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Koep hosts Governor Walz for fishing opener

Bertha-Hewitt Superintendent Eric Koep was selected to host Governor Tim Walz for the fishing opener in Otter Tail County on May 15. They fished together for just over an hour. They had some great conversation while searching for fish. The governor caught a perch.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz kicked off the Minnesota fishing opener on May 15 in Otter Tail County by casting a line on Otter Tail Lake.

“It was a beautiful morning in Otter Tail County to get out on the water for the fishing opener,” said Governor Walz. “Fishing brings Minnesotans together, it brings tourism to our communities, and it puts a spotlight on the outdoor opportunities Minnesota has to offer. I’m grateful to our Otter Tail County hosts, especially my guide and lifelong fisherman, Eric Koep, for putting together an incredible event that officially kicked off summer in Minnesota.”

Eric Koep, the Governor’s fishing host this year, serves as superintendent for Bertha-Hewitt High School and enjoys sharing his fondness for fishing with students on the local Heart O Lakes High School Fishing League. He has lived in Otter Tail County his entire life and spends most of his time in the great outdoors with his wife and two active young boys.

Koep was chosen as the Governor’s guide through an application process. . .

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