Hearing offers snapshot of next battle over Minnesota's liquor laws: selling booze in grocery stores

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Peter Callaghan The Legislature took another run Tuesday at answering one of the state’s fundamental questions: Is Minnesota exceptional — or just weird?At issue was whether residents should be able to buy wine, regular-strength beer and Minnesota-produced liquor in supermarkets and convenience stores. A bill to do just that was being considered in a Senate hearing room, even though it won’t come up for a vote this session. Should it pass next year, or the year after that, or … someday, Minnesota would join the 44 states that allow regular "strong" beer to be sold in grocery stores, as well as the 39 states that allow wine and 22 that allow liquor sales in such outlets. On one side of a Capitol building hearing room sat those who...

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Hearing offers snapshot of next battle over Minnesota's liquor laws: selling booze in grocery stores

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