Another record year for municipal liquor stores

Another record year for municipal liquor stores Click to Enlarge Photo:

Mar 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

BLUE EARTH, Minn. (AP) - A state audit shows Minnesota's municipal-run liquor stores had another record year in sales.

Total sales for the 209 liquor stores statewide was $313 million in 2010, the 15th consecutive year of record sales. The Minnesota State Auditor's Office annual report says the stores had a combined net profit of nearly $22 million in 2010, a slight decrease from the previous year.

Minnesota municipalities were originally authorized to own and operate liquor establishments as a means of controlling sales of alcohol. For some communities, municipal liquor store profits have helped their bottom line.

The Free Press ( ) says Blue Earth paid off its bond on its store earlier this year and will build a park picnic shelter this summer using store earnings.

Leave a Comment

Current Weather

For Central Minnesota

Temp: 52°F (11°C)

Dewpoint: 42

Wind: 8 SE

Weather: Clear

Full Forecast | Live Radar

Featured Videos