ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is predicting long lines for those who wait until Friday to buy their fishing licenses.
The state's fishing season opens Saturday.
Nearly 500,000 people have already purchased their licenses, giving the state a chance to work out the bugs in its new Electronic License System.
The system, operated out of Jefferson City, Mo., eliminates hard-to-track paperwork. It requires Minnesota residents to furnish a driver's license number, public safety identification number, or DNR firearms safety training number as proof of residency.
But the DNR has said about half of the state's outlets have decided not to sell the licenses anymore because of the cost of the electronic sales terminals. That means fewer places to buy licenses and longer lines.
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