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The petition asked the state’s highest court to reconsider an earlier ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which found the Ramsey County District Court did not abuse its discretion in issuing a temporary injunction and contempt of court order against Stacy Stranne for operating the Lake Shore coffee shop without a license.
Attorney Richard Dahl, who represents the previous operator of Iron Waffle Coffee Co., delivered a scathing rebuke of the Minnesota Department of Health, its counsel from the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the judicial system itself during oral arguments in the virtual hearing in Ramsey County District Court.
In seeking the judgment in its favor to avoid a trial, the health department stated the fact the establishment continued opening its doors without the license was not in dispute.
A federal court judge said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority in requiring masks on public transportation, a mandate that legal experts considered well within the bounds of the agency’s charge to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. Public health experts worry the ruling will hamper the agency’s ability to respond to future outbreaks. The CDC has asked the Department of Justice to appeal the decision.
Some travelers at the airport Friday, April 22, said they were excited not to have to wear a mask while flying.
The chief judge in each judicial district is authorized to require face coverings in court facilities in the districts or counties designated as a “high” COVID-19 Community Level by the CDC.

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The move is in accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
School board members across the United States have endured a rash of terroristic threats and hostile messages ignited by roiling controversies over policies on curtailing the coronavirus, bathroom access for transgender students and the teaching of America’s racial history.

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