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Spirited debate over alcohol

A few new options may await vacationers looking to enjoy a drink this tourist season. Douglas County commissioners approved two liquor-licensing requests.

A public hearing was held on May 8 during the commissioner's meeting for Viking Bay Resort and Lodge on Lake Miltona to carry an off-sale 3.2 percent beer and an off-sale liquor license.

Janice Garrison of Miltona said it was necessary to apply for a liquor license, in addition to the beer license, to feature Minnesota wines at the establishment she and her husband, William Garrison, own.

Commissioners approved the request in part because the Garrisons do not intend to have hard alcohol available.

Two letters of opposition from part-time residents were received in addition to a phone call voicing objection to the lodge selling alcohol. The Miltona Township board of supervisors approved the application prior to the Garrisons bringing it to the commissioners.

Hardwood Hills Golf Course in Alexandria was approved for a set-up license in addition to its present off-sale and 3.2 percent on-sale beer license. A set-up license, also called a consumption and display permit, allows patrons to bring their own bottles of liquor onto an establishment's premises.

Hardwood Hills Golf Course will begin offering the service effective upon approval. Viking Bay Resort and Lodge is planning for June this year.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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