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26 of 27 businesses pass alcohol compliance check

This is a corrected version of the original story. Twenty-six of 27 Grand Forks businesses with alcohol licenses passed a compliance check by the Police Department on Friday, a success rate of 96 percent, police said. Only Ozark Spirits, which is...

This is a corrected version of the original story.

Twenty-six of 27 Grand Forks businesses with alcohol licenses passed a compliance check by the Police Department on Friday, a success rate of 96 percent, police said.

Only Ozark Spirits, which is owned and operated by Wal-Mart at that retail store, failed the test. The store just received its liquor license Dec. 19 and is located at Wal-Mart.

A compliance check in September reached 31 businesses, 30 of which passed.

Police conduct regular checks, using an underage volunteer who attempts to buy alcohol at various businesses. If a business sells alcohol to the volunteer, the server is cited and the business notified of the failure.

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Also over the New Year's weekend, police, focusing on underage drinking and other alcohol-related issues, gave out eight citations for offenses such as noisy party, minor in consumption and disorderly conduct.

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