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City to artist: no compensation for you!

Mari Newman, you may recall, is the southwest Minneapolis artist who ran afoul of the city by turning her lawn into a sculpture garden. In August, the city hauled off a couple shopping carts, two bicycles, a chandelier and other items after Newman ignored city demands to remove them.

Newman's hearing to appeal the $130 fine, as well as to demand $2,000 in compensation for the lost stuff, was last week. This week, Newman got a letter from the city informing her that she had lost.

The artist tells City Pages that she plans to appeal the fine in court, but has given up on getting any money out of the city.