Gov. Mark Dayton will host the annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Saturday in Mankato. But due to a sore hip, the governor won’t be shooting this year.
Dayton had hip surgery last year at the Mayo Clinic. His office said the hip will prevent him from hunting this year. Dayton said he’s enjoyed pheasant hunting for 60 years and he’ll be involved in the opener festivities; he’ll hold a sendoff for hunters Saturday morning.
Also in southern Minnesota, he’ll attend a Hwy. 14 expansion ceremony Friday near Owatonna, and drop the first puck at a Minnesota State hockey game in Mankato Friday night.
Pheasant Opener events for the governor are:
- Opening banquet, tonight, 7 p.m., Verizon Wireless Center, the city’s civic center
- Breakfast, Saturday, 6 a.m., Mankato City Center Hotel
- Sendoff, Saturday, 8 a.m., at the hotel