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Published February 21, 2012, 10:16 PM

GF Walmart Liquor Store Fails 2 Back-to-back Alcohol Compliance Checks

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Thirty businesses were part of an Alcohol Compliance Check by the Grand Forks Police Department on Friday. Two failed, and it wasn't the first failed compliance check for one of those businesses.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Thirty businesses were part of an Alcohol Compliance Check by the Grand Forks Police Department on Friday. Two failed, and it wasn't the first failed compliance check for one of those businesses.

Big D's Bar and Grill on South Washington Street and Ozark Spirits located inside Walmart on 32nd Avenue South both failed.

Ozark Spirits has now failed two consecutive alcohol compliance checks.

Police say they aren't targeting the business, but there could be consequences for this second violation.

"We're not trying to trap anybody, if you're doing your job there's no issue," Lt. Mark Nelson with the Grand Forks Police Department said.

The Walmart owned off-sale liquor store failed alcohol compliance checks on December 30th and on February 17th.

"What will happen if they do fail is we forward all of our information onto our city prosecutor's office, who in turn may or may not forward it on to the state for possible sanctions against the business," Nelson said.

The state attorney general's office doesn't have anything on file against the store yet.

But Nelson says the first violation is usually a warning, and action is usually taken for a second violation.

"The underlying theme is we just want to reduce the possibility that alcohol gets into the hand of a minor," Nelson said.

The store was awarded its off-sale liquor license less than a year ago.

A spokesperson for Walmart says the company has "a policy to take disciplinary action when associates conduct sales of alcohol inconsistent with the law or the company's policies and procedures."

She says the company will be looking into the incidents.

Any business holding a liquor license is subject to a check. They are done quarterly and 25 to 30 establishments are chosen at random each time.

City Prosecutor Kristen Pettit says she hasn't dealt with the latest one yet. But she says typically on a second violation they will send it to the state and the store will receive a fine and/or have its license suspended for a day or two.

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