St. Paul was once a notorious hideaway for bootleggers, so maybe it's appropriate that illegal liquor made its way into the State Capitol's Grand Reopening Celebration.
The three-day public celebration started Friday but apparently a state law had already been broken the night before at a private party.
You see, to allow alcohol at the big celebration of the Capitol's restoration, the Legislature had to give St. Paul permission to issue a temporary liquor license. They passed a law doing that (it's section 14 here) but attached a condition: only beer, wine, or spirits made in Minnesota would be allowed.
The Pioneer Press says a photo from the Thursday night party shows a bottle of tequila that does not meet the Minnesota-made test.
State Rep. Jim Nash told the paper Friday: “It is supposed to be Minnesota-made and apparently none of it was. They fumbled the ball last night."
Nash had already taken to Twitter in his effort to get the mistake corrected.
You can expect that for the rest of the celebration the Minnesota credentials of the alcohol will be double checked.
That should not be a problem at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild event that's part of Saturday's festivities.