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As of 1/8/2021, according to BringMeTheNews.com, MN state officials have taken action against more than 20 businesses that have defied Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders over the past few months (list below). 

Over the past several months, state officials have worked with more than 900 establishments and events to comply with the state’s orders.  The majority did comply, but Attorney General Keith Ellison said he filed lawsuits against 13 business owners in 2020 who wouldn’t comply. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has taken enforcement action against several other establishments. 

Here’s a list, starting with the most recently announced enforcement actions: 

Norm’s Wayside in Buffalo

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist notice on Dec. 30, 2020, after it was found it was serving people indoors and employees were working without masks.

Patrick McGovern’s Pub in St. Paul

MDH suspended its food and beverage license on Dec. 29, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 28, 2020, that it wasn’t in compliance with Executive Order 20-99 as it was serving people on the patio that was enclosed.

Carlson Event Center in Winnebago

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Dec. 30, 2020, filed a lawsuit against the event center after it advertised it would hold a New Year’s Eve party the following night, which would violate Executive Order 20-99 and 20-103.

On Dec. 31, 2020, Faribault County District Court granted Ellison’s motion for a temporary restraining order. 

Joe’s Diner in East Grand Forks

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 26, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 17, 2020, and Dec. 20, 2020, that it was open for in-person dining and a waitress was not wearing a mask, which are violations of Executive Orders 20-99 and 20-81.

King Sparrow in Milaca

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 28, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 18, 2020, that it was open for in-person service and allowing more than five customers to pickup takeout orders at one time. Employees were also observed working without wearing masks.

Big Orv’s in Adrian

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 28, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 21, 2020, that it was open for in-person service and a customer was seen not wearing a mask. 

Long Pine Store in Pine River

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 24, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 18, 2020, that it was open for in-person service. 

Jamieson’s on Main in Oslo

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 26, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 21, 2020, that it was open for in-person service. 

Cornerstone Cafe and Catering in Monticello

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 23, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 18, 2020, that it was open for in-person service and employees weren’t wearing masks. 

Attorney General Keith Ellison on Dec. 18, 2020, filed a lawsuit against the restaurant after his office tried to contact Cornerstone Cafe about coming into compliance. The restaurant’s owner posted on social media that he didn’t intend to respond to the AG’s office. 

On Dec. 19, 2020, DPS informed Cornerstone that it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

On Dec. 21, 2020, Ellison filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the restaurant. And on Dec. 22, 2020, Wright County District Court granted that motion, meaning if Cornerstone Cafe doesn’t comply with the state’s executive orders, it could be found in contempt of court.

Cork in Anoka

Attorney General Keith Ellison on Dec. 18, 2020, filed a lawsuit against Cork after it told the AG’s office it intended to remain open to in-person service. 

On Dec. 19, DPS informed Cork it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

On Dec. 21, 2020, Ellison filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the restaurant. 

M.B.’s Little Gourmet Deli in Virginia

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 23, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 18, 2020, that it was open for in-person service and employees weren’t wearing masks. 

The Pour House in Clark’s Grove

MDH suspended its food and beverage license and issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 23, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 19, 2020, to be open for in-person service. 

On Dec. 19, 2020, DPS informed The Pour House that it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

Attorney General Keith Ellison on Dec. 21, 2020, sued Pour House for violating the in-person dining ban. The next day, Ellison’s office filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent the restaurant from further violating the order and to compel it to comply. 

Freeborn County District Court on Dec. 28, 2020, granted the attorney general’s motion. This requires the restaurant to comply with the executive orders or risk being found in contempt of court. 

The Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro in Albert Lea

MDH issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 18, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 16, 2020, to be open for in-person service. On Dec. 23, 2020, MDH issued a license suspension notice. 

AG Ellison on Dec. 21, 2020, filed a lawsuit against The Interchange after it repeatedly violated the state’s orders, including offering in-person service and hosting an indoor concert. 

On Dec. 22, 2020, Ellison’s office filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the restaurant. The next day, Freeborn County District Court granted the motion.

DPS on Dec. 31, 2020, informed The Interchange it faces a five-year liquor license revocation for “ongoing and blatant violations” of the governor’s executive orders. 

St. Patrick’s Tavern in New Prague

Attorney General Keith Ellison on Dec. 21, 2020, filed a lawsuit against the restaurant after it hosted 150-200 people on Dec. 18, 2020. 

On Dec. 22, 2020, Ellison’s office filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the restaurant. The next day, Scott County District Court granted that motion.

The Pizza Depot in Becker

MDH issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 18, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 16, 2020, to be open for in-person service. 

Hooligans Lakeside in Lake Park 

MDH issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 18, 2020, after it was found on Dec. 17, 2020, to be open for in-person service. 

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville

MDH on Dec. 18, 2020, issued a cease-and-desist order after Alibi was found to be open for in-person service and employees not wearing masks after it posted on social media that it was reopening on Dec. 16, 2020, despite the executive orders prohibiting it.

