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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.


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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