ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD)  —  Republican legislative leaders claim Governor Walz’s phased re-opening of some businesses June 1st discriminates against Minnesota churches.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt questioned why churches are limited to ten people outdoors while hundreds of people can gather in the aisles of big-box stores.  S

enate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said, “I am growing more concerned there is a targeted effort to keep churches closed.”

Gazelka says he hopes the federal courts will intervene.

Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Bernard Hebda wants to give Catholic parishes the option of re-opening May 26th under strict protocols for social distancing and at one-third of seating capacity.