Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, has filed a lawsuit against a Sterns County Bar owner who is planning to reopen early.

Shady's Tavern via Facebook
Shady's Tavern via Facebook

According to Bring Me the News, Shady's Tavern owner, Kris Schiffler, is going all in on opening Shady's Tavern today, even though bars/restaurants must remain closed until June 1st according to Governor Walz Executive Order. Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, strongly opposes this decision saying it, "would be both dangerous to the public health" and could carry a hefty fine upward to $25,000.

Despite initially indicating agreement to delay opening, the owner again publicly stated today that he intends to defy the Governor’s Executive Order and reopen tomorrow despite the public-health risk


Shady's has locations in Albany, Burtrum, Cold Springs, New Munich, Rice and St. Martin. Schiffler only plans on opening the Albany location early, but with social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety for his employees and guest. A GoFundMe page was created to help raise money for any legal sanctions that Shadys' and Schiffler may face. As of this post (Monday, May 18th) the page has raised $177,035 on a goal of $100,000.

We want to ensure that this never, ever happens to any of us again. We want our rights, our freedom and our control back! These are our businesses we have worked so hard to build, we have to fight the fight. Any excess funds we receive will be used to help other small businesses in Minnesota.


According to a Facebook post by Schiffler, Shady's Tavern in Albany is expected to open today (May 18th) at Noon.

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