Liquor activists organize convoy in support of Sunday sales

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

“Liquor activist,” you say? By loose definition that could include most of the population of a certain neighboring state. Karen Zamora of the Strib writes, “A multi-car trek from St. Paul to Hudson was more than just another Sunday afternoon beer run to Wisconsin. About 30 vehicles made the 19-mile trek from the State Capitol to liquor stores in Hudson in support of legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota. ‘This is a symbol,’ said Andrew Schmitt, director of Minnesota Beer Activists. ‘This is just a small representation of money that’s leaving our state every Sunday.’ At a parking lot in front of the Capitol, local business owners and state leaders spoke to the small group of beer and liquor activists before the crowd headed for the border.” 

In the event you haven’t given those oil trains a moment’s thought, Elizabeth Dunbar at MPR reports, “Eight state commissioners and others who are members of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board will learn more this week about the health, economic, and environmental implications of pipelines carrying crude oil from North Dakota and Canada through Minnesota. … Minnesota saw 80 oil spills over 10,000 gallons between 1960 to 2012, though none was as big as one that occurred in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010.”

With winter winding down and spring in the air young and old alike can turn to thoughts of … ash borers. The AP says, “Daunted by the cost and difficulty of stopping the insect, many cities are choosing to destroy their trees before the borer can. Chain saws are roaring in towns where up to 40 percent of the trees are ashes, and rows of stumps line streets once covered by a canopy of leaves. About 50 million trees have been removed so far. With roughly 7 billion ash on public and private land in the U.S., the job has only begun.”

But before “it” leaves, Chelsey Perkins of the Forum News Service reports, “Shoreline damage due to ice and frost heaves is extensive on Brainerd area lakes this year, toppling walls and trees and forcing up ridges as high as 10 feet in some places. Similar damage also has been reported in Otter Tail County farther to the west. Not only is it affecting shorelines, but also possibly some homes as the ground moves. The ground can also be disturbed by frost heaves. As frost descends deeper into the ground, the water below freezes and expands, causing disturbances in pavement and building foundations, according to officials.” 

The U of M and Medtronic are chasing bear. Says Brad Dokken of the Forum News Service, “Bear biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, Minn., [Dave] Garshelis and a team of grad students and scientists were in the field as part of an ongoing black bear research project with Medtronic, the Twin Cities-based medical technology and research firm, and the University of Minnesota. While the DNR is monitoring GPS-collared bears to learn more about their food and habitat preferences and where the animals spend their time throughout the year, partners from Medtronic and the University of Minnesota are seeking to gain insight into why hibernating bears can spend four to six months in a state of suspended animation and hit the ground running, so to speak, when spring arrives.”

Not a Hillary e-mail-gate story, I think. The AP says, “The paper-trail hunt to shed light on Minnesota government decisions is increasingly missing a key element: the paper. As more deliberations occur via email, text messaging and other paperless platforms, there’s less left for the historical record — in part because state data retention laws haven’t kept up with fast-moving technology or the changing habits of those in power. Minnesota’s main records retention law hasn’t had a major update in more than three decades and last received a touch-up in 2007.”

Do they give trophies for role-modeling? Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A postgame scuffle involving youth basketball players in Bloomington prompted dozens of adults to take up the confrontation verbally, police said Sunday. The altercation occurred Saturday evening at Bloomington Kennedy High School and erupted when three 12-year-old boys “engaged in a physical confrontation” after the game, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley. Soon after the boys were done being boys, about 40 adults faced off in a ‘verbal dispute,’ Hartley added.”

I don’t suppose they considered asking the Republican Party of Minnesota for the money? Parker Lemke of the Strib says, “Eleven years after a campaign stop by President George W. Bush in Chanhassen, the public safety bills the west metro city incurred have finally been settled. Carver County recently wrote off more than $18,000 stemming from the resources its Sheriff’s Office devoted to the Oct. 9, 2004, rally. ‘I think people were generally excited about the president coming to Chanhassen,’ said County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik. ‘People didn’t realize, though, that their local governments would incur a cost.’”

Noted climatologist John Hinderaker, blogging at Powerline says, “We have written a number of times about the Left’s effort to smear scientists who don’t toe the alarmist line on global warming. Apart from generally suggesting that ‘deniers’ be jailed, liberals are trying to discredit realist scientists by claiming that they are funded by the fossil fuel industry or other supposedly nefarious interests. This is hugely ironic. The American environmental movement is paid for in part by oil interests — Russian oil interests, which don’t want American petroleum developed via fracking. Beyond that, alarmist scientists are massively funded, to the tune of billions of dollars every year, by the worst special interest of them all: government.” So is that what they’re calling anyone pretending to be a climatologist, a realist scientist?

