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To sell or not sell the Muni?


by Trinity Gruenberg

    The Verndale City Council held a public hearing on August 28 at the fire hall for a variance appeal and to discuss the future of the Verndale Municipal Liquor Store (Muni). 


    Curtis Miller of Wadena wished to move a shed to an empty lot in Verndale. The city’s zoning ordinance does not allow it unless there is a home on the property.

    The 8’ x 16’ shed would be for yard maintenance and storage. He plans to build a house on the property in the next three years on the Northwest Brown Street and Third Avenue Northwest location.

    The council spoke to Miller about his plans. None of the neighbors present objected to the variance. 

    Miller currently mows and cares for the lot and it is an extra hardship to haul equipment. 

    The council approved the variance.


    The public hearing to gain input from the public on the future of the Muni opened at 5:15 p.m.

    “We will not be making any decisions on it today. We are here to listen to what you have to say,” said Mayor Raye Ludovissie. 

    “The question is why? Why are you even considering selling the liquor store?”. . . .

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