Binge Drinking Costs Minnesota Billions, Study SaysThe Centers for Disease Control found excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010. The dollar figure covers everything from disease to crimes where alcohol played a role. Minnesota accounted for $3.8 billion and Wisconsin $4.4 billion.
St. Paul Breweries Start Sunday Growler SalesIt's a big day for craft beer lovers in St. Paul. Breweries and brewpubs there started Sunday Growler sales today. St. Paul joins a growing list of Minnesota cities allowing growler sales on Sundays. It's a new exception to state laws that generally ban sales of alcohol to go on Sundays.
Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session DoneThe Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here's a look at some of the state's new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
Carver County Taprooms Get Green Light To Sell GrowlersIt's a state law that's been in effect for a month, but today a group of taprooms officially got the green light to sell bottles and growlers on Sundays. A state representative from Carver County says the Waconia area has more breweries, wineries and distilleries than anywhere else in the state.
Twin Cities Craft Brewers Brace For Sunday Growler SalesA single pint of beer can often lead to a much bigger sale in the craft brewery business. The 64-ounce growler allows customers to bring home a sampling of their favorite brew.
Booze Bill Gives House A Shot At Repealing Sunday Sales BanProponents of scrapping the state's long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales have one more shot this year. The House was set to take up a bill Tuesday afternoon that makes more limited changes to the ban. It would allow craft brewers to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer on Sundays and let bars sell booze at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Minnesota Senate Defeats Bid To Open Up Sunday Liquor SalesSupporters of Sunday liquor store sales can put a cork in it for now. The Minnesota Senate Thursday killed an effort to repeal a decades-long ban on Sunday sales at liquor stores. Currently, Minnesota liquor stores are open Monday through Saturday, but not Sunday.
Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor SalesWith deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year -- Sunday liquor sales.
Minnesota House Speaker: Sunday Liquor Sale Vote Will OccurMinnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says advocates of full liquor sales on Sundays can be assured that a vote will be held before the Legislature adjourns this year. But the top Capitol Republican stopped short of guaranteeing an outcome in the perennial fight.
The Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Won't Be Lifted This YearSupporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.
Sunday Liquor Sales Battle Back On The Table At CapitolA long-running debate over Sunday liquor sales is back on the table at the State Capitol. Minnesota is one of about a dozen states that do not allow store liquor sales on Sundays.
Lawmaker On Repealing Sunday Sales Ban: 'This Could Be The Year'For 82 years, a Minnesota law has prevented the sale of alcohol in liquor stores on Sunday. And it seems for almost that long, legislators have annually proposed repealing that law. This year is no exception.