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Minnesota Mulls Over Selling Liquor On Sundays

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Right now most Minnesotans are accustomed to not being able to buy liquor from stores on Sundays in the state. But some representatives are trying to abolish the law. Governor Mark Dayton says he'll sign a bill if lawmakers passed it.

Valley News Team's Kristi Larson talked with stores in Fargo about how they would feel about the sales they could potentially lose.

"Obviously it would cut into our sales a little bit I think, it'd be hard to quantify how much." says Bernie's Wine & Liquors manager Jamie Coppin. "On Sunday's we open at noon and I see the Moorhead plates on some cars out here so it's a little concerning."

Not all Minnesota liquor stores are for the change. Smaller stores feel Sunday sales wouldn't cover the overhead for the extra day, giving larger retailers an advantage.

In last year's session the amendment to the liquor omnibus bill was 21 yeas to 106 nays in the house of representatives.

But there are still some Minnesota buyers who are crossing their fingers, so they don't have to cross state lines.

"I would be happier if they were open on Sunday, you know it's just a convenience thing." says Dale Gronhovd who was at a Moorhead liquor store.

A decision that has yet to be made, but has many watching for the outcome.

"We are very close to Minnesota, we're basically the first stop over the river here so we're defiantly keeping tabs on it." Coppin says.

Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie is the Deputy Republican Leader advocating for the bill. She says if the bill passes, local governments would have the discretion to determine the hours and rules for Sunday sales.

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