ST. AUGUSTA - The St. Augusta Mini-Serv was fined $1,000 this week after they failed an alcohol compliance test.

In a letter to St. Augusta City Clerk Bill McCabe, The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says this isn't the first time the Mini-Serve has failed a compliance check. In the last 16 years, the store has failed seven times.

The store had failed checks in February 2000 , April 2004, December 2007, May 2010, November 2013 and July 2015.

"This pattern of non-compliance is unacceptable and it appears that the owners of this establishment are not taking the responsibility of selling alcoholic beverages seriously," Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold said in the letter.

McCabe says a $1,000 fine was given by the city council on Tuesday. The council also recommended the Mini-Serv look into improving the software on their tills, so it requires an employee to enter a date of birth for alcohol sales to be approved.

The store is at 24876 County Road 7.


Dan DeBaun, WJON