A letter to the Crookston Daily Times, by Quinn Olson the owner of Depot Wine and Spirits in Winger, prior to the November election was right on target! Mr. Olson stated, “While Minnesota's prohibition on Sunday sales of beer, wine and spirits should have been repealed years ago, lawmakers should commit to making it happen in 2017 and give consumers the convenience they want, and allow liquor stores the choice to compete seven days a week, or not, just like other retailers.”

    A letter to the Crookston Daily Times, by Quinn Olson the owner of Depot Wine and Spirits in Winger, prior to the November election was right on target! Mr. Olson stated, “While Minnesota's prohibition on Sunday sales of beer, wine and spirits should have been repealed years ago, lawmakers should commit to making it happen in 2017 and give consumers the convenience they want, and allow liquor stores the choice to compete seven days a week, or not, just like other retailers.”

    Opponents say liquor stores don’t want it – Mr. Olson and many like him disagree.  They want the option to be open or closed.  This should be a business decision not a government prohibition.

    Imagine if Minnesota told a small business owner, "We don't think you can profit selling sandwiches, hardware, gasoline, donuts or pizza on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, so you and all other businesses that sell those items have to close one of those days. State law." Consumers, you are out of luck; the state makes that decision for you.

    That seems far-fetched, intrusive and unrealistic, right? Well, it happens every Sunday to liquor storeowners and consumers.

    Mr. Olson loses sales to those that drive to North Dakota shopping on Sundays when those sales should be done at home.  It costs small business owners and the state millions in sales and taxes to Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas and neighboring Canadian provinces.

    If you want Minnesota out of small business decisions, making Minnesota business friendly, and empowering you as consumer to choose then it is your responsibility to let your State Senator and Representative know you want this prohibition era anti-consumer anti-business law repealed. The lobbyists are in St. Paul trying hard to keep it in place - make your voice known and that you want them to listen to you! #ItIsTime

David Anderson
Lonsdale, Minnesota