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Comments (25)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 03/16/2015 - 05:12 am.

    I’m surprised…

    that the big retailer Total Wine has not pushed for Sunday sales of adult beverages as another way of driving their competition out.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/16/2015 - 11:53 am.

      Another way of putting it

      Why is the free market not working the way it is supposed to? Total Wine should be crushing smaller retailers like bugs.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/16/2015 - 08:07 am.

    I’m, Surprised…

    so many people are such poor planners that they can’t buy their liquor on Saturday.

    • Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 03/16/2015 - 09:27 am.

      When one has

      government running every aspect of their lives then planning becomes immaterial.

      • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/16/2015 - 01:47 pm.

        Government is running every aspect of my life?

        Pray tell, details, please.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 03/16/2015 - 03:20 pm.


          just the other day, I wanted to have fish but the government forced me to order a hamburger instead. Tyranny…it’s everywhere.

          • Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 03/17/2015 - 05:05 am.


            tofu and quinoa?

            • Submitted by jason myron on 03/17/2015 - 12:33 pm.


              I also own guns and 69 Camaro. Any other stereotypes I can dismiss for you?

            • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 03/17/2015 - 01:10 pm.

              Not for nothing, but tofu and quinoa are totally delicious- with tofu, the trick is to not try and dress it up as a meat substitute, but just to season it properly and put it in a stir-fry. Delicious.

              Quinoa, as it so happens, is one of the few (or maybe the only?) grain that the body processes as a protein. It’s really good for you.

              While I enjoy these healthier options, I make a mean burger, and I seem to be continually buying meat-packs from Von Hansen’s… and as Jason noted, appealing to the baser stereotypes helps no-one.

              Embarrassingly enough, I am a huge fan of the 77 Z28 Camaro.

              • Submitted by jason myron on 03/17/2015 - 02:03 pm.

                The 77 Z28

                is a very underrated automobile,…probably the last true muscle car of its era. As for burgers, I’ve never been to von Hansens, but I’ll give it a try. I usually buy my beef at Angus over on 61 in Maplewood. Good guys…

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/16/2015 - 10:14 am.

      Color Me Shocked

      Yes, it’s all because people are poor planners. It’s never because they have to work, are out of town, or are too busy with other activities to make it to the hobby shop.

      Shoot, while we’re at it, why don’t we require that all businesses close on Sunday and not just liquor stores and car dealerships? After all, who wouldn’t want to let archaic religious customs dictate our business practices in the 21st century? If anyone complains about it, just tell them the government knows better and they exhibit poor planning skills.

      Life is so much simpler when you can glibly dismiss other people’s concerns!

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/16/2015 - 11:34 am.

      Why is liquor unique?

      Tom, please explain what makes the liquor business unique? Your position could be applied (albeit illogically) to ANY business.

      Please explain why it is you think the liquor business, and ONLY the liquor business (okay – car sellers, too!) should get this “Sunday exemption”.

      • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/16/2015 - 12:20 pm.

        It seems to me

        the legislature is working something that not even all the liquor stores are for. There has to be a more useful use of the legislatures time. Once again they’re are down in the weeds working an issue when higher priorities are out there.

        • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/16/2015 - 01:46 pm.

          How hard can it be . . . .

          to remove the restriction on Sunday sales?

          It seems to ME that they’re spending way more time and energy keeping the restriction in place than just lifting it and letting the stores that want to be closed on Sundays be closed on Sundays.

          Especially when I’m pretty sure a preponderance of the citizens (and no, I don’t have a cite for that on hand other than the State Fair poll they do every year – the others I Googled were behind paywalls) support removing Sunday restrictions.

          Let the people who want to buy liquor on Sundays be able to buy liquor on Sundays. And let the stores that want to be closed on Sundays be closed on Sundays.

          It should be just that simple.

          • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/16/2015 - 02:41 pm.

            It must be pretty hard.

            Look how much they have wasted on it already. Lets treat it like climate change. Not do anything until every last person on earth agrees.

            • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/16/2015 - 04:46 pm.

