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Forum News Service, Published December 18 2013

Spicer approves 2 a.m. license for Zorbaz despite sheriff's concerns

SPICER, Minn. - Zorbaz on Green Lake will be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. for at least one more year, despite concerns from the Kandiyohi County sheriff.

The Spicer City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to renew an annual permit for Zorbaz after a lengthy discussion, said City Administrator Leslie Valiant.

Zorbaz is the only bar in Kandiyohi County open until 2 a.m. All others close at 1 a.m.

Sheriff Dan Hartog has opposed the 2 a.m. closing time ever since Zorbaz was first granted the permit two years ago.

Hartog said three of four deputies are located near the bar’s parking lot every Friday and Saturday night to try to deter the kind of bad behavior that results in frequent calls for police service there.

The sheriff’s office has responded to 52 reports at Zorbaz this year, including assaults, fights, disorderly conduct, theft and urinating in public. Hartog said 22 of those calls were after 2 a.m.

In approving the permit, Valiant said the council placed no additional restrictions on the 2 a.m. closure but advised Zorbaz to continue to monitor customers, especially when they leave the building at closing time.