must be determined, as well as host properties and event locations and an opener lake.

Once these key components are complete and committee leaders come forth, a formal application can be completed and submitted.

Deadline for submission for the 2011 Opener is Oct. 1.

An organizational meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 in the Chamber meeting room.

Those who are unable to attend but interested in participating or have any concerns about the application, are asked to contact Magozzi at 732-4111.

"Your feedback is very important," she stressed.

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