The owner of Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, reopened for in-person service Wednesday night in defiance of Gov. Tim Walz’s executive mandates.
“I didn’t feel like I had a choice. I feel like we have been put in a place where we’re losing our businesses. My employees are losing income. I just didn’t have a choice anymore and I didn’t foresee him [Walz] opening up any time soon,” owner Jane Moss said in a video. “We’re looking at probably January or February where most businesses will go out at that time.”
Attorney General Keith Ellison frequently cites “unfair competition” as justification for taking legal action against businesses that refuse to close. In Moss’ case, however, businesses in North Dakota — just 300 feet away — are open and doing well.
“They’re traveling over to North Dakota. It’s hurting the retail businesses as well because people aren’t coming to this side of the river to even shop there. So the impact, not only financially but psychologically, is damaging so many people,” she said.
“He will just continue to put us under his thumb. It’s almost a slap in the face,” Moss said of the governor’s actions.
East Grand Forks Police Chief Michael Hedlund personally delivered a copy of the governor’s executive order to Moss Wednesday night, according to a video from Action 4 Liberty.
“In my heart I support you, but in my job I cannot,” said Hedlund. “You can probably anticipate that the city will be issuing citations.”