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Heidi Shaffer, Published December 15 2010

Fargo continues discussion on drink specials

FARGO – The city took its first steps today in the discussion over what – if anything – should be done about drink discounts that encourage overconsumption.

The Safe Communities Coalition presented information during the monthly Liquor Control Board meeting on studies linking cost and consumption and regulations and ordinances undertaken in other municipalities.

Police Chief Keith Ternes said the board is not looking to eliminate drink specials entirely but potentially target those that deeply discount or in some cases give away alcohol.

Safe Communities, a metrowide group that works to limit youth access to alcohol and encourage traffic safety, also showed examples of existing Fargo drink specials – such as 50 cent drinks and heavily discounted refills.

Jim Swanick, owner of Empire Liquors, said he isn’t sure on which side of the issue he sits.

“There’s good specials, and there’s bad specials,” he said.

City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who sits on the board, said he would like to see a regional approach to the issue and that today’s meeting is just the beginning of the discussion.

The board will likely continue the debate during its next meeting scheduled for Jan 19.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Forum.

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Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511