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Post by North Star 1 on April 13th 2010, 9:01 am

SLAYTON, Minn. - Thousands of dead fish, mostly carp, float on Lake Shetek after one of the biggest winter kills in 60 years, according to community members, so they decided to clean up the lake themselves.

"It was a smelly, nasty job," John Nelson said.

Nelson lives on Lake Shetek and has for years. He's one of many volunteers who decided they needed to take action Monday.

"This is by far the worst I've seen it, and I've been around this lake for 60 plus years," Nelson said.

Volunteers in the community took action Monday. They spent hours wading through the water, scooping up ten pound carp by hand or with pitch forks, putting them in baskets and hauling them away.

"It was a monumental task. We had an awful lot of good people that spend all day in there water," Nelson said. "We had to do something."

A couple days later there are still a few fish floating around, but Nelson said the lake looks 99 percent better.

"We had no idea it was going to be this extensive," he said.

Where do you put 30,000 pounds of fish? All of Lake Shetek's dead carp are right in the middle of Nelson's farm. He volunteered his land and is waiting for them to dry out to later use the fish as fertilizer.

"They say they make good fertilizer," Nelson said.

It's quite the sight and smell, but Nelson said he'd rather have the fish in his farmland than floating in front of other people's homes.

"We just wanted a place away from the lake, away from anyone's residence, because they're going to smell," he said.

DNR said lake communities throughout Southern Minnesota are dealing with a large winter kill. The heavy winter snowfall cut off the oxygen supply in the lakes. About 10,000 fish died this past winter, according to DNR, but it's no one's responsibility to clean up the lakes, because it is all a part of nature.

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Post by bluegill on April 14th 2010, 8:36 am

WOW! Was this lake full of just carp or is that the only fish it killed??? Who would have just a "carp" pond/lake? LOL Tis sad that they are all gone though.
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Post by North Star 1 on April 14th 2010, 9:11 am

Carp are fun to catch, i have never been to this lake so i don't know anything about it but i bet it would be a blast catching big fish like that all day long.
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Post by bluegill on April 15th 2010, 8:23 am

I hear ya there. They are very fun to catch, but I wouldn't eat them...
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