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Nisswa amends ordinance to allow brewer/tap room

The Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, April 17, approved an amendment to its liquor license ordinance to allow a brewer/tap room license.

The ordinance amendment resulted from the need to comply with state law. No applications for a tap room are currently pending in Nisswa.

The city recently had received a couple of requests to operate a brewery/tap room, which is why it looked into this issue and found the need to change the current ordinance to comply with state law.

The council learned that currently tap room licenses in Nisswa can only be issued to establishments that serve food, or restaurants, because the city has municipal liquor operations.

There are proposals in the Legislature to clarify the issue and to allow cities like Nisswa with municipal liquor operations to issue a tap room license to a brewer.

If those bills in the Legislature become law, the city could adopt another liquor license ordinance amendment.

Before adopting the ordinance change the council held a public hearing. One man who owns a cabin in the area spoke in favor of tap rooms, saying they are a unique draw for cities.

Public safety

Police had 197 calls for service in March. Calls included 115 traffic warnings, 20 traffic citations, 15 agency assists, nine alarms, eight medicals and one criminal citation.

Firefighters had two structure fires, one in Nisswa and one in Pequot Lakes, and a half dozen medicals.

Planning and zoning

The council learned the planning and zoning commission approved:

• An interim use permit for the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to run a Nisswa Outdoor Market in the vacant lot north of S-N-K Car Wash and Oil Change. It would run Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, and on Sundays as well those two holiday weekends.

• An interim use permit for Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter to operate its mobile food truck at Glynlyon and Petals & Beans up to two times per location per month for a year.

• The plan for a public restroom/chamber building with conditions, including that the memorial pavers the chamber sold as a fundraiser be reused, that two trees that would be taken down be replaced, and that the commission reviews the planned signage.

In other business April 17, the council:

• Accepted the resignation of deputy clerk Tammy Lange effective April 10 and agreed to post the job opening and start the hiring process.

• Proclaimed May 3 and 4 as Poppy Days as requested by the Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary.

• Approved a raffle request for St. Christopher’s Catholic Church for Sept. 8.

• Learned that Spirits of Nisswa donated $650 to the Nisswa Park and Recreation baseball program from the Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser held recently.

• Learned residents can pay fees through the city website.

• Approved the final plat for Alluring Pines, a former resort.

• Heard from Melissa Barrick with the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), who explained what the SWCD does and what area projects it has worked on.