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La Crescent liquor store sees steady sales on Sunday

(WKBT) LA CRESCENT, Min. - It's been five months since liquor stores in Minnesota have been able to sell alcohol on Sunday, and one store in La Crescent has seen steady sales seven days a week. 

"It was like a holiday," said Maureen Dolan, an employee at Apple Village Liquor. 

When she arrived for work that first Sunday, a line of customers were waiting outside the door. 

"People were having their pictures taken paying for their alcohol so they could put it on Facebook," Dolan said. 

She says while it's slowed down a little bit, there have been many lingering benefits to staying open all week. 

"I was hired just to work Sundays - well, other days too - but I'm the Sunday person," Dolan said. 

And she's not the only one who is looking at the positives. 

Philip Piskach likes to buy beer from this store because he knows the owner. He says the change in legislation is helping local businesses.

"[It] bring[s] more business. Brings more cash. More people. Instead of going across the river, they're going to come right here," said Piskach, who lives in La Crescent. 

With customers staying in Minnesota, so will their sales tax dollars. 

"I think that it's a good deal for anyone that wants to use the services, and it's a good deal for the state. They're getting their revenue," said Darrell Busness, a La Crescent resident. 

But if there's one negative, it's that liquor stores aren't open long enough. 

In the state of Minnesota, liquor stores can only be open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. In Wisconsin, people can buy liquor between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

"If they're gonna do it, they might as well go full bore you know? Cause, I mean, I don't see any reason not to," said Kevin Englin, a Hokah resident.  


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