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Bill Powell of Fred's Bait in Deer River holds several spottail shiner minnows during an afternoon of minnow trapping near Deer River, Minn. (Sam Cook/Duluth News Tribune)

Spottail shiner shortage frustrates anglers, bait dealers

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By Sam Cook

Forum News Service

DEER RIVER, Minn. — Standing in waders, hip-deep in a lake near Deer River, Bill Powell flipped two modest scoops of spottail shiner minnows into a holding tank on his boat Wednesday afternoon.

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“Kind of pathetic,” said Powell, 50, who owns Fred’s Bait in Deer River.

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