Mahnomen City Council Discusses Municipal Liquor Store Operations at Monday’s Meeting

Mahnomen City Council Discusses Municipal Liquor Store Operations at Monday’s Meeting

December 11, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (12/11/20)

Mahnomen, MN — The Mahnomen City Council held their first regular monthly meeting for the month of December on Monday night, December 7th. Due to another year of losses in 2019, the council had to have a presentation and public hearing regarding their municipal liquor store operations. Despite the losses, the council chose not to take it to the voters to decide if they should cease liquor operations. Mahnomen City Administrator Mitch Berg says that’s in part to the operations at both of their facilities doing considerably well in 2020 given the circumstances.

Despite the ban on indoor dining, Berg notes that the Wild Rice Lounge has been able to stay open for limited hours as gaming is allowed.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Mahnomen City Council approved plans and specs for the proposed water treatment plant, well, and water tower repairs and improvements, which means they can now put the project out for bids.

At the next Mahnomen City Council meeting, scheduled for Monday, December 21st, the council is expected to approve the final 2021 tax levy as well as address a Conditional Use Permit application for Robert and LuAnn Durandt, who are planning on reopening the former Kochmann’s Standard.