Foreston to keep liquor store open

The Foreston Liquor Store, pictured on Monday, March 9. Photo by Jeff Hage
The Foreston Liquor Store, pictured on Monday, March 9.
Photo by Jeff Hage

It will be business as usual for the Foreston Liquor Store, members of the Foreston City Council said Monday night.
The city held a state-mandated public hearing Monday, March 9 because the city-owned liquor store and bar lost money in 2010 and 2012. The State of Minnesota requires a city to hold such a hearing if a municipal liquor operation  loses money two years in a three-year period.
The liquor store lost $29,218 in 2010 and $10,347 in 2012. But Net profit has rebounded to $9,873 in 2013 and about $18,000 in 2014, Mayor Tom Longfield said.
The city council could have called for shutting down the business, which the State would have given it 30 months to do. But Longfield and the council said they believe Foreston Liquor has turned the corner on the days of losing money.
“We’re going in the right direction.” Longfield said.
Foreston voters can still force action on the liquor store in the form of a referendum if five percent of the registered voters sign a petition calling for an election, Longfield said.