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Sunday liquor sales bill served in Minn. Senate

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - Those who live in Wisconsin may not think twice when it comes to picking up a bottle of wine during a Sunday trip to the grocery store, or getting a case of beer on Super Bowl Sunday.

But on Sundays in Minnesota, it's state law that liquor stores close.

Minnesota is one of only 12 states that still ban Sunday liquor sales.

But a newly proposed senate bill could change that.

It's a Saturday night and in La Crescent, Minn., people are making those last minute alcohol purchases at Apple Village Liquor before the store closes, and stays closed Sunday.

"If I'm not open, my competitors in town will be open. That's money that I've lost," said George Williams, owner of Apple Village Liquor.

Since the Prohibition Era, Minnesota liquor store owners, like Williams, have been unable to sell alcohol on Sundays; except for 3.2 beers.

A new bipartisan bill in the state senate could change that.

"A lot of our folks are going to Wisconsin and Iowa on Sundays. That means those states are getting the revenue, the sales tax revenues, and we just want to give Minnesota liquor stores the option to be open Sundays," said Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona.

Miller co-authored the bill with Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth.

Both represent areas that border states with 7-day-a-week liquor sales

This bill would give Minnesota stores the option to stay open the extra day.

"It really is a regional issue and that's why we made it optional (to open Sunday)," Miller said.

Williams said an extra day open, could add an additional 15 percent to the week's revenue.

"I am losing out," Williams said. "I would think that business could be pretty good on a weekend, especially on a Sunday."

Some liquor stores in metro areas and central Minnesota are opposed to the bill, according to Miller.

Managers of those stores said they don't believe people would buy more liquor if they opened an extra day, Miller said. Instead, they think they'd be paying to keep the stores open.

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