Lisa Hanson, the owner of the Interchange Bistro in Albert Lea, was arrested today following a court order stemming from her defiance of Governor Walz' Emergency Orders. She was on vacation in Clear Lake, IA and was arrested by local police after receiving a tip from a person in her hometown. Lisa posted bond and is already free.
This marks the first person to be criminally prosecuted by Governor Walz' administration and the first business owner arrested who refused to follow orders. At the time of her defiance, Iowa was wide open for business just 20 miles south of Albert Lea.
Action 4 Liberty will do a Facebook Live tonight at 8:30 pm to provide more details about the arrest and the case.
The Woke Mob, and their buddies in the media, are doing everything they can to derail the "Stand for Liberty" event this Saturday featuring Action 4 Liberty's president, Jake Duesenberg, and Liberty Champion, Erik Mortensen. Stand for Liberty is an event created to support the legal defense of Lisa Hanson, owner of the Interchange Bistro in Albert Lea, who publicly defied Governor Walz' orders to shut down her restaurant last December. The government is throwing the book at her for her defiance and there is an active warrant for her arrest.
A woke activist and disgraced former MNGOP Staff took to Twitter to condemn the event's line up featuring Republicans who represent the party of "law and order". What seems like a blatant hypocrisy to the weak minded like Brodkorb, actually is a courageous stance for the tenets of liberty. Lisa Hanson has an arrest warrant because she refused to follow the orders of a Governor who acted illegally and unconstitutionally. There's no "law and order" when one man creates unilateral dictates in America. That's the kind of thing we've fought wars against.
Rep Erik Mortensen and Action 4 Liberty President Jake Duesenberg aren't backing down to the woke mob and will be featured in the early line up for the event that begins at 2 pm. Quoting Thomas Jefferson, Mortensen states "if a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." Of course, the matter at hand, doesn't involve a law; it centers around an order from one man. In a Constitutional Republic, laws are only passed by legislatures.
The left wing press have started to cover the event and the woke mob, including DFL legislators have taken to Twitter to voice their condemnation. In one case, a woke activist assumed that if Lisa was a black woman, she'd been arrested already. This remark caught the attention of Larvita McFarquhar, a black woman and owner of Havens Garden in Lynd, who defied the Governor's order back in November and has never been arrested. Larvita is likely to be speaking at the Stand for Liberty rally as well.
Want to join a group of patriots who are standing up against the tyranny of Governor Walz' and the woke mob? Come on down to Fountain Lake Park in Albert Lea, this Saturday, May 1st from 2 pm to 7 pm. Support Lisa Hanson's courageous stance against Walz' illegal and unconstitutional orders. Here's the Facebook Event page.
Emails obtained by the Minnesota Senate from a data request show that staff in the Governor Walz Administration made a political move not led by science when issuing the youth athlete mask mandate. One email stated "there isn't much" evidence when the team tried to match Walz' mandate with science.
In turns out, at one point, the Walz Administration recognized the political realities and how that interfaced with Walz' orders. Alpha News reports that an email read "The election, particularly the loss of six DFL seats in the House, was in part a referendum on our guidance and sports was part of that,” said Laura Oliven, who identifies herself in emails as a member of the “COVID-19 Response.”
Senate Republicans have done a fine job uncovering this information, but what are they planning to do with it. The Legislature only meets for another 3 weeks and so far, Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, REFUSES to pledge to not vote for Walz' Budget until his Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again Bill is passed.
Action 4 Liberty remains committed to bringing the pressure against politicians of both parties who won't do the necessary work to End Walz' Emergency Powers once and for all.
Minnesota has been under the Unilateral Emergency Powers control of Governor Walz now for 409 days. In this anti-democratic move, Walz has assumed unprecedented powers that have locked us in our homes, shut down small businesses and force youth athletes to wear masks. Our Constitutional Republic has been overthrown so we can be ruled by one man.
So why on earth is weakling Paul Gazelka, the leader of the Republican controlled Senate, talking about passing a two-year, $52 Billion budget to fund Governor Walz' government???
We've asked for one simple thing: Cut no deals, make no concessions on the budget until Walz' Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again is passed. If we don't use this one last leverage point that remains, then Governor Walz will go into his second summer of Unilateral Emergency Powers without a legislature that's in session. Which means we could see the reality of permanent mask mandates AND Vaccine Passports come true!
All of this is happening, because Paul Gazelka is one huge wimp! He's not a fighter and he continually cowers to the left in Minnesota. He's more concerned about getting along with our political enemies, then standing up to them. In fact, he's even bending to the radical left who want to force police reform legislation in the final 3 weeks.
Gazelka is telling our supporters when they reach out to him this:
I feel obligated to pass a budget by June and I reject those that want to shut down the government or fire every commissioner if we don't get our way. All of these strategies destroy the fabric of good government.
