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Four Grand Forks businesses fail tobacco compliance checks

According to a news release from the GFPD, these four failures had a citation issued to the clerk that sold the tobacco product.

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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Police Department’s Education and Outreach Bureau along with area under-age buyers recently conducted tobacco compliance checks.

The police department uses underage buyers from the community who are under 21 years old. The underage buyer enters establishments that sell tobacco products under the supervision of a police officer in accordance with city ordinance 9-0217 and attempts to purchase tobacco products while in no way concealing their actual age and promptly displaying ID when asked for it.

The officers and underage buyers checked 16 businesses within the city of Grand Forks that had tobacco licenses that were issued by the state of North Dakota. Of the 16 businesses that were checked, there were four failures.

The four bushiness that failed the tobacco compliance checks were:

  • Simonson’s (310 Gateway Drive)
  • Simonson’s Travel Center (4720 Gateway Drive)
  • Hugo’s Grocery Store (1315 S. Columbia Road)
  • Walmart (5755 Gateway Drive)

According to a news release from the GFPD, these four failures had a citation issued to the clerk that sold the tobacco product. The store will also face an administrative sanction.


Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or MArbegast@gfherald.com.

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