What Sunday Liquor Ban?

Duluthians have been enjoying the legal right to purchase beer, booze, and wine on Sundays going on three years now, following the repeal of an 1856 law banning sales of liquor on Sunday throughout the state of Minnesota. But a quick look at the city’s history—particularly its first forty years—show that the Zenith City often completely ignored the state law, and when it was enforced, found many ways to circumvent the regulation. Discover the early history of Duluthians getting soused on the sabbath here.

Beer and food on Sunday mornings is a German tradition known as Frühschoppen and often practiced illegally by Duluthians over the decade.