Special election canvassing, liquor store discussion Monday

The Bemidji City Council is expected to certify the special Ward 5 election results as a canvassing board Monday.

According to the city packet, the council will then reconvene to discuss the city’s liquor stores.

City Finance Director Ron Eischens explains in his presentation that 210 cities in the state have these sorts of enterprises, and Bemidji’s liquor stores ranked seventh in the state, which includes the metro area. H

An expected liquor law rewrite during this session of the Minnesota Legislature may allow full-strength beer and wine in grocery stores.

Bemidji’s liquor stores generate more than $900,000 in operating profits a year, which are used to reduce property taxes and fund special projects, such as park improvements and the city’s contribution to the currently under construction Veterans Home.

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