ST. PAUL — House Republicans, led by Representative Kresha, R-Little Falls, recently sent a letter to Attorney General Keith Ellison calling on him to stop threatening businesses, faced with a choice between opening and going out of business, with hefty fines and legal action. The Attorney General subsequently announced today that he would sue a Stearns County restaurant owner who plans on opening this week. The owner has said that he faces permanent closure if his restaurants don't open soon. Rep. Kresha released the following statement regarding the lawsuit.
"It is truly appalling that the Attorney General would take a small business owner to court simply for trying to save his business," said Kresha. "Businesses have followed the governor's mandates for months now, and many have been driven to the point where they'll never open their doors again. The fact that our state's top lawyer is trying to sue a business out of existence is unacceptable. This is government overreach in the extreme."