CORWITH, Iowa --- The man who wants to operate a juice bar in Corwith has had several brushes with the law in Minnesota, including a felony conviction for having a minor as a nude dancer.

Dale O. Peterson, most recently of Lynd, Minn., is leasing The Loft restaurant building and plans to open his juice bar Thursday night.

In 1996, he was convicted of using a minor in a sex performance at Cityside Entertainment Center in Montevideo, Minn.

He told the Globe Gazette on Tuesday the girl told him she was 19 when he hired her and did not learn she was only 17 until he was told by law enforcement.

He was sentenced to 90 days in the Chippewa County Jail followed by two years of supervised probation. He was fined $2,990 plus a $620 surcharge and $20 in court costs. The court ordered him to pay the fine in $500 monthly payments. He was also ordered to write a five-page report on the effect of nude dancing on people, according to Minnesota court records.

In 2003, Peterson was convicted of promoting prostitution at an establishment he operated in Meeker County, Minn. He was fined $1,500 plus a $60 surcharge and $15 in court costs. He was placed on 18 months supervised probation.

In 2008, the City Council in Florence, Minn., population 36, passed an anti-blight ordinance in which it allowed only residential zoning for the city.

Peterson operated a juice bar that the police ordered closed. So he said he moved into the bar, called it his residence and had guests over every Friday and Saturday night who paid a $10 lodging fee. That operation was also shut down.

Peterson filed suit, challenging the constitutionality of the Florence zoning ordinance. District court in Lyon County found in favor of the city. Peterson has appealed that decision.

He said he also operated a strip club in Boyd, Minn., in which he was cited for fire code violations.

He subsequently sold the club, called Dangerous Curves, which he said is still operating “and drawing a lot of people into the community.”

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