Update: Rural St. Louis County pubs get early booze for Vikings game in England
The Minnesota Vikings will play the Cleveland Browns in Twickenham Stadium in London on Oct. 29 and bar owners in rural St. Louis County are going to get in on the early action.
The St. Louis County Board voted 6-0 today for a one-time change in the county's usual 10 a.m. Sunday bar opening hour, allowing bars to open at 8 a.m. for the football game that will have an 8:30 a.m. kickoff Minnesota time.
Rural bar owners asked for a one-time exemption from the 10 a.m. rule just for the Oct. 29 football game. The request was formally made by owners of The Shack Bar and Grill, a tavern along U.S. Highway 169 about halfway between Virginia and Tower.
The board approved the change at their regular meeting today in the Rice Lake City Hall.
St. Louis County licenses and regulates bars outside incorporated cities. Minnesota state law, and the City of Duluth, allow for 8 a.m. Sunday bar openings but the county rule is more restricitve.
In other NFL-related news, the board is also expected to approve creation of a Joint Powers Agreement with the city of Minneapolis to support the public safety and security measures for the 2018 NFL Super Bowl set for February. Several county deputies have expressed interest in helping provide security at the event and the agreement would allow them to work at U.S. Bank Stadium.