The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the St. Paul Saints Professional Baseball Club features in-game contests and announcements, an opportunity to buy a fishing license just inside the front gate of Midway Stadium and the chance to enter a nationwide sweepstakes to win a boat and trailer and other prizes.

"Summertime is baseball time for many Minnesotans but it's also the time of year when 80 percent of Minnesota angling takes place," said Jenifer Matthees, who is overseeing the partnership as part of coordinator for the DNR angler retention project.

Features of the Saints fishing promotion will include humorous fishing and boating videos, between-inning contests, featuring an ongoing Fish or No Fish game and other whimsical prizes.

"Who doesn't want to come watch great baseball, enjoy the Saints signature fun and games, get a fishing license and have a chance to win a boat at the end of the season?," said Annie Huidekoper, the Saints vice president of community partnerships

Minnesota fishing licenses will be available for purchase at Saints home baseball games before and during the game June 7 and 8, against the Wichita Wingnuts.

Saints home games are played at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul.

The promotion is part of partnership this summer with minor league baseball throughout the country, is an effort by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to help increase participation in boating and fishing nationwide.