It was last call Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capitol for Sunday liquor store sales. The Minnesota House defeated Sunday sales, shutting down the effort for another year. The Senate defeated a similar measure two weeks ago.
Minnesota lawmakers next year are preparing again to take up the issue of Sunday liquor sales. Minnesota is one of only 12 states that require liquor stores to be closed on Sundays. And many Minnesota consumers cross the border to Wisconsin, where Sunday sales are legal.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill permitting later bar hours during baseball’s All-Star Game, allowing continuation of beer sales at University of Minnesota football games and granting other liquor licenses around the state.
The parking lot has been full ever since Total Wine and More opened for business about a month ago in Roseville, Minn. With wide aisles, high ceilings and neatly stacked shelves, Total Wine feels more like its big box brethren than a traditional liquor store. Which is exactly what president David Trone was going for.
A state senator pushing to undo Minnesota’s restrictions on Sunday liquor store sales has claimed an incremental victory while acknowledging he probably won’t get his full wish this year.
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Stock up on booze on Saturday. The Minnesota House on Wednesday resoundingly rejected an effort to give liquor stores permission to open on Sundays. The measure went down on a 106-21 vote.
Minnesotans who want liquor stores to open on Sundays said it’s about convenience, but opponents argued at a Senate committee hearing Monday that many liquor stores don’t want to increase costs by opening for another day.
Buying booze in the early morning hours would get a little bit easier under a bill passed by the Wisconsin state Senate.
The judge who oversees the Minnesota government shutdown is refusing to let the liquor keep flowing.
A proposed liquor law change long bottled up at Minnesota’s Capitol inched ahead Wednesday when a Senate committee voted to permit booze sales in stores on Sundays and all holidays.
Minneapolis liquor store owner George Medich says he doesn’t know what happens to his little liquor bottles after they’re purchased, but he has an idea.