Albert Lea bar owner goes on trial for resisting state COVID mandates
December 9, 2021
ALBERT LEA, MINN. - Bar owner Lisa Hanson carried her crusade against COVID-19 mandates Wednesday into a Freeborn County courtroom, where she went on trial for defying Gov. Tim Walz's executive order last winter temporarily shutting down restaurants and bars to halt the virus' spread.
But Hanson, who is representing herself in court, once again found herself battling officials in the legal establishment who found many of her arguments without merit or in violation of law or court procedure.
Chief District Judge Joseph Bueltel ruled most of Hanson's opening statements out of order and overruled her on more than 30 objections that she raised during the trial's first day.