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Pole Barn owner banned from Y, pleads not guilty to liquor violation

Dale Peterson with his bouncer, Joel
Dale Peterson (right) with his bouncer, Joel

NORA SPRINGS, IOWA – Pole Barn owner Dale Peterson has pleaded not guilty to a liquor violation.

Nora Springs police wrote Dale Owen Peterson of Minnesota a ticket for violation of Iowa code 123.46, section 2, for an alleged violation back on March 10 at his juice bar in Nora Springs. According to that law, “A person shall not use or consume alcoholic liquor, wine, or beer upon the public streets or highways. A person shall not use or consume alcoholic liquor in any public place except premises covered by a liquor control license.” This is a misdemeanor violation.

On March 25 in court, Mr. Peterson pleaded not guilty and will face a non-jury trial on May 6.

Sources tell NIT that “witnesses (saw) the girl purchasing the alcohol in Casey’s and then taking the alcohol into the business. Dale also admitted to the police that it was inside and the girls were going to drink it later.”

However, Mr. Peterson told NIT that police claim a young lady “brought a bottle of liquor” inside The Pole Barn, an adult-themed “performing arts theatre” that most people just call a juice bar. Beer and wine are allowed inside, but hard liquor is not allowed. He says “they never found the bottle” of booze.

“I never saw it, and we check everyone that comes in,” he explained. “They (the police) claim she had it, but it was never found.”

Mason City YMCA
Mason City YMCA

Also, Mr. Peterson told NIT that he was banned from the Mason City YMCA. He had been going there to use the facility and shower and clean up.

“They told me not to come in, due to my conviction as a sex offender,” Mr. Peterson said.

Mason City YMCA Executive Director Liz Conley did not respond to a phone message left by NIT, asking about their policies toward sex offenders in general and how they found out that Mr. Peterson was using the facility.

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