Sunday liquor sales start strong in New Prague

Brian Petersen was one of the first to make a purchase Sunday, July 2, at West End Liquors, from Jeff Picka. A change in Minnesota law allowed for off-sale liquor purchases on Sundays. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Sunday, July 2, was an historic day in Minnesota. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill, that was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, allowing for off-sale liquor sales on Sundays in the state. It marked the first time in the 159-year history of Minnesota that selling off-sale liquor was legal on a Sunday.

The law allowed liquor stores to open at 11 a.m. on Sundays, and both of New Prague’s off-sale establishments, West End Liquors and Coborn’s Liquors, did just that.

Despite a rumor that someone planned to camp outside of West End Liquor overnight so they could be the first ones to legally buy, there was no one in line at the store at 10:55 a.m., but a pickup with two men pulled up in front of the store on West Main Street a few minutes before opening time. The two declined to give their names and asked not to be photographed. The two had fishing gear in the back of their truck and said they were looking for something to drink while out on the lake. They were the first and second to purchase at the store.

A third customer carried a six-pack of Miller Lite to the...

To see more on this story pick up the July 6, 2017 print edition of The New Prague Times.