              The only reason so much time has been wasted on it already . . .

              is because they’re bowing to special interests. Like THAT’S a big shock.

              It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t so silly and illogical.

              Just repeal the restriction already!

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/16/2015 - 08:43 pm.

      Not Poor Planners

      Sure would be nice to catch a cold fresh one at some of our local “free market” brew-pubs from time to time on a Sunday afternoon, and if desirable take a growler or 2 along home. Beer; god’s gift to the poor man! Remember they serve wine in church on Sunday!

  3. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/16/2015 - 08:30 am.


    I can only assume the post listing John Hinderaker as a climatologist is facetious, unless there are a couple of people with that name who blog for Powerline. Powerline’s site lists Mr. Hinderaker’s profession as a lawyer, not a scientist in any capacity.

    As far as Mr. Hineraker’s comments about scientists goes, no one is trying to smear anyone. What people do want, however, is to see that the science is valid, transparent, and not manipulated by anyone. Unfortunately that is not the case for people who take their money from energy companies, especially when the company gets to vet the results before they’re published. That is not the case with scientists who receive funding from government grants. They are paid to do the study, not do the study with the expectations that certain results will be the conclusion of the report.

  4. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 03/16/2015 - 10:54 am.


    “alarmist scientists are massively funded, to the tune of billions of dollars every year, by the worst special interest of them all: government”. This is exactly what I was saying in a previous MinnPOST article only to be told I needed to post proof in order to be taken seriously and called a denier. Look for the kernel of truth among the lies people. Most people hear from the media that some scientist has some evidence of global warming and now state it as fact that it was caused by man only. While I would bet that we have some responsibility for it and warming is occurring what you hear and read from the media is not the whole truth and contains many inaccuracies. The pro-man caused global warming alarmist crowd has become increasingly political and hostile when things are questioned or differing views are posed.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/16/2015 - 11:14 am.

      Exactly what?

      What is the government’s motive in promoting the idea of global warming?

      And yes, as a general rule, a person needs to post proof in order for his factual assertions to be taken seriously. It’s a basic rule of non-hallucinatory discourse.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/16/2015 - 11:32 am.

      Sarcasm alert!

      You may want to re-calibrate your humor sensors. Brian was being facetious when he referred to John Hinderaker (you know – the guy you quoted as somehow providing support for your supposition) as a “noted climatologist”. As pointed out by Todd Hintz, Mr. Hinderaker is a lawyer, not a scientist.

      So I guess you’re just going to have to keep looking . . . . .

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/16/2015 - 12:04 pm.

      Lies and Lying Liars

      Well, the preponderance of evidence says that Mankind is indeed the primary cause of global warming (or climate change if you prefer that label). If you think they’re lying about it, then it should be a breeze to pull up a study and demonstrate where they got the math wrong or built the study in a biased manner. If what you say is true, it’ll be a slam dunk to prove where all those idiots scammed the collective governments of the world and seven billion people to boot.

      I await your enlightening posts.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 03/17/2015 - 11:57 am.


        What does the evidence say mankind emits for co2 vs. the ocean? How about other greenhouse gases? Mankind’s contribution of greenhouse gases pales in comparison to other naturally occurring sources. I believe based on this our responsibility for global warming has been vastly overstated.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/17/2015 - 01:41 pm.


          You are still missing the point. Yes, a higher percentage of greenhouse gases come from natural sources. We’re not talking about a competition, however. The naturally occurring gases also have naturally occurring ways that they are removed from the ecosystem. Human activity is throwing that balance off, so that the natural environment can no longer safely absorb greenhouse gases.

  5. Submitted by richard owens on 03/16/2015 - 03:01 pm.

    CO2 is a greenhouse gas.

    Ice cores show us historic levels of atmospheric gas composition.

    Ocean acidification data shows trends increasing.

    Coral Reefs likewise show an increase in diseases caused by oceans that are too warm.

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro are history, as are European Glaciers.

    The loss of Greenland’s ice cap is accelerating.

    Shipping lanes now cross the arctic.

    All of these trends are observable.

    Therefore, there is strong positive significant correlation between these trend lines and the rise in historical CO2 in our atmosphere. (and the atmosphere itself is incredibly thin compared to the size of our planet.)

    We have no evidence of anything that lasts forever, and it comprises a law- the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

    We can’t expect this miracle to go on forever.

    All we have left is time.

    We can shorten or lengthen it marginally by good stewardship.

    Profits won’t matter.

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