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Around the state: Liquor store opens Sunday

March 14, 2017 GMT

Liquor store opens Sunday ahead of new state law

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis liquor store has gotten a head start on opening for business on Sundays.

Surdyk’s, a longtime liquor and cheese store in northeast Minneapolis, opened for business Sunday, despite Minnesota’s new Sunday liquor sales law not taking effect until July.

Owner Jim Surdyk said he decided to staff Sundays as soon as he saw Gov. Mark Dayton sign the bill into law last week.

Surdyk said he plans to continue opening on Sundays.

But it’s unclear if the state will allow the business to remain open. The state’s Department of Public Safety oversees alcohol enforcement.

Until last week, Minnesota was one of just 12 states that still banned liquor stores from opening on Sundays while all of its neighbors legalized Sunday liquor sales.

Prosecutors charge man with 5 child sex crimes

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WALKER — A Cass County man is accused of having sexual contact with three children younger than 13 and producing video of the assaults.

County officials say 42-year-old Richard Dean Wilson Jr. is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degree. Investigators say the incidents happened between 2014 and 2016.

The allegations arose from an investigation into reports that Wilson shared downloaded child pornography with others.

Judge Earl Mass set bail at $250,000. Wilson is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Wilson.