by Steve Eastman, Wait Til You Hear This
It was one of those days when the courthouse was full in Grand Marais, Minnesota. An overflow crowd turned out to see how their neighbor — the owner of the popular Lake View Natural Dairy — would fare against the state Department of Agriculture. The agency had hoped to enforce a $500 a day fine against the business for refusing to allow an inspection.
Advertisement article continues below
The MAGA toy store is back! President Trump sends Hillary to jail - check out this limited edition toy today! Or maybe you want to build the wall! Be sure to check out the biggest and best conservative store on the Internet!
In this “David and Goliath” contest, David Berglund and his attorney convinced Judge Michael Cuzzo to stay the order to inspect. That means no fine. At issue was Article 13, Section 7 of the Minnesota constitution which states, “Any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by him without obtaining a license therefor.” As you can tell by the spelling in the last word of that sentence, that passage has been around for more than a century, when bureaucracies would never have dreamed of being so intrusive.
According to Berglund’s attorney Zenas Baer, “From what I hear it is a decision that has national implications and is being watched quite closely by a considerable number of groups on a national basis. It’s not only the farmer’s right, it also includes the consumer’s right to be the second half of the transaction. You can’t sell and peddle anything unless you have a willing consumer on the other side of the transaction.”
It certainly sounds like Berguland has his supporters. They know what they’re getting and believe in the proven health benefits of raw milk. Some even travel over 200 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul to stock up.
Despite the good news for Lake View Natural Dairy this week, there’s still some uncertainty. Judge Cuzzo is taking up to 90 days to make a final ruling. So we don’t know if this week’s victory was only a temporary measure to let excited feelings calm down or an indication that the state agency has to pull back for good.
© 2015 Wait Til You Hear This
Credit for photos: Lake View Natural Dairy Facebook page
Previous story: Sheriff Defends Organic Farmers Bullied by Minnesota Officials
Viewpoints expressed herein are of the article’s author(s), or of the person(s) or organization(s) quoted or linked therein, and do not necessarily represent those of The Olive Branch Report
Subscribe to my daily newsletter, and join hundreds of daily readers and receive news and relevant commentary
If you value what you see on The Olive, please consider donating, any amount helps. We derive NO revenue from this site, and upkeep is expensive.
“I was news director of a radio station for almost 10 years, trained by a future anchor of National Public Radio. During that time I won 16 awards from Associated Press and the Radio/TV News Directors Association. I’ve also hosted talk radio and cable television programs and worked as assignment editor for a network TV affiliate. I want to tell the stories we need to hear that are conveniently ignored by the mainstream media. I feel that the way you deliver a message can be almost as important as the content, because it reflects on its credibility. In our society too much effort goes into promoting consumerism and not enough into championing the really important things.” — Steve Eastman