Worthington named host community of 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Oct. 11 that the city of Worthington has been chosen as the host community for the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.

The announcement was made during the banquet at this year’s pheasant opener event, hosted by the city of Madelia.

“For more than 50 years, I have enjoyed pheasant hunting in Minnesota,” said Gov. Dayton, who began the Governor’s Pheasant Opener tradition in 2011. “Over the past three years, we have enjoyed terrific openers, thanks to the tremendous work of our hosts in Montevideo, Marshall, and, now, Madelia. I am pleased to announce that next year, the fourth annual Governor’s Pheasant Opener will be held in Worthington.”

Worthington was selected through an application process that considered hunting land in the area, event facilities and community support.

Previous host communities have been Montevideo, Marshall and Madelia. The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.

Explore Minnesota Tourism and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.

Worthington has a population of 12,764 and is located in southwestern Minnesota at the intersection of Interstate 90 and state Highway 60.