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Published January 28, 2014, 08:51 PM

Lakes area liquor stores show large profits from sales

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Municipal liquor stores in our lakes country are reporting record sales according to the Minnesota State Auditor.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Municipal liquor stores in our lakes country are reporting record sales according to the Minnesota State Auditor.

Statewide, city run liquor stores rang up $329 million in sales this past year, the 17th consecutive year of historic sales.

The new liquor store in Detroit Lakes ranks as the top in the region.

Nearly $5 million in beer, whiskey and wine moved through the city owned Lakes Liquors here in Detroit Lakes. That's up from $3 million just ten years ago. A recent move and a new building helped.

Jim Watland, Lakes Liquor manager: “The location is beneficial. We have better ingress and egress to get in and out and we have more parking here.”

And the property tax payers should be happy about the liquor numbers the more Jack and Morgan they sell the better the news at property tax time. There are improvements to the beaches and Vets Park with the liquor dollars.

Bob Louiseau, Detroit Lakes city manager: “If you shop here at least your money is recycled to help you in other areas. That is how we look at it.”

In Fergus Falls, $5.5 million in liquor sales the past year, up $2 million from ten years ago. Hawley, $967,000 double from 2002. $1.1 million in sales for Battle Lake. All profits going to keep these cities running during the busy summers and lean quiet winters.

The big winner in the state of Minnesota, Lakeville municipal, with liquor sales of $15 million.

At WDAY.COM, we have made a link to the Minnesota Auditor website with a list of all municipal liquor stores stats.

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