Roseville resident Lisa Laliberte will be serving Thursday as one of a handful of judges for the 2013 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest.
The judging for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) competiton is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25) at the agency's headquarters in St. Paul. The winning design will appear on the 2013 revenue-generating walleye stamp purchased by anglers and collectors, Laliberte said.
Judges are chosen from across the state based on their expertise in art, ichthyology, fishing, aquatic habitats and/or printing, said Laliberte, who has more than 20 years experience in the fine art publishing industry.
“Minnesota is home to some of the finest wildlife artists in the nation and it is an honor to serve as a judge for our state stamp contests,” Laliberte said in a statement.
In 2009, Laliberte helped judge the 2010 state trout and pheasant stamp contests. “I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s (walleye stamp) entries,” she said.
Laliberte said the walleye stamp will add $5 to the cost of fishing licenses for those who choose to purchase it, although it is not required to legally catch walleyes. The revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to walleye stocking and other directly related activities.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work and keep any proceeds, Laliberte said.
Laliberte, marketing and communications manager for Minnesota Gastroenterology P.A., is also one four people running for two open seats on the Roseville City Council. Other Council candidates are Jason Etten, Bill Hoffman and Karen Schaffer.