Event Center in Winnebago Being Sued By the MN Attorney General Over New Year’s Party Plans

The Minnesota Attorney General is suing a new event center in the former Winnebago school that reportedly planned to throw a New Year’s party.


The lawsuit seeks to block the Carlson Event Center from holding a party on New Year’s Eve, in defiance of the Governor’s Executive Order closing entertainment venues through January 10th.  The lawsuit also claims the Event Center has been advertising a “New Year’s Eve Bash” with a live band and all ages welcome for a $25 admission fee.


A tipster told the Attorney General’s Office he was hired to advertise the event on social media, but the center’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted.


The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Faribault County District Court, also asks a judge to fine the center’s owner, Veteran Enterprises and award damages to the state.  No court hearing has yet been scheduled in the case.


The event center is operated by Garth Carlson, who purchased the former school in Winnebago earlier this year.  He planned to turn it into a community center and a veteran’s center.