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Michael Hartmann's dairy farm is a few miles south of Gibbon, Minn. Dan Browning/ Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Your honor, 1,400 pounds of cheese is gone.' 'Maybe mice ate it.'

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GAYLORD, MINN. - The judge wanted answers, and rebel raw milk farmer Michael Hartmann faced 30 days in jail and fines of $11,250 for contempt of court if he didn't deliver them.

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Where was the trove of food that state regulators sought to destroy last year? What happened to the 100 cases of raw milk, the 1,400 pounds of cheese?

Hartmann's answer: His family ate much of it. Stuff that spoiled got fed to the hogs or otherwise thrown out.

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