Minnesota Senate aims to allow Shakopee to issue liquor permit for Valleyfair

Posted Friday, January 25, 2013 8:55 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Valleyfair amusement park could move closer to serving alcoholic beverages under legislation introduced today in the Minnesota Senate. The bill would allow the city of Shakopee to issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license to Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the Ohio-based company that owns and operates Valleyfair.

Read more from Minnesota Public Radio.

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Friday, January 25, 2013 9:18 AM

*and cue the letters from local school kids saying how bad this will be for them*

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Friday, January 25, 2013 9:31 AM
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Finally, you can have a beer with your cheese curds!

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Friday, January 25, 2013 10:14 AM
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I love the phrase "intoxicating liquor license." For a second it seemed redundant..."non-intoxicating liquor?" Then I thought of chocolate liquor from the Hershey tour...then I thought again...that really is *intoxicating* too...but in a different way.

Happy Friday, everybody!

P.S. MN isn't exactly the bible belt...there may be some small backlash, but I don't think it'd be like you might get in the South. On the other hand, Michelle Bachmann...crazy things are certainly within the realm of possibility... ;~)

Friday, January 25, 2013 12:59 PM

Certainly not the Bible Belt, but many of the liquor laws in Minnesota are still archaic. Personally, being able to buy beer or liquor on a Sunday would be a bit more appreciated than being able to buy an $8 macro-crap beer at Valleyfair.


Friday, January 25, 2013 1:54 PM

You can already get 3.2 beer at Stadium Pizza. If this passes it would be nice if they added some Summit, Surly or other local brews. Would they also add specialty drinks for cabana rentals? I would.

Friday, January 25, 2013 2:28 PM

You've always been able to buy beer of all kinds throughout the park. Stadium Pizza & Grill, Dickies Barbecue Pit and Depot Refreshments. Maybe other places too. Typically on an evening visit I would get a hot dog and a beer. My friend was told that it isn't 3.2 by an employee... I wasn't sure about that so I asked another employee at another place on a different day and was told it's not 3.2. I like the shocktop with the orange slice on top. It's very refreshing. No beer sales during the last hour of park operation each night/day. Also, I thought you could order margarita's for the cabana's.

Nate the reason why liquor stores aren't open on Sunday is because the liquor stores lobby to keep it that way when ever a bill comes up... they are convinced they are saving money with sales simply being concentrated into the other days of the week. Mostly Saturdays I would guess. I seen a local news piece on it once with all the relevant people interviewed on camera and everything so that's what that's about.

I have no idea what this news story's about.

Last edited by aerodynamic, Friday, January 25, 2013 2:38 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:15 PM

I'm well aware of the liquor lobby's opposition to the Sunday beer sales. There was similar opposition to the so-called "Surly Law" , however, and that passed. I think it's pretty clear the majority if Minnesotans are for Sunday sales (and it will happen eventually), especially with the majority of the population living near the border with a state that DOES sell on Subday. I just wish the movement were a little stronger.



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