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Things get 'fishy' for college maintenance department

April 07, 2010
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DOANE, NE — The maintenance department at Doane College is accustomed to things getting a little "fishy" once springtime hits campus, according to the Doane Line.
According to the story, because of the cold winter months resulting in frozen water and an oxygen deficiency in campus streams and ponds, a large amount of dead fish surface once the weather warms.
Brian Flesner, manager of grounds at Doane College, said: "We had this problem last year and had the water tested to make sure it wasn''t happening from other reasons. The removal was not pleasant, but if we would have left them the alternative was even worse. But, I hear the cafeteria will be having a special on fish next week."
In between fetching dead fish, the Doane College maintenance department tackles numerous tasks including replacing spent batteries in smoke detectors, repairing ice machines and refrigerators, landscaping, general cleaning and even pest control, the story stated.
Flesner and his six-person staff constantly enlist students as honorary staff members and encourage them to assist in cleaning and beautification efforts around campus so they can appreciate the hard work Flesner and his staff perform each day, the story noted.
Flesner says he is proud of his team because, despite their being generally unappreciated, they always work together as a team — even in "fishy" situations, the story added.
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