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Published May 25, 2009, 12:24 PM

Dead fish used for Dickinson compost

People who helped pitch thousands of dead fish out of Patterson Lake in southwestern North Dakota this spring could find themselves pitching those fish onto their lawns and gardens in the fall.

By: Associated Press,

DICKINSON, N.D. — People who helped pitch thousands of dead fish out of Patterson Lake in southwestern North Dakota this spring could find themselves pitching those fish onto their lawns and gardens in the fall.

The city of Dickinson plans to use the fish in compost.

The fish died because of winterkill, which happens when heavy snow cover on a lake leads to reduced oxygen levels. Hundreds of area residents helped scoop out tens of thousands of dead fish.

Officials initially planned to dispose of them in the city landfill, then decided to incorporate them into the city compost system instead.

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