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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:22 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Here it is, let the groaing begin.




What the heck is that thing, looks like a bass, walleye and trout all mixed together?


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:27 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Here's the story from the Star Tribune.
The artcile doesn't even tell us what kind of fish it is supposed to be.

DNR picks special state license plate
A leaping fish against a dramatic lake sunset will begin appearing on special Minnesota license plates beginning next year.

Tom Meersman, Star Tribune
Last update: November 22, 2006 – 1:00 PM

A leaping fish against a dramatic lake sunset will begin appearing on special Minnesota license plates beginning next year.
The design by artist Sam Melquist of East Grand Forks was the winner and newest option for "critical habitat" plates, which raise money for conservation.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam said this morning that the fish will be a fitting complement to the current loon and deer plates. "It speaks to what so many Minnesotans enjoy -- our lakes, our fishing and that feel of the North," he said.

The stylized fish does not represent a specific species, Merriam said.

About 80 Minnesotans submitted entries for the design contest. Merriam and a panel of judges chose Melquist's image from six finalists that included a lady slipper orchid, a black-crowned night heron, a wolf, a moose silhouette and a pair of walleye.

During the past decade, sales of loon and deer plates have raised $17.5 million to purchase 4,300 acres of land for scientific study as well as for wildlife and aquatic management, Merriam said.

The previous license plates will continue to be available, and the leaping fish will be offered early in 2007 at a date to be announced. It will be available by mail, Internet, and over the counter at all 173 Deputy Registrars in the state, according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials.

The plates cost $40 for the first year and $30 for each additional year. They are available for passenger cars, pickups, recreational vehicles and trailers, but not for commercial vehicles or motorcycles.

The agency invited the public to choose their favorite image from finalists posted on the agency's website during the past couple of weeks. Of the more than 14,000 people who responded, Merriam said, the leaping fish was the most popular, but that most of the other images also received almost equal numbers of votes.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:35 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Are you kidding me. What in the heck is that thing? ooo smiley

It looks like a mutant fish from a nuclear power plant. crazy smiley

The guy really needs a lesson in art I think.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:45 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Disappointing to say the least......looks like I'll be sticking to my Loon plates for a while...... crazy smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:10 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
That was probably the last design that i would have chosen. Atleast the rest of them were realistic looking and plausible. I mean really a jumping walleye?

If I ever catch a fish that looks like that then I will eat some crow and go buy the plate for my car.

I was really looking forward to having the one with 2 walleyes on my car but this one won't come any where near it.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:22 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
It's not a Walleye NF it's a stylized fish and it does not represent a specific species........ ooo smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:28 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
I think we can call it a Basseye or something like that. But yeah, I'm on the same page as all of you. Why the heck would you put a species of fish that doesn't exist????????? I don't get it?????


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:31 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
From DNR new: Sam Melquist, who had never entered a DNR art contest before, said his brother-in-law, Jerod Hjelle, was the source of his inspiration.

“Jerod caught a 10-pound walleye this past summer,” explained Melquist. “It was a beautiful fish. That catch, plus his hounding that I enter the contest, motivated me. So I sketched and air brushed a painting that isn’t intended to depict reality so much as it is to appeal to the public.”


It was atleast inspired by a walleye according to this little clip.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:18 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
why its a eyed bass trout confused smiley tongue smiley i can't belive i have ever seen one .. crazy smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 06:34 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Hey, you're making fun of my brother.
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