In the News: Boating Means Business for Minnesota’s First Congressional District

Alongside Minnesota’s annual Governor’s Fishing Opener, Congressman Brad Finstad (MN-01) penned an editorial highlighting the positive impact of recreational boating and fishing in his district and the state of Minnesota.

In his editorial, the Congressman writes:

“The recreational boating and marine industry not only promotes outdoor recreation and leisure, but also sustains livelihoods. The industry supports the boat builder who crafts each vessel, the marina operator who ensures safe and reliable access to the water, and the marine equipment supplier who innovates to increase safety and meet the changing needs of the everyday boater. These business and community members make our district thrive while relying on our more than 10,000 lakes and numerous rivers for their prosperity.”

Weeks prior to his editorial, Congressman Finstad toured Alumacraft Boats at their St. Peter, MN facility. There, Congressman Finstad and the Alumacraft team discussed recreational boating industry priorities, such as NOAA’s proposed vessel speed restriction rule, trade issues, and Alumacraft's significant local endeavors aimed at strengthening community bonds in St. Peter while concurrently enhancing their economic impact on the local community. Recreational boating generates more than $6 billion of economic impact annually in Minnesota and supports over 25,000 jobs.

Congressman Finstad’s editorial was featured in the Faribault Daily News and the Albert Lea Tribune.