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Ventura headed to N.Y. after losing football bet

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Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will visit New York Gov. George Pataki in Syracuse next month to pay up on a football bet.

The pair made the friendly wager on a Vikings-Giants playoff game in January.

If the Vikings won, Pataki would have accompanied Ventura on the governor's fishing opener May 12 at Breezy Point Resort on Big Pelican Lake in central Minnesota.

But the Giants routed the Vikings, prompting Ventura to make reservations for the $5 Million Ultimate Fishing Derby on Onondaga Lake Aug. 3 in Syracuse, N.Y.

The state is not paying for Ventura's trip, but will pay for airfare for a staff member and two security guards, which will cost about $2,100.

Ventura will broadcast his weekly radio show from the event.