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Iowa Police Shut Down 4-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand

Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn't have a permit.

Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that an officer told Abigail Krutsinger's dad on Friday that she couldn't run the stand as RAGBRAI bicyclers poured into Coralville. RAGBRAI is The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which ended Saturday.

The city ordinance says food vendors have to apply for a permit and get a health inspection.

Abigail's dad, Dustin Krutsinger, says the ordinance and its enforcers are going too far if they force a 4-year-old to abandon her lemonade stand.

The city said it was enforcing the ordinance for health reasons, because people have gotten sick from food and drink they got during RAGBRAI.

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