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Nonprofits want to sell beer, not 3.2% (11/18/2012)
By Sarah Squires

The Winona City Council will examine a proposed ordinance amendment Monday that would give nonprofit organizations in Winona the opportunity to obtain a temporary liquor license to serve beer and wine that is more than 3.2 percent alcohol.

According to the proposed language, the amendment would give a “club or charitable, religious or nonprofit organization” the ability to obtain a temporary license to serve the higher proof alcoholic beverages for up to four days. The amendment does not propose changing the $54 licensing fee.

On several occasions, nonprofit organizations have brought concerns about the ordinance to the city’s attention, claiming they are limited to serving only a handful of beers that contain less than 3.2 percent alcohol. The organizations say a license to sell beer with higher alcohol content would provide a greater variety of beverages at events.

Currently, the state of Minnesota is one of only five states that still impose 3.2 percent liquor laws at events and general establishments, such as supermarkets.

The city council will discuss the amendment at its meeting Monday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. 

 

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