Sunday sales could cost local liquor store


Kate Heberling, assistant manager at Maple Lake Wine and Spirits, takes time to stock bottles between customers, Friday, March 3. The local municipal liquor store may be open on Sunday starting this summer with the passing of a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Angela Berthiaume, manager of Maple Lake’s municipal liquor store is not excited about a bill Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign that will repeal the 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.
“We’re not going to make any more money and it takes away from personal time and family time,” Berthiaume said.
On Monday, Feb. 27, the Senate voted 38-28 to scrap the highly-debated law that has been around since Minnesota first became a state. The bill already earned approval from the Minnesota House of Representatives and is now in the hands of the governor who has said he won’t veto it, but is expected to either sign it or let it become law.
If that happens, liquor stores will be allowed to be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays starting on July 2, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

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