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Published March 07, 2010, 08:59 PM

Dickinson Landfill Officials Sell Compost Made From Dead Fish

Dickinson landfill officials say they sold more than 500 tons of compost last year made with the help of dead fish.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Dickinson landfill officials say they

sold more than 500 tons of compost last year made with the help of

dead fish.

Landfill manager Ron Bachmeier says he expects heavy demand

again this year for the compost, at the bargain price of $15 a ton.

Thousands of fish, mainly carp, died in Dickinson's Patterson

Lake last winter because of winterkill, which happens when heavy

snow cover on a lake leads to reduced oxygen. The fish were mixed

with wood chips, grass and leaves and turned into compost at the

landfill.

Bachmeier says it took only about three months to make the

compost, and that mixing the fish with chips and leaves eliminated

any odor.

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