Good government, Paul? We have a tyrant in office who unilaterally declared emergency powers 409 days ago and has refused to give them up. He can issue any order he wants and the Democrat controlled House will pat him on the back. The courts will accept his powers as laws and the MN Dept of Health will go after anyone who violates his decrees!
If Wimpy Gazelka continues to let Walz and the radical left steamroll over him, then I'm afraid there's not much left that will stop Walz and his Dept of Health from instituting dangerous Vaccine Passports.
But Gazelka has the greatest bargaining chip at his disposal. Governor Walz' government agencies will not be funded until the Republican Senate passes spending bills. And negotiations are starting to shape up now that we are in the final three weeks of the legislative session. It's critically important that Gazelka goes into those closed door sessions stating that he will not pass a single budget bill until Walz' Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again Bill is passed.
If Democrats don't want to concede that point, then their government will not be funded. Which means the Attorney General and the Dept of Health will no longer be able to attack our small businesses. And they won't have new money to impose a Vaccine Passport program on the people of Minnesota.
Call Wimpy Gazelka now and tell him "No deals, no compromise with Democrats unless Walz' Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again Bill is passed!"
Senator Paul Gazelka
Email: [email protected]
Let Them Play MN, a group that has a pending legal challenge to Governor Walz' mask mandates of youth sports, just amended their court filing after receiving email communication between Walz' team's decision on youth sports. The court document shows email communication from one of Governor Walz' political consultants who stated "we need to more explicitly tie youth sports to LTC", referring to the high level of deaths in long term care facilities.
Those who have read our articles know that Governor Walz, like New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, sent COVID positive patients back to nursing homes. He has never been held accountable for this decision and the media has mostly ignored it, despite the backlash Cuomo faced when his Administration did the exact, same thing.
Instead of owning up to his errors, Walz apparently used the high death rate in LTC facilities to shut down youth sports. Here's the amended brief:
Lobbyist Legislator Kurt Daudt, who serves as the Republican Minority Leader in the Minnesota House, made a motion on Wednesday in the House Rules Committee to advance a bill that would put the Governor's Unilateral Emergency Powers in the State Constitution. HF101, authored by Rep Steve Green, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that codifies the unilateral powers of the Governor granted under state statute into the Constitution, then requires a simple majority to extend them. In other words, if Democrats were in complete control of the legislature, Minnesota could experience permanent Emergency Powers like we have right now.
This bill stands in stark contrast to Rep Erik Mortensen's Never Again Bill, or Unilateral Emergency Powers Repeal Act, which would strip the Governor of his ability to unilaterally call an Emergency. Mort's bill goes further and requires a 2/3 majority to declare an emergency, ensuring that emergency matters are non-partisan. On top of that, the Never Again Bill removes the Governor's order from being treated as law and has a Bill of Rights for Emergencies. None of those parts are found in Rep Green's bill that Daudt tried to move in the committee.
HF101 clearly has the support of the Old House Republican Caucus leadership, who are silent on Mort's Never Again Bill. Reps Lucero, Pfarr, Bennett, Daniels, Bliss, Burkel, O'Neill, Quam, Novotny, Erikson and Poston are all co-authors on the bill. The Senate Companion bill is authored by Sen Utke.
Action 4 Liberty stands strongly opposed to this Fake End Walz' Powers Bill. Republicans in the Legislature need to fight to FIX the problems of Emergency Powers, not codify them in our State's Constitution. We call on the Legislature to pass no budget and make no deals with Governor Walz until his current Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again Bill is passed!
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, also known as the DFL Party Boss, said you and I are just trying to "score some political points" in calling for the End of Walz' Emergency Powers.
We are trying to score on THE MOST important political point of our lifetime - should we reject our Constitutional Republican form of government so one man can rule over us by his unilateral declaration of an emergency. And the obvious answer is...HELL NO!
While Winkler is busy telling Julie Sandstede, Dave Lislegard and Paul Marquart how to vote, we're busy informing their voters that they are bought and paid for by the Metro Democrat Machine. And it's having a huge impact!
In fact, it's not good enough to just End Walz' current Emergency Powers, but we MUST ensure that they NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
That's why we introduced the Never Again Bill which would eliminate Governor Walz and future governors from unilaterally declaring an emergency. On top of that, the bill punishes a Governor with fines or jail time for infringing on our rights. And it also protects our small businesses by ensuring we all have a right to operate a business and earn income during emergencies.
Rep Erik Mortensen's Never Again Bill, known officially as the Unilateral Emergency Powers Repeal Act, just gained momentum by getting introduced in the Minnesota Senate today. SF 2356, authored by Sen Mark Koran, is the Senate version of the Never Again Bill.
