You probably remember back in December, the owner of a Lakeville bar, the Alibi Drinkery, and also Froggy Bottoms in Northfield, opened her businesses to large crowds despite the governor's emergency orders.  This cost her, financially and also with a suspension of her liquor license.

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 ...the state took her to court for violating the order. The business was issued thousands of dollars in fines and a 5-year liquor license revocation was hanging over her head.

The owner, Lisa Monet Zarza, said he wasn't trying to get publicity for her businesses, she was trying to show Governor Walz the importance of personal choice, and the effect that the shutdowns have had on small businesses.

I think that basically everyone knows the impact that these shutdowns have had on small businesses, and a lot of other things- mostly in the hospitality industry, but mostly everyone has been impacted negatively in some what during the past year.

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Tuesday, some Republican senators announced that they would like to dismiss some of the fines that some businesses are facing due to violation of the COVID restrictions.

"Particularly, the smaller the business, the more difficult it was to manage this," said Sen. Paul Gazelka. "And finding a way to forego the fines, $5,000, or in that neighborhood, would mean a lot to some of these small businesses that suffered a lot."

Apparently the state recently rejected Zarza's request to sell beer and wine at her Northfield business, Froggy Bottom.  This is prompting her to want to sell both businesses.

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