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Published January 03, 2013, 06:07 PM

City Officials Reexamine Liquor Ordinances

Grand Forks officials may soon question the number of liquor licenses the city approves and the type of drink specials businesses can offer.

Grand Forks officials may soon question the number of liquor licenses the city approves and the type of drink specials businesses can offer.

City residents brought the issue to the table. They say they're concerned about the health and safety of the community. Service and Safety Chairman Terry Bjerke says he's always had a problem with the city's allowance of an unlimited number of liquor licenses. Council members believe a license restriction will work in favor to those who frequent bars.

Council Member Tyrone Grandstrand: "They'll see bars competing based on environment. They'll offer more music, more exciting things, better food instead of having to compete only on who has the cheapest shot."

Right now in Grand Forks there are 77 places to buy an alcoholic drink, more than half the number Fargo has.

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