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Published July 21, 2013, 01:50 PM

ND's largest city debates changes to liquor law

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is debating changes to a liquor law that prevents competitors from setting up shop close to other stores.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is debating changes to a liquor law that prevents competitors from setting up shop close to other stores.

Fargo's Liquor Control Board earlier this week voted 4-1 to amend the law that requires the city commission to consider the protest of neighboring property owners and economic impact of nearby businesses before issuing a license.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says it's an "awfully ambiguous" law that should be changed.

The issue came up when owners of The Spirit Shop complained about plans by nearby Cash Wise grocery to build a liquor store. The city commission denied the permit.

The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/13Oo8nf ) that Cash Wise plans to revive its proposal in the near future.

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