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FORT PECK — Dedication of the $23 million Fort Peck fish hatchery is set for July 6.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer; Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.; state Sen. Sam Kitzenberg, R-Glasgow; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Jeff Hagener; officers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and dozens of other dignitaries are scheduled to participate, the FWP said in a news release.

Construction of the FWP-operated hatchery was completed this year. The facility has produced its first crop of walleye, most of which was stocked in nearby Fort Peck Lake.

"Because so many folks from so many communities across eastern Montana have contributed to the hatchery effort, we felt it was important to celebrate the successful completion of the facility's construction," Hagener said.

Tours of the hatchery will be held every half hour starting at 9 a.m. Because of limited parking, a free shuttle from Kiwanis Park will be provided.

The dedication will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. A community picnic at Kiwanis Park will follow.

The dedication kicks off the annual Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament, which is set for July 7-8 on Fort Peck Lake.

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