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History of Municipal Liquor Operations in Savage

The City of Savage has been in the liquor business for over 60 years dating back to the repeal of prohibition.  When the United States government repealed prohibition in 1933, individual states were given the responsibility and authority to regulate liquor sales in their own states.  In Minnesota, the legislature gave cities the option of issuing liquor licenses to private individuals, remaining alcohol free, or providing alcohol dispensing services.  Over 300 cities chose to provide alcohol dispensing services by operating their own liquor stores and/or bars.  The primary reasons cities did this was to have greater control over liquor being sold and consumed in their cities and to further diversify their sources of revenue.  The City of Savage currently operates two municipally owned liquor stores, Dan Patch Liquor and Marketplace Liquor.