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Published April 18, 2010, 11:35 AM

Minn. man, town settle suit over vegetable garden

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A man has settled his lawsuit with the western Minnesota town of Watson over its initial refusal to let him keep a vegetable garden.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A man has settled his lawsuit with the western Minnesota town of Watson over its initial refusal to let him keep a vegetable garden.

The town sued Aziz Ansari in 2008, saying the hoop coverings he kept over the garden violated city ordinance.

The Pakistani Ansari said the city was acting out of racial prejudice. He filed a federal lawsuit accusing the city of discrimination.

The town split over the issue, leading to heated arguments at City Council meetings.

Minnesota Public Radio says both sides have now agreed to a settlement. The city will pay Ansari $50,000 and let him keep his gardens. In return he'll drop his lawsuit.

City Council Member Mike Huntley says the deal allows everyone to put the issue to rest and move forward.

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