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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Tons of Spuds

Twenty tons of potatoes given away in Ritzville


Last updated 4/30/2020 at 9:32am

Katie Teachout | The Journal

Potato grower Marvin Wollman, center, who donated the potatoes given away in Ritzville, discusses the plight of growers with Jeff Schibel of Odessa.

RITZVILLE – Tons of spuds - 20 tons to be more accurate.

About 40,000 pounds of potatoes were given away along Main Street today, April 29.

Another 20 tons scheduled to be donated in Grant County tomorrow morning, courtesy of Marvin Wollman from his farm near Othello.

Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, who helped organize and attended the event, said the potato giveaway shows the generosity of farmers while highlighting the dire situation of the potato industry from COVID-19 restrictions.

"The Stay Home, Stay Safe order has dealt an enormous blow to potato farmers because 90% of all Eastern Washi...

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