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Governor Dayton Would Allow Sunday Liquor Sales

Updated: 12/31/2013 6:12 AM
Created: 12/30/2013 2:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Josh Rosenthal

Plenty of Minnesotans will ring in 2014 with a glass or two of champagne. Question is: will this be the year we can finally buy champagne on a Sunday? Last week Governor Mark Dayton told the Associated Press he'd likely sign a bill allowing it, if lawmakers could pass it.

Customers KSTP spoke to at Haskell's in downtown Minneapolis said they'd love to be able to buy liquor on Sundays.

"I think it's a good idea," said Jon Baugh. "Seems like it's a really old law. It's kinda like not being allowed to dance on Sundays or something."

"Yes I would love to go shopping on Sundays. I would buy like some wine," added Tony Moore.

There's also a group called "Legalize Sunday Sales of Alcohol in Minnesota" that's circulating a petition.

"It seems to crop up every legislative session and it always seems to get shot down," said Ted Farrell, president of Haskell's, which has 13 stores around the metro. He's against Sunday sales, saying he doesn't think people would buy more alcohol, they'd just spread their purchases across an extra day.

"What it's really gonna do," Farrell said, "is also hurt the smaller, mom and pop kind of stores because that's just one more day of labor, one more day of insurance that they're going to have to incur."

Farrell also said that choosing to keep his stores closed on Sundays wouldn't be a realistic option.

"If you decide to stay closed and somebody down the street is open, you're gonna lose sales to that guy so you're gonna stay open."

It's an issue that won't be resolved until the 2014 legislative session at the earliest. Until then, customers have six days to buy their booze.

As Baugh put it, "I've done that final beer run on Saturday night, going what time does it close, you know? It seems ridiculous."

In addition to talking about alcohol laws, Dayton also told the Associated Press that he would likely sign a bill legalizing medical marijuana if law enforcement groups get behind it.

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