Albert Lea Wine Bar Faces $3000 Daily Fines For COVID Violations
Albert Lea, MN (KROC-AM News) - Another southern Minnesota business is being fined $3000 per day for violating the COVID restrictions imposed by Governor Tim Walz.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says a Freeborn County Judge has found the owners of The Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro in Albert Lea in contempt of court for willfully violating a temporary restraining order issued by the court on December 23rd. The order issued today imposed the daily $3000 fine for each day the business is open for indoor dining in violation of the governor's pandemic order effective today. The judge also noted the governor has now modified the order to allow limited indoor dining and drinking beginning Monday.
A Dakota County judge earlier issued a similar order against the owners of a bar and restaurant in Lakeville. The owners of the Alibi Drinkery also face a daily fine of $3000 dollar for violations of a temporary injunction sought by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.