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Two legal decisions find Stearns County farmer improperly handled and sold food


Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license.



Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handling and storage, including failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature and misbranding food.



The charges stemmed from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) investigation that began in 2009 when Schlangen was found to be illegally selling raw milk, meat, poultry and other food products at a farmers market in Minneapolis and other locations.

In another legal proceeding against Schlangen, MDA Compliance Officers visited a Minneapolis warehouse on multiple occasions between 2009 and 2011 and found Schlangen selling unpasteurized dairy products, items lacking proper labeling or no labeling, custom processed meat labeled "Not for Sale," improperly refrigerated eggs and milk, and moldy fruit. On each occasion, MDA offered Schlangen the opportunity to purchase a food handler's license and he refused.

MDA issued orders to bring Schlangen into compliance with food laws and regulations. Schlangen appealed those orders and the case went to an administrative hearing at which Schlangen’s defense attorneys contended he is not in the business of selling food commercially and doesn't need a food handler’s license. But an Administrative Law Judge recently issued findings stating it was undisputed that Schlangen offered for sale a variety of foods, including unpasteurized milk and butter, and continues to do so. These findings are now final. http://mn.gov/oah/images/0400-22359-schlangen-summ-disp.pdf

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the Stearns County jury trial, Schlangen was fined $300 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the sentence was stayed on the condition he doesn’t commit similar offenses.

What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common?

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common? You’ll find them all in the MDA State Fair exhibit! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Visiting the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2013 State Fair exhibit will be an adventure ..... 
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DWI ARRESTS DISPLAYED ON BILLBOARDS AND LIVE-TWEETED TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — As Minnesota traffic deaths continue to surge in 2013, a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign rolls Aug. 16–Sept. 2 with the aim to prevent drunk driving crashes and resulting deaths. Minnesota drunk driv ..... 
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State Adds 4,300 Jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 4,300 jobs in July, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state has gained 71,500 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 2.6 per ..... 
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MNsure seeking applicants for Advisory Committees to MNsure Board Expertise from industry and consumer stakeholders sought—Deadline is Thursday, August 15

Wed, Aug 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – MNsure is seeking applicants for two Advisory Committees to the Board to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations as it carries out its mission. Two committees have been established: the Health Industry Advisory Committee and t ..... 
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MN National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY: Local pioneers of the U.S. Air Force’s aeromedical evacuation system will reunite in St. Paul

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Founding members of the 133rd Airlift Wing's 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron will join past and present Airmen to reunite and honor the unit's significant accomplishments at 1:30 p.m., Sat. Aug. 17, at the 133rd Airlift Wing i ..... 
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Highway 44 between Mabel and Highway 52 opens to traffic

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 in Fillmore County from Mabel to Highway 52 is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 44 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists should exp ..... 
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Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Preston opens to traffic

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Spring Valley to Preston is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists shoul ..... 
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Rep. Davids Receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rep. Greg Davids was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 25 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji, Minn. for his positive impact on economic development policy. Rep. David ..... 
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