Charges were dropped against raw milk advocate, Michael Hartmann who was in court this morning battling for what he considers a personal liberty.
Hartmann says,"Everyone has their own lives and it should be up to them to decide what they want."
For Hartmann and his family who were supporting him in court today...it's been a stressful couple of years dealing with this case, but now he's moving forward.
Hartmann says, "Now I can freely work with my customers, my consumers and it's going to make my days a little easier."
"We think that the state was overreaching, trying to impose licensing requirements through the criminal procedure, which they could not do otherwise."
The case opened in 2010, but Hartmann violated his probation...the judge stated in today's hearing the defendant had made a 'good faith effort' and 'no further action' would be necessary.
Even though, Hartmann was free to go, he is still determined to keep supporting the cause.
Hartmann says, "It's not really finished, but it's a real step in the right direction and I think now we have more confidence that we can move forward. They're going to have to respect the rights of the people."
Even though the issue hasn't been put to a permanent rest, the case is still ongoing with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
It's still a victory in the eyes of Hartmann.
Hartmann says, "It should be their choice and it should be available without the intervention of the government."
Baer says, "If I make a bang out sauerkraut, I should be able to sell it to you without the intrusion of the state in that transaction."
A sense of humor and a sigh of relief as one case comes to a close.
While illegal in Minnesota, other states allow the retail sale of raw milk.