Lakeville Minnesota Nightlife

A Lakeville restaurant is on trial for violating a state law to open an indoor dining room, defying state orders that prohibit indoor dining to curb the spread of COVID-19. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison asked a Dakota County District Court judge late Thursday to find Drinkery's alibi in contempt of court and announced Friday that his office would launch a criminal investigation into the restaurant and its owner, Michael Walz, on Thursday.

The request came a day after District Judge Jerome Abrams issued a temporary restraining order that kept the facility closed until January 10.

In the lawsuit, DPS and AGED slapped the company on the back with a letter saying their liquor license was suspended for 60 days without an administrative hearing. On Thursday, they announced that Mission Tavern in Merrifield is also facing a lawsuit pending a hearing before an administrative judge for violating the order. They announced Saturday that Cornerstone is also facing a civil lawsuit from the Minnesota Liquor Control Board and the Minnesota Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. DPS / AG ED also announced that they will face a misdemeanor charge for failing to comply with Governor Walz's order and a $1,000 fine for each violation.

To date, Ellison's office and the Minnesota Department of Health have sued 11 companies that flouted the governor's order. All of the restaurants indicted on Thursday and Friday are vowing to reopen after Gov. Tim Walz announced new statewide restrictions on COVID-19.

But the event's organizer claimed earlier this week that it was a religious gathering that would have had wide latitude under the governor's order. The event, a celebration of the first day of Ramadan in the Twin Cities, did not draw crowds that flocked to other bars that defied the shutdown order, the Minnesota Department of Health said.

As a scholar of US religion and culture, I believe Pence's beliefs and political identity are more complex than the statement suggests. As political columnist Brian Howey observed, "Pence wears his faith not just on his sleeve, but his entire Jesus jersey." He has attracted attention for following a number of religious guidelines, such as avoiding meetings with women alone and avoiding bars where alcohol is served when his wife is not present.

He has also supported constitutional amendments to state and federal constitutions that prohibit same-sex marriage, and he has expressed support for the 2015 Obergefell decision requiring states to recognize such partnerships. He is against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the US Supreme Court and against marriage equality in the United States and other countries.

Pence also voted unanimously as vice president, breaking a Senate vote that allows the state to withhold federal family planning funding from Planned Parenthood until 2017. Pence was also a staunch opponent of LGBTQ rights, and Indiana experienced its first-ever ban on same-sex marriage after opponents successfully pushed the law through the courts. He signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana to ensure that religious freedom is fully protected. That makes him a conservative hero, but he also signed an amendment to the Indiana state constitution opposing gay marriage.

Among other things, the law prevents women from terminating a pregnancy for any reason, including fetal disabilities such as Down syndrome. Pence signed the amendment, although it said it did not allow discrimination. As a congressman in 2007, he was the first to promote legislation to defend Planned Parenthood, and he did so even after it was passed in 2011.

Kevin Jensen, 66, said he understood COVID-19 was the real deal after contracting the virus in mid-November. The semi-retired, avid motorcyclist from Lakeville still attends six motorcycle meetings this summer, including one in Sturgis, South Dakota. He lives with his two teenage daughters in a small apartment they say they have taken from him.

Cornerstone Cafe in Monticello and Cork in Anoka will open for indoor dining after Walz announced that the nationwide ban on indoor dining will be extended until January 11. The fitness club will be able to reopen with new restrictions, including the requirement to wear a 12-foot distance mask at all times. Outdoor entertainment venues in the city are also allowed to open, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Teachers are tested every two weeks and must wear not only a mask but also a blindfold. Outdoor recreation, including ski lessons, is allowed, and outdoor services are allowed with restrictions that include a mask over a distance of 12 feet and face protection. Social gatherings indoors are not permitted and not recommended under the new order. In addition, outdoor activities (including ski lessons) are not permitted in the city until 11 January 2017.

Whether that orientation will change in Lakeville public schools in the coming weeks, if at all, is unclear, but parents should not expect any major changes there.

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