Judge blocks businessman planning to violate closure order

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A judge has blocked a Minnesota businessman from reopening his chain of bars and restaurants in violation of a state order to remain closed to on-site customers to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Stearns County Judge William Cashman issued the temporary restraining order Monday sought by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

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Shady's owner Kris Schiffler had planned to open his Albany location Monday. But after the judge issued the order, Schiffler told a crowd of supporters that he wouldn't be opening for business.

The Department of Health said Monday there have been nine additional deaths from the coronavirus, bring the state toll to 731. There have also been 701 additional positive test results from the virus, raising the number of cases in Minnesota to 15,670.