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Sioux Falls residents can now mix beer with ax throwing

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls has added beer drinking while hurling axes to the city's list of entertainment options.

The Sioux Falls City Council on Tuesday approved Escape 605's request to sell beer and wine at its new location, where customers will be able to throw axes at targets, the Argus Leader reported.

Co-owner Adam Stockberger said the proposed ax-throwing area will bring a new element to the escape room experience.

"It's a craze that's kind of sweeping the nation," he said. "We sell hour experiences, and we have a limit of one drink per hour."

Stockenberger said the business will keep beverages out of the ax-throwing cages. He said it's a safety precaution not found where drinking and other recreational activities with sharp objects mix, such as bars with steel-tipped darts.

"I'd rather be hit by a dart than a hatchet," said Councilor Theresa Stehly, who cast the lone opposing vote.

She questioned whether the city has a precedent of allowing alcohol consumption at gun or archery ranches.

"I'm personally very uncomfortable with this ... so if it's a location that has ax throwing, to me that's problematic," she said.

Escape 605's new location is expected to open later this summer.

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