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Associated Press, Published April 19 2012

2 rural ND bars face fines in compliance check

GRAND FORKS — Two popular bars in Grand Forks County face up to $2,000 each in fines after sheriff's officials used underage volunteers to catch bartenders slinging alcohol to minors.

Sheriff's Department officials say the Iron Horse Saloon in Inkster and Racers Bar in Manvel both served underage patrons, who were working with plain-clothes and uniformed deputies in the bust.

The department says in a Wednesday news release that several rural alcohol-selling businesses were spot-checked Friday for compliance. Most of the establishments refused to serve the minors.

Two people also were arrested for driving under the influence during the spot-check enforcement.

The sale of alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,000 in fines and a year in jail. The sweep was funded by grants.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.