Alcohol compliance checks were conducted the evening of Feb. 26 at 18 Cass County businesses that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. The checks were coordinated by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Working Together Coalition.
Four students assisted law enforcement as underage buyers. The underage youth entered these businesses and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. The efforts of the following businesses are commended for not selling to the underage buyers;
Longville Lakes Bottleshop, Lonewolf Liquor, Remer Municipal Liquor Store, The Pub, Lake Country Grocery and Liquor, Pestellos On the Narrow, Village Inn Diving Saloon, Jerry’s Bar and Steakhouse, Macharts Landing, Bensons Eating and Drinking Emporium, Chase on the Lake, Bayside Bar and Grill, Walker BP, Y Bottle Shop, Hackensack Liquor Store, Lucette’s Pizza and Pub, Maxson Van Eps Post AM #368 and Holiday (Pine River).
Illegal alcohol use by underage people contributes to crime, car crashes, injuries and death. Law enforcement officers find that alcohol also has a role in many of the more frequent minor crimes and nuisances that degrade the quality of life in communities. Many noise complaints, vandalism, littering and similar nuisances involve young people who have been drinking.
Public health officials report that alcohol use and abuse is also connected with teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and other health problems. Officials have learned that the community and youth are safer and healthier when they don’t start using alcohol until after they turn 21.
Providing alcohol to an underage person is a gross misdemeanor offense punishable by fines up to $3,000 and up to one year in jail. Typical offenders are fined several hundred dollars.
The Working Together Coalition and law enforcement are proud of local establishments for keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors. Together people can make a difference to create safe and healthy communities for youth.
Help to keep the next generation safe; keep alcohol out of the hands of youth. To help with this mission, contact Kelly Felton, coalition coordinator for Working Together: A Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities, at 218-330-8129. Visit www.workingtogethercoalition.org.