Updated: 05/02/2014 4:18 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 3:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Lauren Beukelman
A pair of anglers from the Brainerd Lakes area will host Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon for Minnesota's fishing opener on May 10.
Ray Gildow and Toby Kvalevog were chosen Friday to fish with Dayton and Prettner Solon, respectively, as part of the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener event. In its 66th year, the opener will mark the beginning of the statewide summer tourism season.
A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, Gildow is a professional fishing guide and the host of "Lakeland Currents" Lakeland Public Television show and the "Brainerd Outdoors" radio show.
"It is a distinct honor to be chosen as the governor's fishing host for the 2014 Fishing Opener," Gildow said. "This is one of Minnesota's richest historical traditions, and I am extremely humbled."
Kvalevog is a physical education teacher at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd. He has 35 years of fishing experience and has been a guide on Gull Lake for 12 years.
"It is an honor and privilege to have been selected to fish with Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon for the 2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener," Kvalevog said. "Fishing is all about making memories, and for me, this will be one that lasts a lifetime."
The Governor's Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. Travel and tourism associated with fishing generates $12.5 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota annually.