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Rural Minnesotans head back to taverns as municipal liquor sales set a record


December 16, 2022

John Reinan, Star Tribune

State Auditor Julie Blaha presents her office's annual audit of municipal liquor store sales Thursday.

Minnesotans are bellying up to the bar again, as the easing of the pandemic has unleashed a flood of patrons who are drinking at municipally owned taverns, especially in rural areas.

For the 26th straight year, sales at Minnesota's municipally owned bars and liquor stores set a record, according to an annual report released Thursday by State Auditor Julie Blaha.

The state's 212 munis rang up sales of $423.5 million in 2021, a 3.2% increase over 2020.


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