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Questions, answered: How voters decided on Minnesota’s most interesting ballot questions

Bruce Township property owners: plan to keep your roadsides free of rocks larger than five inches.

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Last week, MinnPost brought you a highlights reel of the most interesting local questions on ballots across Minnesota.

Now that those ballots have been counted, we’re back to report the results.

Minneapolis asked residents if they’d like to repeal a century-old ban on some restaurants selling hard liquor.

Verdict: Passed with 72 percent of the vote. While this technically takes effect in December, the council usually only grants liquor licenses in the spring.

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Menahga asked if residents would like to a-) allow serving liquor on Sundays and b-) allow restaurants and hotels to serve alcohol at all. This came up when a restaurant called Wild Walleye asked the council for a license to serve alcohol — and the council couldn’t legally grant it.

Verdict: Passed with 58 percent and 63 percent, respectively.

Two Tracy questions dealt specifically with city government: One would require elected officials in the southwest Minnesota town to take a yearlong break after serving for 14 consecutive years before running again. The second proposed adding two seats to the city council.

Verdict: Passed with 80 percent and 62 percent.

New Brighton asked residents if they wanted to prohibit the city from moving elections from odd to even years, which the council decided to do last year.

Verdict: Failed. 62 percent voted against it.

Some sparsely-populated places in Minnesota use mail-in balloting to save residents from having to drive a looooooong way to vote. Prairie Lake Township, west of Cloquet, proposed to residents it join the ranks, but also have in-person voting on Election Day.

Verdict: Passed with 100% of the vote! (OK, it was only 8 votes total).

Todd County’s Bruce Township asked residents if they’re willing to add a requirement to make people who own land next to unincorporated areas “remove rocks larger than five inches in diameter” and “cut, destroy or remove all weeds, grass and other plants” of a certain size near public roads. This is already in state statute, but it’s something townships have the option of adopting, too. Voting no would mean a tax hike, the ballot question warned.

Verdict: Passed, 59 percent.

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Want to know how the local question on your ballot did? Search for your city’s name in the search bar at the bottom of MinnPost’s election results dashboard.