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'Mom's Amendment' would move fishing opener

Democratic Sen. Tom Bakk wants to move up the fishing opener from Mother's Day weekend to May 5 and 6 and resolve a conflict that so often comes between anglers and mothers. Could the plan even bring together Democrats and Republicans?
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Democratic Sen. Tom Bakk wants to move up the fishing opener from Mother's Day weekend to May 5 and 6 and resolve a conflict that so often comes between anglers and mothers. Could the plan even bring together Democrats and Republicans?

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