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Police arrest Minnesota bar owner who defied virus orders

The Interchange storefront is pictured in Albert Lea, Minn., in this photo that was uploaded to...
The Interchange storefront is pictured in Albert Lea, Minn., in this photo that was uploaded to its Facebook page on Feb. 17, 2015.(Facebook/The Interchange)
Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:12 PM CDT
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner in southern Minnesota who missed a court date as she faces criminal charges for defying pandemic-related restrictions was arrested Thursday in Iowa.

Lisa Hanson, who owns a wine and coffee bar in Albert Lea, was arrested by police in Clear Lake, Iowa near a rental property where she had been staying, the Star Tribune reported. She was later released after posting $2,000 for bail.

Hanson faces nine criminal misdemeanor charges for flouting in December and January Gov. Tim Walz’s orders for restaurants and bars to close to prevent COVID-19 infections. She failed to appear at a bail hearing on March 10, resulting in two arrest warrants being issued.

Hanson said she did nothing wrong and plans to speak at a rally Saturday in Albert Lea. She said she plans to sue for being arrested.

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