Lakefield City Council Votes 3-2 On Resolution Opposing Governor's Executive Orders

Tue 5-5-2020

(Lakefield, Mn.)-- After tabling a resolution opposing Governor Tim Walz’s executive orders 3-2 at their April 20th meeting, the Lakefield City Council passed the same resolution 3-2 last night. The resolution declares Lakefield a “Constitutional and business friendly community” and seeks relief from the Governor’s orders. Mayor Brian Rossow and Councilmen Bruce Bakalyar and Brent Pavelko voted in favor of the resolutions. Councilmembers Andrea Monson and Nathan Hall voted against.

The discussion surrounding the resolution was lengthy and heated at times and the Council took a short recess to review an amended resolution that had been drafted. After the recess, the Council approved the original resolution. Lakefield Mayor Brian Rossow outlines the resolution…Brian Rossow 

“So, what the resolution itself says that we, as a City Council, support our residents, our business leaders in the community, our churches, we support the constitution and it’s more or less a formal stance saying that we support their right to choice to be open or not. That doesn’t necessarily say that we are giving them permission to open because we can’t eliminate the Governor’s executive order, we can’t over ride that, but we have said, with this resolution, that we support their choice in being open or not and we, as a city, are not going to stand in their way.”

In other action, the Council approved a plan by the Shed in Lakefield to expand their serving area outside.

(Courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KKOJ in Jackson, Mn.)