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Greeley, Grant counties to vote on liquor by drink

November 1, 2008

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— In the state's smallest county by population, any kind of new business that wants to come into town is good business, according to Greeley County leaders.

In Tribune, when a new business approached the county and wanted to sell liquor by the drink, the Greeley County Commission decided to put the issue on the Nov. 4 general election ballot for the public to decide.

"Even one business in Tribune is going to help. If we can attract one business, that's better than where we're at," said Fred Crotinger, a Greeley County commissioner.

The county has a liquor store and a bar, but the bar can only sell beer with 3.2 percent alcohol, Crotinger said.

He added he hasn't heard any talk about the issue, either good or bad, but he thinks it will get some support. Tribune used to be a dry city, he said, so there may be some opposition to allow liquor-by-the-drink sales.

"I'd like to see it pass," Crotinger said. "We're so small, any business would help."

Grant County also has the same question on its Nov. 4 ballot. The current law in the county regarding liquor requires a private membership for establishments that sell liquor by the drink.

If the law is passed, Grant County commissioner Marty Long said restaurants would be allowed to sell liquor by the drink, or mixed drinks, without requiring a private membership.

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