Interchange owner criminally charged for violating emergency powers

Interchange owner criminally charged for violating emergency powers

Created: January 29, 2021 07:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Albert Lea business owner, who has publicly voiced her plans to continue to defy the governor's executive orders, has now been criminally charged.

Restaurant and coffee shop owner Lisa Hanson was charged in Freeborn County District Court Thursday with six misdemeanors accused of violating emergency powers.  Hanson pleaded not guilty to the charges during a civil hearing for her business.  Earlier this week, the business was fined $9,000 for violating the Court’s January 8 order that found The Interchange in contempt of court for willfully violating a temporary restraining order.

Over the past couple of months, The Interchange has made headlines around the state. Many applauding the restaurant for going against Governor Walz's executive orders by staying open.  Many people have also publicly condemned the restaurant.

Hanson is again challenging the executive orders calling them unconstitutional and moving forward with a public event at the restaurant Friday night.  The 'Nail it to Walz' re-open Minnesota patriotic peaceful protest will provide food, drinks and LIVE music.

Hanson is expected back in court on February 4

Stay with ABC 6 News for this developing story.

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