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Blitz on booze: Liquor sales brisk as virus threat looms


March 20, 2020

Northern Liquor clerk Grant Struss helps customers with their purchases. Store owner Mary Hartje said business has been brisk in the past week and ramped up as bars were ordered to close. (Dennis Doeden / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- Toilet paper wasn't the only item flying off store shelves this past week. Liquor stores in the Bemidji area were toasting increased sales as customers wasted little time stocking up on wine, beer and spirits.

As the coronavirus threat heightened, stores were inundated much like they are in pre-holiday or pre-blizzard times.


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