MINNESOTA RETAILERS PUSH FOR WINE SALES

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Grocery stores in Minnesota are fighting, for a fourth straight year, for the right to sell wine in their stores.The Minnesota Grocers Association here said last week it would re-submit a proposal to the Minnesota State Legislature to allow wine sales in a food retail environment. The same measure was defeated last spring by an 8-6 vote in the state Commerce and Utilities Committee.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Grocery stores in Minnesota are fighting, for a fourth straight year, for the right to sell wine in their stores.

The Minnesota Grocers Association here said last week it would re-submit a proposal to the Minnesota State Legislature to allow wine sales in a food retail environment. The same measure was defeated last spring by an 8-6 vote in the state Commerce and Utilities Committee. Similar efforts in 2001 and 2002 also fell short.

The issue has been a hot

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