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FISHFLIES. An annoying and foul-smelling insect also known as mayflies, fishflies hatch each summer from eggs buried in the mud.

The insects mate, lay eggs, and die within twenty-four hours. In death, thousands of insects create an overpowering smell and potentially serious traffic hazards. Cars occasionally swerve out of control on the slick patches caused by the dead insects.

Evening programs on July 4, 1985, at DUBUQUE GREYHOUND PARK AND CASINO were canceled; 2,300 revelers were given rain checks; and refunds of wagers were made on the 8th through 12th races because the hoards of insects drawn to the lights threatened the safety of the dogs and racetrack patrons. The estimated cost to the track was $76,000.

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