The Interchange owner speaks out, holds rally in Albert Lea |

The Interchange owner speaks out, holds rally in Albert Lea

Created: May 01, 2021 06:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The owner of The Interchange, a business in Albert Lea, spoke at a rally today at Fountain Lake Park.  The rally was scheduled before the owner was arrested for defying the Governor's COVID-19 restrictions. Lisa Hanson, the owner of The Interchange, has since posted bail.

Several state officials joined her at the rally. The event is called "Stand for Liberty." Organizers and supporters say they are demanding change. They also say that small businesses should be able to make their own decisions about how they operate.  They also believe that the community is upset about lockdowns. 

ABC 6 News reached out to the Mayor of Albert Lea and the City Attorney but we haven't heard back from them yet.

Hanson will go on trial in July for nine criminal counts against her.  Supporters have raised more than $10,000 for Hanson's defense fund. 

On Thursday, Hanson was arrested in Clear Lake, Iowa for charges connected with defying the Governor's COVID-19 restrictions. Minnesota Attorney General filed a lawsuit against her. Hanson also ignored a cease-and-desist order from local and state health officials. A warrant had been in place for a month after Hanson did not attend a court hearing. She was booked in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on an out-of-jurisdiction warrant. She has since posted bail.  The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office says they and the Albert Lea Police Department were doing surveillance on an Airbnb location where Hanson was staying.

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