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Published August 12, 2012, 08:34 AM

ND oil patch city to auction off liquor license

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A western North Dakota city in the middle of the state's thriving oil patch has come up with a new way to dole out a liquor license.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A western North Dakota city in the middle of the state's thriving oil patch has come up with a new way to dole out a liquor license.

Dickinson officials are auctioning off the next permit.

Bidding on the city's 17th liquor license is scheduled to begin a 1 p.m. Monday. The minimum offer is set at $185,000.

City officials decided to add another license after a grocery store chain asked about a license for a liquor store it plans to build.

City Administrator Shawn Kessel tells the Dickinson Press that some people believe the winning bid could be more than $300,000.

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