County gets compliance check grantPublished 11:06am Thursday, July 19, 2012
In the next few months, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting its first round of alcohol compliance checks on all licensed alcohol retailers in the county (except in Fergus Falls).
The county was recently awarded a grant to pay for the checks. The checks consist of the sheriff’s office tasking an underage person to buy alcohol from a liquor seller. If the seller asks for an ID and doesn’t sell the alcohol to the person, the check was successful. If the alcohol is sold, the check is failed, and the seller will be prosecuted.
A second round of checks will come in 2013. The sheriff’s office reported that the checks will join a recent ordinance that prosecutes adults who provide drinking opportunities to youth in an attempt to curb underage drinking.