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Friday Afternoon News, September 6th


Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Three With Marijuana Possession

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was able to intercept a significant marijuana delivery on Monday, September 2nd when a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling north on Highway 75 at approximately mile marker 120, near Fedder’s RV and Marine. During the investigation, the
deputy was made aware of a large quantity of marijuana in the vehicle. The three individuals in the vehicle were traveling from Colorado to Minnesota.
The subjects that were placed under arrest include Devon North, age 23 from Commerce City, Colorado, Dakota Swank, age 21 from Denver, Colorado, and Ryan Ashby, age 26 of Lester Prairie, Minnesota. All individuals were charged and booked into the Plymouth County Jail on multiple drug charges.
This investigation is ongoing at this time.



Clay County Fair To Start On Saturday

(Spencer) — The Clay County Fair at Spencer will begin its nine-day run starting on Saturday. Jeremy Parsons is the executive director of the Clay County Fair and says there is plenty to see at the fair.

One of those new capital improvement projects is the “Centennial Plaza.”

Parsons says fair attendees will appreciate this year’s entertainment line-up.

Parking is free on the north-side of the fairgrounds, and admission is just $10 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. Tradition dictates that it rains sometime during the Clay County Fair, but Parsons says the fair is prepared for any type of adverse weather conditions. He says the fair board invested in over $30,000 to have asphalt covered roads, making it easier for fair attendees.



Food Scientist Says Food Labels Can Be Misleading

(Le Mars) — Do you look at food labels when selecting your food items? An Iowa State University Extension State Food Nutritionist and professor of Food Sciences says rather than looking at the cover label of a food item, consumers should turn to the side of the package and read the ingredients label. Ruth Litchfield was the speaker at the Dine At The County Line event
held last evening. Litchfield says food companies tend to mislead consumers into thinking the product may be healthier based on the cover labeling.

Litchfield tells of an example of deceptive labeling found on two separate fruit snacks.

The Food Science instructor says many times food companies will make a statement to play on the consumer’s emotions when purchasing a food product.
She points to poultry products as an example when companies say their poultry contains no antibiotics, when in fact no poultry products contain antibiotics because it is against the law to do so.

Another tactic food companies may use in their labeling is to say their product is GMO free, meaning their product does not contain any Genetically Modified Organisms. Litchfield says only ten crops have been approved to be Genetically Modified, and when food companies make the claim, it is merely
a sales tactic.

Litchfield says food labeling can be informative for a consumer, but it can also be confusing.

The goal, or mission, of the Dine At The County Line is to provide accurate information about food production to influential consumers such as teachers, health officials, and elected political officials. Litchfield praised the efforts of the organizers for creating the platform that allows conversation to take
place regarding food production.

Nearly 130 people attended last evening’s “Dine At The County Line” event held on a picturesque farm owned by Lowell and Judy Vos, south of Le Mars, and north of Lawton.