Liquor omnibus bill dies on last day of session

After passing different versions of a liquor omnibus bill, the Minnesota House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on a final version of the bill yesterday, the last day of the 2017 regular legislative session. With large budget bills still outstanding when the clock struck midnight, a special session was called so … [ Read more]

Amendment removed, liquor omnibus bill passes Minnesota House

Late Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its version of the liquor omnibus bill (S.F. No. 444), which includes provisions for craft breweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries. Earlier this week, the bill was tabled after an amendment was successfully introduced by Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL–Brooklyn Center) that removed most of the provisions for craft breweries, … [ Read more]

Minnesota House tables liquor omnibus bill

Several Minnesota laws related to alcohol were up for discussion at the House of Representatives on Monday under a liquor omnibus bill approved by the Senate in early April. The bill included provisions related to craft breweries, microdistilleries, and farm wineries; however, an amendment successfully introduced by Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL–Brooklyn Center) removed most of them … [ Read more]

Dry in Duluth: The story behind the last dry neighborhoods in the Zenith City

Nearly all of Duluth has embraced the explosion of local beer, but there’s one eastside neighborhood that hasn’t partaken. In fact, the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood hasn’t sold a drop of alcohol during its 125-year-old ban on liquor sales. The historic run came to end in June, however, when the Duluth City Council voted to sign … [ Read more]

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Dry, no more: Ephraim, Wisconsin, passes referendum to allow beer and wine sales

The last dry town in Wisconsin is dry no more. Voters in the Village of Ephraim, a small town in Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula, voted to end the 163-year ban on beer and wine sales. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, residents of Ephraim, which has been dry since 1853 because of … [ Read more]

Ephraim, Wisconsin’s last dry town, to vote on beer and wine sales

Ephraim, Wisconsin, may be well-known for its fish boils and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, but one thing it’s not known for is alcohol. That’s because this small village has been dry since its founding in 1853. Today, Ephraim is the last dry municipality in Wisconsin, though that could change this April when the historic alcohol ban will … [ Read more]