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Some Minnesota small businesses let Walz know if he extends stay-at-home order, they will defy it


Tim Struck, owner of Crossfit Calypso in Farmington, Minn., announced Monday, May 11, in a video posted to Facebook, that if Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay-at-home order that has shuttered his gym since March, he will defy it. Courtesy of Steve Nelson via St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL -- In a speech in front of Farmington's closed City Hall Monday, business owner Tim Struck said that when the stay-at-home order ends May 18, his business will open the next day - even if the governor extends his order that doesn't allow it.

Since March 16, many of Minnesota's small-retail, face-to-face businesses have been shuttered to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Unemployment applications topped 650,000 as the closures have wreaked havoc on the state's economy as well as the businesses' bottom lines. Some say the stay-at-home order has forced an ultimatum: shut down for good or possibly defy state orders and open back up.


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