Some retail stores, such as those in the Paul Bunyan Mall, reopening today

Gov. Tim Walz’s executive stay at home order ended last night, and retail stores across the state are reopening to customer traffic for the first time since the order was passed six weeks ago.

Lexington Realty operates the Paul Bunyan Mall here in Bemidji, and Scot Snitker, the national portfolio manager, said the mall is taking precautions to keep the workers and customers safe.

Snitker added that while the mall’s doors will be open, the stores within the mall have had the option on whether or not to open today, and described today as a “soft reopening.”

Tracking each store’s capacity will be the responsibility of the individual stores within the mall, but Snitker doesn’t anticipate overcrowding will be an issue.

Salons, barbershops, dine-in restaurants and bars are still ordered to remain closed, but Walz said during his latest address that the goal is to have them reopened on June 1.




Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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