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Three bars serve liquor penalties

Three Farmington businesses have served the suspensions of their liquor licenses after failing a compliance check in November.

The Farmington American Legion and the VFW both served three-day suspensions, while B&B Pizza could not serve alcohol for seven days.

The compliance check occurred in late November. A young man, under 21 years of age, was instructed to go into Farmington businesses where alcohol was sold, and try to purchase beer. He was accompanied by Farmington officer Andrew Van Dorn.

The young man was successful in his purchase at the Legion, VFW and B&B. Once he successfully purchased the alcohol, he went outside to get Van Dorn, who ticketed both the establishments and the bartenders who sold the alcohol.

In 2006, the city of Farmington established a matrix to penalize businesses that fail the alcohol compliance checks. For first-time offenders, like the VFW and Legion, the penalty includes a $250 fine and a three-day liquor license suspension. B&B Pizza, though, had failed a compliance check in the past. As such, the business was fined $500, and had its license suspended for seven days.

"The city has to hold these businesses accountable," said Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist. "There's a penalty."

On the average, the Farmington police department conducts alcohol compliance checks once a year, Lindquist said. In addition, the local police department does compliance checks for all businesses where tobacco is sold.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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