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Norm Haukos, DNR area fisheries manager at Ortonville, releases "rescued" northern pike into Long Tom Lake. Submitted photo

'Rescued' pike released into three Big Stone County lakes

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ORTONVILLE -- Three Big Stone County lakes were recently stocked by the Department of Natural Resources with approximately 2,500 'rescued' northern pike weighing from one-half to three pounds.

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The pike were removed from a lake near Aitkin that frequently has winterkills, a condition brought on by low oxygen levels in shallow lakes.

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