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Interchange owner sues city, state, governor

Updated: March 16, 2021 08:39 PM
Created: March 16, 2021 05:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - An Albert Lea business owner wants millions of dollars because of the state's actions during the pandemic.

Lisa Hanson, the owner of The Interchange Wine & Coffee Bistro, says she is filing several lawsuits against the governor, the city attorney, and others.    

She is suing the Albert Lea City Attorney, the state of Minnesota, and Governor Tim Walz claiming they abused their authority when requiring businesses to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hanson defied the governor's order and kept the Interchange open through the end of the year and now faces nine criminal charges from the city and civil litigation from the state.

In a public statement on her lawsuit, Hanson says the city attorney's goal was not justice, it was to inflict the maximum amount of damage allowed by law against her and her business.

Hanson says she's asking for 34 million dollars in damages.  

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