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Published July 13, 2011, 07:32 AM

Some Bars Running Out of Alcohol During MN Shutdown

First there was the inconvenience of finding your favorite state park closed because of the government shutdown in Minnesota, among other things. And now there's a chance your local pub might run out of beer.

By: Associated Preas,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — First there was the inconvenience of finding your favorite state park closed because of the government shutdown in Minnesota, among other things. And now there's a chance your local pub might run out of beer.

Alcohol supplies are dwindling, and in some cases have run out, at hundreds of bars and restaurants across Minnesota because the establishments' owners fail to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards.

Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association executive director Frank Ball tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/nYL7G9 ) it will cripple his industry. The association represents thousands of liquor retailers in Minnesota.

Liquor purchasing cards for about 300 retailers expired June 30 and they have no way to renew their permits until state government is up and running again. Many government functions were closed July 1 because of political gridlock over the state budget.

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