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Sunday liquor sales in reach in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL — A bill to allow liquor sales on Sundays in Minnesota is heading to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.

Minnesota is just one of 12 states that still bans liquor sales on Sundays.

Both the House and the Senate passed similar bills last month, but the two bills were different.

On Thursday, the House adopted and passed the Senate version.

It will allow stores to be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Supporters say it'll bring money back to the state and stop Minnesotans crossing borders to get their booze on Sundays.

Local liquor stores are looking forward to the added business.

"We hope for the best. I think it'll be a decent day for us, probably not the highest revenue day of the week," says Justin Blanford, manager at 99 Bottles in Moorhead. "There probably will be some excitement right away."

If Dayton does sign it, the change would likely go into effect in July.

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