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One by one, Minnesota bars get tapped out [Government shutdown]
Star Tribune ^ | July 12, 2011 - 10:58 PM | by: ERIC ROPER

Posted on 07/13/2011 3:31:11 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes -- a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown.

In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it.

Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak.

The Ugly Mug doesn't have enough beer to get through the baseball season. "Our inventories are diminishing rapidly over the next month," owner Erik Forsberg said. He was among a cluster of bar and restaurant owners who appealed Tuesday to a court-appointed special master to be allowed to continue buying alcohol during the shutdown.

Come Labor Day, cigarette smokers will be in the same bind.

The state has stopped issuing the tax stamps that distributors must glue to the bottom of every pack before it's sold for retail.

When Ross Amundson saw the shutdown coming, he shelled out more than $2 million to buy tax stamps that he hopes will last until mid-August. But with no legislative agreement in sight, he's worried about what comes next.

"We've been in business for 70 years," Amundson said. "My family started it. And all of a sudden this whole thing is going to screw us over? What happens to these retailers that we cover?"

Of the roughly 10,000 establishments that sell liquor in Minnesota, most managed to do so before the July 1 shutdown started. About 300 were caught with cards that expired on June 30 and no way to renew the permits. That number will grow to 425 by the end of the month.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: beer; cigarettes; dayton; doom; shutdown; taxes

1 posted on 07/13/2011 3:31:16 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

drive to Wisconsin. Geesh. Move to Texas


2 posted on 07/13/2011 3:32:53 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: DeaconBenjamin

If there is no one to sell a license who is there to enforce selling without a license?


3 posted on 07/13/2011 3:34:07 PM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: Proud_texan

Rogue, vigalante,undocumented license inspectors.


4 posted on 07/13/2011 3:34:57 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Honey! Load up the SUV with smokes and booze! There’s money to be made in Minnesota. We could end up rich like the Kennedy family.


5 posted on 07/13/2011 3:35:18 PM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Its time for the good citizens of Minnesota to make a beer run to Iowa!!! Or Wisconsin!!!

Isn’t there an alcohol tax in MN? It looks like the state coffers will take another hit...thats good news for Iowa and Wisconsin.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 3:36:46 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“no way to renew the permits”
And if you operate without a valid permit then the jackboot
thug cops will take advantage of the situation (like they
always do) and shut you down with the butt and then the
barrel of a gun.


7 posted on 07/13/2011 3:39:15 PM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

lol!!


8 posted on 07/13/2011 3:39:48 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: CharlyFord

Think of the carnage that will come if someone drinks a beer that doesn’t have the proper permit.


9 posted on 07/13/2011 3:40:51 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
"Rogue, vigalante, undocumented license inspectors."

Excellent!

10 posted on 07/13/2011 3:40:59 PM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: NRG1973

A few hundred places out of 10,000 is not much


11 posted on 07/13/2011 3:41:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Proud_texan
If there is no one to sell a license who is there to enforce selling without a license?

Bingaringo.

12 posted on 07/13/2011 3:42:01 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: DeaconBenjamin

In the older days when citizens had both smarts & balls there would be a hundred speak easys open for business right now


13 posted on 07/13/2011 3:42:40 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Proud_texan
If there is no one to sell a license who is there to enforce selling without a license?

I think i know what you mean but it was a little complicated, no?

14 posted on 07/13/2011 3:45:00 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: GeronL
A few hundred places out of 10,000 is not much

Yeah, I kinda figured that the Star-Tribune was trying to overdramatize the situation. But I fee sorry for those businesses (and the employees) that can't open while they are waiting to get a new liquor license. The State of Minnesota will miss their tax revenue for a while.

15 posted on 07/13/2011 3:49:13 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I may be wrong BUT rumor has it Wisconsin is a great drinking state.
If Minnesota runs dry. Minnesotans can always go next door to visit one of a hundred microbreweries. And Wisconsin will be glad to welcome their neighbors


16 posted on 07/13/2011 3:53:59 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: All

DONATE


17 posted on 07/13/2011 3:54:42 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Some bright guy will smuggle in smokes and booze from S/N Dakota.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 3:56:40 PM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: NRG1973
Its time for the good citizens of Minnesota to make a beer run to Iowa!!! Or Wisconsin!!!

MADD does not want to hear my stories about those wild Sunday drives.

