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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - State regulators are now seeking sanctions that would effectively put two Minnesota establishments out of business.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division says it has notified The Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville and the Interchange in Albert Lea that their "ongoing and blatant" violations of COVID restrictions and regulations could result in five-year liquor license revocations for both businesses. A news release says the bar and restaurant in Lakeville and winery and cafe in Albert Lea have continued to serve customers on-site despite numerous requests, notifications, and court actions aimed at getting the businesses to comply with Governor Tim Walz's pandemic executive orders.

State Attorney General Keith Ellison says a Dakota County Judge on Thursday granted a temporary injunction against The Alibi Drinkery that orders the operators of the business to stop serving customers on-site or risk being found in contempt of court. A temporary restraining order was earlier issued to the owner of the Albert Lea business.

The Walz administration has also notified six other businesses throughout the state that their liquor licenses will be suspended for 60-days for defying the governor's orders pending hearings before an administrative judge.

  • Cork, Anoka
  • Cornerstone, Monticello
  • The Pour House, Clarks Grove
  • Mission Tavern, Merrifield
  • Neighbors on the Rum, Princeton
  • Boardwalk Bar & Grill LLC (BBG), East Grand Forks

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