WALKER -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty used his line-item veto power this weekend to delete the clause amendment from state liquor regulations, which would have permitted the city of Walker to continue to operate the municipal liquor store in its new location near the Cass County Jail.
This sends the issue back to Minnesota Court of Appeals to decide whether to let stand District Court Jay D. Mondry's May 11 ruling that the Walker liquor store move violates state law.
Mondry is scheduled to rule Thursday on whether there should be a stay of his order against operating at that location until the appeal can be heard. Walker moved its liquor store from about four blocks away to the conservation building next door to the courthouse/jail complex May 3.
Block 25 Committee successfully argued before Mondry that the city should not be allowed to operate a liquor store at that location, because it violated state law.
The issue under this state law clause is whether the county jail is or is not under the "supervision and control" of the state corrections. If, as Mondry ruled, the jail is under state supervision, then no liquor sales may be made within 1,000 feet of the jail.
This not only could potentially affect the Walker municipal liquor store, but also most existing on-sale liquor businesses in Walker, which also are located within 1,000 feet of the county jail.
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