Madelia calls itself the Pheasant Capital of Minnesota, and it will be on Saturday when it is the host of the 2013 Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. Public events include a banquet Friday night and a pancake breakfast Saturday morning. For details, see www.mnpheasant.com. Gov. Mark Dayton launched the first Governor's Pheasant Opener two years ago at Montevideo. He'll be at many of the events Friday and Saturday in Madelia.
Anderson has been the Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993. Before that, for 13 years, he wrote the outdoors column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He covers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation. Follow @stribdennis