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Montevideo City Council approves holding Sunday liquor vote

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MONTEVIDEO -- Voters in Montevideo will decide in the November general election whether or not to allow Sunday liquor sales.

City Council members decided Monday to put the Sunday liquor option to a vote following discussions at their meeting, said City Manager Steve Jones.

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The council members are in the process of reviewing city liquor ordinances as part of a comprehensive effort to update them.

Restaurants located outside of the city limits currently offer Sunday liquor sales. The competition has been a source of concern for businesses in Montevideo.

In 2006, the city had attempted to block the Sunday sale of liquor at Goodfellows Restaurant on U.S. Highway 212. Yellow Medicine County issued the restaurant a license for Sunday sales, but the city argued that the business was within three miles of the city.

State law prohibits county boards from issuing an off-sale license to a person or establishment located fewer than three miles by the most direct route from the boundary of a city of over 5,000 population that has an established municipal liquor store.

The owner of Goodfellows provided a surveyor's finding that the business was more than three miles from the city.

In other business Monday, Montevideo City Council members awarded a $923,198 bid to Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, for the 2010 street projects.

The bid from Duininck Inc. was the lowest of four bids submitted and was below the engineer's estimate of $1,062,000.

Only $5,790 separated the awarded bid from the next lowest bid offered by Central Specialties Inc. of Alexandria.

Assessment hearings will be held July 6 on the projects, which include portions of William, Coleman, Ashmore, Windom and Park Avenues and 24th Street.

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