First Ave to host St. Patrick's Day Rally for Sunday Sales

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Tired of scrambling to get to the liquor store before it closes on Saturday? You're not alone. MN Beer Activists has organized a fundraising concert to support legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota.

The concert will take place at First Avenue on one of the busiest beer drinking days of the year, St. Patrick's Day, and will include music from Romantica, White Iron Band, Silverback Colony, and Mark Andrew, a former contestant on The Voice. The festivities will be hosted by none other than Ian Rans of Drinking with Ian.

See also:
MNGOP Rep. Jenifer Loon says her Sunday sales bill is all about local control
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"Most of Minnesota supports the issue," says event organizer and MN Beer Activists Director Andrew Schmitt. "It wasn't that hard [to organize the line-up]." At present, Schmitt notes, Minnesota regulations "send money over our borders every single week."

"One of my biggest frustrations is waking up on a Sunday to watch football and having forgot to buy myself beer the day before," notes performer Mark Andrew. "The Vikings just aren't the same with a glass of pinot."

In addition to offering some of Minnesota's finest live entertainers, the concert will collect signatures for a Sunday Sales petition and will raise funds to be used in lobbying the cause. Tickets can be purchased here. They are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Just like in almost every other state, right?

Demeko Code
Demeko Code

I too work for a liquor store John and I call Bullst*t on that statement sir.

Demeko Code
Demeko Code

You know it's great to be on social media proclaiming our stance on this law. The only way things will change (unless you are against the repeal) is to call contact the lawmakers and ourselves be heard.

bobb
bobb

6 out of 50 states don't allow alcohol sales on Sundays.
hmmmm

mnbeeractivists
mnbeeractivists

Looking forward to raising a pint!
Let's keep the revenue and the jobs in Minnesota, stores, consumers, and brewers deserve the choice.
Sign our petition and stamp out the last vestiges of prohibition!
http://sundaysalesmn.org/

John Gee
John Gee

I work for a liquor store and this law would put a lot of the small privately owned liquor stores out of business.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Oh my God. Debate over. Have a lovely week now.

Tishawna Thomas
Tishawna Thomas

This law will not devastate the service industry. Just like when MN banned smoking indoors. Every MN smoker didn't say "Oh! Well I'm NEVER dining out or going to a bar ever again!" No they kept going. Just like Sunday liquor sales won't stop the people that still want bar atmosphere to go the bar.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

YOU realize what this will do to ALL OF THE OTHER BUSINESSES? No, you don't. That's not how economics works. I can't take the time needed to explain it to you. If it were that simple, everyone would be rich.

Tishawna Thomas
Tishawna Thomas

Just don't be open on Sunday if you don't want to. You realize the law will simply ALLOW the stores to be open, not FORCE them - right?

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

This thread proves the experts in both areas pertaining to this debate. Experts in drinking and experts in business economics. Well done.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

business economics. Look into it.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Hundreds of thousands you say? Did they all enjoy a crushing shift from decades of some of their fellow businesses not being open on a certain day? Whereas their product cannot be bought online say on Amazon? THIS IS CHILDISH.

Stephanie Marie Jones
Stephanie Marie Jones

Emma's Bar in River Falls has the lowest off-sale prices! It's a quick drive across the river!

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I think those that think it's no big deal and totally justified that some stores can stay open and some can stay closed could fare well with a business economics class and maybe less...I don't know, Fox News? That was meant to be funny but when you favor getting your Sunday drink on, ill-prepared for the state you live in, over people's businesses and jobs in greater effect than stores alone having been driven a certain way you fail to recognize how things and people will suffer, long term. This is really stupid that people care this much about themselves and this little about our state as a whole. We didn't use to be like this.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

whats with all the alcoholics that cant live without Sunday sales..go to a bar like I do

Benjamin O'Neil
Benjamin O'Neil

I am confused. So, liquor stores, which allow you to bring alcohol to your HOME should be closed, giving anybody that wants alcohol on that day to go to a bar or restaurant in return DRIVING. I know your response to that... Be responsible and plan ahead for a sober ride, right? I have lived and worked in states that have later and Sunday sales. Most won't sell until after noon, when churches get out which I think is a fair trade off.

Ben RickJames Rickel
Ben RickJames Rickel

Cities and even individual stores will have their own regulations and hours even if this passes. However, for no reason should stores be required to be closed BY LAW. That's absurd and outdated.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Now I can get drunk and take a nap on the floor in Rainbow...on a Sunday?!?

KC John
KC John

Like omg sweet relief i can now buy booze one more day outa the week... my decision making capabilities are increasingly getting stronger... as they usually do while im drinking booze i bought the night before cause i made the decision to plan ahead. ;)

KC John
KC John

If they want to be open let em if they dont then dont easy as that.

KC John
KC John

Yes yes and its very easy to make the decision to go get booze a night before... neither for nor against this just funny that this is even a thing. Like this is really opening the door for adults to make their own decisions....

Tishawna Thomas
Tishawna Thomas

Hundreds of thousands of other types of businesses are closed on Sundays by choice... not a big deal - every business owner has that right

Tishawna Thomas
Tishawna Thomas

I don't see why is such a big deal. It's SO simple - if you don't want to be open on Sundays, than don't. End of issue.

Joel Holden
Joel Holden

In Kentucky you can get liquor 24/7 at Wal-Mart....how do we get that passed in Minnesota?

Kendra Plant
Kendra Plant

The state should NOT be legislating this. This law is antiquated. Liquor stores should be able to sell any day that they want to.

David Kaiser
David Kaiser

Ad hominem makes you look really foolish you know...

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Do you treat everyone like you are smarter than them with this much condescension or do you just troll out on days ending in Y? If you were wondering why you are so unhappy, this is probably why.

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

The stores that don't want to be open don't have to be open. They'd be free to make a choice, just like we would if the law was changed. You're arguing against choice. Congratulations.

Eric Suchon
Eric Suchon

I have no car but this Sunday I'm planning on.... oh wait. We can't do that either.

Travis Clevenger
Travis Clevenger

Let the people choose not churches (the only reason this law was made by tge way)....if certian store owners dont want to be open then dont open but im sure their competition will surely be open.

Chad Schmit
Chad Schmit

you would think first ave would be in favor of no sunday sales. forces more people to go out and drink at the bars.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

If you don't consider this a real state, consider moving.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Let's maybe take into consideration the restaurant and bar owners and workers. Then let's also consider that most liquor store owners don't even want Sunday liquor sales. Stop being selfish and plan ahead, like you have. I guarantee you M.A.D.D. is going to be all up in everyone's asses if this goes through, which would you rather have?

Adam David Marx
Adam David Marx

@KC John: How about letting adults make decisions for themselves?

KC John
KC John

Its one day a week, plan ahead not hard. If your too broke to drink at the bar on sunday then you shouldnt be using your money for booze either way then...

Eric Suchon
Eric Suchon

A few years ago 4th of July was on a Sunday and we didn't realize it until it was too late. Real states don't let citizens run out of alcohol on Sundays

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You should stop talking about business economics since you clearly don't understand the subject matter

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