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Vermillion River gets a second serving of trout

A Department of Natural Resources intern moves trout from a holding tank into the Vermillion River at Rambling River Park.

Friday was moving day for about 1,000 rainbow trout.

The fish started the day at a hatchery in Lonsdale but by lunchtime they had been relocated to the Vermillion River.

It was the second time this year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has stocked the river in Farmington. Heavy rains and high waters this spring raised concerns that the fish might have moved downstream in search of better habitat. DNR public affairs officer Harland Hiemstra said the DNR found some surplus fish and brought them to Farmington in hopes of ensuring there will be fish present in an area that has been popular among anglers.

That could be important with people looking for things to do this summer.

"Kids need things to do besides sitting in their basement twiddling their thumbs," Hiemstra said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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