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The Silver Dollar in Ghent had the distinction of being the first licensed bar to serve alcohol in Minnesota with the repeal of Prohibition. (Submitted photo)

Western Minn. flouted Prohibition


GRANITE FALLS -- America's great social experiment with Prohibition made criminals of many otherwise law-abiding citizens.

That was just as true in western Minnesota, home of Congressman Andrew Volstead, the author of Prohibition, as it was elsewhere in the county.

Along with taking a look at Volstead's legacy, Pioneer Public Televison's documentary "Volstead Fever'' also offers a look at how the law was flouted and its end celebrated in western Minnesota.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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