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.

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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.