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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with violating the state’s restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted Thursday in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom. Alvin Schlangen, an organic egg producer from central Minnesota, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of distributing unpasteurized milk, operating without a food handler’s license and handling adulterated food. Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it’s produced.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of people killed while riding motorcycles in Minnesota has risen significantly this year. Forty-seven motorcyclists have died in 2012, including five people in the past seven days. Most recently, a motorcyclist died after he hit a slow-moving farm tractor between Sauk Rapids and Rice Wednesday. The number of fatalities this year has surpassed 42 deaths in all of last year.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A settlement in a lawsuit filed by the parents of a boy who was bullied is ratified by the Rochester School Board. The school district will pay $87,500 to Judd and Deanna Grafe, whose son was repeatedly bullied in the locker room at Willow Creek Middle School by another boy. During one incident, the Grafes' son suffered a concussion and damage to a cochlear implant that had to be surgically replaced. The attacker was convicted of fifth-degree assault in Olmsted County juvenile court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour took off Friday morning on a sightseeing tour of California, the last aerial hurrah before retiring to a Los Angeles museum. Hitching a ride on top of a jumbo jet, the pair departed Edwards Air Force Base, 100 miles north of Los Angeles, circling the high desert that gave birth to the shuttle fleet before flying north toward Sacramento.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Protests over an anti-Muslim film turned violent Friday across Pakistan, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition at thousands of demonstrators who threw rocks and set fire to buildings. At least 17 people were killed and dozens were injured. Muslims also marched in at least a half-dozen other countries, with some burning American flags and effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau figures indicate a steadier economy in Minnesota. The date released Thursday shows no decline in median household income and a poverty rate that remains flat at about 12 percent. State demographer Susan Brower says while many states continued to see declines in income and increases in the poverty rate, Minnesota showed signs of stabilizing in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled property owners near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport deserve compensation for air traffic noise. The heirs of the 60-acre Kelley Farm in Bloomington sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission after a new runway was opened about a mile from the property. The owners argue the farm, considered a prime development target, lost value because of the air traffic. The Star Tribune says an estimated 450 planes fly directly over the land each day.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Liam Hendriks finally has a win, thanks in part to another productive night for Josh Willingham. Willingham had four hits and four RBIs to help Hendriks and the Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 on Wednesday, dropping the Indians into last place in the AL Central. Hendriks (1-7) allowed two runs and two hits in six effective innings to get the win in his 18th career start. The right-hander was pelted with shaving cream by happy teammates after picking up the elusive win.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group of children out for a daily walk was attacked by a swarm of bees in St. Paul. The fire department says the bees stung 11 children and two caregivers Wednesday. Two paramedics who arrived also were stung. Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the daycare group at first refused medical treatment. But one young girl who suffered about 30 stings was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Jim Masters, director of A Child's View, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the 3-year-old girl is "doing good."
WILSON, Minn. (AP) — An auction in Winona County seems to reflect the rising cost of farmland in Minnesota. One parcel at a farm near Wilson generated more than $14,000 per acre, nearly double the top price for farmland last year. The farm, with its 336 acres of land, machinery, equipment and crops, collectively sold for about $2.7 million Tuesday. Winona County Recorder Bob Bambenek tells the Winona Daily News that last year's high price for farmland was $7,500 an acre. This year, a sale in Warren Township averaged more than $10,000 an acre.