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Published April 09, 2013, 10:40 PM

Springfest could face changes in the future

The City's annual "Springfest" is slated to go on as usual but that could all change next year. There's been shared concerns of alcohol-related issues between the city and residents.

The City's annual "Springfest" is slated to go on as usual but that could all change next year. There's been shared concerns of alcohol-related issues between the city and residents.

City leaders tonight approved an alcohol license which allows Rhombus Guys to serve to those 21 and older in University Park, a license which was previously held, in a vote 2 to 1 with Terry Bjerke dissenting. Residents in the area say they're crossing their fingers this year's event isn't as "unbearable" as last year's.

Terry Nelson says he called the police three times last year after some intoxicated individuals wandered into his neighborhood.

Terry: "The first time was at 10 in the morning we had a person who was drunk and standing within 50 feet of 6th avenue north, urinating between garages within full view of everybody."

Councilman Terry Bjerke takes a front row seat every year.

Bjerke: "I'll be riding with the police on Friday night, I figure if we're going to make Mr. Nelson and Captain Nelson, and the staff of the city suffer through springfest every year like we make them do then I feel I will take the suffering as a councilman also."

Matt Winjim and Aaron Hendricks say since Rhombus Guys took control, they haven't had any major problems inside the park.

Aaron: "We go over our security protocol as well to make sure the police department and the park board are going to be satisfied."

But even the police say it's outside where most of the problems occur.

Captain Mark Nelson: "I think we would also be naive to say there aren't issues outside of the park, we do what we can to contain it."

The council agrees that something needs to change, and there's discussion of possibly moving the location downtown in the future. Although this license was approved tonight, The police department will present more information for how they plan to beef up enforcement on that day.

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