If passed into law, the bill would change the Emergency Powers laws in the state so Governor Walz and future governors can't take unilateral control over law-making and shut down businesses, churches and lock citizens in their homes. The bill also would create penalties for the Governor or government agents who do not adhere to the law. And the rights of Minnesotans are further spelled out in a Citizens' Bill or Rights for Emergencies which prohibits government from not allowing an individual to earn income or run a business.
This bill has wide appeal. Gubernatorial candidate Mike Murphy signed the Never Again pledge which states his highest priority is passing it if elected to office. Although candidate Scott Jensen won't sign the pledge, he did call on the Legislature to not pass a budget until the Never Again bill is signed into law.
All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka now. As he starts meeting with Walz and Democrat leaders behind closed doors to negotiate a $52 Billion budget, it's on him to stand firmly against spending one dime of our money until the Never Again bill passes. If Walz wants his government funded, it's time he loses his unilateral powers to declare an emergency!
Contact your state senator and demand he or she signs on as a co-author!
"Sheriff, I want you to take all reasonable, rational and safe methods to arrest Mrs Hanson. We need to move this case along."
That's the statement made by Third District Court Judge, Joseph Bueltel, this afternoon in an Order to Show Cause hearing for Freeborn County Sheriff, Kurt Freitag. As we reported earlier today, an arrest warrant for Lisa Hanson was issued by the judge on March 11th, but so far has not been executed by the county sheriff. The whole matter stems from Mrs Hanson, the owner of the Interchange Bistro in Albert Lea, defying Governor Walz' illegal and unconstitutional orders that discriminately shut down portions of the state economy, like bars/restaurants, while allowing big box stores to remain wide open during the busy Christmas season.
Freeborn County attorney David Walker initially challenged the merits of even having today's hearing. The state's case led to confusion with mistaken dates on an affidavit, conflicting information and incorrect sworn testimony by the Albert Lea city attorney. Things started looking good for Lisa's case when the county attorney argued that the Chief Justice of the Third District gave authority to sheriffs in quashing misdemeanor warrants. However, both the county and opposing council appeared to quickly resolve the case against the sheriff as long as Mrs Hanson is apprehended in the next two weeks and brought in front of the court.
(Pictured: Lisa Hanson)
In other words, everyone in today's hearing was trying to save their own butts in the ugly and messy proceedings, while Lisa Hanson's freedoms became the sacrificial lamb. This case would not be in front of the courts had the Third District Court or the Walz' Administration respected our rights in the first place. Because Governor Walz' exercised unilateral, unchecked Emergency Powers to force businesses to close, Lisa now is facing her first arrest of her lifetime. And it's really sad that a small business owner, mother and patriot is now going to be placed in cuffs because in one year, our state has traded in its Republican form of government for the new normal of authoritarianism.
Meanwhile, 20 minutes south of Lisa's hometown, businesses were fully open.
Action 4 Liberty calls upon Senator Paul Gazelka and Senate Republicans to not pass a budget bill unless Walz' Emergency Powers are terminated and the Never Again Bill passes. We must ensure that this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!
A judge in Southern Minnesota has issued Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag a summons to appear to court today because he has not executed an arrest warrant for the owner of the Interchange Bistro in Albert Lea, Lisa Hanson. Freitag courageously stood for the rights of his constituent who has unlawfully been attacked by the Walz' Administration and local court system for, get this, opening up her restaurant in defiance of Governor Walz' illegal executive orders back in November of 2020.
If you remember, Walz discriminately shut down part of Minnesota's economy last fall. He targeted gyms, restaurants and bars, while big box stores remained fully open and packed for the holiday season. Action 4 Liberty told the heroic stories of Larvita in Lynd, Jane in East Grand Forks and Lisa down in Albert Lea - business owners who defied the Governor's illegal orders and opened up.
This courageous act was immediately punished by Dept of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm's office with outrageous fines and revocation of liquor and food licenses. Attorney General Keith Ellison, representing the Dept of Health, got liberal judges across Minnesota to force these businesses to shutdown and in some cases, found them in contempt of court.
Five months later, these business owners are still seeing the punitive nature of their government as they continue to have their licenses suspended and in the case of Lisa, an arrest warrant issued for her not showing up to a court hearing. It appears the court did not properly follow the rules in notifying Hanson of the court hearing, which is why she was not present.
Hanson's record shows an arrest warrant issued on March 10th.
The court, and Governor Walz' Administration, want local law enforcement to do their dirty work for them. In Lisa Hanson's case, it's up to her Sheriff, Kurt Freitag to make the arrest. But Freitag does not seem interested in violating the rights of his constituents for an egregious act of government stepping over the line of its constitutional authority.
Action 4 Liberty supports Sheriff Freitag for standing up for the Constitution and rights of his constituents. Sheriffs play an important role of being one of the last lines of defense against government tyranny.
If you are interested in virtually attending today's court hearing, you can sign onto zoom using these credentials: