Heat killed thousands of Austin-area fish

Local fishing enthusiasts reported “catastrophic” numbers of dead fish in Geneva Lake not far from Rochester — perhaps tens of thousands.
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Local fishing enthusiasts reported “catastrophic” numbers of dead fish in Geneva Lake not far from Rochester — perhaps tens of thousands.

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Aitkin County fish kill result of flood, heat

A DNR fisheries manager says organic material washed into Big Sandy Lake by last month's flood helped deplete the lake's oxygen during the hot weather and led to the die-off of some species of fish. The heat has also caused a number of fish kills in southern Minnesota lakes. Officials say fish populations are resilient and should bounce back.

Thousands participate in Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Organizers of the 22nd Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza had to postpone the event last month because of thin ice conditions on Gull Lake. The Star Tribune reports more than 10,000 anglers took part in the event this weekend.

Low oxygen levels blamed for mass fish kill on Pelican River

Thousands of fish, including game fish like northern pike and bass, have turned up dead on a 2-mile stretch of the Pelican River, the Duluth News Tribune reports. A DNR officer says a lengthy drought led to low water levels in the fall, which likely exacerbated low oxygen levels.

5 injured, 2 critically, in Austin shooting spree

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping local authorities investigate a shooting spree around midnight Sunday outside of an Austin events center that injured five people -- two of them critically. Authorities say the shooting took place at the Lansing Corners supper club after a "hip hop-rap"-type event and gang activity was not being ruled out as a factor

Austin cat shelter downsizing after citation

The director of Cats Off Broadway is being cited for having too many cats. The Austin Daily Herald reports Mary Draayer has about 30 cats at her out-of-home shelter. She's being charged with violating a city ordinance that says animal shelters must be 500 feet or more away from residential areas. The director told the newspaper she plans to continue operating her shelter, but wants to downsize.

Man sues city of Austin, officers in Taser incident

A man who claims he was having a seizure while two Austin police officers shocked him with a Taser has filed a federal complaint seeking a jury trial. An attorney for former Austin resident Scott Sheeley, 50, originally sought a $1.5 million settlement from the city but it did not happen. Officers claim Sheeley was combative during the November 2011 incident.