This fall's Governor's Pheasant Opener in southern Minnesota was canceled because of the threat of spreading the coronavirus, according to a statement Tuesday by Gov. Tim Walz.

The season opens Oct. 10 and runs until Jan. 3, 2021.

The statement said the 2021 Governor's Pheasant Opener will return to Fairmont, its scheduled host community this year.

"While our event together must be postponed, I still plan to enjoy the 2020 pheasant hunting season," Walz said. "I'll be practicing safe social distancing, staying in small groups, and not traveling too far from home while doing so, and I encourage all hunters to do the same to slow the spread of COVID-19."

Walz had to cancel the Governor's Fishing Opener in May in Otter Tail County, too.

Berry wins three-golfer playoff

Don Berry of Edinburgh USA closed with a round of 1-under-par 71 to get into a three-man playoff in the Minnesota Senior PGA Professional Championship at Medina Golf and Country Club and won the title with a par on the second extra hole.

Berry defeated Dale Jones of Mendakota CC and Ty Armstrong of GolfTEC. All three had totals of 1-over 145.

Armstrong was eliminated on the first playoff hole he couldn't save par. This was Berry's 25th major state title.

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