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Super Bowl Sunday Liquor Sales Still Contested

According to this StarTribune article, Farmington’s Republican representative is pushing for a change to state law which would allow liquor sales on Super Bowl Sundays, something the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association continues to stand against. You know, because being open on Sunday instead of say, Tuesday is detrimental to their business model because so many people want to drink on Tuesdays compared to Sunday. However, the arguments are the same tired old ones but the tax dollar amounts are staggering, especially if the Vikings ever made it to the big game.

From the article:

The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association has effectively lobbied against broader Sunday sales with the same argument: Its member stores want one day off a week and the extra day open would merely spread six days of sales over a full week. Association lobbyist Joe Bagnoli said liquor stores feel the same way about Super Bowl Sunday.

“The Super Bowl is not a day that creeps up on people,” he said. “We’re virtually certain that if Sunday sales were allowed on Super Bowl Sunday, you’d just have much less sales” in the days leading up to the big game.


Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has led the push to legalize Sunday sales in the House several times in the past decade. She said it’s an economic no-brainer, citing previous estimates that suggest an extra day of alcohol sales could generate between $3 million and $10 million in extra revenue for the state.

“If the Vikings were playing (in the Super Bowl), it would be $10 million” in one day, said Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska.

Should the state allow pressure from the lobbyists in this regard? Should they just ignore them and allow Sunday sales over their objections? Do you believe if the Vikings were in the Super Bowl that there would be a huge 10 million dollar day? Do you ever have the urge to buy liquor on a Tuesday? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Mayor Arrested for DWI Easter Sunday Morning?!

According to recent Rice County Jail Inmate Registry Records, a prominent South Metro mayor was arrested last night on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. The public servant was pulled over on County Road 71 about 1.5 miles off I-35 after a Sheriff’s deputy observed their car cross both the center line and fog line more than once after they pulled out of the parking lot of a well known bar in Millersburg, MN.

You can view a preliminary copy of the report provided to Lazy Lightning by the Rice County Sheriff’s office this morning. Here are some key passages:

On Sunday March 31, 2013, at 2:29 A.M., a deputy was patrolling Millersburg Rd. when he attempted to pull over a white sedan for a traffic violation. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The deputy followed the car east on Millersburg Road onto the I-35 ramp with speeds reaching 100+ miles per hour.

The suspect immediately identified themselves as a mayor of a neighboring community and made numerous requests for immunity followed by demands for a police escort to their home.

It’s good to know that the Rice County Sheriff’s Office is not simply allowing the Mayor to walk away from such egregious felonies with a slap. Many thanks go out to their office for not only immediately notifying the public but also their professionalism. On a personal note, I am disappointed in the Mayor and hope they are immediately removed from office following the felony charges.

What do you think about this one? Are you ashamed this person is your mayor? Do you believe the other members of the City Council will approve their immediate dismissal or do you you think they’ll let the Mayor continue on until sentencing? Are you surprised they believed they would get off by announcing they were a public servant? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts especially if it took you this long to realize this is yet another yearly April Fool’s post.

Farmington Cop Runs Car While Pumping Gas

According to this Letter to the Editor in the Farmington Independent, one Farmington resident wonders if police officers should be allowed to ignore fire safety rules just because they’re cops and/or they’re carrying a K9 unit in the back of their squad car.

From the Letter to the Editor:

At about 10 p.m. on March 7 I observed squad 92 pull into Kwik Trip here in Farmington and proceed to dispense fuel into his running squad in defiance of the law forbidding the dispensing of fuel into a running motor vehicle. While squad 92 is a K9 unit I am sure Bosco would have been fine in the squad without the heater for the couple of minutes that it took his officer to fill the squad. Instead this officer risked a fire hazard and therefore the safety of other citizens and his canine, Bosco, to keep the heater on.

Whether or not police officers should be above the law has been debated numerous times on Lazy Lightning. However, in this case, we should discuss whether or not this is a real issue to worry about, not whether the cop was in the right or wrong. Yes, there have been fires started by static electricity and pumping gas while the car is running. However, these cases are generally because people are getting in and out of their cars while pumping gas, creating the static electricity in the first place.

Do you pump gas while the engine is running? Do you get in and out of you car while you are? Do you think this Letter to the Editor will effect change? Do you think the cops should leave their cars running when they go into the store (something they frequently do) knowing the effect it has on your tax dollars? Do you believe static gas station fires are of such a safety concern that it should prompt legal action from the state? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Are Residents SOTR Really That Different?

Recently I came across this reader submitted content in the Savage Pacer which talks about one man’s interpretation of life South of the River. An interesting read and one which may bring some head nods and overall disagreement.

From the article:

My first contact with Minnesota was over 30 years ago when I came to Minneapolis to interview with a large retail corporation. I recall walking down Nicollet Mall trying to find the IDS building. It was late November and I noticed something unusual as I passed my fellow pedestrians. Why, they actually looked me in the eye.

This was unlike anything I had ever experienced. “Out East” you walk with your head down or stare at an object in the distance — anything but actually looking at other people.


Years passed. And as I battled the traffic from Edina or Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis, there were no longer many waves or nods from my fellow commuters. They seemed to be replaced by a dirty look or a raised middle finger. What happened? It seemed that the Minnesota I first knew was turning into … OH NO! New York City.


Fast-forward another few years. The kids have grown and moved out of the house (Thank God). Time to downsize, but where to? My wife suggests Savage.


Then a funny thing happened. The Minnesota that I knew so many years ago suddenly reappeared. I noticed that the people waved as they drove by. Neighbors stopped and visited during my walks with our three dogs. People helped each other during giant snowstorms and even nodded you through a four-way-stop intersection.

Personally I came from out East and perhaps the 30 year time difference from when this individual lived there and I lived in the area made a world of difference. People would wave, nod, and *gasp* even say hello to complete strangers–right there in Times Square! Any area I traveled to up and down the East Coast and even as far as Ohio would bring me a similar experience…and then I moved to Burnsville. Yes, the same Burnsville that sits adjacent to this man’s beloved Savage. The same one where I felt alienated, never once saw someone wave, and most definitely didn’t have anyone look me in the eye, even if you attempted to goad them into doing it by saying hello first.

I continue to live South of the River and still don’t see what this man sees. No one looks at you, few people even come out of their houses especially during the winter, and those who do are so busy keeping their eyes averted I’m surprised they don’t walk into the numerous decorative street lamps which adorn our colored concrete covered sidewalks which no one uses.

What am I missing?