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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced two more settlements with businesses that were sued by his office for violating the governor's COVID pandemic emergency orders.

A news release says the settlements were worked out with the owners of Cork in Anoka and Neighbors on the Rum in Princeton after they were named in lawsuits for violating the ban on indoor, on-premises dining that was enacted in November as COVID-19 cases were peaking in Minnesota. Both restaurants have agreed to comply with all current and future executive orders pertaining to the businesses. Any future violations would result in a civil penalty of $25,000.

The Cork was named in a temporary restraining order requested by Ellison after it remained open after his office filed the lawsuit against it for violating the governor's orders. Under the settlement, The Cork, which allowed its liquor license to expire on January 1st, has agreed to accept a 15-day suspension of its liquor license after it reapplies. Ellison says The Neighbors on the Rum business will not face a license suspension because it voluntarily complied with the governor's order after it was sued.

An earlier settlement with a Monticello establishment required it to pay a $10,000 penalty that Ellison said represented the profits made by the business while it was operating in violation of the COVID restrictions.

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