19 posted on 07/13/2011 3:59:21 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
doesn't have enough beer to get through the baseball season.

That's what - October? Someone can't figure out a way around things by then?

20 posted on 07/13/2011 4:00:05 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Proud_texan

Check with Wesley Mouch.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 4:02:49 PM PDT by Walrus (The American Restoration begins today and it begins with me and my family)
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To: Libloather
doesn't have enough beer to get through the baseball season.

That's what - October? Someone can't figure out a way around things by then?

Baseball season may come to an end in September for Minnesota this year...the Twins are struggling.

22 posted on 07/13/2011 4:04:00 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Time for a Coors run to Texarkana. "Don't you know that's bootleggin' son?


23 posted on 07/13/2011 4:08:39 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: They called Reagan "unelectable", too.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Good grief! This morning there was the harrowing report that campers couldn’t find a place to pee in the state parks. Truly, an easy problem to solve on anybody’s IQ tests but apparently a tough nut to crack for Minnesota statists and lefty newspapers.

Now there’s this problem with a state run monopoly on alcohol and tobacco. I can’t believe this is a real problem

Look on the bright side. The unemployed can now go into the smuggling business, bringing in cigarettes, beer, whiskey and more from adjacent states. Years ago, Minnesota banned the sale of oleomargarine and my relatives in Duluth used to stock up whenever they visited us in Illinois. I’m sure what worked then works now.

I’ll bet the folks in the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba would be happy to do business and meet the demand. Some might even be willing to truck in supplies and demonstrate how little Minnesota’s citizens truly need all those high paid state employees*.

I wonder what happens if the Strib runs out of newsprint or ink.

*I stopped using the word “workers” to describe union employees of government. I’m open to an alternative to “employees” if anyone has any suggestions.


24 posted on 07/13/2011 4:10:24 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Look at the bright side. Maybe the new era of bootleggers smuggling alcohol into Minnesota state will create a new auto racing series. That’s how stock car racing got it’s start. Maybe we will see Ford Lightning’s running at midnight without headlights at 130 mph.


25 posted on 07/13/2011 4:10:45 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: They called Reagan "unelectable", too.)
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To: Proud_texan

It’s not the selling, it’s the purchasing. They can’t buy new stock because they don’t have their purchasing cards. Whatever those are.


26 posted on 07/13/2011 4:14:01 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: DeaconBenjamin

If people start bootlegging smokes, beer, liquor, wine and other fine, ingestible substances I bet the MN governor and Nappy at DHS will label the bootleggers as “domestic terrorists.”


27 posted on 07/13/2011 4:21:06 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

B - double E - double R - U - N


28 posted on 07/13/2011 4:23:24 PM PDT by mouske
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To: mouske

B-double-double e- double r u-n — Beerrun....

Funny, when I started reading these comments, I started remembering a song that I had heard only once in my life. About 6 years ago, the husband and I went to visit a son and his who were living in WI at the time.

A song came on in our rented car as we were driving from the airport to their town. It was called “Beerrun”. I have since searched for it on the Web, but I have never been able to find that version of it. Interesting.


29 posted on 07/13/2011 4:40:08 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Mobties
I’m open to an alternative to “employees” if anyone has any suggestions.

Shovel-leaners and chair-warmers?

30 posted on 07/13/2011 4:47:30 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: mouske
B - double E - double R - U - N

Does anyone remember the Stroh's Beer poster entitled "Beer Run"? It showed the Stroh's mascot, Alex the Dog, riding a motorcycle wearing goggles, a leather jacket and the motorcycle's compartments were overflowing with Stroh's beer. Minnesotans need to train their dogs to make beer runs to IA & WI.

31 posted on 07/13/2011 5:10:28 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Did you call?


32 posted on 07/13/2011 5:14:24 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Big Giant Head

Road trip!


33 posted on 07/13/2011 5:16:15 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

“Shovel-leaners and chair-warmers?”

Not bad. I’m also considering organic themes like parasites, tumors, leeches, etc.


34 posted on 07/13/2011 5:45:48 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
White Lightnin'....Mr. Jones, of course
35 posted on 07/13/2011 7:03:23 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: shalom aleichem

In Wisconsin now, you can have a beer AND a gun!

Yeah!


36 posted on 07/13/2011 7:21:38 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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