Lynd (KMHL) – Attorneys for the Minnesota Department of Health are trying to have penalties increased against Lynd restaurant, Haven’s Garden. Larvita McFarquhar, owner of Haven’s Garden, has been defying Governor Tim Walz’s executive order and staying open for indoor dining despite having a temporary restraining order from Ramsey County.

There was a motion for further sanctions against Haven’s Garden placed in Ramsey County District Court on December 29, and attorneys for the MDH asked that a new hearing be scheduled to consider increasing the civil contempt penalties from $250 a day.

McFarquhar says currently she has not been notified or received any fines. There is a fundraiser going on to help McFarquahar with her defense fees. A Christian fundraising website, GiveSendGo, shows that as of Monday, the “Daughters of Larvita Defense Fund” has raised a total of $41,371 out of the $100,000 goal.

As of right now, no new hearings have been scheduled for Haven’s Garden, and no new court documents have been filed since December 29th.