WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar.
A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and Clark camped two centuries ago.
Paddlefish snagging season will close early today, in part because of an influx of oil boom workers who participated this year. Fred Ryckman, fisheries supervisor for the northwest district of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the harvest season will be one of the shortest ever at 6½ days.
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