It becomes legal for liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays on July 1, but some cities are opting out.
A provision added to the Sunday sales law during the special session lets cities decide if they want to restrict what days liquor can be sold, according to the League of Minnesota Cities. This means they can keep ordinances they already have in place that ban Sunday sales, MPR News explains.
Here's a running list of cities where you won't be allowed to buy booze on Sundays. (Note: We'll update this list as more cities make the decision.)
No Sunday sales
– Bemidji: The city-owned liquor stores won't be opening on Sunday. You can read more about that here.
– Ely: The city council decided not to change its ordinance that bans Sunday sales. Read more about it in this MPR News story.
Cities that have made it a point to legalize Sunday sales
– Albert Lea: The city approved lifting its ban on Sunday sales. Read more in the Albert Lea Tribune.
– Alexandria: The city council has allowed Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Read more about this in the Echo Press.
– Coon Rapids: The city council gave Sunday sales the OK. Read more in this story by ABC Newspapers.
– Duluth: The city approved Sunday sales – they'll start July 16, though. Read more in this FOX 21 story.
– International Falls: The city council has approved it, it just needs to be read a second time and published in the local newspaper before it becomes official. Read more in this story by the International Falls Journal.
– Perham: The city approved Sunday sales in June. Read more about it in the Perham Focus.
– Rochester: Liquor stores are prepping for Sunday sales with promotions. More on that in this story by the Rochester Post Bulletin.
– St. Cloud: The city council gave Sunday sales the OK. Read more about it in the St. Cloud Times.
– St. Louis County: St. Louis County commissioners amended the county's liquor licenses ordinance to allow Sunday sales at businesses licensed by the county – so that's liquor stores in townships and unorganized townships.