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Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Madelia

The south-central Minnesota city of Madelia will be the home of the 2013 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, to be held Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

“We’re excited and honored to be home of this year’s celebration,” said Dan Madsen, Madelia city administrator. “We are proud to be the ‘Pheasant Capitol of Minnesota’ and look forward to showcasing all that our city and area have to offer.”

Madsen pointed out there are 8,600 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Madelia. Pheasant research for the DNR is also headquartered in the community.

This is the third annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Previous host communities were Montevideo and Marshall. The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.

Dayton plans to again lead elected officials, dignitaries and celebrity hunters who will participate in the event. The public will also be invited to take part in activities throughout the weekend.

The event is being coordinated by the city of Madelia, Madelia Chamber of Commerce, Explore Minnesota Tourism and the DNR.

Madelia has a population of 2,319 and is 20 minutes west of Mankato and about an hour and a half southwest of Minneapolis.

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