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Straight River: Do You Want Trout with Your Fries?
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Farmers began to increase their irrigation to supply the potatoes Americans wanted. In 1975, there were only five active permits for irrigation along the Straight River. The next year the number climbed to 12. Now, more than 70 wells irrigate 9,200 acres between Osage and Park Rapids.

With the growth of the potato business, Moorhead farmer Ron Offutt expanded his family's farm, eventually emerging as R. D. Offutt Co., the nation's largest potato farmer, producing 2.9 billion pounds a year on 66,000 acres in several states and owner of several French fry processing plants.


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