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AG opens civil probe into gas station, liquor store in north Minneapolis

"We are watching and will act," said Attorney General Keith Ellison.


September 16, 2022

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune file

A drive-by shooting occurred Sept. 8 near Merwin Liquors in north Minneapolis.

A civil investigation is underway to determine whether a north Minneapolis gas station and liquor store at the same intersection are "turning a blind eye" to chronic violence, the Minnesota Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement that his office and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office are looking into whether Merwin Liquors and Winner Gas Station "are maintaining or permitting an unlawful public nuisance on their properties."

The intersection between the two businesses is one of the city's largest open-air drug bazaars, where residents must push their way past dealers who crowd the parking lot outside Merwin Liquors and offer drugs to passing motorists.


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