On Dec. 17, 2020, Ellison’s office said it filed a lawsuit and a separate temporary restraining order against Alibi. On Dec. 18, 2020, Dakota County District Court granted the temporary restraining order, forcing the restaurant to close or it would be found in contempt of court.

On Dec. 31, 2020, Dakota County District Court granted Ellison’s motion for a temporary injunction that will remain in effect for the duration of the state’s lawsuit against Alibi. With this order, Alibi must remain closed to in-person service through Jan. 10 or risk being found in civil contempt of court and could result in its liquor license being revoked.

The Minnesota Department of Safety (DPS) on Dec. 31, 2020, informed Alibi it faces a five-year liquor license revocation for “ongoing and blatant violations” of the governor’s executive orders.

That same day, Ellison asked the court to find Alibi in contempt of court for continuing to offer in-person service in violation of the executive order, meaning the eatery could face monetary sanctions and/or imprisonment. Alibi had closed Dec. 22, 2020, but reopened on Dec. 31, 2020.

A hearing on this was held Jan. 5. On Jan. 7, a Dakota County District Court judge found Alibi in contempt of court and said it would have to pay a fine of $3,000 for every day that it allows indoor dining going forward. 

A hearing regarding the state’s request to revoke Alibi’s liquor license for five years is scheduled Feb. 3, the Star Tribune says

Neighbors on the Rum in Princeton

The attorney general filed a lawsuit against the establishment on Dec. 17, 2020, after it was found it reopened for in-person service on Dec. 16, 2020. 

That day, Ellison said the restaurant voluntarily complied with the executive order. 

On Dec. 16, 2020, DPS informed the restaurant that it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

Mission Tavern in Merrifield

MDH issued a cease-and-desist order on Nov. 30, 2020, after it was found on Nov. 25, 2020, to be open for in-person service. The tavern then came into compliance with the order. 

MDH issued another cease-and-desist order after the tavern reopened for in-person service on Dec. 11, 2020. MDH also issued a $10,000 administrative penalty and a food and beverage license suspension notice due to the tavern’s “repeated violations” of Executive Order 20-99, MDH said on Dec. 16, 2020.

On Dec. 17, 2020, DPS informed the restaurant that it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks

MDH on Dec. 10, 2020, issued a cease-and-desist order after it was found to be open for in-person service. The restaurant did not comply, so Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the restaurant from remaining open. 

The Polk County District Court on Dec. 11, 2020, issued a temporary restraining order after the bar was in violation of the order for approximately 72 hours.

On Dec. 16, 2020, DPS informed the restaurant that it faces a 60-day suspension of its liquor license. A hearing has been scheduled.

On Dec. 22, 2020, Polk County District Court granted Ellison’s request for a temporary injunction against the bar, which will remain in effect for the duration of the state’s lawsuit against the bar. 

Havens Garden in Lynd

MDH issued a cease-and-desist order on Dec. 9, 2020, after it was found to be open for in-person service. 

The restaurant stayed open, so on Dec. 11, 2020, MDH worked with Attorney General Keith Ellison to file a lawsuit against the restaurant seeking a court-ordered injunction. MDH won a temporary restraining order on Dec. 12. 

Iron Waffle near Nisswa

MDH on Aug. 6, 2020, issued a cease-and-desist order after it was found employees weren’t wearing masks. 

The restaurant closed briefly and then reopened in non-compliance. Prompting MDH on Sept. 24, 2020, to issue an administrative penalty order, but Iron Waffle didn’t respond. 

MDH then sent a letter to the restaurant due to non-compliance and unresponsiveness and assessed a penalty of $9,500. 

MDH inspected the restaurant on DEc. 5, 2020, and found it was open for in-person service. MDH revoked its license on Dec. 9, 2020, with the $9,500 penalty still due. 

Plainview Wellness Center in Plainview 

On Nov. 25, 2020, Ellison filed a lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order to prohibit Plainview Wellness Center in Wabasha County from remaining open to the public in defiance of Executive Order 20-99. Wabasha County District Court issued a temporary injunction to close the gym in accordance with the order on Dec. 2, 2020.

Minnesota officials have taken enforcement action against at least two other businesses for violating COVID-related executive orders since the pandemic began. Among them: 

On May 17, 2020, Ellison filed enforcement action against Shady’s, a chain of six bars and restaurants in the Stearns County area, and its owner, Kris Schiffler, after the bars reopened in violation of the governor’s Stay Safe Minnesota order (Executive Order 20-56). 

On July 31, 2020, Ellison brought enforcement action against North Star Ranch in Effie after it hosted a rodeo July 24-26, 2020, that wasn’t in compliance with Executive Order 20-74.

Information obtained from https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/heres-a-list-of-businesses-the-state-has-taken-action-against-for-violating-covid-rules

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