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Bars tested for underage sales

Last month, during alcohol compliance checks in Douglas County, 16 of 25 local alcohol retailers refused to sell to someone younger than age 21.

However, 9 of the 25 - about 35 percent - failed the compliance checks.

The businesses that failed the compliance check by allegedly serving alcohol to an underage person, include: The Green Iguana in rural Glenwood, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, The Knotty Pine in Brandon, Brandon Liquor Store in Brandon, Fire Station Bar and Grill in Garfield, Garfield Pub in Garfield, Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada, Forada Liquor Store in Forada and Nelson Liquor Store in Nelson.

The businesses will now reportedly face penalties including civil fines, criminal penalties and mandatory training.

Checks were conducted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at both on-sale and off-sale liquor establishments.

During a compliance check, a law enforcement officer works with an underage person who attempts to buy alcohol from a licensed outlet. If the clerk or server asks for identification and refuses the sale, the outlet passes the compliance check.

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said his office is committed to working with alcohol retailers to help them abide by the law.

"Selling alcohol is a legitimate business that plays a valid role in our community," the sheriff stated in a news release. "Most businesses have a good success rate and take this responsibility very seriously."

Follow Amy Chaffins on Twitter at @TheOsakisReview.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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