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Local minister in hot water over parishioners in church during stay at home edict

According to the law firm of Nilan Johnson and Lewis, “The Governor’s order directs Minnesotans to remain at home, work remotely if possible, and limit their outside activities to those that are essential. The order also contains exemptions for businesses that are part of certain “critical sectors,” as defined in the order. Executive Order 20-20 [took] effect on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect for two weeks, until Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 p.m., unless extended.” As we all know, Executive Order 20-20 was extended until May 4. Better know as the Stay at Home order, it calls for people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary and gives certain exemptions for certain activities. Gathering at church is not one of those exemptions, however. According to Todd County Sheriff Steve Och, “a complaint was filed with the State Stay At Home Violations Hotline in reference to an alleged violation of Executive Order 20-20. We then were contacted by the state advising us of the alleged violation for follow up.” The follow up took place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertha on Saturday, April 11, 2020 for a “COVID-19” related offense. . . .



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