Are we being poisoned by pesticides? -- Group rallies in DL

Are local citizens slowly being poisoned by the air we breathe, the food we eat?

That’s what some area residents want others to at least think about as they launch their next round of efforts to study pesticide drift in the lakes region.

Officials with Pesticide Action Network, a Minnesota non-profit group that works to replace the use of chemicals in agriculture with “greener” alternatives, were in Detroit Lakes Monday to essentially team up with other like-minded residents to do two things: discuss how to get key decision leaders to take notice of the potentially deadly problem and to certify volunteers in the operation of drift catchers — scientific tools used to monitor air quality and pesticide levels in the air.

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