MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The owner of a bar in Albert Lea was found guilty of six misdemeanors and sentenced to 90 days in prison for defying Governor Tim Walz’s executive order to close her business last winter.
The jury found Lisa Hanson, 57, guilty after deliberating for an hour, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
Judge Joseph Bueltel sentenced her to 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine. He said he wanted to send a message to those violating the executive order.
Hanson showed his defiance of the order to close bars and restaurants with indoor dining late last year. She argued that Walz’s order was unconstitutional.
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