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Mpls. City Council Votes To Cut Food-Liquor Ratio Ordinance

The city of Minneapolis has gotten rid of a liquor law that’s been in place for decades. The Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 Friday to scrap the old ordinance that required restaurants to make 60 percent of their revenue from food and cap alcohol sales at 40 percent.

09/19/2014

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MSU Student Charged With Dorm Rape

A student at Minnesota State University Moorhead is facing criminal charges after being accused of raping an 18-year-old girl during a night of drinking in a dorm. According to the Clay County Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Angel Mario Vega is charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of providing liquor to someone under 21.

09/05/2014

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Distilleries Can’t Keep Up With Whiskey Demand

Ten years ago, it seemed everyone was drinking vodka. Now, whiskey is all the rage. But the popularity comes with a price. From scotch to bourbon, whiskey has become a hip drink again and people want the good stuff.

06/11/2014

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Mpls. Voters To Decide Fate Of 70/30 Law

Minneapolis voters will now have a say on a controversial liquor law in the city. In November, voters will decide on whether or not to repeal the 70/30 law. The 1997 city charter amendment was originally put in place to try to prevent restaurants that sold liquor from becoming neighborhood trouble spots.

06/06/2014

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Voters To Decide Whether To Roll Back 70-30 Rule

Minneapolis voters will get the final say on the proposed changes to the city’s liquor laws. Currently, restaurants in residential neighborhoods have to follow the 70-30 rule, which means their sales have to be made up of at least 70 percent food and no more than 30 percent alcohol.

06/06/2014

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House Passes Liquor Measures Without Sunday Shift

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.

05/08/2014

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Minnesota Senate Defeats Sunday Booze Sales Bid

Stock up on beer, wine and liquor on Saturday. The Minnesota Senate soundly defeated a repeal of the state’s law barring liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The chamber voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but then the bill got pulled from debate.

05/06/2014

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The World’s Best Classic Cocktails In The Bars That Invented Them

There’s nothing better than kicking back on vacation with a classic local cocktail, and nothing worse than being interrupted by some blowhard waxing poetic about the drink’s storied “history”. Unless you’re the blowhard, and you’re sitting at the exact bar where the drink was invented.

04/04/2014

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Honesty Bars: The Bars Where You Pay Whatever You Want

If you’ve ever stayed at a boutique hotel abroad, odds are you’ve come across a “Seriously, where on earth did the bartender go — oh wait, there is no bartender?” honesty bar.

03/26/2014

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Minn. Panel Keeps Sunday Alcohol Bills Alive

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.

03/19/2014

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Lawmakers Eye New Push Against Sunday Liquor Ban

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers to unveil new plans to repeal a source of annoyance to many Minnesotans — the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales. Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps.

03/06/2014

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Restaurants Petition Against 70-30 Liquor Laws

Some Minneapolis restaurants are pushing to change their liquor laws. The problem is, the laws are tied to the city charter, so it’ll take a referendum to do it.

02/19/2014

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MN House GOPer Unveils New Sunday Liquor Bill

A leading Republican in the Minnesota House is introducing a new bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie, the deputy Republican leader, says Monday it’s time for state government to abolish a law she calls outdated and against free enterprise.

01/13/2014

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Minn. Sunday Liquor Sales Debate Brewing Again

The debate over whether to lift Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales is bubbling up again. This time, activists plan to enlist craft beer drinkers to their cause. Minnesota Beer Activists is launching a public awareness campaign for Sunday liquor sales in the coming weeks.

12/24/2013

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Good Question: How Strict Are Minnesota’s Liquor Laws?

No one at Haskell’s in downtown Minneapolis or at The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park expected Minnesota’s liquor laws to change Tuesday.

05/01/2013

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