Monks who sell jam in UP settle lawsuit

EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A township in the Upper Peninsula has settled a lawsuit with monks over construction of a building next to where their local fruit preserves are sold.

Eagle Harbor Township in Keweenaw County has agreed to allow the building for fruit storage under Michigan's right-to-farm law. The Society of St. John sued in federal court in 2009, claiming the township had violated its rights as a religious group.

The township says the monks have operated the Jampot under an exception to the local zoning ordinance. Officials in 2008 had turned down an expansion and questioned whether the property was only for religious purposes.

The agreement filed last week also clarifies what rights the monks have on their property. The monks are affiliated with the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Published: Thu, Dec 30, 2010