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Mask and distancing mandates meet resistance in Greater Minnesota


Jennifer Carnahan, chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, recently tweeted an attack against Gov. Tim Walz's mask mandate: "This is not North Korea, and you are not Kim Jong Un ... or are you?"

Passengers on state Rep. Dave Baker's Green Lake cruises in western Minnesota are supposed to wear face masks. But the crew won't press those who don't.

"If you are not wearing a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition, mental health condition or a disability that makes wearing a face covering intolerable," reads a notice on the company's Facebook page.

Across Minnesota, at a weekend rodeo in the northern Minnesota town of Effie, crowds defied state spectator limits for social distancing, spurred by a Facebook post inviting them to protest Gov. Tim Walz's pandemic mandates. "If people would like to come and protest against this ridiculous Government Over Reach, feel free to do so," rodeo organizer Cimarron Pitzen wrote. "I will not stand in the way of peoples 'Right to Assemble.' "


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