Minn. Lawmakers Prepare For Renewed Sunday Liquor Sales PushMinnesota 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.
Behind The Ballot: 70/30 Law Up To Mpls. VotersMinneapolis restaurant owners hope voters will get rid of a law they say is keeping them from moving forward. The 70/30 Law is affecting restaurant owners like Molly Broder. "I have Broders' Cucina Italiana, that's our deli, I have Broders' Pasta Bar and Terzo Vino Bar," Broder said.
Mpls. City Council Votes To Cut Food-Liquor Ratio OrdinanceThe 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.
MSU Student Charged With Dorm RapeA 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.
Distilleries Can't Keep Up With Whiskey DemandTen 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.
Mpls. Voters To Decide Fate Of 70/30 LawMinneapolis 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.
Voters To Decide Whether To Roll Back 70-30 RuleMinneapolis 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.
House Passes Liquor Measures Without Sunday ShiftThe 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.
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.
The World's Best Classic Cocktails In The Bars That Invented ThemThere'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.
Honesty Bars: The Bars Where You Pay Whatever You WantIf 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.
Minn. Panel Keeps Sunday Alcohol Bills AliveA 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.
Lawmakers Eye New Push Against Sunday Liquor BanA 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.
Restaurants Petition Against 70-30 Liquor LawsSome 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.
MN House GOPer Unveils New Sunday Liquor BillA 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.