DNR: Fishing license sales up 20 percent

Inspired by a warm, early spring, Minnesota fishing license sales are up 20 percent. The Star Tribune reports the state sold 413,273 licenses as of last week -- up about 69,000 from the same time last year.
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Inspired by a warm, early spring, Minnesota fishing license sales are up 20 percent. The Star Tribune reports the state sold 413,273 licenses as of last week -- up about 69,000 from the same time last year.

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