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McFeely: ‘Serious’ fish-kill on Big Stone Lake shouldn’t be setback to anglers

ORTONVILLE, Minn. — “Thousands to tens of thousands” of fish in Big Stone Lake died recently, but Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area fisheries manager Chris Domeier says anglers probably won’t notice.

The die-off happened a little over a week ago at the southern tip of the 27-mile long Minnesota-South Dakota border water near the city of Ortonville, about 2 1/2 hours south of Moorhead. Domeier said the fish-kill was likely triggered by a “perfect storm” of a extremely warm weather, a massive algae bloom and a wind that blew the algae into the south end of the lake.

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