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These 10 cities have the best performing liquor stores in Minnesota

Sales at municipal liquor stores have increased for 22 years in a row.

For the 22nd year in a row, Minnesota's municipally-owned liquor stores posted record sales.

The Minnesota State Auditor's Office reported that total municipal liquor store sales hit $348.9 million in 2017, a $4.5 million rise compared to 2016.

But it's not all good news for cities with municipal operations, with the auditor's office reporting that 54 of them recorded losses in 2017, which is 9 more than 2016.

Of these cities, 53 were in Greater Minnesota, where stores generate smaller sales than those based in the Twin Cities metro.

Metro cities that have municipal liquor stores include Edina, Richfield, Lakeville, Columbia Heights and Fridley.

The biggest net losses incurred by a city was Finlayson, in northern Minnesota, which recorded a $153,000 deficit in 2017.

In terms of the best performing, Lakeville saw the biggest sales at $14.58 million, while Edina posted the biggest net profits at just over $1 million.

Here are the top 10 cities for municipal liquor sales in 2017.

CityMuncipal liquor salesNet profit










Eden Prairie



Apple Valley



Columbia Heights



Elk River



Detroit Lakes



Brooklyn Center






Despite the growth of the craft beer market and the introduction of Sunday Liquor Sales in July 2017, the number of cities choosing to run their own liquor stores has dwindled over the past decade.

The State Auditor's Office cites the lack of profitability, insurance costs, and increased competition as possible reasons for this reduction.

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